Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: MAC Coral Crepe Paint Pot (Pret-A-Papier)

When I first went to MAC my intention was to pick up a the Constructivist Paint Pot. However, when I got there I saw this baby and was just hooked. Coral Crepe is from the Pret-A-Papier collection which features a lot of warm neutrals for the most part. It is a soft coral paint pot that is absolutely gorgeous!!! At first, I was a bit wary. I mean, come on, orange on my face? Not likely. Until now. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it translated on my face and I've been using it all over, not just on my lids.

Here's a couple of swatches:

It's actually a bit of an odd shade. In the container it looks almost cool toned. You can see in the first picture that it looks like its predominately filled with silver shimmer. However, when swatched the gold really comes through and it almost looks a bit like a darker version of Nars Orgasm. Don't be intimidated by this shade. It is entirely wearable. I've been wearing it smudged just past my crease wit a bit of brown liner along my lash line and Shroom in the inner half of the eye and highlight. I'll post pics when I get my laptop back.

I really like how versatile this Paint Pot is. I've been using it as a shadow, blusher, and lip color. If you want to use it on your face I would advise you to work quickly. The shadow sets in I'd guess about 30 seconds and then it's almost impossible to blend it. Do one cheek/lid at a time and work quickly. It sets to a powder finish and DOES NOT BUDGE for the day. I put this on without any other base and it held up against my super oily lids until I took it off before going to bed. That's amazing in my book because no cream eyeshadow I've tried has lasted this well, and I've tried the ones from Bobbi Brown, Benefit, and MUFE. If you're planning on wearing this color on the lips, which looks really pretty and bronzy, it can be drying. I first put on a lip balm, then the paint pot, and then another layer of lip balm because if you don't it will set and the finish will feel dry and crinkly, almost. As a blusher and lip color it works best on lighter skin tones. If you're really dark it may was your lips out, so be careful.

WARNING: do not wear this color if you have red eyes or haven't gotten enough sleep. Seriously. You will look like you've spent the night crying. It's a great color, but I think everyone knows that when you've got irritated/tired eyes to avoid any reds because that will only make it look worse. Also, I'd advise that you apply this with a brush, because I've noticed that it looks a bit patchy when I apply with my fingers.

Other than that, I highly recommend this to anyone with blue eyes. It makes my eyes look like I'm wearing contacts, no joke! And it's a great base of neutrals. I'll post a couple of looks later on.


Price: $16.50 (for 5g/.17 oz)

Ingredients: Isodocecane, dimethicone, polyethylene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, quaternium-90 bentonite, dimethicone silylate, octyldodecanol, silica, trihydroxystearin, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, lecithin, carnauba wax, propylene carbonate, triethoxycaprylylsilane. May contain: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, bismuth oxychloride, blue 1 lake, carmine, chromium hydroxide green, chromium oxide greens ferric ferroxyanide, manganese violet, ultramarines, yellow 5 lake.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.


  1. I know what you mean. I wore Cranberry from mac during a red eye flight. By the time I landed I looked like I hadn't slept in a week or was extremely hung over, lol!

  2. To compliment this shade you could try eye brightening drops which will help reduce the worry of it making eyes look more tired or puffy. You are brave to choose such a bold choice but it is really nice!

  3. @Terry - Ya, not the best idea! I've been careful with this one though. A little too much and I look puffy :(

    @ Holly Arabella - Thanks! I've been wearing it with beiges and browns and purples and it really makes my blue eyes pop!

    Thanks for commenting!