Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A One Shadow Wonder: MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot

This summer I discovered the joy of the "one shadow wonder." It's not as though this concept was foreign to me but suddenly a one shadow, smudged on smoky look seemed that much more appealing. Coupled with a bold lip and a good lick of mascara, this combination comprised my go to makeup for the duration of the summer. As we approach autumn, this personal trend doesn't seem to be letting up. Rather, I've been expanding my wardrobe of one shadow wonders (particularly those in cream form). 

As a direct result of my obsession with smudgy one product looks, I finally purchased a long term wish list item MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot. In the past few years my interest in MAC's limited edition collections has rapidly diminished, and as a casualty of this disinterest I've also stopped paying attention to their permanent line. Unfortunately this has caused me to miss out as experience has taught me that the permanent products are more often than not the standout products MAC offers, and Indianwood Paint Pot is a prime example of the incredible quality that attracted me to MAC in the first place. 

Deeper, more brown based and somewhat richer than its lighter cousin Rubenesque, MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot checks all my boxes for a swipe it on and go shadow. The texture of this shade is somewhat thicker and creamier than other Paint Pots in MAC's permanent collection, and Indianwood is by far the most pigmented of the bunch. Where lighter shades in the Paint Pot range require several applications to achieve even a semblance of color, Indianwood is soft and shimmery in one application and complex and uniform in another swipe. 

MAC describes Indianwood as a "metallic antique bronze," and although this description is accurate it seems somewhat too simplistic. When swatched heavily (below, on the left) the dimension of the shade is quite easy to see. It's this capability to pick up light and shadow in equal measure that makes this Paint Pot look like far more than one shadow when applied. I've been relying on Indianwood quite heavily on rushed mornings before work as it enables me to look quite put together in what literally amounts to a few seconds of work.  

I'm sure it goes without saying that I'll be getting quite a bit of use out of MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot even as the seasons change and cooler weather encourages me to dip into more of my shadow collection.

Have you tried MAC's Indianwood Paint Pot? Do you have a favorite one shadow wonder that you turn to time and time again?