I really wanted to like Rubenesque. Such a pretty and rich rose-gold. Looks amazing in the pot and swatches beautifully. But on the lid, there were large particles of shimmer that didn't look smooth enough to me.
I adore Rubenesque! A few months ago, my friend had bought some stuff from MAC and I asked her what I she thought I should buy... I told her that I wanted an eyeshadow. She told me to go look at the paintpots so I went on the MAC website and looked at the colors. I thought that Bare Study was pretty, but would be too light on my skintone and the other color that I was interested in was Rubenesque. I briefly remembered hearing about an amazing paintpot called Rubenesque from Juicystar07 on youtube and I decided to go to the MAC store. I bought the paintpot in Rubenesque.
I'm glad I did! It is so easy to put on this paintpot, all you do is swirl your finger in it and blend/pat it onto your eyelids. It has a very creamy, moist texture and its really easy to build up the pigmentation depending to your taste. I have tanned skin, sort of on the darker side and was worried that Rubenesque would look to pink on my skin but it shows up as a beautiful gold with shimmer. This looks amazing with a little bit of black eyeliner on the top and a volumizing mascara- perfect for the summer. The only thing I don't really like is the price... It would be nice if it was a little cheaper but there is a lot of product in the jar, so I know I can use it for a long time. I have heard other people complain about dropping the jar and then it chipped, but this has never happened to me. I like the slightly heavy packaging and modern black lid. Overall, I love this! I'm so happy I bought it and it makes my brown eyes stand out and look good.
Oh man oh man I love this paint pot so so much. It's a sheer peachy gold cream eyeshadow. I use it all the time just to make my other gold toned shadows layered on top opaque. My favorite combination is Stila Kitten over this.
If you're cool toned and golds worry you because they pull orange, RUBENESQUE WORKS! Seriously, this gold is perfect because it works on all skin tones. It doesn't pull orange at all.
My shadow never creases with this, but then again I don't have oily eyelids. Love this. I wear it on its own all the time. Also, I've been using it at least 3 times a week for a year and a half and I'm definitely not even close to finishing. Probably my favorite makeup item.
This paint pot is worth every penny I love it so much!
I bought into the hype and again I'm disappointed! This is my first (and last) paint pot so I'm not sure how similar all the colours are in texture.
I love the colour in the jar and on my hand but on my eyes it looks like patchy orange glitter on my eye with not enough base colour. Within a couple of hours it begins to gather and crease. The colour is a little too peach for my tastes, its a personal thing but I thought I'd mention if anyone with my colouring is wondering.
It's the texture that I dislike most though. It is quite a dense, dryish cream that doesn't blend well and sits heavily on my lids making them look drier than they are. They are similar in texture to my maybelline colour tattoo eyeshadows which i dislike for the same reasons.
I'm not sure why people love these so much but I definitely recommend the Benefit creaseless cream shadows, Shiseido shimmering creams or for something glittery Chanel Illusion D'ombre.
Disappointed in this eyeshadow. I was hoping itd have more pigment, but its so sheer it looks like theres nothing on my eyes. Good base, but why buy a mac e/s just to cover it up?
I love this as a quick everyday wash of colour all over the lid. It lasts and doesn't crease without a primer, even on my oily lids. It's a beautiful, easy to wear colour and even after owning it for nearly a year mine hasn't dried out.
A fantastic primer/base
Price: $23 CAD
Colour: light gold
Finish: iridescent shimmer
Texture: buttery smooth
This dries to a powdery finish in a flash! Crease-free for the entire day and is waterproof and smudge proof.
I use this pretty much every day all over the lid with a crease colour black gel liner. Since it's a gold (peachy on fairer skin) anyone can wear this!
Melon pigment is a touch darker and Tweet Me (which I own) from the Peacock Collection is a powder version of this.
Get it, love at first wear guaranteed! <3
My first paint pot, I bought Rubenesque sight unseen, based on the rave reviews all over the net. Itís such a beautiful, shimmery, pinky gold in the pot, that I couldnít wait to put it on once Iíd got it home, but unfortunately, on my pale NW20 skin it dries to an unflattering light apricot colour. Disappointing. I imagine it might make blue eyes pop, but my eyes are dark green (the exact colour of Urban Decayís Mildew) and the combination of dark green and orange is not pretty. It also seems to lose the glowing sheen that it has in the pot, once dried, so wearing it on its own as an eye colour doesnít really work for me.
However, all is not lost, as Iíve now started using it as an eye shadow base, which I believe is what itís actually intended for. I apply a thin layer or two with my ring finger, then let it dry briefly, before applying my chosen eye shadow over the top. When I do this, even the brightest Urban Decay shadows (which I find fade and crease within 3-4 hours unprimed) remain as strongly coloured and uncreased for 14+ hours! I also like to think that the base lends an extra metallic shine to my shadows, but that might be wishful thinking.
Overall, I love this product as a base, though not as a standalone eye colour, and would definitely purchase more paint pots (not that I can imagine this running out before it dries out), though I wouldnít buy Rubenesque again. I would try to find one that works a bit better with my colouring.
Love this! I first purchased it a few years ago and used it all up but thought I didn't need it again (to save $$). Now I'm back, realizing I prefer using this everyday.
After applying my tinted moisturizer (or foundation), I apply this all over my eyelids and even under my eyes with my ring finger (for gentle application).
It works as a great primer. The color is not obvious at all, but that's OK with me. I love the way it feels, and the subtle sheen really wakes up my face. I then follow with a very neutral look with mostly brown eyeshadows.
The jar the paint pots come in is very sturdy and feels expensive. I don't mind dipping my finger in it, as long as I just wash my hands.
Rubenesque is just SUCH a beautiful shade in the pot. Can't resist it! The sheen holds all day.
It's a bit pricey at about $20 with tax, but I find it well worth it. One pot lasts me a long time, probably about 2 years if I remember correctly. Will repurchase again and again to use as my eye primer.
Rubenesque is a bit like Nars Orgasm for eyes. I love this paint pot! Everyone tells me to use copper shades on my eyes since they are blue, but since I'm very pale and cool-toned, it's hard to find a coppery colour that isn't too orange (i.e. warm). Rubenesque is a pinky-copper, not an orangey/yellow-y copper, which needs more than one "coat" to really stand out. However, I like the fact that one "coat" will provide a light wash, as it's perfect for the office i.e. not too bold. Tip: I like to add a dot of this in the inner corner of the eye to really brighten them up. :)