Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Operose is a moderately warm-toned, dark red with a pearl finish. It is an eyeshadow that is permanent in these palettes: Radiant Reflection (Light), Radiant Reflection (Deep), and Temptalia Collection.
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Operose is a medium-dark red with warm undertones and pearl finish. It has a particularly smooth consistency, which helps it look almost "melted" on skin while being fairly reflective. It is not quite as metallic as most of the metallic shades I have in the palettes overall.
Inspiration: Originally, I had a cooler red for this palette and a warmer red for Quintessence but felt that something with some warmth was a better fit for Radiant Reflection after working with the colors in person. This was also a shade that underwent a lot of iterations over time, partially because an ingredient became unavailable after it was initially to my liking! The color represents rubies and the brilliance as light, which is often warmer, shines through.
Behind the Name: I love the "rose" in the word to tie to a red-hued shade, but its origins are from the Latin operosus, which means industrious and painstaking--and I feel like that describes what I've put into the blog over time.
It was initially described as a "vivid berry-red" and ideally, it would have been matte, but I was hoping for at least getting there with a low satin-like sheen. I loved the first loose color sample I received but ended up using the color in Quintessence instead, opting for a warmer red here. I did this in mid-2020 when the first pressed version of the shades were made.
The third, machine-pressed version wasn't dark or rich enough for my preference, and the texture was a little too slippery. The fourth version was deeper and richer, while still being warm and red-based, with the right texture and was approved for production mid-March 2021.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
PiPPermanent in Palette. $6.25.
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Our pressed pigment shadows are smooth and pigmented. We use very high quality ingredients and formulate our shadows to have very high pigmentation, great color payoff, and little fallout. Blends like a dream and lasts all day long. We offer a money back guarantee, because we know you will love them! Each shadow comes in a 26mm metal pan and contains approx. 1.8 grams of product.
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