Product - Matte yellow-beige. Soft, smooth, creamy texture. A light layer will set quickly, so blend as you go. Definitely budgeproof, even on my oily-prone lids. I prefer applying with a wide, flat synthetic e/s brush with rounded head. Soft Ochre could also pass as a concealer shade for NC20 or so. Alone it doesn't do much for me, except even out my lid color (some days I need that) - it's very noticeable when I first dot it on (it's a shade or two too light against my AAB/NC25 skincolor) but it pretty much disappears when I blend it down and leaves a matte finish. But I bought this to use as a base, and particularly to prevent creasing of eyeshadows - and to that end it's spectacular. It really makes both my powder and creme e/s stay put and keeps the eyelid oilies at bay. I'll also note that it is non-drying to my aging lids.
Comparisons - I like using this so much more than a goopy eye primer - it's so easy to work with and the results are great. When I want a little more pizzazz in my eyeshadow base, I use MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque instead, which adds some shimmer and warmer, golden peach tones.
Packaging - Round glass jar with domed black lid, like Fluidlines jars but wider.
Overall - This is the HG creme eyeshadow base for my oily lids. I don't need to look for an eye primer now! :)
UPDATE: two years of regular use and it's drying out and harder to work with; just got NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone and it's my new HG base - it's a much better match for me (AAB/NC25). continued >>
I love all of the paint pots!! They are great quality and have so many functions! I use for bases, in my waterline, as eyeliner, and for my eyebrows! They last a very long time too. Soft Ochre is great for yellow undertones from NC 20 to NC 35. It last all day and evens out the skin tone. I love the jar and how much you get for your money. I wish all of the paint pots were permanent cause they are a staple in my kit.
I love this as a base. Colours really pop on it, colours stay fixed on it all day and it doesn't crease! I have oily lids so those primer potions and shadow insurance stuff just doesn't work for me at all as 20 mins after the colour is already in my crease! This makes my shadow stay all day, I wouldn't be without it! There is a huge amount in the pot, so even though I use it most day I am no way near close to running out! The downside is that the pot is very heavy, there is just too much glass in the base.
Soft Ochre is the best base I have ever tried as far as: Evening out skintone, keeping lids from getting oily without drying them out, keeping shadows in place and making a smooth surface to apply shadows.
The first PP I owned was Painterly but since I am more yellow toned it looked a little pastel on me, which is fine after I am finished with shadows but I would much rather have a shade that complements my skintone. This is a must have if you are yellow toned! I just dab on with my fingertips and smooth over with a foundation brush to blend away the edges.
I will def. be re-purchasing when I run low!
I use this paint pot almost daily. I have oily lids and I use it as a primer. I like it very much. It takes about 6 hours before my lids begin to crease and even then...not too bad. It can look a bit ashy if applied too thick. It is more cold neutral beigy whereas painterly is pinkish warm neutral beigy. I don't own painterly because I thought this color matched my skin tone better and I like it. I would recommend.
This is a fail for me! I chose Soft Ochre because it nearly matches my extremely yellow-olive skin, despite being a little light. I got it after going through my first bottle of TFSI because I thought it might help intensify my shadows while acting as a primer (like UDPP with better packaging). I have been using this for a couple of months without denting the pot but I am unimpressed with the results!
:( My shadows rarely look intense- I like to layer matte shadows over shimmery ones for a satiny effect but with this all of my eyeshadows will fade within 6 hrs regardless of what I do. Today I used some of my leftover TFSI and was amazed with the results in comparison to Soft Ochre, which is a bad sign D: I had been hoping for a brilliant primer but this works LITERALLY the same as concealer under shadows, maybe worse because it fades by the end of the day! Due to its extremely matte nude tone I don't think I'll wear it alone as an eyeshadow...poo for MAC :( not too impressive but it's functional.
I really really really hate being in the minority about the review of this "HG" product, but I've had it for a couple of days now and have tried it twice.
So here's the pro's...
+ Good color for my skin.. I'm half-Asian and have some yellow undertones, so this matched my lids almost perfectly
+ Goes on creamy and dries really fast, but blends effortlessly
+ There's a lot of product in the little glass jar so you should be set for a long time
+ This sounds kinda weird, but the only purpose I find this for other than an eye primer is a CONCEALER! It works wonders as a concealer and covers up my scars beautifully
Now to the cons...
