MAC Groundwork Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a "mid-tone neutral taupe". It's a warm brown with yellow undertones and opaque color payoff. Paint Pots are highly pigmented, long-wearing cream shadows which are used to create a foundation for seamless and crease-free eyeshadow application. After the product has been applied to the lids and dries, the result is a smudge-free base that won't budge and will amplify any eyeshadow or pigment that is applied over top.
Groundwork has a smooth, creamy consistency which dries down to a satiny matte finish. It doesn't dry too quickly, so you'll have enough time to blend to your liking. Although Groundwork may not look like the most exciting shade, its one of those staple products that can be worn day to day. Because its neutral, it can be worn to work as a simple wash of color or it can be used as a base for a sultry smokey eye. I previously raved about my love for MAC Painterly Paint Pot (a creamy nude beige with pink undertones), but since owning Groundwork, I've been reaching for it most days.
The majority of the time, I'd say 9 times out of 10, I use MAC Paint Pots as a base for eyeshadow or pigment. I always use Urban Decay Primer Potion first and then apply the Paint Pot over top. I prefer using a primer first to ensure that the Paint Pot and eyeshadow stay put all day. In comparison to cream shadows from other brands (i.e. Benefit, MUFE, Smashbox), I prefer MAC Paint Pots for their texture, performance, and versatility.
|MAC Groundwork Paint Pot|
|MAC Paint Pots (left to right): Constructivist, Groundwork, Painterly, Indianwood|