High end vs. high street : the paintpot edition

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe

I love a beauty bargain, but sometimes cheaper products are just too good to be true. There is nothing worse that the disappointment of your drugstore product not living up to its promises. So in the name of science (errrr not really but we can pretend…) I am putting two similar products to the test to find out if high end or high street comes out on top.

Today I am going to be reviewing a MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in the shade Chilled on Ice and a Maybelline Colour Tattoo in the shade Permanent Taupe. While they are not dupes colourwise, the consistency and design of the products are very similar.

I have to say straightaway that I do prefer the MAC packaging, it looks sleek and clean cut. I’m not a fan of the sticker on the lid of the Maybelline on and the silver text on the glass bottom is easily rubbed off as you can see in the photo. But you know what they say, never judge a book by its cover and all that. Besides, neither of these is the centrepiece of my dressing table. (Ok I don’t actually have one, our bedroom is tiny. But if I did, it certainly wouldn’t be the star of the show…)

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe

Chilled on Ice is a beautiful frosted white with a heavy metallic gold shimmer. It is fairly sheer even when the colour is built up. I used several layers of product in the swatch below to ensure it showed up on camera, so it is possible to create more of an opaque colour with it.

In a complete contrast, Permanent Taupe is a kind of taupey shade (obvs…) that is grey based but has a hint of brown that is more apparent when built up (like in the swatch below). With a lighter application it is more grey toned. A little goes a long way with this shade, which is great as there is only 4g of product in the pot…

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe

Now I’ve always been lead to believe that paint pots were the ultimate non-creasing base, so I was really excited to give one a go. I have used Chilled on Ice as an all over colour as well as a highlighting product for the inner eye and brow bone. I have to admit this definitely did crease after a full day of wear, and the shimmer tended to congregate together in the creases which is a bit disappointing. It might fair better if used as a base for powder eye shadow, but it almost seems a waste to do that as the colour is so pretty!

The wear for Permanent Taupe is pretty good, there was a small amount of creasing, but not as bad as Chilled on Ice, perhaps because it has a matte finish rather than frosted. I also used this product as a base for a smokey eye, and it worked like a primer, keeping the darker eye shadows in place all night.

I think that because of the creasing and the translucency of MAC’s Chilled on Ice, I have to pick the Maybelline Colour Tattoo as my winner, For the price it is a fantastic little thing and it is so wearable and easy to apply either with your fingers or a blending brush. Although saying that, I would like to try out some more shades of the MAC Paint Pots in case it was just the frosted texture that gives Chilled on Ice less staying power.

Which one do you prefer?