MAC Paint Pots: Changing Eyeshadows with a Colored Base

idyllicContinuing the Paint Pot series, in today’s post I’ll share with you the beautiful effects you can achieve with a colored base. Not only does a colored base intensify the vibrancy of your eyeshadows, it also can dramatically transform the way they perform.

Idyllic paint pot is a deep red, cranberry shade, highly pigmented and produces amazing results for pink eyeshadows, especially those that might have yielded bad results in the past. Idyllic is a limited edition paint pot, so it is rather hard to find these days, but you can also use something like Blackground in its place for a very similar effect. I have always had trouble with Swish, not only in getting it to appear on my lids, but also to last! Not even after two hours on my eyes, and that sucker would be crease-city, slipping and sliding all over the place! Not anymore! πŸ™‚

Idyllic Paint Pot
(L to R) Swish over a primer, Swish applied over Idyllic
(L to R) Heritage Rouge over a primer, Heritage Rouge applied over Idyllic

Yesterday, I tested the below beautiful combo over Idyllic paint pot for the first time. I am proud to say, not only did Swish NOT crease on me AT ALL throughout the day, it showed up even better than it ever had before! Idyllic also has an amazing effect on Heritage Rouge pigment. Just when I thought it couldn’t get stronger, Idyllic proved me wrong!

Do you own any colored paint pots? Which eyeshadows have you come to love more after using a colored base?

The Look

Products Used

  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • Idyllic Paint Pot LE (on lid, below crease and lower lashline)
  • MAC Swish (inner half of lid)
  • MAC Heritage Rouge (outer half of lid and lower lashline)
  • MAC Cranberry (crease)
  • MAC Vanilla (blend)
  • MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline
  • Covergirl brow pencil in ‘Soft Blonde’
  • Jordana Best Lash Xtreme Mascara in Black
  • Prestige Brow Perfection Clear Brow Gel
  • Red Cherry #47 false eyelashes


14 thoughts on “MAC Paint Pots: Changing Eyeshadows with a Colored Base

  1. I just realized I don’t have a primer. A while ago someone sold me painterly and I thought that was my primer. Now I realize there is a difference. I thought she sold me painterly bc it matched my skin tone

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Well, you can definitely use a paint pot that matches your skin tone like that as a primer; it works just as well! πŸ™‚ However, if you have very oily lids (like yours truly), MAC’s paint pots just aren’t enough! πŸ˜€

  2. Great article, Zabrena! I love MAC paintpots, so I’ve really been enjoying your paint pot series. I use Painterly as my everyday eyeshadow base but I like to use my coloured paint pots every so often to really make my eyeshadows ‘pop’.

    I particularly like using Steamy (you could also use Shimmermoss) over Delft paint pot. I used Greensmoke eyeshadow over Greenstroke paint pot yesterday and it really brought out the olive-green tones in the eyeshadow.

    I never thought to try pink eyeshadows over Idyllic paint pot! What a great idea. I wonder if Urban Decay Last Call eyeshadow will look good over it – will definitely need to try that combination!

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Ouu, you always have great ideas! I bet Steamy looks amazing over Delft, especially for many who have had trouble getting it to show on the lid (it’s a tricky one!).

      I bet Last Call would be STUNNING over Idyllic! Now I must try that too! Haha! πŸ˜€

  3. Zabrena, I am loving your paint pot series! I agree that using paint pots can really make a difference. I personally love using Delft paint pot with black tied over it and blend out with a bit of light aqua. When I bought my Idyllic paint pot, the MA suggested using Sable, Star Violet, Mythology or Mythical over it. I’m going to try using Swish now too! I didn’t buy Black Ground for the longest time because I thought it would be too much for my fair skin but it’s wonderful and I use it all the time. More like a deep grey when it goes on. I hope you will do more examples of great looks using paint pots. Love it! Thank you!

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series! πŸ™‚
      Oh my, I MUST try that combo you mentioned with Delft – I am planning to do something with it and Half-Wild next. Blackground is spectacular! I agree with you in that it intimidated me at first too, but it’s not as harsh on the lid as it looks in the pot, you’re right!

      Definitely going to continue with the series! πŸ™‚

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