Monday, July 27th, 2009


Star Powder #920

Make Up For Ever Star Powders ($19.00 for 0.09 oz.) are finely milled loose color. Think MAC pigments, but more of a powdery texture and more finely milled. They can be used wherever you want, however you want. I only used mine with mixing medium, personally, as I found without the adhesiveness of mixing medium, they didn’t stay put as well.

Pure Pigments ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) are extremely pigment-rich loose color that are matte in finish. They’re like Star Powders, but they’re more intense and contain no shimmer. Pretty much all of the Pure Pigments will stain the skin (and your brushes — so be sure to wash those ASAP! after using).

  • #920 is a shimmery muted golden yellow with frosty shimmer. This is a good base shade under golds, browns, pinks, and oranges.
  • #910 is a grayish-green with golden shimmer. It looks like an olive green at first, but it’s a bit more gray.
  • #958 is a pretty medium green–reminds me of a grassy green, actually. It has slightly more subtle shimmer than some of the other Star Powders, though it is still noticeably shimmery.
  • #960 is a mix of blue with aqua and green shimmer. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Parrot eyeshadow, but in a loose form. It also seemed a little bluer.
  • #929 is a warm, chocolate brown with golden shimmer. It goes on smoothly and has good color pigmentation.
  • #18 is a matte turquoise. If you ever lusted after MAC’s long-discontinued Turquoise pigment, check this out. It’s extremely similar, but it’s much better in finish/texture. If you’re into intense color, you’ll love Pure Pigments. I don’t like how much they stain skin/brushes, and I don’t have a need for shades quite this bright, so I don’t think I’ll pick up any additional shades going forward.

Which of these are your favorites?

Check out more photos!


Star Powder #910


Star Powder #958


Star Powder #960


Star Powder #929


Pure Pigment #18


Star Powder #920, 910, 958


Star Powder #910, 958, 960


Star Powder #958, 960, 929; Pure Pigment #18

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

22 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever: Star Powders & Pure Pigments

  1. knzay

    omg the pure pigment

  2. Avatar of Johannah Johannah

    OOH thanx! I just saw a post on LJ’s eyeshadowsluts with a look done with MAC’s turquoise pm and I wanted it soo bad. How long does the staining last? I have a few pink shadows that stain and it lasts about a day, is this similar?

  3. Nicole15

    The shimmer on the star powders is so pretty & makes the name sooo fitting. i really like these, even more so because you said they are finely milled.

  4. Diabla

    How comparable to Mac Steel Blue pigment is #910, does anyone know?

  5. Heather

    Wow the pure pigment #18 is amazing!!

  6. hi

    #18 is a dead ringer for the (soon to be discontinued!) MAC newly minted! Hooray, I found a dupe! :D

  7. Natalie

    I am addicted Star Powders (and Diamond powders :). I have #960 and it is purdy!! Now I want #910

  8. Janelle

    <3 #960 and #929

  9. DJ

    I have used these and love them.

  10. Irène

    Is the Pure Pigment 18 a makeupforever’s pigment? I’m from France and i can’t find pigments from this brand!

  11. Duniya

    OMG 18 looks so much like MAC’s newly minted eyeshadow!

  12. Duniya

    OMG #18 looks so much like MAC Newly Minted eyeshadow!