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Mac Pigments come in a whole array and themes and varieties of colours. The particular one I am reviewing is the special edition Wonder Woman Bronze Pigment which is glittery and golden and stunning to look at. The pot I have is small and clear but instead of a black top like most, it has a Superhero red lid to celebrate Wonder Woman.
The powder inside feels very fine and soft to touch with the finger tip. Being not pressed, if you do drop the pot, the beautiful and subsequently expensive powder goes everywhere and you will weep bitter tears.
Mac advertise that the powder will automatically stick to your skin, but when I was getting one of the ladies to put it on me, she put a dab of moussey stuff to make the powder stick even better. The powder will stick with a little swab of a finger or brush for a light coating but will not give a dramatic impact. For this you need a base and a good brush. With a brush you then press and dab the powder onto your eyelid and then you have high impact eyes!
I paid £18 for my pot at the Duty Free in the airport when normally other pots are £15, but I guess as mine was special edition I really did pay for that.
The lady at the counter also said I could blend it with many things and multi use it. If I choose to mix the powder with clear nail varnish I could create my own nail varnish, I could use it as a light body powder or just limit it to its use on my eyes. It really was all up to me!
I often choose to go for a more neuteral look when applying make up going for nothing more than mascara and eyeliner. I often tried to create smokey eyeshadow looks following tutorials and failed knowing that they weren't really for me.
On a shopping trip with my MAC junkie friend she decided she wanted to purchase some more eyeshadows and lipsticks. Knowing I could be in there for hours with her I decided to take a look at the pigment pots that I hadn't previously seen. Opening a few jars I was wowed by the vibrant shades that I was coming across and knew that I wouldn't be so daring to wear these on my eyes.
I was pleasently surprised however when I unscrewed the black rubber lid of the 4.5g pigment pot to unveil the pigment in the shade 'Naked'. It was love at first sight. The fine powder is seperated from the lid by a small plastic lid which is removed easily with a small flap on the lid. The powder instantly shimmers as the light hits it.
The pigment shade 'Naked' is a pale tan colour with small specks of shimmer throughout. When applying I would advise that you load some onto a suitable brush and tap it against the side of the pot to made sure the brush is evenly covered. The when applying to gain maximum shimmer rather than rub the pigment across the lids, pat the pigment on to gain maximum effect of the product.
I was shocked to see that the price for a pigment was £15.50 however knew that this small pot could open up my eyes to a whole new level of eye make up at its simplest. I have had many comments on my eyes whilst wearing the product and would reccommend buying a pigment to anyone who likes to try simple eye make up. I have also had my friend (who is excellent at eye make up) borrow this product and create fantastic looks with it alongside eyeshadow!
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
What I love about MAC is their huge number of limited edition seasonal collections. It was these collections that first got me introduced to the loose pigments. Depending on the particular collection, you can often get 4 or 5 mini pigment tubes in one very pretty limited edition set. A great way to try lots of colours!
WHAT MAC SAY
"Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Pigment comes in an excellent range of colours. Use to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Pigment does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting. Please note: Pigments are sold by weight not volume. Containers can appear to be less than full due to settling of the product."
A 4.5g tube of pigment will cost you £15.50 but keep an eye out for limited edition pigment sets where you'll pay a little more, but receive 4 or 5 different colours / finishes of pigments. This works out slightly cheaper and way more fun!
Obviously you can get pigments from brands such as Collection 2000 and Barry M much cheaper. In my opinion the quality isn't as good and the texture doesn't blend so well. The cheaper versions often have big chunks of glitter, which isn't very appealing to everyone!
You can buy your MAC products from their website, their store, Selfridges or Debenhams.
MAC have recently changed the look of their pigment tubes / bottles. They are in glass jars / vials and have a matte black lid, the texture is what I'd call 'frosted', so it's not a smooth and polished finish.
The details will be on a sticker on the bottom of the jar / vial.
The pigment jars mainly look so pretty because of the colours of the pigment inside. I love to see these shine and sparkle in my makeup box like little gems!!
COLOURS AND TEXTURES
You can get MAC pigments in matte finishes, frost finishes and pearl finishes. Frost being by far the most popular with about 20 colours to chose from in their permanent range. Matte obviously don't have the shimmer / sheen to them, and pearl has a little shimmer and sheen but not too much. Frost finishes sparkle, glitter sheen and shine! Unlike with similarly sparkly eyeshadows, the loose pigments are easy to pick up and have an amazingly pigmented colour pay off.
Like with other MAC products, there are a lot of colours to chose from, the lightest lights to the darkest darks. Pigments are easy to mix together so you can custom make your own colours too! Lots of fun!
