i have long sung the praises of the mac paint pots – specifically the shades groundwork and painterly. if you are not familiar, they are cream shadow pots in a wide variety of shades – groundwork being a warm midtone brown (described as neutral but i don’t find it to be) and painterly a pinky beige. i actually have a painterly dupe as well, but i got it in london and can’t find it in the us, so we will stick with groundwork today.
so here’s the amazing news about this dupe: it’s easier to find, it’s cheaper, it has better ingredients, and in my opinion, it’s a better color. what is this magical eye shadow you ask? it’s the maybelline color tattoo shadow in creamy beige. this is by no means a new product but it’s a new shade to me and i’m pretty excited about it.creamy beige really isn’t a beigey color at all, but the perfect neutral brown. i find that creamy beige is slightly less warm than groundwork, so it doesn’t have the tendency to pull orange on my lids (i am very fair with cool toned skin). i like that the color is slightly more neutral so it will be perform better for skin tones that aren’t just warm-based. the formula is lighter than groundwork and a touch drier, so if you find the mac paint pots crease on you, i think you will be safer with these.
in terms of ingredients, the mac paint pots score a 4 on ewg while maybelline color tattoos score a 3. that’s not much of a difference, except the mac paint pots include the ingredient retinyl palmitate, or vitamin a palmitate, which scores a 9 and is a 100% in the high concern for developmental and reproductive toxicity category. ummm no thank you?!?!?!? even though all of the other ingredients score 1-3s, once i read that i just can’t forget it.so yes, i will be giving away my mac groundwork and putting creamy beige into rotation instead. i will still keep painterly since it is my all time favorite cream eyeshadow, but if you do want to know about that dupe it’s another maybelline color tattoo called creme de rose. it’s slightly darker in tone so i don’t find it quite as brightening on me, but i think this will be a benefit for more skin tones that struggle with the lightness of painterly.
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