MAC Black Poodle Pigment
MAC Black Poodle Pigment ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “blackened pink.” It’s a matte, blue-based black base with a purple-burgundy shimmer sprinkled throughout. MAC Beauty Marked is warmer. MAC Young Punk has more purple shimmer, so it appears purpler overall. Giorgio Armani #2 has more red and purple shimmer, but it has a very deep base, too.
Used dry, the chalkiness of the matte black base comes through, but when used wet, it has a much smoother, richer appearance and holds together better. It’s finely-milled and soft to the touch, but on the skin, it is difficult to blend out, whether used dry or damp. It sticks better damp, but it can be difficult to diffuse the edges; I recommend applying the majority damp, then using a bit of it dry to diffuse. I have not had a chance to test the wear of this particular shade, but generally, pigments with this kind of texture and color wear around eight hours with minor fading (no primer).
|If it's within your budget, the texture, payoff, application, and wear of Giorgio Armani #2 is better in every way--and the color is more nuanced and still manages to keep much of the nuance in its color even on the lid.|
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