MAC Indianwood paint pot Review, swatch and EOTD

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite and most used products – MAC ‘Indianwood’ paint pot.

MAC Paint pots are basically cream eye shadow formulations that come packaged in a small tub or “pot” and can be used as eye shadow base or alone or in conjunction with other eye shadows. They set within few seconds of application and stay on for hours without creasing or fading. Thus they work as excellent eye primer/bases- bringing out the color of the eye shadows and preventing them from smudging, creasing or fading.

Price: Rs 1100

Quantity : 5 g

MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review



What MAC says about PAINT POTS : A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners.

The shade ‘Indianwood ‘ : MAC describes the shade as Metallic antique bronze (Frost).  It is a bronzy gold shade with a high metallic shine that appears more gold on the lids.  The shimmer is not glittery or chunky but finely distributed in the product that gives a metallic effect. The shade is very beautiful and very versatile. It can be paired with a lot of colors to create any kind of look and moreover, it will suit all skin tones. It can be worn alone all over the lid with just mascara and kohl for a simple everyday look too. Because of the versatility of this shade, I decided to give this wonderful product in my first Giveaway! In case, you’ve not entered yet, you can enter the giveaway HERE.

I’ll be doing another post shortly about the different looks you can create with ‘Indianwood’ paint pot.


MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review


The GOOD about MAC ‘Indianwood’ paint pot :

  1. Sturdy, classic black MAC packaging
  2. Creamy, smooth formula that glides on lids.
  3. The shimmer is very wearable and fine- gives a metallic effect.
  4. Does not crease, fade for a long long time.
  5. Waterproof.
  6. Can be used as a base- helps eye shadows stay longer without creasing, fading, smudging.
  7. Will suit all skin tones.
  8. Can be used to create many different looks- is subtle enough for everyday wear.
  9. Little quantity is required- will last a long time.
  10. Applies easily- can be applied with a brush or fingers.
The NOT-SO-GOOD about MAC ‘Indianwood’ paint pot :
  1. Comes in a tub packaging- you need a brush to apply or else need to dip your fingers in it to apply.
  2. The product sets quickly so you cannot take a long time to blend it.
  3. Expensive (being MAC!)
How it looks on the eyes :

I’ve used

  • MAC ‘Indianwood’ paint pot on inner half of the lid(applied sheerly)
  • matte green eyeshadow on outer half
  • FACES kajal on waterline
  • Lakme shimmer liner ‘Midnight Moon’ on upper lash line
  • Maybelline colossal volume mascara.
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review EOTD
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review EOTD


MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review EOTD
MAC 'Indianwood' paint pot - review EOTD


Overall Verdict: It is one the most gorgeous and versatile warm metallic shades that will suit all skin tones and can be used in many different ways. The texture is smooth and creamy and applies like a dream. You need to use fingers or a brush to apply. The formula is excellent- shimmer is fine and non-gritty, applies evenly and smoothly, stays on without creasing,fading and smudging for hours and can be used as base or worn alone. Since it is MAC, it comes with a price tag, but it is worth every penny!

Highly recommend to everyone.

Rating: 4.5/5

Will I repurchase: Yes! (though I won’t need to )

Have you tried MAC Paint pots?  Which is your favorite shade? 



  1. Its so pretty…and I really loved the way you have used it along with the green shade..

    My one and only paint pot is Groundwork…Planning to get Rubenesque :-))

    1. Thanks Poornima 🙂 Groundwork is great as a base right? I use Painterly as base. Rubenesque is really have a look at Indianwood also.

    1. Thats too bad! I’ve been eyeing Artifact since some time. Did you mean Blackground paint pot? I saw Lisa Eldridge use it in a smokey eye looked gorgeous!

  2. Fixed the link and added the pic.. apologies for the mistakes, I havent done it before.

    Will be back to read the review later 🙂

  3. Nice one Ankita 🙂 I have not tried MAC paint pot before.. are there other shades u suggest? I have a fair skin tone..

    1. Rubenesque is a peachy-gold shade that will suit you very well Rekha. If you want a shade to be used as base- then Painterly is really good. 🙂

  4. super
    that combi is my all time fav n something i know how to achieve
    rest eye make up is like door ke dhol 😐

  5. I wish I had your amazing blending skills! I’ve been looking into the paint pots as a primer, but I haven’t been able to swatch them. Are there any that are matte and would work well as a base for tan skin?

    1. The matte paint pots are ‘Painterly (cool toned beige), Soft ochre ( yellow beige), Groundwork(taupe), Quite Natural(Dark taupy brown). I think Groundwork should work for you..Quite natural may be too dark but its best to try them on before purchasing! 🙂

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