Review of MAC Paint Pot - Constructivist by IrynaHarpy
Judging by the majority of the reviews here, Constructivist is as brilliant an all-rounder for most skin tones as I suspected it would be.
I don't see any of the 'reds' or other dominant hues others seem to be attributing to it, rather it's a fabulous blending tone with delicate frosting which would be flattering on young and old (glitters & sparkles may look like a statement on young eyes but, IMO, look like a tragic state of denial on older women). If anything, it would fall into a strange cool-or-warm neutral category of its own, dependent on what it's teamed with.
Being a massive fan of MAC eyeshadows & lippies, I had to have paintpots the moment they came out as, after having a tearduct removed a decade ago, my left eye is watery & anything not waterproof is gone within a couple of hours. It isn't a pretty sight! I'd become absolutely dependent on Lime Crime primer. or having to brush liner sealant over my eye makeup. Lime Crime is terrible from the blendability POV, while sealant means shifting around all of your careful blending work.
I would still recommend wearing it with a primer since all darker eyeshadows fade throughout the day and because paintpots will crease up older skin as they dry to a powder finish. Using them as a primer is a no-no for anyone past the first flush of youth. That said, Constructivist is a wonderful multifunctioner. Most of us don't have time to go through lavish makeup routines in the morning. I often use it as a thick eyeliner blended/smudged out as a winged liner, followed by Dipdown eyeliner a little closer in & finished with a bit of Blacktrack for the finely defined 'wings'. A bit of champagne eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes as a highlighter and to 'lift' any heavier liner close to the nose, plus waterproof mascara & there's a quick 'n easy basic eye.
This is my must makeup if I know I'm going out in the evening. The tones in Constructivist work perfectly with any colours you want to use for an evening look. A quick retouch & pulling the colour around to the crease & you can go copper, bronze, purple, pink, green or salmon! Constructivist doesn't seem to have a conflict of interest with any other colour groups. As I've noted, it seems to be more of a tone or shade than a colour. I can line my eyes with purples or olives or coppers & it complements them all as a contouring base.
Oh, and it is definitely waterproof. The garden tap exploded off into my hand a few weeks ago when I had to water the plants at the end of a summer's day before going out. I copped the full brunt of it in my face & spent at least 5 minutes under a fountain of water trying to get it back on before turning off the mains. While the emergency plumber fixed the tap, I had to put myself together & thought I'd have to start from scratch for certain. My face hadn't budged! Seriously! Not an iota! Okay, the Constructivist had faded slightly after a long, hot day... but it was there & I got away with simply resetting my BB cream with translucent powder, relining & filling my lips & a very quick blowave.
Any product that I can count on to simplify my life drastically definitely deserves 5 lippies! Incidentally, I've used it since it first came out in Australia, so I've been through a couple of pots. Stored upside-down, I've never had to resort to any gel/cream revival routines on this baby!