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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Review: MAC Pigments

As most of us know, MAC has a popular product called Pigments. They are essentially loose powders that you can use anywhere, depending on the color. Like the name, they are extremely pigmented. These retail for 19.50 at MAC stores everywhere. However, MAC counters do not carry pigments unless they are a release.

What MAC says about pigments:
"Shadow: Pigment
Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Pigment comes in an excellent range of colours. Use to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Pigment does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting. Please note: Pigments are sold by weight not volume. Containers can appear to be less than full due to settling of the product.
7.5g / 0.26 oz
US$19.50 "
(--taken from the maccosmetics.com site)

Texture: These range from chunky(best for pressing in my experience) and very finely miled. The new Overrich ones, released August 21st 2008 are exceptionally creamy.

Finishes: These come in shimmery or matte finishes. The shimmery ones tend to have a better texture.

Colors: These come in an array of colors, not even mentioning Pro (or usually for makeup artists) colors and the limited edition ones!

Note: While you look at the jar and say, 'I spent 20 bucks for this tiny thing?!' you actually use such a tiny bit, your grandkids will probably be able to use them. OK, well maybe that's an exaggeration, but they're so pigmented there's no need to use a lot.

Pressing Pigments: Loads of people avoid pigments because they are loose, and therefore messy. However, you can buy empty pans (26mm from starsmakeuphaven.com), add rubbing alcohol and 'press' the colors into pans of pressed eyeshadow. Here is a good tutorial:

Fallout: Of course, loose piggies will have fallout (even some pressed shadows do!) If you hate the extra steps in cleaning, I'd steer away.

Colors I own:

Steel Blue: A lovely dark blue (almost greenish) with gold shimmer. Amazing! A PRO color. Finely milled.

Your Ladyship: Light cream with gold and pink pearl. LE with 2007 November's Antiquitease. Slightly chunky.

Mauvement: Released July 2007 in Rushmetal and re-released August 21st 2008 with Overrich, this is a cool taupe (leaning brown) with gold shimmer. Awesome texture.

Gold Stroke: A rich chocolatey brown. With some red in it however. Great texture! LE with November 2007's Antiquitease.

Mutiny: Clear sky blue with silver shimmer. MAC had huge quality issues with this one however. Very finely milled. LE with the MAY 2008 Naughty Nautical's collection.

Lovely Lily: Lilac with red pearl, absolutely beautiful! Great texture as well. LE with the MAY 2008 Naughty Nautical's collection.

Sweet Sienna: LE with November 2007's Antiquitease. A dirty taupe with pink and gold pearl, absolutely beautiful. Slightly chunky, like the other piggies of that release.

Softwash Grey: LE Asia exclusive with the 2007 Lightful collection. Blued gray with blue duochrome, beautiful! Has a nice texture as well.

Apricot Pink: Peached pink, but oh so pretty!! It was LE with the March Sweetie Cakes collection in 2006. Texture is like Steel Blue's.

Helium: LE with the Summer 2007 Baloonacy collection and repromoted with 2007 Holiday Originals collection, it has an odd texture imo. Its fine, but has little balls (finely milled balls :X) of pigment. Color is beautiful though, a pale pink that flashes pink and purple.

Golden Lemon: How I love this bright, clean yellow! It's such a sunny, tropical color. One of my favs! The texture is a little chunky, due to the shimmer.

Golden Olive: Just like the name. Another one of my faves, so pretty! Texture is like Golden Lemon's, a little chunky.

Dark Soul: Now this is an odd piggy. I noticed that out of all the pigments I own, this is the only one that doesn't 'stick' to the wall of the jar. Hmm. A dark black with silver sparkles, may stain your eyelid. Great for girls who love smokey eyes.

Heritage Rouge: ZOMG. A burnt red brown, it's one of the shades going PRO in the August 21st 2008 collection (all except Mauvement and Mega Rich). Controversy has arisen due to the fact that all except Mauvement and Mega Rich are only 4.3 grams instead of 7.5. I love this color, and great for fall too!

Shimmertime: A soft pink, with slight peach undertones and silver shine. Texture is finely milled. LE from She Shines in June 2006.

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