- A little expensive for my normal budget at $16.50. I bought mine at Dillard's with a leftover gift card I received, but still.. that's pretty damn expensive!
- Glass jar may not be convenient for some.. if you're afraid of contaminating and/or breaking the jar.. it's also a little heavy
- The main con of these all is why I rated this product with 3 lippies: I bought it after reading all these rave reviews and watching YouTube guru's using this particular shade as an eye primer. I liked the idea of having a "bare canvas" when applying my eyeshadows; they made this look amazing and claimed it made their colors POP. So, I was at the mall the next day and decided to try this out and having no thoughts about this product as a failure for me since well.. it's MAC lol, and all of their other products I have tried seem to be decent to amazing (Blacktrack Fluidline is my HG eyeliner and I am willing to pay the $15 for this!). Anyway, I tried it on the next day and I noticed how it was creamy and seemed to cover any imperfections on my eyelid. BTW, I used my finger for application. I'm not one of those damn germ freaks. :P So far, so good.. a little cakey at first, but I smoothed it out. The first thing I noticed when applying my eyeshadow was that it didn't seem to make the color POP as it was claimed to do. It gave it sort of a toned-down, neutral appearance. I wear a lot of bright colors, so this didn't seem to good. Oh well, I thought.. maybe I should apply more next time. I went in to work and was only there for about 2 hours and decided to check up my makeup in the mirror. To my disbelief, my eyeshadow had already creased! I wasn't even working that hard. I could not believe my shadow had creased that quickly! I was majorly pissed by that time. I read somewhere that you're not supposed to put too much or that will happen. Now, don't get me wrong.. I have extremely oily lids and remember.. I'm half-Asian so I had a somewhat double-lid going on. Poo. But I cannot use that as an excuse. I normally wear Mary Kay Eye Primer and it retails for $14, but I get mine on Ebay for no more than $7 shipped. Although my eyeshadow does crease.. I can go for about 10+ hours and be safe with the MK primer. I had high hopes that MAC wouldn't let me down, but 2 hours? That's complete BS! So I tried Soft Ochre again today.. didn't put a lot, and I used some of my powder to "set" it. Applied my pretty bold eyeshadows, which soft ochre still made look duller than with my MK primer. :\ I took a nap, all was still well.. but again, I wasn't moving or anything, so it looked good. I went to the grocery store, looked in my mirror -- CREASE GALORE! I am so mad right now b/c I really wanted this to work for me. I have no doubt that people with normal lids would have this problem, but this product did not serve it's purpose for me.
So.. why a 3? And why am I stupid and haven't returned it? I saw someone say they tried this as a concealer and I thought what the hell.. let's try it. I put it over a scar on my cheek and this matched my skin tone perfectly.. and the scar was no longer noticeable! Amazing! At least I'll get some use out of this, but once I use it up [if ever...], I won't repurchase. If I was rich and ballin', I might would consider repurchasing for use as an amazing concealer, but I'm sure I can find something cheaper that works almost as well. Too bad this didn't work as intended for me.. oh well.
I still love my other MAC products though! :D
Paint Pots from MAC are commonly used as a base for eyeshadows. Also, there are lots of shades of Paint Pots but Soft Ochre is one of the most used shade as a neutral color. I think this product is excellent for girls/guys who has a yellow undertone of their skin color. Although I have a pale skin, I really enjoy using this color on my lid as a colored primer. Also, if you happen to have a pale skin like mine, Painterly Paint Pot is a great choice to choose than Soft Ochre. Thus, I am impressed with this particular color and hope to purchase this product again.
This was my best buy from my last trip to MAC. It matches my skin tone almost perfectly and just really evens out the skin tone on my eyelids. I want to collect all of the paint pots. Before I was on the fence about paint pots and liked my primer potions with shadow. But ya I am really happy that I got this. :) Everyone should have one. I havent tried painterly yet but I heard the consistency is different.
This is my first paint pot and I'm on the fence about it. I swatched some shadows over Soft Ochre and TFSI to compare the effects each have as a base, and TFSI wins hands down. Like another user mentioned, shadows seem to pop more over TFSI than over Soft Ochre and I think it's because Soft Ochre lightens and mattifies the lid. Overall, I will continue to use this until I finish it and Back 2 MAC it, but I will probably try different paint pots next time.