Tired of hearing about these yet? For the past few weeks, I have been trying out these little pots of cream eyeshadow. The second I heard "paint pot dupe", I was all in.
While the packaging is quite similar and definitely a step up, I wouldn't go as far as to say "dupe". For me, paint pots don't crease (I know that for some they do). The Maybelline shadows are a cream eyeshadow (the name irks me...are you a cream or a gel?). They aren't necessarily meant to "prime" the eye persay. I found these shadows worked best for me with a primer underneath.
Final verdict: I think Maybelline is going in the right direction, but isn't quite there yet. They stepped up their game, but that purple shadow dragged them back down. A lot of people seem to love tough as taupe and I think it would be a good call by Maybelline to come out with some more neutral colors in the range.
Overall, like a paint pot, you need to try it for yourself. Depending on your eyelid skin, it may work great! My eyelids are generally in the normal range. Sometimes dry for winter. But for me, this wasn't a replacement of my paint pot. I will use what I purchased, but I wouldn't run out to buy more.
Rating (1-5): 3 (I still think it needs work)
Best For: Those with less oily eyelids or those that don't have many issues with fading or creasing
Where to buy: Drugstores or Super Stores (CVS and Riteaid usually have deals running, so if you are going to buy, I'd wait for a deal)
Best option: Tough as Taupe
Leave it on the Shelf: Painted Purple