Love it! When I wear this alone, for a low maintenance look, it evens out my eye skin tone with just a hit of a glow. There is no shimmer! It is not too light or dark, and it is not bronzy. Perfect for me! I figure I will get two years out of it as I did with painterly before the lovely creamy consistency dries out a bit. Nc40 girl here!
About me: NW13 (neutral-cool toned, very fair), blue eyes, Color season is True Summer, Baumann Skin Type is OSPW.
This is a beautiful paint pot shade, a soft yellow-toned brown. This is not taupe, but a greenish, yellowish brown. It looks great as a soft subtle crease color, and unlike many MAC Paint Pots I have tried, DOES NOT crease on me : )
I am an NW45 and I like the way this conceals the darkness on my lid but also gives me a highlighted colour. I usually wear this alone. I have supper oily lids and I find that after 6 hours I notice a little bit of creasing. I still love this product and would definitely repurchase when I run out of the one I have.
For reference I'm NC40 and this is the perfect natural lid color for me. Just a quick swipe is all it takes. It blends super easily and never creases. Sometimes I find myself wondering if I put lid color on because when applied sheerly this matches the color of my own eye lids so perfectly. Evens everything out and works as a great base for other colors. I have no complaints about this at all and the packaging makes me happy. I hate the small size of the Bobbi Brown cream shadow pots - total pain to get my finger in it - but I have zero issues with MAC Paint Pots. I have several different colors but this is my mainstay, my staple, my most-reached-for. Would repurchase for sure!
My favorite Paint Pot for my go to no makeup look everyday shadow.
Lovely satin fish, non crease cream shadow.
Agree with a lot of the comments already posted. This is a nice light to medium neutral brown..(I'm surprised the Mac website refers to this as a taupe--which I don't see at all.) When I am in a hurry to get out the door, I hurry up and swipe this on my lids, add a highlight color and some mascara and I am good to go. It gives the eye some definition for a good everyday look. It also is a good base for any brown, neutral look. This is a very useful eyeshadow in my collection.
This is an absolute HG for me. It looks like nothing in the pot but it's truly a special product. On the eye, it's a neutral light brown with a very pretty understated sheen. It also has that great long wearing and blendable formula that is typical of most paint pots.
I use a 217 to apply Groundwork all over the lid ensuring that the edges are well blended. Add some well blended brown liner on the lash line and you've got a quick and easy look that is very polished and professional.
My favourite soft smoky eye is Groundwork as a base, Patina over top, Teddy eye kohl, and black mascara. Easy, not too bold, and lasts all day and night.
Fantastic product. I highly, highly recommend it.
I'm surprised how much a staple this has become for me. Just looking at the pan, it looks very boring. But on the lid, it just looks so effortlessly "done" and is a great base for other shadows. If i'm in a rush, I feel confident just reaching for this and wearing this on its own. Its not shimmery at all, which I love as so many paint pots are frosted and shimmery.
WARNING TO GENUINE REDHEADS: I adore MAC cosmetics (other than their mascaras & foundations) & have all of the basic colours/tones in paint pots.
Both Groundwork & Soft Ocre were a serious mistake on my behalf. I've only knocked off the lippie because this is a genuine taupe with strong yellow tones which aren't visible until you put it on.
Most of us gingers are mistaken for having very cool toned to porcelain skin, even by professional MUA's. The fact is that we have a sallow tinge which isn't apparent unless we're freckly. The temptation to go for overtly warm tones to counter the cool tones has to be handled with subtlety.
This warm taupe WILL make you look jaundiced. Forget about trying to salvage it by using it as a base as the ocre will wear its way through as the day progresses & turn anything you've put on over it into a murky mess.
I've given mine away to an olive-skinned girlfriend & it looks glorious on her, along with the Soft Ocre which she uses as a base & brow highlighter.
Quite Natural & Indianwood are in the same league for me, but they are more a matter of taste (I don't seem to look quite as desperately ill with Indianwood because I only use it as a liner peeking out from under a dark, matte eyeliner) & I can still get away with Quite Natural because it's a matte, I suppose (but I won't be repurchasing).
Incidentally, Groundwork has a fundamental flaw I haven't noticed with the other paint pots which stay fairly true to their initial application throughout the day: the ochre stays dominant while the initial pearle shimmer ends up sitting on top as a pale grey sheen. Again, this isn't a significant problem for other complexions, but is the ultimate colour disaster for gingers (possibly even if you only dye your hair auburn). Don't go to an appointment with your doctor wearing this unless you want to be pronounced dead before he/she even takes your pulse.
Paint pots come in great colours, but they just don't all work on everyone. Sigh.
Paint pots are my HG eye primer. Nothing else works as well as these do. I use this color for my darker/smokier looks. It's a light brown w/ a greyish undertone. I could see this being close to skin color on darker complexions... but I am like NW15.