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Loose pigment collection: Review and swatches

June 20, 2012


I was thinking of doing another lipstick collection blog, but since I did the orange lipstick collection and purple lipstick collection recently, I thought I should do something else. I looked in my makeup draw and saw a pile of loose pigments and I thought "aha, I should have a bit of fun with pigments today!"
I know a lot of people are scared to use loose pigments because they can be messy, but I personally love them. You can build up such a great colour that you normally can't get with a normal eyeshadow, and you can also get a bit creative and mix them or use them wet. In this blog post, all of my swatches are on bare skin with no primer, and all of the pigments are dry. If you use them wet, you can get an even more intense colour.


MAC Pigment Colour Powder

From left to right, Lithe, Old Gold, Copper Sparkle, Blue Brown, Violet
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I love these pigments! Each jar contains 4.5 grams of product which is quite a lot compared to other brands (I know the old jars used to contain more, but I never had one so it doesn't bother me). They cost $39 in Australia and can be bought at MAC Costmetics. They are pretty expensive, but they have an amazing range of colours and both the product and the packaging feel really good quality. I became hooked on loose pigments after buying my first couple of MAC pigments. They come in shimmery shades, glittery shades and matte shades. I only have the shimmery ones and one glittery shade which is the copper colour. 

As you can see from the photo that shows the open jars, these pigments tends to clump together. I don't know how this is done, but the product is slightly more moist than other brands of pigment, and this tends to prevent fall out and also if you are using this product near an open window (or you breathe near them) this product doesn't blow away. MAC pigments, in my personal opinion, are much less messier to use than all other pigments mentioned in this post. 

I highly recommend these MAC pigments, these are easy to blend, you can use them quite sheer or build them up to a strong colour. I personally love to use the copper or the gold as inner corner highlights when I go out at night and have a dark smokey eye.

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow 
From left to right: Stella, Goldilux, Royal Sugar
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Sugarpill is a fun brand, you can get an awesome range of colours. I played it safe and got the black, gold, and one of their blues. I was tempted by all the greens and pinks, but I wanted to order colours that I may plausibly use. You get 5 grams of product in each jar, and they cost US$12 from Sugarpill. This is a better deal than the MAC pigments, but if these were sold in stores in Australia, I'm sure they will retail for $35-$40.

If you want a glittery pigment, buy these! They are a finely milled and super sparkly. The only problem I have with them is that the base colour isn't too pigmented, so you need to build these up or use them wet to get the full effect. Also because they are finely milled there can be quite a bit of fall out. I don't tend to find myself reaching for these too often, but I do love putting Stella over a black liquid eyeliner when I am going out.

I-Candi Cosmetics Pigment Stacks

The top stack is the brown stack, and the bottom is the smokey stack

Brown pigment stack

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Smokey stack

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I bought these from http://www.icandicosmetics.com/ for $55 each stack. Supposedly there is 42 grams of product per stack. You can get these in crazy colours, but I got the two most boring stacks, because I knew I would wear them the most. The pigments are nice, they are really soft and finely milled, I also love the diversity of the colours in each stack. I dislike the packaging though, I used these quite a bit when I first got them, but I haven't used them for months because the packaging can get pretty messy. Each container is the lid for the container below it, so it can get a little fiddly.

Illamasqua Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Ore
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I love this pigment! It's my go to pigment for special occasions, because it makes me feel good wearing this colour. There are only 1.3 grams of product and they are pretty expensive, they sell for US$24.60 on the Illamasqua website, but I think they sell for $44 in store here in Australia. I got mine from the ASOS website when they were having a sale on make up so it cost me approximately AU$23 or $24. This is a mega splurge, but its a great product. Warning though, even though the packaging looks good, its quite messy and, you can see from one of the photos above, it can get all over the inside of the lid.

I am interested in buying more of these, but I will get them online instead of in stores, because $44 for 1.3 grams of product is ridiculous.

