Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Life and Death of Bare Study Paint Pot

Yesterday was a sad day in my makeup collection, friends. I have experienced my very first "MAC Paint Pot" failure. Paint Pots are amongst my favourite things that MAC makes. I own and regularly use 3, with one that I slightly preferred over the others... called Bare Study



Bare Study is a pale champagne colour, perfect for those days when you're in a rush and want a bit of brightness on the eyelid. I apply it with my fingers, like I do with all of my similar potted types of eye products. Paint Pots don't stay completely creaseless on me throughout the day but I do get a good 6 hours of wear out of them.

However, last week, something strange happened. I wake up in my morning daze and having slept in, I wanted a quick and effortless eye brightening... so on to Bare Study I went!


I started applying it on my eyelids with my fingers as I usually do, yet it was NOT co-operating. It went chunky and patchy... a complete nightmare to blend.

a chunky and dry mess
It was in fact impossible to blend out. I had to remove it and just opt for something else. Unfortunately my product has dried out and has become useless to me, which is a shame since you can see from the first picture I took that I have about half a pot full of the product. (I have had it for roughly 2 years if I remember correctly).

I had heard of this happening to people with Paint Pots in the past but I always dismissed it - I always make sure I close the lid super tight after each use. Besides, my other Paint Pot in "Rubenesque" is about 6 months older than Bare Study and it isn't doing this.

It's a shame that these products don't last enough for them to be used up completely. Has anyone here every fully finished a MAC Paint Pot? Or have they all met their dry demise at about halfway through? 

62 comments:

  1. Ohhh this started to happ to my Bare Study a few months ago. If you take a tissue and just skim it across the top surface and get rid of the exterior most exposed layer of product,and maybe just a lil more for good measure the remaining product beneath should be far smoother and easier to blend. Hope that helps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. that was the first thing I tried, but to no avail :'(

      Delete
  2. My old Soft Ocher started to dry out and I used it with a brush instead a few times and it was almost the dry layer lifted and a fresh layer was revealed! I used a 217 and a concealer brush. I went back to using my fingers again after about a week

    ReplyDelete
  3. It's a shame that that happened to your paint pot! I love paint pots and have several, of which groundwork seems to be the most used. It is a little more than half way done and it is shrinking away from the sides of the pot, but it is still creamy and workable. I should really start using up my paint pots before they dry out!

    ReplyDelete
  4. enkore made a video where he shows how to save your paintpots.. I just dont have the name of the video of the top of my head!.. but im pretty sure if you type how to save your paintpots Enkore's video will be one of the 1st ones to show.. hope that Helps.. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Here's the link Lilipad refers to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ErFV_zRuRM

      Delete
  5. My Constructivist paint pot started to dry out a little. So I went online and someone mentioned putting a few drops of Visine into it. I tried it and it has seemed to make it less dry.

    ReplyDelete
  6. this happened to my bare study too, i read somewhere to spray it with fix + or something similar, close it and store it upside down. mine went back to normal after that. i hope yours does!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks for the tip. I don't use fix+ anymore so it makes me mad that in order to get one product to work, i should have to buy another. disappointing but I guess I have had it for a long time and it was bound to kick the bucket at some point!! xx

      Delete
  7. Noooo! Paint pots (esp bare study) are one of my go-to products! Has this happened to any of your other pots?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. no, my rubenesque is older and more used and it hasn't happened.

      Delete
  8. My paint pot in groundwork dried out in about 6 months and I didnt even use it THAT often, maybe it felt like it was being unloved? this is why I also stopped using the fluidlines, the packaging is so useless! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it's a shame since they aren't exactly cheap!!

      Delete
  9. I regularly finish Paint Pots and do have a trick for keeping them fresh. If you store them upside down (label sticking up) the moisture is forced to the top near the area you pull from, and is maintained in the base. Keeps mine fresh for ages :)

    ♥ Jessica

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. that's impressive!! I think I will make it my goal to finish up my little Rubenesque soon :)

      Delete
    2. Was jst about to mention this. When my pp dried out...I started storing it upside down and voila! all was well in PP land. Not as great as when I'd just gotten it but definitely very workable

      Delete
  10. There has to be a way to save it! and give it some moisture! but, I'm not exactly sure how to. Try to look around the internet, someone has to have found a way!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good comment from Jessica, I also store mine upside down, I collect Paintpots and have all 32 of them, none of them have dried out.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh noooo :( This has never happened to me! I've used up 2 pots of Rubenesque paint pot without any problems and have another 5 paintpots in my makeup drawer that are fine.

