HG!!! This is my one and only paintpot but I use it all the time. This is how I wanted Painterly to look like on my NC40-42 lids (Painterly was too pink and pale on my warm skin). I use Groundwork on its own as a quick lid wash and gives me a neutral, nude but polished look on days I have to rush out the door. It makes a great base for my other eyeshadows, lasts all day long and never creases. Thank you to the MAC MA who talked me out of getting Painterly. This pot is a godsend and will last me forever.
I love MAC paint pots but this one did not work at all for my brown eyes. I much prefer Constructivist which has more vibrancy to it. I know a lot of women love groundwork - even use it at brow definer - however, I returned this to the store I was so disappointed and I NEVER do that with MAC. Just suggest you try it vs constructivist before purchasing and consider how you wish to use it. It may be better as a brow gel than an eyelid cover.
I do like MAC's paint pots, but this particular one not so much. I don't consider all paint pots to be eye bases at all- some crease up on me when worn by themselves after a few hours, so I personally don't really get that claim for this one or Painterly...though for Cashflow I definitely could use that w.o a base and it won't crease. Anyway, I can see why people like it, it's neutral and I guess can go with different skin tones, but I never really reach for this. The particular shade of brown I find looks boring on me and doesn't really do anything for my eyes, and being matte on top of it there is no depth (nothing against mattes, just with the color...meh). It's not your standard dark brown, looks a little brighter than the standard dark brown. I wouldn't call it taupe at all though. Groundwork is the right name for it, does have a muddy look. Granted I love neutrals and many look fine on me, but this one was a miss. I have really dark brown eyes and yellowish/medium tan skin. The rating is more for the color than the actual product quality...I usually like paint pots. Groundwork isn't terrrrrible, but I'm not wowed and kinda underwhelmed.
I love this paint pot...I use this as an eyeshadow for a very neutral look it gives me enough color...love it!
My second favorite paint pot. The texture is so creamy and soft, the color is a light brown. I like using for those days when bare study isn't colorful enough (I know right, a brown isn't very colorful either) This can really change the dimension of colors. I like using it with VS private beach and also WnW nutty. I've also used it with Mac's prepped for glamour and style snob. I will def repurchase, but paint pots last forever!
As someone mentioned previously, this is a nice base color for darker skin. I'm a NC45 and this gives me a nice neutral (cool range) look. To warm up the taupe base, I use Mac's eyeshadow in Sorba to give more of a tan base than taupe. This also works nice with Maybelline's quad pack Mocha Motion eyeshadows. At first I also found the pot to go on rough, but once I used moisturizer it went on pretty smooth.
Love this for a very natural look for work. In my job a made up eye is not appropriate, although mascara is fine. I just apply a little on my lids with my fingers and it look natural, but better. I have had people ask what my mascara was, just thinking that was all I was wearing. It was actually groundwork making my eyes look good,
A very nice neutral base for my skin tone (NC42). I have pretty oily lids so I always use TFSI or UDPP under groundwork. Just make sure you screw the lid on tight since paintpots can dry out fairly quickly. I use my fingers to apply it on my lids and it works well.
I really want to buy this product but I gave up buying makeup for Lent! Anyway, I did try it and loved how it made Modelette pop! Its great for a brown smokey look! Cant wait till the day after Easter!!!
This is one of my favorite paint pots.I use this as both a primer for my eyes and a base for my neutral colors. It keeps my eyeshadow on all day, and isn't too pale or shimmery on my skin.