The Smudged-Out Smokey


You know the deal by now. When it comes to eye makeup I’m all over the whole one shade, smudged all over the lid thang. Done. Easy enough for my cack-handed grip to master and simple enough for my no-fuss makeup tastes. There’s plenty of colours in my collection that fit this blended lid bill, but a new one has been welcomed into the eye arsenal and it’s gooood. MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Eclair, a warm metallic brown, part of the Baking Beauties range that ended up in my possession after a peer pressure domino effect from Lily, passed on to Amelia, egged on to me. And it was love at first smudge. A rusty, copper-flecked wash that blends out with the help of a MAC 224 Brush to a cooler, almost burgundy tone around the edges making it look like you’ve gone to much more hassle than you actually have – win. Plus the formula’s on point too; maliable but not too creamy and best of all it does not budge even on oily peepers like mine.

Smokey stares aside the rest of my makeup roster read a little like this: Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation in 6 and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer in Sand patted into place with fingertips – no change there. My bushy brows were coaxed with Hourglass’ Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and a slick of L’Oreal’s Telesopic Waterproof Mascara sorted my lashes (with this stuff getting even harder to find I’ve started to stock-up and currently have three tubes waiting in the wings). I rounded everything off with a dab of the MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink on the lips – the best thing I’ve picked up from Boots in a long while – slippy enough to add a pinch of colour to the cheeks or pout and in a flattering suits-all shade; expect this to headline a budget buy video bonanza soon.

Here’s the stickler, being a bit late on the Baking Beauties bandwagon Eclair is long gone unless you find one that’s managed to slip through the net on counter. In which case – what you waiting for? But in a more helpful conclusion, the Longwear Paint Pots are pretty awesome and well worth sticking your finger into next time you stumble across a MAC offering. Smudged-out smokey perfection.


  • Olivia S

    Such a shame the Mac paint pot has sold out, it looks so beautiful! X

    Olivia –

  • Catrin

    Your lashes look amazing here!

  • Chloé

    I agree, L’Oreal Telescopic mascara is getting hard to find – have you launched a new trend, Anna? 😉 The regular one is always sold out !

  • Vikki B.

    i really like what you’ve done. i originally wasn’t sure about “eclair”? seemed way too dark for me. it is tho, growing on me..and now even more so after seeing this!

  • Katie

    Wow, never thought one paintpot could achieve such a beautiful look! I’m impressed.

    Katie Loves.. | UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • I have eclair, so glad I do! Going to use it later, mwaha xx

  • Millie Robinson

    This look is gorgeous! Love the cream shadow 🙂 ♥

  • The paint pot is a beautiful colour!

  • Joycelyn Steib

    What a gorgeous color?!!!!! It’s so pretty on you!!!

  • Emily Coulton

    Such a gorgeous colour, your eyes look stunning 🙂
    I mostly just apply one eyeshadow when I use them too!


  • Daniella

    Love this look! So effortless but pretty!

  • jas

    It’s a really great look! xx

    Those material things blog

  • Danielle

    You have sold me on that MAC paint pot. Great shade!

  • I’ve been wondering how this would look on my skin tone but could never find a youtube on it! I’m gonna try this!


  • Maddy Cane

    Love the colour, it looks gorgeous on too! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Sophie Isabella D.

    Looks SO gorgeous, I’m so frustrated I couldn’t get my hands on it earlier! What other cream colours would you recommend? Have you tried Laura Mercier’s Metallic Crème in Burnished Copper? x

  • beautywhim

    I’m wondering how this compares with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad Girl Bronze?! This color looks brilliant, can’t believe I perused over it when I was at my MAC counter last week xx

  • Miranda Galati

    oh my goodness that colour is gorgeous! is it no longer available?

  • molly

    this makeup look is great! the eyeshadow is such a lovely colour xxxx

  • Denise F.

    I love this color on your lids!

  • stunning, really lovely copped shade smokey eye! makes a great difference to the matte browns!

    I’d love it if you took at my London beauty blog!

  • Leonie

    I really like the MAC paint pot, it looks stunning!

  • Amy

    Amazing look! That Mac paint pot is truly stunning! I need it asap x

    Amy |

  • Celina

    Ahh you make me want to spend all my money!
    Would you say that this is darker than Estee Lauder’s “Chained” or are they similar?

  • gabriela

    how you can have such amazing skin??? how how how? exept for massive amounts of expensive skincare???

  • Tree Mushroom
  • I love this look! I really like a smokey bronze eye, it makes blue/green eyes pop. I use a similar shade of loose shimmer from MUFE. You look beautiful

  • Holly Gardiner

    Wowwww, your eyeshadow is just beautiful!! Stunning 🙂

    Holly Mixtures


  • BeautyBanterBlog

    Love it! I like how it has kind of a rose gold tone to it:-)

    Maddy @

  • Brooke Searcy

    I am in love with this color! If I find it I will not be hesitating to snatch it up!
    It looks amazing on you! Love the post!

  • Stephanie

    This looks like perfection! I’m still regretting not picking up some of these.

  • Michelle

    Love the eyeshadow! You blended it perfectly! Still need to try the Paint Pots- can you believe I still haven’t tried one?!

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    I’d love it if you entered my Zoya & Sephora giveaway!

    Xo, Michelle

  • Andrea Collante

    It looks really good on you !

  • Catherine

    I use the same technique with Maybelline’s Bad to the Bronze colour tattoo, the colours are super similar too although the MAC one seems maybe a little more red and less bronze.

  • Beautiful and effortless. I too have a tendency to fall back into simpler applications.
    <3 Carolyn

  • Tina Wu

    you should get your hands on the fall collection of paint pots (if you are interested) and then do a review 🙂 the ones that caught my eyes are layin’ low and tailor grey, and stormy pink.. i feel like those on its own with winged liner would all look classic 🙂