Drugstore Dupe: MAC Groundwork Paint Pot vs. Maybelline Creamy Beige Colour Tattoo

One of my go-to products is a neutral cream eyeshadow base because it’s a quick way to add some depth and definition to the eyes. Of course, a neutral base like this is perfect underneath shadows because it prolongs the wear time and helps the shadows stand out more, but I love them on their own too! As you can see, my MAC Paint Pot in the shade Groundwork is very well loved. I feel like it’s a more sophisticated version of the Maybelline Bad to the Bronze which has quite a bit of shimmer in it. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Bad to the Bronze, but Groundwork is perfect for lazy days and occasions that call for toned down makeup. I use my ring finger to sweep a bit over my lids and it instantly looks like I’ve ‘made an effort’ as it creates a natural shadow in the crease. The formula is slightly sheer but can be built up and I love everything about it-it’s very ‘I woke up like dis’.

I saw the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in the shade Creamy Beige while I was in Canada and I had a feeling it could be a dupe! On the first inspection, I thought the formula would be way too opaque, but it’s almost exactly the same when blended. I’d say the Colour Tattoo is slightly more sticky (that’s definitely not the right word but it feels a bit heavier). The finish is on point and it has a very subtle sheen to it the same as Groundwork.

All in all, I’d say this is a perfect dupe and I could barely tell the difference between the two swatches!

What’s your go-to cream eyeshadow? Do you think you’ll give the dupe a try?