How pigmented do you prefer your powder eyeshadows?

If it’s very sparkly, I don’t mind sheerness as long as there is some slip, but for the most part, give me very pigmented but blendable.

— Christine


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Seraphine Avatar

Like Christine said, very pigmented, but blendable. But I don’t like eyeshadows that are loose, which is why I don’t use ABH eyeshadows very often. The shades are beautiful and nicely pigmented, but messy. I want the powder on the brush and on my eye, not all over my face and on the table where I do my makeup.

Ana Maria Avatar

I’m again somewhere in the middle… I like pigmented shadows, but I like them to be buildable. I like eyeshadows that apply sheer with a light wash, but in 1-2 additional layers become full opaque, I don’t want to waste too much time building them.
And I also don’t like eyeshadows pigmented enough to stain lids, even temporary.

BrandiD Avatar

I actually prefer light to medium pigment, as long as the shadow doesn’t disappear entirely and isn’t too powdery. I have light skin and don’t look good in heavy shadow, and prefer to be able to build a shadow look slowly. Ironically, this means a lot of palettes that get rave reviews from other people are not great for me, and a lot of palettes that people complain about actually work quite well for my taste. To each their own!

Pat Avatar

I agree with all that said pigmented but blendable. I’m fine with buildable but I hate fall out.
Also like to be able to discern shade differences once blended. Oh and yes I look for Christine’s reviews prior purchasing!

Jane Avatar

Yes! To be precise for me, it’s medium to deep pigmentation on mattes (and pleeeease be blendable, especially the harder colors like purples, deep blues, aubergine, and the like.) As for duo-multichromes, I like them to be sheer (as in not thick like metallics to frosts tend to be), but I don’t want to see through the color…let’s say smooth like butter – Ha! BTS!) And except for duo-multichromes which have nuances of color, so they never look quite like what you see in the pan, all other textures I like to look just like what I see in the pan (okay, I know we don’t all see color exactly the same, but I don’t want the pigment to be much lighter or darker than what you see in the pan).

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