    Gem x
    www.feminine-edge.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. That's the worst! Its crazy, my Layin' Low paint pot is still going strong from the Fafi collection! But I've had several paint pots dry out and die on me too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. the weird thing is that when i warm it up with my fingers, it looks and feels fine, but on the eyelids it gets all chunky and strange!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have not tried this product yet. I'm not a fan of creamy shadows. But the color is really pretty. IKEA is the best. Love this Vanity. It's very pretty. Seattle Beauty and Fashion - Girlie Blog Seattle

    ReplyDelete
  16. RIP lovely Bare Study pot!

    I love this shade.. shame yours had to go this way.

    Fee x

    ReplyDelete
  17. Exactly the same thing happened to my Painterly paint pot recently, after 2 years of use and 1/2 left i was also devastated. Seems the shelf like is around that 2 year mark.

    Sneak Peek of my makeup collection:
    http://superficialsydney.blogspot.com.au/

    ReplyDelete
  18. that happens to me all the time! i just pop it in the microwave (without the lid) for about 15-20 seconds and it's just like new again! i actually got this tip from temptalia. try it! hope this helps

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. this might sound weird but I don't own a microwave!! haha -___-

      Delete
    2. omg woman you're crazy! i dont know how you can survive college without one! i know i cant hahahaha :)

      Delete
  19. This is going to sound crazy but take a skewer or sturdy toothpick and stir all of the product together (I read this on a blog a while ago, can't remember where). I tried this with a MAC Fluidline and it revived the product beautifully. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have been mutilating it to try and get it to work but it's just not co-operating. i scraped off almost half of the top layer and it's still getting chunky on the eyes. oh well, I am sure these things aren't made to last over 2 years anyway... maybe some crazy bacteria got in there and altered the formula o_O

      Delete
  20. I use bare study almost every day and haven't experienced anything like that so far. I really want to try rubenesque.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. rubenesque is LOVELY! highly recommend especially for spring :)

      Delete
  21. Paintpots just dry out very fast. Try the paints, they're way better. Bare Canvas is pretty light with slight shimmer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really like Bare Canvas paint and have been using it since my bare study paint pot dried out on me too - However it is worth noting that this paint on me doesn't last as long as the paint pot before it creases... That being said the paint did not dry out on me like the paint pot did...

      Delete
  22. I am very much afraid my dear Rubenesque is reaching the same stage :( It's at least 3 years old, though.

    ReplyDelete
  23. God a make-up artists worst fear is when this happens, especially to a staple product like that!!!

    http://sarahhopemakeup.com/sarahhopemakeup/My_Blog/My_Blog.html

    ReplyDelete
  24. I also have Bare study paint pot. I bought it about a year ago and it's soo super dry and goes on patchy! It has even dried so much that there is a crack in the middle of it! so sad!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I LOVE paintpots, I'm such an addict. What I do, is either put a little/one drop of MAC Cleanse off oil or MAC mixing medium. It works for me! Good luck x

    ReplyDelete
  26. Yep.. Ive had this experience unfortunately with my last 2 painpots. I bought the black on and it did that in about 1 month :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it's such a shame! I'm hoping the Chanel Illusion D'ombre don't follow suit and dry out on me

      Delete
  27. I have the benefit Creaseless Cream shadows and I find they do the same thing. Must be the packaging :(

    ReplyDelete
  28. What I do with creme shadows and gel liners is store them upside down so that the moisture remains at the top and not in the bottom so they last longer

    ReplyDelete
  29. I heard of this as well, I own 3 paint pots, Blackground, Painterly & Indianwood. I've had my painterly one for 3 years and often use that as a base for my shadows, its still working fine with no problems - might be worth trying that one perhaps. To be fair though even if my Painterly one dried up on me, it cost me £13.50 (I'm from the UK) has lasted me longer the UDPP and is also cheaper so I can't really complain lol xx

    ReplyDelete
  30. ive had this happen before and a mac pro told me you can wake it up with 2 or 3 drops of moisturizing eye drops and leave it over night. works with gel liners too!

