When do you prefer intense pigmentation?

I like my eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lip liner to be pretty opaque. I don’t mind if I have to maybe add a little more, and it doesn’t have to be “barely touch your brush in it” pigmented. I like a fair amount of coverage in my lipstick, and my gloss can vary from medium to opaque since I like layering gloss over lipstick sometimes.

— Christine
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I really like an opaque coverage of my lipsticks, primarily because I have very pigmented lips and I would like my lipstick to present with the same color that is in the bullet. I also like my eye shadows to be pigmented. I can always tap them off or brush on my wrist to decrease the pigmentation before applying but I really don’t like shadows that are so poorly pigmented that you cannot get the color to show at all. I prefer my blushes to be a little less pigmented as I have trouble with blending them out. I have a very pale complexion and if the blush is too pigmented or I don’t know how pigmented and I go straight to the face I end up looking like a plastic doll.

I like pigmented eyeshadows but I prefer sheer lipsticks. Fully opaque lips are much more high maintenance and require more care, products etc to make them work. I like a lipstick that fades nicely and I can apply without a mirror and w/o the need for primers or a lipliner. I do own fully opaque lipcolors and I wear them but I tend to tap the color on to keep everything much more wearable. I don’t have time in the day for touch ups. I also prefer buildable blush. Sometime super pigmented blush takes such a light hand and can go wrong far too easily. I like my makeup to be less dramatic and look more natural, softer. It’s easier to add more color than take away too much makeup. I don’t like however poorly pigmented products that after much buildable still have little color pay off. There’s a difference between buildable coverage and poor pigmentation imo. Buildable coverage allows you more control and is a little no muss no fuss. Very pigmented can get out of control quickly and be much more difficult to fix. Well at least for me since I’m no makeup artist:)

I agree, Erica, and I could not have said it better.

But regarding mascara: I do like my basically taupe-colored lashes with blonde tips to be coated in the darkest, richest jet black!

I agree with the sheer lipstick. If I had been born in the era of Betty Boop, my lips would be perfect. But they are very rosebud, and they outer edges droop a bit. Full coverage lipstick is much harder to work with. I love Urban Decay’s Revolution Sheer lipsticks. Or a lip stain.

I like intense pigmentation in most of my makeup. I feel like I’m getting bang for my buck if there’s good color intensity. And I can always apply more sparingly if too intense.

Almost always! In nearly every single product! Except for in lip glosses that I intend to use as toppers. Otherwise? Bring on the pigment! Even if it’s something that’s formulated to give buildable coverage, I want my my pigment to be there. This is especially desirable for me in cheek products or an eyeshadow shade that I will be using as a transition/ blending shade.

Concealer, Lipstick, Liquid eye liner, I prefer to be super pigmented!!!

I also like pretty darn pigmented highlights!!

I prefer buildable eye shadows, I like sheer to buildable blushes, and I like medium buildable foundation!!

Probably like most here, I like good pigmentation in my eyeshadows, liners and lipsticks (concealer too – I want it to hide my dark circles well, though not at the cost of texture/dryness/forming into lines/creases). But there are a few eyeshadows I have that are a bit less pigmented than I expected but it’s a good thing…a few dark browns and brown/grey/black shadows that might need a LOT of blending out and a really careful hand in applying them if they were more pigmented are actually easier to use because the pigmentation is less than intense. So, once in a while, it can actually be a good thing if the pigmentation is less than intense. The same can be true with some really bright blushes – while they may look scary bright in the pan, a lighter pigmentation when applied can help avoid “on fire” looking cheeks without a tonne of blending.

Eyeshadow and eyeliner. Blush — preferred but not required. Others, I prefer sheerer so I can make the choices on how much to use according to situation or preferences.

Concealer!!! I need my undereye circles to vanish in 2 thin layers. I don’t want to risk getting cakey with more product.

I think with everything else, I don’t mind adding a little more or blending a darker shade for more intensity.

I prefer intense pigmentation in eyeshadows, eyeliners, colored mascaras, lipsticks, lipliners, concealers (I want them to cover acne easily), and nail polish.

