MAC Paint Pots: Make Purples POP!

If you’ve had the opportunity to work with some of MAC’s beautiful purples, then you more than likely already know that some of them can be troublesome to get to show on the lid. A primer does wonders, but sometimes a colored paint pot that’s a darker shade in the same color spectrum can really mean all the difference in the world!

In today’s look, I’m going to show how Half-Wild transforms a few of some of my favorite MAC purples. I realize Half-Wild is a limited edition paint pot, and while I was lucky enough to find it in a CCO, I’m not sure if it’s still floating around out there. So, if you don’t own any purple paint pots or paints, try using Blackground in its place for a very similar effect.

(L to R) MAC Seedy Pearl applied over primer, MAC Seedy Pearl applied over Half-Wild
(L to R) MAC Grape pigment over primer, MAC Grape pigment over Half-Wild

And even though Kitschmas pigment was not used in the below look, it’s one I’ve struggled with in the past; but not anymore!

(L to R) MAC Kitschmas pigment over primer, MAC Kitschmas pigment over Half-Wild

The Look!

Products Used:

  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • Half Wild Paint Pot LE (on lid, below crease and lower lashline)
  • MAC Seedy Pearl (inner half of lid)
  • MAC Grape pigment LE (outer half of lid and lower lashline)
  • MAC Pinked Mauve pigment LE (crease)
  • MAC Vanilla (blend)
  • MAC Blacktrack 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


8 thoughts on “MAC Paint Pots: Make Purples POP!

  1. Beautiful Zabrena! 🙂
    I wanted to ask you about another paint pot Greenstroke. What colors would you recommend or like with it. I just got it and it’s such a beautiful color.

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      Ouu! Great find! I don’t personally own it so I’m going by what I’ve seen of it online. You could try Gorgeous Gold, Swimming (that’s typically one I’ve had trouble with in the past), Lucky Green, Juxt, Humid, Patina (since it leans green), Club (might bring out the green tones better), and possibly something like Goldmine. Pigments you could try: Teal, Golder’s Green, Kelly Green, Forest Green, Pastorale, Moonlight Night, etc. 🙂

      1. Oh! I forgot to ask (Big Surprise) LOL! 🙂 Do you use a brush or your fingers when applying the paint pots? If you use a brush, which one? Also, you only apply the p.p.’s on the lid not the crease right? I sent you a couple of samples of Greenstroke. It will probably take a week to 10 days to get there. I hope you like it . 🙂 Thanks for everything Zabrena!

        1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


          Awww! You are so special! I SO appreciate that!
          I will definitely do a few looks for you with Greenstroke, I’m excited to use it! 😉

          I usually apply the paint pots with the 242 brush and yes, right underneath the crease.
          Then I’ll use the 217 or 224 brush to blend out the edges a bit before applying the eyeshadows.
          Can’t wait to get the samples! Thank you, sweets! MUAH!

  2. Beautiful look I agree. I buy all these colored paint pots and don’t know how to use them. Thank you. Your site is so helpful for challenged make-up lovers like myself!

  3. Purples are my top favorites to work with. I have the maybelline color tattoo shadow in their purple shade which is supposed to resemble a paint pot but that particular shade sucks pretty much. I will try using blackground under my purples in the future. Kitschmas and grape are some of my favorite pigments!

    1. My Eyeshadow Consultant


      I wondered about those Maybelline color tattoos! I’ll steer clear of that purple one if I ever do check ’em out. 🙂
      Oh, I just love grape pigment!! 🙂

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