    ReplyDelete
  31. i love paintpots too, but mine are pretty hard to work with now.

    If you like barestudy, you should try benefit's creaseless cream shadow in RSVP.
    It's beautiful and i the texture is much nicer and easier to work with than macs.
    I find i've had better luck with this, however, my benefit pot isn't nearly as old as my paintpots.

    ReplyDelete
  32. "Bare Study" is the only one of my Paint Pots to dry out.. I use Painterly everyday and it is as creamy as the first time I used it! :S X

    ReplyDelete
  33. The trick that works for me with my paint pots is to store them upside down. I have had my painterly paint pot for over a year, use it daily and still have not dried out. Hope this works for you.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hey Sandra, Enkoremakeup has a video that shows you how you can fix cream eyeshadows and eyeliners. I tried this method with my Benefit cream eyeshadow and it worked quite well. The video is titled "Dried-up Gel Liner? Revive it!" and you can find it here: http://youtu.be/4ErFV_zRuRM

    ReplyDelete
  35. Both my Painterly & Soft Ochre dried out :(

    ReplyDelete
  36. awww that is quite a shame. I haven't read all responses but think generally MAC's creamy paint pots last much longer than their frost ones. I have been through 3 Painterly's and they never dried on me. However, my Delft p/p looks half dried out :(

    ReplyDelete
  37. I think about 3 of my paintpots dried out. Remarkably Delft, the one I use the most, is still good.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Funny, because the same happened to me yesterday. I bought my BareStudy a year ago I think. And I am really disappointed.
    Dried out and could not be smoothed out. I even tried to put more on the lid to fill the "gaps". Did look like the eye makeup from an old Florida lady in the end..you know what I mean...

    ReplyDelete
  39. Hi Sandra :) I store mine upside down and so far they are all ok , I've had some for more than 3yrs ...

    ReplyDelete
  40. this happened to my bare study aswell, I will have to try some of these tricks that people commented!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Maybe you could spray the layer with a tad bit of water or Fix+?

    Im having a giveway, want to check it out?
    http://seventhingsbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-cutey-charm-bracelets-and.html

    ReplyDelete
  42. Try adding couplde drops of Johnson's mineral oil and it should become softer. I haven't used this trick on Paint Pot, but on other jar like products it works.

    ReplyDelete
  43. same thing happened to my bare study paint pot. the heating and stirring only worked for that one time, and then crusty and patchy-ness came back. i store mine upside down now so the moisture goes to the top.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Bare Study is my favorite too, and after 2 years it retired. But I would still buy it again because it is just beautiful. I did buy Rubenesque because of one of your lastest videos and I think this is going to replace Bare Study at least until the fall/winter.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I have my Soft Ochre for 3 years and still it's halfway filled. I don't expereince any drying problem and it has been working so well for my eyes to make my eyeshadows last longer.
    Just got my Bare Study and hope it will serve as well as Soft Ochre!

    Following u now via Goggle +. Follow me back if you like! ♥

    Say meow to me on:
    Miss Kwong: From Catwalk to Classroom

    ReplyDelete
  46. whew, i was searching around on how to fix my rubenesque paint pot, i've only used it 4 or 5 times and it dried out on me. I used my opti-free contacts cleaner and used my clean fingers to smush down the top. used a tissue to get excess solution off and it works new as ever.

    ReplyDelete
  47. whew, i've been researching around and i've fixed my rubenesque paint pot. it dried out after 5 or 6 uses. i didn't have any fix+ but i used my opti-free solution and it worked! put some solution in and with clean fingers i smushed it down til it was soft and used a tissue to get excess solution out. brand as new. yay.

    ReplyDelete
  48. It is 11 at night and I tried the microwave trick. I put in Bare Study for 5 seconds at a time, and did this around 3 times then wiped off the top layer with a tissue then smoothed it out with my finger and it is good as new! Yay! I also did this with Rubenesque I am so happy! In Australia paint pots cost roughly $35 dollars!!

    www.youtube.com/beautymarked02

    ReplyDelete