One of my favourite launches from the first half of 2020, was the shade extension of the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Babe In Charms is just of sixteen new shades, and I’ve already shared my review of the Bougie Paint Pot (which is so beautiful), and today I have Babe In Charms to show you.
“A highly pigmented, long-wearing, blendable eye primer and/or cream shadow – M·A·C Pro Longwear Paint Pot goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish that lasts for 24 hours.
The innovative second skin-like creamy shadow formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey.
Its superior colour purity stays true and will not streak or crease. Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products, like M·A·C shadows and liners.“
The MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are packaged within clear, glass round jars with black plastic lids. You have to ensure you twist the lid on as tight as you can, as they can dry up easily if you don’t, due to their cream formulation.
I like to store all of my MAC Paint Pots upside down with the shade names facing up, and I feel like it also helps to prevent them from drying out, too.
If you store them well, they last for years, and I’ve never had an issue where a Paint Pot is dried up, and I owned eight before purchasing a collection of the new shades. You can use a product like the Inglot Duraline to revive one, should it ever dry out.
MAC describes the MAC Babe In Charms Pro Longwear Paint Pot as being peach with rose gold pearl, which had me instantly sold, but wow it’s even prettier than the photos online.
In the jar, you can see the pink to gold duochrome shift, and I would love MAC to launch more duochrome Paint Pots, as I’m a sucker for anything duochrome.
The MAC Babe In Charms Pro Longwear Paint Pot is very sheer compared to every other Paint Pot in my collection. The only shade which has a slightly sheer finish is Let’s Skate, but Babe In Charms is definitely sheerer than Let’s Skate.
It almost has a clear base, with lots of rose gold shimmer particles and peach shimmer particles. The more you apply, the more obvious the duochrome shift becomes, but you have to apply it in sheer, thin layers and let them dry down before applying any more, or it’ll move around on the lids.
I know that’s more of a faff than any other MAC Paint Pot shades, but the pretty and unique duochrome shift it worth the extra effort, but if it wasn’t so pretty, I wouldn’t bother, but I can imagine some being annoyed by how sheer it is.
Some of the MAC Paint Pots work nicely under powder shadows as a base, but I don’t find MAC Babe In Charms to be as effective as a base shade. The formula is a little different to the other Paint Pots, but I prefer to wear it alone, for the noticeable duochrome shift once layered.
If I had to choose a favourite from Bougie or Babe In Charms, it’d be Bougie as the formula is beautiful with no extra effort, but both shades are gorgeous.