Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment

I love, love, loved the idea of Beguile. Like NYX Ice Glitter Nail Polish, this twinkles and looks phenomenal in person, because it needs movement to really come alive. Unfortunately, the texture makes it harder to apply. It’s definitely not something you could apply dry without some sort of adhesive base; it winds up all over your face and just doesn’t stick without something more.  Even when I used a mixing medium, I still had some fall out during the day. I’d also recommend using it over another color (even if it’s neutral, like a beige), because it doesn’t create a solid base color easily.

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Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment
Illamasqua Pure Pigment Beguile
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
6
Application
3
Total
71%

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition offering from the Modern Mercury collection.  The combination is classic, though for many of us, superfluous; it’s a set of dark, smoky hues that would work well to smoke out any look.  I liked how there are two textures presented.

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Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
86%

MAC Beiges, Whites, Highlighter Eyeshadow Swatches

This finishes up all of the swatches I have of permanent eyeshadows – I will try to purchase the shades I do not own soon and get those swatches up as well.

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MAC Beiges, Whites, Highlighter Eyeshadow Swatches

B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
84%

Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Pure Pigments are loose, colored powder that can be used alone or mixed with other products. I find they work best when used wet or with a mixing medium, but shades like Zeitgeist have a more matte base color, which allows it to adhere better without an additional product. However, when used dry, the intensity is lackluster; the shimmer stands out more, but the base black color gets a little lost. It looks sheer and almost chalky when it’s applied dry. I like it better over a primer–especially as a crease shade–and it darkens nicely.

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Illamasqua Pure Pigment Zeitgeist
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
87%

Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is almost like a carton of Neopolitan ice cream. It’s a trio of pink, brown, and plummy brown.  It’s one of the best trios of the limited edition sets.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
92%