Imperial Topaz #3 is a deep black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was drier, thinner, and stiff to work with, which made blending more challenging, and the last thing I expected was a fussy formula given that this is a shade the brand said would be included in every palette they ever release. It had medium to semi-opaque coverage in one layer and could be built up to full coverage with two to three layers.
It emphasized my skin texture when worn on its own, and I found I had to re-apply and layer the lighter matte brown shades (#5) over it to really get a soft, diffused edge and minimize the ragged appearance of the edge where it was applied. There was visible fading after seven and a half hours of wear.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium Edta, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77499), Black 2 (ci 77266) [nano].
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