Friday, October 7th, 2011


Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “shimmering black.” It’s new for fall/winter and available at Sephora state-side, while the full line of Pure Pigments is available at Illamasqua (they do ship internationally!).

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.

When it’s applied damp (I used just water for the swatch), it’s much more intense–very rich and deeply black–but the shimmer is softer and less apparent. Trade-offs! If you want the intensity and the shimmer, you could apply it damp first, and then pat a little on top dry. This particular shade would work well as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The color reminded me of Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow but less shimmery.

The packaging looks sleek on the outside, and I appreciate that it has a smaller opening inside, but I think even smaller holes with a sifter would be more efficient.  Opening the “pot” can be finicky as well; it’s easiest to lift it up on all sides with the edge of something (like your nail), but it’s not the best.

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Zeitgeist

B+
If you're looking for a really sooty, dark black in loose form, Zeitgeist may be up your alley!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Dupes
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Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment


Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment


Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment


Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $24.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

The color reminded me of Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow but less shimmery.

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8 thoughts on “Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ooh, this is gorgeous x

  2. LMichelle

    Zeitgeist. Hahaha. I just can’t get over how funny that word sounds used in english language.

  3. artemis

    looks pretty when it’s damp :D yummy

  4. Gina C

    omg, when I saw the name of this, all I could think of was my History of Psychology class! My professor is always mentioning Zeitgeist or “the spirit of the times.” And on top of that, it’s quite a pretty black! I may have to pick this up =]

  5. I love shimmery black shadow, even though I never personally wear it. i could always buy this for my pro kit.

  6. Z

    Meh, it’s pretty, but it’s not terribly unique and wouldn’t be the pigment on which I made my first purchase. Thanks for the swatches. :)

  7. Too Little Amount for Loose Pigment

  8. Violet

    Me and Illamasqua, we could write a bad romance. <3