Sunday, 23 August 2015

THE EDIT: loose pigments



To me, a pigment is one of the most pleasing of products. They're just so, well, pigmented. If you're in the market for an eye colour that packs a punch, then these really are the way to go - use them wet for a foil effect, or dry to add that extra something to any eye look. Here are some of my favourites...

In my opinion, bareMinerals do some of the best loose eyeshadows around - they have tonnes of colours, and they apply like a dream both wet and dry. Here I have Queen Phyllis (the more golden-champagne round pot, in the front of the photo) and Nude Beach (the pinky tone), which are two of my favourites for giving that gorgeous bright-eyed look. Queen Phyllis also works beautifully as a highlight (if you're inclined to shine like a beacon, like I do) - did you know that bareMinerals founder Leslie Blodgett actually named Queen Phyllis after a fabulous drag queen she met? Fun fact.


Next we have Illamasqua's Pure Pigment in Beguile. This is an interesting one - I've included it because it's so beautiful and unique, although there are a few negatives which I'll come to. How can I describe this? It's a white-based shimmer with subtle flecks of blue, pink and green glitter - sounds weird, but I promise it's gorgeous. The particles are so tiny that they just reflect the light ever so slightly, giving an amazing multi-dimensional finish. Unfortunately, the packaging is awful - you attempt to lift the lid off and it goes everywhere. See all the mess in the picture above? Beguile is the culprit, although I quite like the effect! Secondly, the pigment definitely isn't as intense as the other offerings, but it's a lovely one to pat onto the lid to add sparkle to any look. When applied wet it seemed a little lumpy, but with some brush work work it soon smoothes out.

My final offerings are the trusty Barry M Dazzle Dusts - sadly the colour has rubbed off the back of this one, but I believe they've all been re-named now - the closest I've seen is no.39, tan. For such a bargain at £4.59, you really can't go wrong with these. Again, they apply beautifully either wet or dry, and are available in loads of lovely colours.

Below I've swatched all four pigments both wet (below) & dry (above) - from left to right it's Queen Phyllis, Beguile, Nude Beach and the mystery Barry M shade. I spritzed the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray on my brush for the wet swatches, which as you can see, bring out the intensity in the pigments beautifully. In terms of staying power, bareMinerals gets my vote - but the others offer different advantages in terms of texture and price point.

So what do you reckon - ready to join the pigment parade?



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