You can use pigments in lots of different ways. I've tried all sorts of different things with my MAC pigments. Here are my favourite application methods and my thoughts on each:
Directly onto eye area: I'll use either a blending eye brush or my fingers and smudge the pigment onto my eyelids. More often than not I'll use a few colours to create a smokey eyed look. These pigments blend so well and are long lasting even without a primer.
Sometimes I'll mix with Vasseline and use a pigment as a liquid eyeliner for my upper lash line. Or just as a very bold eyeshadow.
Mixed with lipbalm: I've used some pinky toned pigments before with lipbalm to create a bit of a shimmery sheen lip tint. This doesn't last ages, but is very pretty! You can mix a couple of pigments with a lipbalm to create new colours.
Mixed with face powder: I like to mix a bit of gold pigment with my usual face powder for an all over glow. I particularly like this look for summer evenings. Great for getting a perfect colour match (because you can add as much or as little pigment as you like), and lasts well too!
As a highlighter: If you don't have a highlighter in a colour you're after, or you don't have a highlighter in general, a lighter coloured pigment can easily be blended with a finger tip directly to your cheek or brow bones.
On top of or instead of a blush: If you're working with one of the more natural pigment colours (or not if you're bold!) you can use a tiny bit of pigment on top of your blusher for a bit of a sparkle / sheen. I just decant some pigment into a mixing pot and use a blusher brush. I tap it after dipping in the pigment so I only get a little on my brush. Then blend on top of my usual blusher for a bit of a change. You can do this instead of blusher too if you like!
Tinted moisturiser: You can mix a bit of any pigment in with your moisturiser for a lovely summery glow. A little goes a long way though!
Unusual / fancy dress looks: Pigment is ideal if you need to create a really distinctive look, for a costume or whatever. You can apply pigment onto your face with your fingers or a brush, and you can mix it with vasseline to make it stay put even better and have even more of a rich coloured appearance!
Pigment is so versatile and if you're a makeup lover you won't want to pass this by. A great way to get into the pigments is to get yourself a limited edition set with a selection of smaller sized pigment bottles. Keep your eyes peeled around Christmas time especially!
Because you can use these pigments in any which way I can't rate them highly enough! I even prefer them as an everyday eyeshadow!
I'm not really much of a fan of liquid eye liner or pencil eye liner as it never seems to last very long on me. Instead I've tended to use Barry M Dazzle Dusts as an eye liner over the past couple of years and finally got around to splurging on Mac's own version last week. I'd been eyeing up their little pots for a couple of months and decided to give myself an early Christmas present (as I wasn't having much luck buying Christmas presents for other people)!
The product itself is called Mac Pigment and it's basically like a powder which can be used as either an eye liner or a shadow. It comes in a little glass pot which is clear in colour and has a black screw on lid. It merely says Mac in black writing on the top of the pot and it does look like a rather expensive and professional looking product. The colours can be seen clearly due to the pot being clear in colour so you know exactly what you're getting when you buy it.
The actual pigment product is a highly concentrated loose colour powder, it's basically a very fine powder that isn't compacted like a pressed powder - this does mean if you drop it then it will go absolutely everywhere! Mac advertise that this product contains ingredients which make the powder actually stick to your skin, I personally tend to use a finishing liquid on top to ensure this. There isn't really any particular scent to the pigment products either at all.
To apply the pigment you need an eye brush, ideally one that is quite compacted so it doesn't end up absorbing half of the product. I use the pigment as an eye liner and so have a brush that has flat, compacted bristles that end in a downwards slope to make it easier to apply. I simply dip my brush in and then I tend to tap it against my sink, purely to remove excess powder otherwise it will end up down your face. I then dab it along my lower and upper eye lid.
The pigment is ideal as it doesn't streak or cake up in the creases like some eye shadows can do. It's really easy to blend and you can build up as much colour as you wish - it's probably one of the easiest eye products to work with that I've ever come across. The effects are also really long lasting, if I apply it in the morning and cover it with Benefit's She-Laq product then the eye liner will stay in place throughout the day and it won't smudge or streak at all.
There are currently thirty different shades of pigment available from Mac which isn't quite as many as Barry M but there's certainly a good choice. Colours vary from the very staple black and brown to some quite striking bright pinks and olive greens too. These products probably aren't for those that prefer a very natural and subtle make up look! They're priced at £15 for a pot which contains 4.5g of the product; these really do last for absolutely ages!
I'd thoroughly recommend Mac's Pigment products as they're easy to use, have long lasting results and create striking effects. I've had pots of Barry M Dazzle Dusts which are smaller and they've lasted me about a year with frequent usage so they do last a long time. My only concern here is the price, for £15 I was expecting something quite amazing and they don't really seem a lot different to Barry M's cheaper version... therefore it's four stars from me!
Thanks for reading.
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I love Mac pigments , they colours are so bright and intense. There are so many different shades to pick from so where do you start. I have a couple of samples of pigments and I love them , A shade called milk which is a pale pink / white colour and mutiny which is a sky blue.
