Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile - review and swatches | KITSCH/SNITCH

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile - review and swatches

April 18, 2013

I had a bit of a Illamasqua slurge over the long Easter weekend, they were having a sale where 6 nail polishes, 6 lipsticks, 6 eye shadows and 6 pigments were on sale for £7-8 (approx $11). They won't ship nail polishes to Australia, but I did pick up a lipstick, a few eye shadows, a pigment and a cream blush... for good measure.

I will be reviewing these over the next few weeks, but today I will review the Pure Pigment in Beguile. The other pigments that were on sale were blues and reds etc, so I thought I would choose one that I might use more often... the sparkly white which I could use for an inner corner highlight. I also wanted to try this because some bloggers swear by this pigment. The pigments are normally £15.50 ($25) for 1.3 grams, which is pretty pricey, but I have one of these pigments on the shade Ore and I love it, it is definitely my go to pigment when I want to impress. 

Even though the packaging looks impressive, it is actually pretty impractical. The lid does clip on quite tight, but the pigment will become really messy if you throw this in your makeup bag or your draw. It needs to be kept flat if you want to reduce the mess.

Swatch without flash
Swatch with flash

So this is not what I expected from this pigment, but after playing around with it, I am pretty impressed. I expected this to be more of a frosty white sparkly shade that would be typical of a white pigment, instead this has no base colour whatsoever and is purely a duo chrome looking glitter. You can see from the swatches above that this gives off an aqua and pink shine that is really pretty, but is also quite sheer and subtle. Warning, because this is a fine glitter, it will create a little fall out, but if you are careful it's not a big problem.

If you like really light frosty eye shadows, then you may be disappointed by this pigment, but I love that this has no base colour. I am not the biggest fan of a bold inner corner highlight, because I find that it can make my eyes look far apart and just a bit weird, but since this pigment has no base colour it just adds some sparkle and dimension in the inner corner. This would also be perfect pressed over any eyeshadow to make it sparkly.

I am pleasantly surprised by this pigment. Has anyone else used this? What do you think?


  1. This is very pretty! Sort of sheer too?

    I'd love to see a super thick swatch with and without primer and with and without the sealer gel?

    Beautiful purchases anyway. I love my Ore too!

    1. Yeah it is sheer, and its quite hard to build up a heavy swatch. I might add in a photo over a primer soon, but I don't actually use sealer gel, so I won't be swatching it with a sealer gel.

  2. I have this one and I absolutely love it,o pretty. But it doesn't get much wear as it isn't something I can really wear to work on a daily basis. I use it over the Chanel Fantasme cream base, they are pretty much the same colour so it just makes the pigment look intense.

  3. It's really pretty! I wouldn't have expected it to be so frosty from the tub, but it's really beautiful! xoxo

  4. Thanks for the review! Really liking the multi-colour shimmer in this. Pretty unique! xo


  5. These pigments are so beautiful, I currently own three shades: Static, Ore and Feverent, by far the best pigments I have tried and this review makes me want more!


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