Revlon’s New ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows: MAC Paint Pots Dupe?

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

I have to admit, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about many new drugstore products recently, but I was excited to try Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. These came out in the U.S. about a year ago, but I’ve only recently seen them in Canada, at least in my local drugstore. Oddly they aren’t on the website but they are on the site. Not all my local stores had them, but I was able to find them at Shoppers Drugmart.

If you follow my blog you know I’ve been really into my MAC Paint Pots lately (you can see my review of Groundwork and Frozen Violet). I was curious to see how the Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows compared to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Are they a dupe?When I popped in to Shoppers Drugmart, the ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows were on sale! Normally $11.99 CAD, these were on special for $5.99 CAD. I wouldn’t have purchased so many at the regular price – I initially thought I’d only pick up one or two – but who doesn’t go overboard where sales are concerned? The shades that really appealed to me were:

  • 715 Espresso – a light, neutral, taupey-brown
  • 720 Chocolate – a cool, medium brown
  • 730 Praline – a shimmery, warm beige
  • 755 Licorice – a shimmery, blue-ish grey
Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows in Espresso, Praline, Chocolate, & Licorice

Top L-R: Espresso, Praline
Bottom L-R: Chocolate, Licorice

How do these compare to the MAC Paint Pots? Right away, I noticed the packaging is very similar. The glass pot that holds the creme shadow is extremely similar to the MAC Paint Pots in size, shape, and weight. You get roughly the same amount of product in each one (5g in the MAC Paint Pot and 5.2g in the Revlon Creme Eyeshadow). However, the plastic lid on the Revlon product is quite large and clunky (which I am not a fan of) because it holds a little applicator brush. I did try this brush but I didn’t care for it. Such a small brush is awkward to hold and I prefer applying creme shadows like this with my finger. I would have preferred they ditched the brush and went with a sleeker lid, without all of that text on it, like the MAC Paint Pots.

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow versus MAC Paint Pots

Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow compared to a MAC Paint Pot

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow

There is a little applicator brush in the giant lid

In terms of how the product performed, it depended on the shade. I found there were some inconsistencies in the different shades. I loved Espresso! This one is absolutely a dupe for my MAC Paint Pots. It had the same texture, was easy to apply and blend, and stayed on all day and didn’t crease. Chocolate was slightly more difficult to blend and it was creasing by day’s end. With an eye shadow primer underneath, it was fantastic, but I don’t normally need an eye shadow primer with the MAC Paint Pots.

The shimmery shades, Praline and Licorice, were more similar in formula to MAC Frozen Violet. Praline turned out to be a little too light for me. It doesn’t apply as pigmented as it appears in the pot and is quite sheer, but it has a very pretty sheen to it. I quite liked Licorice for doing a smokey eye look, but it took a little bit of extra time to apply evenly versus MAC Frozen Violet. Compared to Frozen Violet, Licorice is much more silver without any mauve undertone, but if you cannot get Frozen Violet (which is no longer on the MAC Canada site) Licorice gives a similar type of eye look.

Here are all four shades swatched:

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow swatches Espresso, Chocolate, Praline, Licorice

L-R: Espresso, Chocolate, Praline, Licorice

Overall, I think these are pretty great for a drugstore product, and at $11.99 CAD versus $26.00 CAD for a MAC Paint Pot they are certainly an affordable drugstore dupe. I would really recommend Espresso. I think the only one that truly didn’t work out for me was Praline, but a light, shimmery shade is not really the kind of shade that suits my hooded eye shape. I didn’t anticipate what the shade was actually like and there wasn’t a tester. Fans of that Stila Kitten type of shade (that one so didn’t work out for me either) might love Praline. I’m actually really tempted to try out the ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow shade Black Current a deep, purpley shade, which was out-of-stock. That one looks stunning!

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful if you’re considering trying out the Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. I’d also love to hear from anyone who has tried them and what your experience was like πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀


Filed under Eyes, Eyeshadow, Reviews

8 responses to “Revlon’s New ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows: MAC Paint Pots Dupe?

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  2. My favorite is Expresso 😘


  3. I’ve been curious about these, maybe I’ll have to swatch some shades when I next see them. Glad you are enjoying espresso πŸ™‚


  4. I bought one of the Revlon ones, in the shade 720 Chocolate – I found the formula a bit dry but it did last well on my lids. I wasn’t inclined to try more but maybe I will give Espresso a try.


    • Yes I totally agree – Chocolate was a little bit on the dry side. I sometimes find with drug store products that there can be a lot of inconsistency within a product line. I hope you like Espresso if you decide to give it a try πŸ™‚


  5. beccapbeauty

    Oooo, I love the look of Praline!

    Great post πŸ™‚ x


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