Obsessed with MAC Groundwork Paint Pot

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

Hi everyone! After being away from blogging for a long time, I’m finally feeling motivated and inspired to return to posting. Its been a stressful fall, and I have been very distracted with work and financial and personal issues. As I mentioned in my last post, we’d been busy moving into and renovating our new house and also ran into a major, unexpected issue with the house I was selling. Having two mortgages for much, much longer than planned has meant there has been very little makeup or any other kind of shopping so I haven’t had any cool new beauty finds to blog about.  Adulting can really suck. The good news is, the City has finally finished construction and I have a new close date for the sale of the house! Wa-hoo!

I did buy one new thing this fall, a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork, and I have been pretty much obsessed with it as you can tell from how much I’ve used.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork


If you’re not familiar with them, MAC’s Paint Pots are “a long-wearing blendable cream shadow that can be worn alone or with other products.” I can’t remember specifically which MUA or YouTuber finally convinced me to give this one a try, but I know a lot of people recommend this Paint Pot and I’d heard or read about it multiple times. I was a bit weary of the MAC Paint Pots because years ago, I’d tried Painterly (another raved about fav) but I wasn’t a big fan. I found it too dry and matte and the nude beige wasn’t quite the right shade for me. It was a bit too warm and a bit too yellow-toned. But when I ran out of my typical go-to eye primer, the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, a couple of months ago I decided to to give the MAC Paint Pots another shot.

I absolutely love Groundwork, described on MAC’s site as “mid-tone neutral taupe.” Its is much creamier and glossier than Painterly and seems to have a slight sheen to it. I’m not sure if some of the Paint Pots have different finishes, but Groundwork is a completely different texture than Painterly. It doesn’t look like much initially, but Groundwork is one of those perfect, understated, barely there neutral shades that I love to wear day to day. It blends really easily and you have time to work with it before it sets. I usually apply it with a finger and then blend it with the MAC 217 brush.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork swatch


It wears very well on its own with only some slight creasing, but I usually top it off to set it with a powder eye shadow. My favourite shadows to pair it with are MAC Omega, MAC Patina, Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Greige, or MAC Pro Longwear Sweet Satisfaction.

I already have a wish list of additional Paint Pots I would love to get! Have you tried them, and if so what did you think?

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are $26.00 CAD.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be back more regularly with new posts!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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  5. I use Soft Ochre as an eye base (in rotation with my other eye primers).


  6. I will definitely have to check this one out! It looks lovely and so wearable.



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