I'm a girl who loves her eyeshadow bases. They provide extra staying power and vibrancy to any eye look. I've been on a bit of a nude eye kick lately so I've really been reaching for these two products for that neutral, wearable eyeshadow base. After all, who doesn't love a good pinky champagne eye color? No one, that's who...
|MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study|
|Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded|
|MAC Bare Study, Maybelline Barely Branded|
|Bare Study, Barely Branded|
Though these shades are practically identical, the texture of these cream shadows is the major difference between these guys. The Bare Study Paint Pot is notably smoother than the Barely Branded. Even before taking these photos, I had to take a makeup wipe and run it across the top of the Barely Branded cream shadow to remove some of the dried "skin" layer that had developed after sitting in my vanity for a couple of months. I've had the MAC Barely Study Paint Pot for at least a couple of years and it still feels as fresh and smooth as the day I bought it. However, because of this creamier texture, I find that Paint Pots will occasionally crease on me, even with an eye primer. The texture maybe a little more difficult to work with but I have never noticed any creasing with the Maybelline Color Tattoos, ever.
Which would I repurchase...
If you have the patience to work a little more with a product, I'd say go for the Maybelline Color Tattoo. This is a no fail product I can always count on for a long lasting, vibrant eye look. If you're a no fuss kind of girl and don't have particularly oily eye lids, the MAC Paint Pot maybe the better choice. It has maintained its smooth texture and pretty pigmentation over time and continues to be a quick, easy, no fuss product in my collection.