So today I am going to be doing a comparison of the MAC Paintpots & the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. This was requested by the lovely Nuala Maria you can check her blog out here.
Maybelline Colour Tattoos- £4.99
MAC Paintpots- £14.50
Onto the Comparison:
Top Row L-R - MAC 'Bare Study' Maybelline 'On & On Bronze'
Now the first similarity these two have is the packaging(excluding the lids). They are both packaged in glass jars that shows the product at the bottom surrounded by a glass 'rim'. As you can see, excluding the text, these look very similar from the bottom. I love how Maybelline have decided to package these because it makes them feel a lot more classy & high end.
Same as above
From above these look very different, the Maybelline Colour Tattoos have flat lids with the barcode and shade on the top whereas the MAC Paintpots just have a domed black lid with no text on. I prefer the MAC Paintpot lids personally.
MAC 'Bare Study'
Maybelline 'On & On Bronze'
Maybelline 'Eternal Gold'
Top Row L-R- MAC 'Bare Study' Maybelline 'On & On Bronze'
Bottom Row- Maybelline 'Eternal Gold' MAC 'Rubinesque'
From the picture above you will be able to see that from above these look extremely similar and when put all together like this it is hard to notice a difference. I love how the packaging is similar as it makes it a very good dupe!
L-R MAC 'Bare Study' , MAC 'Rubinesque', Maybelline 'Eternal Gold', Maybelline 'On & On Bronze'
Next onto the pigmentation, now this is where the main difference is. The MAC Paintpots are designed to be bases more than they are cream eyeshadows, whereas although you could use the Maybelline Colour Tattoos as bases they are more targeted to be a cream eyeshadow product. Because of this the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are a lot more pigmented and the MAC Paintpots are a lot more sheer.
As for texture they feel very similar, they both feel gel based and are very smooth and glide onto the lid. As for lasting power, again they are very similar. The MAC Paintpots are slightly smoother but this is only a tiny bit, and the MCT's are very smooth.The MCT's do tend to fade a little throughout the day, but they both stay on about the same time. Although this is not one of their claims, both of these products are pretty water resistant because when I went to wash these swatches off my hand they left a pretty strong mark and the colour had only faded slightly. Even as I write this post I still have the colour on my hands!
You may also be able to tell from the picture above they are very similar finishes, and they are even more similar in person, they both have pretty much the same amount of shimmer and give off an extremely similar finish. (Excluding Permanent Taupe which is a matte colour)
As for colour ranges the MCT's come in more bright colours, but they do have some neutral colours, whereas the MAC Paintpots come in much more neutral colours, unless there is a collection out.
Overall my verdict would be that these two products are extremely similar and that for almost £10 cheaper the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are phenominal! However because the colour selection from each of the two brands are so different it solely comes down to which shade you want.
Thanks for reading
What other dupes have you found?
These colours are amazing, love metallic eyeshadowReplyDelete
Thankyou! Yes me too, I think they look amazing on the eyes :) xxDelete
I love the Maybelline colour tattoos! I use them as a base for eyeshadow and they stay looking great all day :) great comparison xoReplyDelete
Me too! I haven't tried them as a base yet, only as an eyeshadow, but might try that out :) I think they are amazing, and I think the price is amazing too! Thanks very much :) xxDelete
I am not a fan of cream eyeshadows but I did try Eternal Gold and thought the staying power of MCT's is amazing!ReplyDelete
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Really? I prefer cream eyeshadows! hehe, yes I think they are amazing!xxDelete
Great post! I have some Mac shades but since they have the same quality, I rather get the cheaper of the two! xReplyDelete
Thanks :) ahha yes, it amazes me how similar these are!xxDelete
This is a great post. I was actually hopeing that someone would a comparison between the two!ReplyDelete
Awww I am so glad it has helped you!xxDelete
Idk why but the mct crease on me like no other!ReplyDelete
Really? These don't crease on me at all! Maybe try setting them with a powder eyeshadow? & apply a primer?XxDelete
Found you through the blog hop, love your reviews! :)ReplyDelete
Thankyou so much! I will check out your blog now :D xxDelete
Thank you so much for posting this hon, very useful! Thinking of getting the permanent taupe one! And thank you for linking my blog :) xxxReplyDelete
You're very welcome, I am glad you enjoyed it! Thankyou for requesting it, it was a great idea for a post! Yes I think that one looks very nice, and I think it is so cool because I've never seen another matte cream eyeshadow :) You're very welcome :D xxDelete
What a great comparison. I never would have thought to do this :) definitely gonna head out and look at the mctReplyDelete
Thankyou! haha neither had I until it was requested :D Yes I would definitely recommend them I really love them :) xxDelete
Great review! I have both the MCT & MAC shadows & they are similar & for the price you can't go wrong! Just wish MCT would bring out some more colours... :) xxReplyDelete
Thankyou! Yes I agree :) Hahha yes I really wish they would bring out more colours, as they still haven't brought some of the US shades over here :( I really want to try the frosty white, and the crimson/pink colour :) xxDelete
this is my favorite post! its very helpful and just what I need to know :D xxReplyDelete
Thankyou! I am so glad you found it helpful :) xxDelete
Great review, so helpful! I wanted to buy rubensque and bare study but now I'm going to get the maybelline versions! xReplyDelete
Thanks! Those two are so beautiful! hahah the Maybelline versions are fantastic :D xxDelete
I love my maybelline colour tattoos, especially permanent taupe, I can't see myself forking out nearly £15 for the MAC version at all, the colour tattoos are pigmented, long wearing and don't crease! xxReplyDelete
I really need to try the Maybelline Colour tattoos, especially since I think the MAC ones are ridiculously overpriced for what they are.ReplyDelete
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