Do you ever look for sheerer pigmentation? When?

I like it for blushes, especially when they’re mid-tone or darker, as I prefer to build up coverage. I also like medium coverage lipstick, but it definitely can’t be super sheer for my preferences.

— Christine
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Erica Avatar

I love a sheer lipstick. Something that isn’t about the pigment per se but about making lips look nice and luscious but still has some hint of color. I prefer buildable blush. Buildable foundations. Bc they tend to melt into the skin and look more natural and subtle!

Amy Avatar

Blush, bronzer and highlighter. For me, less is definitely more. I want it to have an effect but not be super obvious, and as I’m still building my skills, sheer and buildable are the way to go.
I also like buildable or more sheer waterline eyeliner. I find black and brown give me nice definition, but unless it’s translucent, it makes my eyes look smaller and veers grungy rather than defined.

Tessa Avatar

Pretty much always, in every product. My skin tone makes Wednesday Addams look tanned; being able to gradually add pigmentation to my face is an absolute necessity. I like sheer lip products, too, mostly because I don’t have the ability to keep checking my lips in a mirror throughout the day, and a ding in an opaque lip product looks far worse than in a sheer product.

About the only time I actually want full coverage is concealer. Oh… and mascara and eyeliner, I guess. Literally everything else, including brow pencil, I prefer to be buildable.

Cameron Avatar

I like sheerer coverage for everything except liquid lipstick. I am not very good at applying makeup so very pigmented eyeshadows like Subculture are too hard for me to use without turning it into a giant blobby mess. I only like heavily pigmented liquid lipsticks as I only apply one layer of these.

Lauren Avatar

Sheer lipstick or tinted balm, sheer blush, sheer wash of color on the lids, sheer bronzer… yep. I like sheer in many cases. I also love high pigmentation, but on a day to day basis I do like to have a more “natural” look and sheer products do the trick. Going out I definitely want more of a statement and thus opaque products.

xamyx Avatar

While I don’t actively seek out “sheer” pigmentation, I do have an appreciation for it at times. I’m also not typically disappointed if a product ends up not being as pigmented as I thought it would be, as I’m able to find a use for it more often than not. The only time it really bothers me is with nail polish, but that’s mainly because I’m too impatient to sit around waiting for several coats to dry. Also, lip liners should have good pigmentation, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

Rachel R. Avatar

Sometimes I do in lip colors. Sparkly or duochrome sheers make good toppers. Sometimes I my want eyes to be center stage, but nude or light lips just don’t work with them. A sheer bright or unconventional color works perfectly in this situation. I also like sheer brights in summer.

Buildable blushes are better because of my fair skin, but it’s not usually a deal breaker if they aren’t. (I just use a really fluffy blush and a light touch.)

Almost always with setting powder. I have a couple that are semi-sheer, which I use for really matte looks or to double as powder foundation. Most pigmented powders don’t match my fair skin tone, though.

Logan Avatar

For blushes, absolutely. If it’s highly pigmented, I won’t/can’t use it. The sheerer the better! I can’t stand the look of heavy blush. As far as lipstick goes, I can only practically wear sheer colors (mostly tinted balms and gloss), but I will wear more opaque ones if I’m just going out for an hour to run errands.

But for eyeshadow, I only want highly pigmented (and creamy/buttery) formulas.

Gilad Avatar

I agree w/ Christine in wanting sheer blush if it’s darker. I sometimes like a sheerer lipcolor – especially if it’s cooler-toned than what works best for me – it lets me wear a color I otherwise couldn’t ‘get away with’. A sheer wash of eye color can be beautiful, and I need highlighter to be buildable.
I want opaque products for my foundation, concealer, lipliner, eyeliner, nailpolish & cream blush. And I also love the option of a creamy full color lip and smooth, saturated eyeshadow. So yeah, I like the mix, and I like the options.

Eileen Avatar

I love products that are on the sheer side because, like some of your other readers, I prefer to control the amount of pigment that actually ends up on my skin. For looks that are natural, transparent, or crystalline, it is much easier to build the color up than it is to try to minimize too much pigment. I also think it is important to let some of our own natural coloring show through so that the products meld with our features rather than masking them. I must confess, I’m not much of a fan of the face-painting I see on Instagram with the overload of mask-like pigment. It’s OK for fun, but not in real life.

Genevieve Avatar

I was about to answer never to this question, till I read your response Christine, and I agree with your comment about blushes. I do prefer them on the more sheerer side so I can build them up. Some blushes are so ‘bright’ that you could easily end up looking like a clown. I don’t want them too sheer so I can’t see the effects, but a little sheerer is better for me.
And definitely not in lipsticks!

Deborah S. Avatar

I would say that with the exception of foundation and lipstick, I prefer sheer, buildable colour to full on pigmentation. I like being able to apply a single e/s and use it sheer on the mobile lid and deepen in the crease. I like being able to apply a sheer colour to my cheeks for no makeup days but then be able to pack a little more on for full coverage opacity when doing something a little more glam. I think my preference is most strongly felt in the blushes, though.

Susan Nevling Avatar

I prefer lip color that leans from medium to sheer. I also need a bit of sheen or more as my lips do not react well to any matte I’ve tried.
I also like sheer blush, highlighter, and bronzer.
I seldom wear nail color but I like the full gamut of opaque to sheer. My nails just don’t grow well.

Sarah Avatar

My general look is a no make up look. Light to medium coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer,light to medium coverage concealer,sheer buildable blush and light to medium highlight,sheer to light eyeshadow with some more pigmented shades thrown in.I rarely use matte eye shadow.yeliner and lipstick are medium to full and lip gloss is sheer to medium.

Karen Johnston Avatar

I actively search out sheer formulas for everything including foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter and lipstick. The only products I want to be opaque are eyeshadows, eyeliners and nail polish. Even eyeshadows can start off sheer, as long as they are buildable.
For face products my aim is to appear as though I am not wearing makeup and that it is MY skin that is evenly toned, sun kissed, blushing perfectly with high cheekbones. I know I’m probably not fooling anyone but I’ve always thought that sheer face products and applications were my way to achieve the no makeup look I like.

Silvia Avatar

Sheer to buildable but never a heavy punch on just about everything I prefer. Especially in blush to imitate my cockatiel’s taste in makeup. Or Jaír! Lol! Blush and lipglosses, lip balms. I like a lipstick that I don’t need to build up much though like my favorite WetnWild mattes. On eyes, I do want a color that stays so I guess not to sheer although in a rush or during a hot Summer day I don’t mind sheer everything but my eyelids seem to eat color so I want an eyeshadow to stick & stay sheer to medium. Eyeliners I like them to last too whether sheer which might be a waste of time since it won’t show up much so yeah, darker bright colors, bronze, gold, taupes that will show.

liz Avatar

all the time! I like sheer liquid eyeshadows and liquid blushes to do a hazy face most days, and I’m really into the sheer-ish/translucent matte lipsticks that are coming out (glossier lipstick, colourpop blotted, bobbi brown crushed, etc). I also use almost exclusively sheer foundations when I use it, which is extremely rare these days.

Sue Avatar

Yes! I really enjoy a sheer, natural look some days. My favorites are sheer lipstick (like Lipstick Queen Medieval), sheer blush (Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes), and sheer highlighter (Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powders).

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