NYX Dramatic Chromatic Eyeshadow Pigment and Ultra Pearl Mania

Left to right: 55 Iced Mocha, 19 Mink Pearl, 20 Mocha Pearl, 21 Oro Pearl, 23 Walnut Pearl
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NYX Dramatic Chromatic Eyeshadow Pigment
I got the Chromatic eyeshadow pigment from Crush Costmetics for $7.20, I got this along with the La Femme pigments (that will be discussed below) to bulk up an order to qualify for free shipping. You get 2 grams of product, which is good value, and I wanted to get a neutral colour that I could use on a daily basis. This pigment is ok, nothing too special, it is more sheer than some of the previous pigments I have shown, but for the price its good value, and this iced mocha colour is a great neutral.

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania
I got these pigments online for $3 each. The bottle says 5ml, but I don't know what that converts to in grams. The pigments themselves are great, but the packaging is absolutely horrible! They're in little bottles and it is impossible to fit any sort of brush in there to actually use the product. I ended up having to tip some of the pigment out into a container to use it. These are good pigments if you are willing to depot them, otherwise, they are too much of a hassle and I will not repurchase.

You can also find these at Crush Cosmetics, they are cheap and they do have a pretty good colour range if you can put up with the hassle of the packaging.

The Body Shop Nature's Minerals

 Left to right: 07 Nude Gypsum, 09 Deep Jade
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I got these for $5 each at a Body Shop outlet store. They contain 1 gram of product each and they are pretty pigmented. The light colour is a great highlight colour, it is quite matte and chalky but has a subtle shimmer. The green has an amazing gold shimmer to it, and even though I don't use green too often, I couldn't pass this one up. The containers are very sturdy, and have a mesh covering so its harder to spill the product. I like and dislike this. I like the fact that it's harder to spill the product, but at the same time its harder to access the product, and I can imagine needing to cut a hole in the mesh when they are nearly empty to get the last bits of the product out.

Overall this product is ok, I'm not sure what the original price of these were, but I think they were close to $20 each, and I doubt I would repurchase these for that price, I also think there were only about 6 colours in the range. But they are great for $5, and the light colour is quite a unique colour in my collection of pigments.

La Femme Sparkle Dust

Left to right: #16 Copper, #31 Black Orchid, #33 Antique Gold  
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I got these for $5 each at Crush Cosmetics, and they contain 4.5 grams of product each. I bought these to fill up an order so I could qualify for free shipping. I had never heard of La Femme, but I am happy that I purchased these. I am a little disappointed I didn't order one of their blues they have, those colours look amazing. My favourite of these three is the Black Orchid, it makes an amazing smokey eye and looks great with black, grey or brown. These are pretty fine and soft, easily blendable. These may cause some fall out because if you want an intense colour you will need to use quite a lot of product and they are quite powdery.  

For the price, these are great and I would order them again... most likely the blue colours. The colour range is a little limited, they have 15 colours on the site, but they are all earthy toned or blue/green colours.

I know that was long, but thanks for reading. Leave comments about your favourite pigments, also please follow my blog :)
xx

4 comments

  1. From your lovely swatches, I think the MAC Old Gold one is my favourite. It looks so different swatched, than in the bottle. A little less yellow.

    Also, that's such a good idea to use a bright, reflective pigment (like Old Gold) to brighten up your inner corner. I imagine it'd be far more effective than a shimmery eyeshadow. Particularly if you applied it wet. Think you'll do a pigment-look post using this one in the future? Pretty please? I'd be interested to see how it looks on the eye (potential purchase alert!)

    You totally put my pigment collection to shame, by the way. I only have two. A pale green Chi Chi one and a pale pink She one. I really do love the She one though.

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    1. yeah for sure. I will try to get a couple up over the weekend, I might add them to the end of this post. I didnt know Chi Chi does pigments, I havent bought at Chi Chi product in years and years, I might go check them out.

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  2. for longevity how would you rate these products? in particular the icandi. do they fade, if so how long after wearing, did they crease etc?

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    1. The longevity of all these pigments is amazing. You can get a much more vibrant and long wearing look, which is why people put up with the hassle of using them vs using normal eyeshadows. They do crease just like normal shadows, which varies person to person... I say all eye products (even supposedly creaseless products) crease on me after 6 hours without a primer. If you use a primer then you'll have no problem with creasing. The perk of pigments is the intensity of the colour and that the colour lasts, but to keep it from creasing of fading slightly then a primer is the way to go. Thanks for the comment x

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