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ColourPop The Twins, The Crab, The Scales, The Archer Zodiac Loose Pigments

01/04

Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment

The Twins

Colour Pop The Twins Zodiac Loose Pigment ($6.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, coppery base with flecks of pink and copper sparkle. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer when applied with a wet brush (using water). The consistency was finely-milled and airy, though there were micro-sparkles throughout (it didn’t seem quite as glittery as some other shades). The product applied fairly evenly with a wet brush, though it did not diffuse along the edges as easily once it dried back down; a lot of the shimmer/sparkle started to spread without the base spreading at the same rate. It lasted for seven hours with slight fallout when I applied it with plain water, and it lasted for 10 hours when applied with a setting spray (I used MAC Fix+).

Editor’s Note: Please read “formula overview,” as a lot of the typical claims we’d see on a product like this aren’t present, e.g. they’ve stated that they’re not particularly long-wearing (and should be applied over a primer/cream eyeshadow for “best” pigmentation and longevity), that they should only be used wet (never “dry” on a “bare eye”).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.078 oz. - $76.92 Per Ounce

The reformulated Loose Pigments are supposed to be "high impact, concentrated" pigments that are "best used wet for a supercharged, intense metallic or duochrome finish." The brand specifically warns against using them dry on a "bare eye" (as in "should never be applied"), which is where the original and reformulation differ, as the originals could be used wet or dry. The brand also stated to "layer over an eyeshadow primer or Super Shock Shadow" for "the best staying power and pigmentation," so presumably they are not particularly long-wearing "as is." That's accurate; they last around seven hours applied wet with water but get to 10 hours when used with an adhesive spray (I tested with MAC Fix+, which I have a lot of prior testing experience with).

They are better than the originals, though they still suffer from a lot of the expected downsides to working with loose pigment, and whether the color and finish outweigh the application pitfalls is a matter of preference, skill, and patience. The formula needed to have a fairly wet brush; not quite sopping-wet but more than slightly damp (which is more in line with the amount of wetness I find necessary to apply 90%+ of products). If my brush was too wet, though, it tended to spread the product out too readily and was more likely to go on unevenly. The more glittery shades worked better with an adhesive spray or tacky base, rather than just wet with water, as they needed more to help the larger sparkles adhere to skin and minimized fallout/excessive spread of the sparkles (beyond where I wanted them) when blended.

Because the formula really does work best with a wet/dampened brush, they aren't as blendable once they're dry, so working with two or three shades in the same area is more challenging than working with more traditional, pressed powder eyeshadows. They're more in the vein of liquid and cream eyeshadows, which are blendable as they're drying, but once they set, most formulas are locked in place; these are not quite that locked in place but just didn't want to diffuse readily. They wore between six and eight hours before creasing, fading, and/or having a fair amount of fallout (applied wet with water). I would only recommend purchasing the formula if you intend to use them with an adhesive spray or tacky base. Drier primers, like MAC 24HR or Urban Decay Primer Potion work decently with most shades (fade-resistant but light to moderate fallout otherwise), but I would still opt for a tackier base. The following shades stained, and they stained through eyeshadow primer: The Ram, The Bull, The Water Bearer, The Archer.

The pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque for most shades, and as it was a loose product, it was often more about how much product was applied, though I tried to apply a consistent amount for swatches (which were all done wet with water). The consistency varied from airy and finely-milled to heavier and more glittery. I noticed more of a "puff" of pigment as I worked with most shades, which seemed to confirm how finely-milled they were. They can also be used on cheeks and lips, and the more sparkly shades worked better as cheek products than the ones with deeper intensity or base colors, as they tended to be a bit harder to apply and diffuse (even using them dry as using them wet on cheeks often translated into stripes of color).

The packaging changed significantly, as the jars are now taller, slimmer, and have no sifter, though there's a plastic "lid" that sits inside the top of the jar. I'm not a fan of this style of packaging, especially as these are meant to be used wet, then it becomes very challenging to sift out just enough product for a use and mix a wet brush with dry powder elsewhere (instead of sticking one's brush right in the jar). It is also going to be progressively more difficult to pick up just the right amount of product as product gets used up (and you're going lower and lower into the jar). The taller jars also are a bit easier to knock over for those prone to clumsiness (like myself).

Browse all of our Colour Pop Zodiac Loose Pigment swatches.

Ingredients

Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

The Twins
The Twins
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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A-

The Crab

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B+

The Scales

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B+

The Archer

Limited Edition
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Sydney Grace Eyeshadow (“A Dusty Peacock Look”)

01/06

Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Dusty Peacock | Look Details
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Dusty Peacock | Look Details
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow

Black Ice

Sydney Grace Black Ice Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had an incredibly soft, slightly looser-pressed consistency (but it didn’t seem too soft/powdery/messy) that packed tons of pigment in a single layer. It was the type of pigmentation where a little went a long way! The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Black Ice
Black Ice
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“Deep Space Purple Look”)

01/04

Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow

Adore Me

Sydney Grace Adore Me Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even application that diffused along the edges with ease. The consistency was soft, a smidgen powdery, but blendable and didn’t have noticeable fallout. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a touch.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Adore Me
Adore Me
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Stila All Fired Up Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

01/03

Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio
Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

All Fired Up

Stila All Fired Up Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes two copper hues and a lighter, white gold shade. Two shades were quite sheer and would work best for layering or a soft wash of sparkle, while Burnished Sienna had a bit more coverage (and was more buildable) and could be used visibly as a standalone product. If you tend to pick up this formula to add sparkle or brighten an area, I think they work well for those purposes. If you’re looking for a punch of color and sparkle, you’ll likely find these lacking. I don’t find that Stila does a great job of setting expectations, as their promotional imagery shows full coverage for most of the Glitter & Glow shades with a couple (like Diamond Dust) as specifically sheer. The reality is that most shades are sheer to semi-sheer with the occasional shade (like Molten Midnight) that is more pigmented.

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B-

Sunset Fire

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B-

Follow the Sun

Limited Edition
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B+

Burnished Sienna

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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“A Bright, Starry Night Look”)

01/07

Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow

Green Mist

Sydney Grace Green Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright aqua green with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer, green-gold shifting shimmer. It had a very smooth, lightly creamy texture that was denser without being too firmly pressed in the pan. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque pigmentation that built up easily to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Green Mist
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B+

JB

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A-

Lemonade

Permanent
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B

Sea Foam

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A-

NARS Matcha Eyeshadow

01/05

NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018)

Matcha

NARS Matcha Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright pop of light-medium lime green with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable, though it was a little thinner than ideal. Without a primer, it sheered out a bit on bare skin and read more muted, whereas primer helped to ensure it stayed true-to-pan and pigmented. On its own, the eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich, high-impact color" that is "lightweight" and has "increased blendability." Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks "melted" on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS' eyeshadows for years and didn't change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.