I like blushes, contour powders, and highlighters to be buildable, due to my very fair skin. Lipgloss varies depending on whether I want it as a topper or to wear alone. I usually prefer buildable foundation, and translucent setting powders.

I kind of assume most things will be intensely pigmented (except “buildable” blushes/bronzers and lip balms), so it’s not really a preference but an expectation. I really think EVERYTHING should be highly pigmented to get a good value for my money, unless the product is marketed as sheer (like a sheer coverage foundation).

I hate shelling out money for sheer eyeshadows, for sure! I get so mad (and return it). I pretty much only buy KVD eyeshadows now because of this.

The one product that is not highly enough pigmented (in some makeup lines) but SHOULD be [in my opinion] is a full coverage, pigment-saturated undereye concealer. I searched hard to find one with high enough pigment for me!

In the minority here. The only time I like a pigmented lipstick is for an evening look. Most of the time I’m happy with a natural looking finish. I’m fair, so the sheerer the pigment in blush and eyeshadow the happier I am. Lately, it’s just been one sheer eyeshadow with liner and mascara and lipstick patted on with my finger.

You’re not alone! I like a sheer lip color or one you can build up. Love my MAC lustres for ex. I like my blush to be buildable. I feel full coverage concealers and foundations look harsh and unnatural. Yes, you’ve covered discoloration but it looks heavy and like a mask. Not very natural if you ask me. I don’t mind an opaque lipstick but I don’t mind sheer. Eyeshadow I like pigmentation except for dark outer V colors bc buildable color is easier to control. It also makes no sense to me to have full pigmentation but then blend it away to achieve an eye look. I think too their is difference between intense pigmentation v buildable coverage v poor pigmentation. I don’t mind pigmentation but I don’t mind building up a bit either

Eyeliner. Everything else can just go from one extreme to the other, as long as it’s buildable and not patchy.

Pigmentation on lipsticks, not much for sheer lips (or glosses) although they can be really pretty. I actually don’t mind less than full on pigmentation on eyeshadows since I have somewhat of a heavy hand.
No need heavy pigmentation on blush — heck I can clown it up all by myself without super pigmentation!!!

You know honestly I like to slowly build up most products, so I just prefer that they be build-able, so that if I want an opaque coverage I can get achieve that but not accidentally put too much on in the beginning and mess up the look. I really don’t want anything, not even my eyeshadows to be fully opaque from the get go, I always feel like my looks look so much better when I slowly build. Really pigmented products can just make a mess of my face!

Eyeshadows and lipsticks. Never in blushes I have very cool/fair skin to apply clown brushes. I either play with my hazel eyes throwing a vivid color or lips never both. I play tons with eyeshadows and lipsticks of all colors but blushes I’m more picky choosing them the color and softness. I like it on the natural side but sometimes will mix a bright pink for example with a golden tone to sheer it up. Sometimes highliters serve that same purpose and blend! Blend to nearest natural.

I prefer eyeshadows, colored eyeliners, lipsticks and blushes to be pigmented. Now with lip glosses I like them shear to use as toppers. My contour and bronzer to be buildable.

Christine I agree with you especially for me I am not very good with applying products that have intense pigmentation but I also like to be able to wear eyeshadow on the light side so I would rather layer it than have it go on very pigmented with the first application. Some lipsticks I like them to be pigmented if it is the right shade & formula but primarily I like my lipsticks to be more on the opaque side.

I think I’m with the majority, the more pigmentation the more pay off, you get more bang for your buck. I will buy products that are labeled sheer but that would be only for lip glosses and highlighters, everything else can be applied with a lighter touch if you don’t want the deeper color/shade.

Lippies- I need all the pigmentation I can get for my pale lips

Eye pencils/liners- I want lots of definition and drama

Concealers- I wish to conceal, I WANT FULL PIGMENTED OPAQUE COVERAGE IN ONE APPLICATION! I don’t get these sheer/non opaque concealers at all.

Eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer. I like both pigmented and sheer lip products, but I wear the sheer ones more often because they’re lower maintenance.

I don’t really feel like intense pigmentation gives me more value in a product. I like almost everything to be buildable and have a nice rich texture. Adding a little more is so much easier for me on my light skin than fixing my mess ups.

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