* What pigments are used for *?
The most common use is eye-shadow. You can apply these wet or dry. To apply dry just dip your brush in the pot and tap of extra product and place on your eyelids , i do find that you can get a bit off fall out if your not careful. Apply them wet buy adding a mixing medium and using it as a eye liner and it makes the pigment look really different. They can also be used as a nail varnish, if you poor some out on a plate then mix with clear nail varnish and mix in to make a new colour. These can also be used with a clear gloss. the list is endless but I use them for my eyes.
* Design packaging ?*
It comes in a small clear container where can you see the colour and the black top , with mac printed on the side.
* The pirce ? *
It is expensive , it's £15.50 for a pot but they do last such a long time as the smallest amount of product gives you plenty of colour , If you want a cheaper alternative go for Barry M dazzle dusts they are the same Idea.
I love pigments , They way they look on your eyes is so pretty and they stay on throught out the day. there is also such a wide range of colours , the only downfall I think is the price and it can be a little messy.
ciao / dooyoo.
THESE ARE AMAZING! go buy one now. At £14 a pot these babies arent cheap, but they are cheerful!
The shade range is fantastic, you are bound to find what you are looking for.
These are large-ish pots of extreme colour. This doesn't mean they are all loud, bright shades, it means that a little goes a long way! The powder particles are intense, meaning it will only take a quick sweep to load your lids with the shade of your choice. You can layer the colour up for a more intense look, or alternatively use a damp make up brush.
(when I say damp, I mean wipe it on a baby wipe first... This sticks the powder to the brush, and gives you a less messy, more intense finish)
For the fashionistas out there, these powders give you an amazing high fashion effect when you mix a little with some vaseline then sweep it over your lids. The glossy finish is ALWAYS in, but not for the faint hearted....
MAC Pigments are one of my favourite items in my make-up kit! I'm obsessed with the colours and how versatile this product is. They come in a wide variety of colours from the tamest to the craziest colours you can imagine which, with my personality comes in very handy. The pigment is a fine powder which can be used in a number of ways. The first and most simplest way is to apply like you would any other shadow which gives you a simple wash of colour. My preferance is to wet my eyeshadow brush then apply the pigment which gives you far more control over the application. It also gives you a more intense and almost metalic colour of shadow. The pigments are great on the eye area as they can be blended beautifully and be built up to various depths of colour. But these little pots can be used for so much more! I like to mix mine with vaseline or clear gloss to create different lip colours, the Vanilla pigment is fantastic for highlighting and you can even mix them with clear nail polish to create your own varnish. Some people find them pricey but in my opinion worth every penny! They last forever and you need the tiniest amount of product for each application making them a fantastic addition to your make-up bag! This is a product i can find no faults with and have yet to meet someone that doesn't like them. Hope you guys enjoy and good luck experimenting! xxx
I only wear make-up for night out, but when I do I like MAC make-up because they have a wide range of colours to suit my bold personality.
MAC pigment is a highly concerated powder bursting full of colour. It does not cake or crease and it's special formula makes it have real staying power on your eyes. If you sweep it loosly it gives a subtle wash of colour but if you apply it slowly or sweep a few layers on the colour goes so intense for the real wow factor. It comes off dead easy in seconds with normal make-up remover. It is £15 for a 4.5g pot. It has an easy to turn screw top and comes in a see through jar so you can see the real colour you are buying. The packagine is a simple black box that allows you to see the product.
This is a very versatile product for a subtle shade or apply more for greater intensity, its up to you how you want the colour to look. Works great with other shades or even if you use in some sections to highlight different areas. Although it may seem expensive a pot will last a life time. I've never ran out of one yet. Easy to apply with a make-up brush.
I have Mac pigment in "lovely lily". If like me you are not the most skilled at applying your make up ...mac pigment is for you!
It comes in a handy pot and is a fine loose powder inside. You can apply the powder with an eyeshadow brush or even your fingertips. The colour can be built up gradually for an intense look or swept lightly over the lid for a more every day look.
Also if you wet the eyeshadow brush 1st then you get a different look and effect.
This specific colour would suit most skin tones as you can build up as much colour as you like.
My only critism of the product would be that if you apply your makeup in a bit of a last minute rush, as I do, then there is the possibilty of knocking the pot over and the power goes everywhere!
A very good product and cost effective as it lasts FOREVER!!!
Once you have learned how to apply Mac Pigment effectively it will become one of your make up bag favourites. The pigment comes in a handy pot with a tight fitting lid, available in an adequate range of colours. Pigment is highly concentrated colour in loose tiny particles. You can create dramatic styles by applying dark colours across the whole of your lids, or a more discreet look with a pale or silvery colour in a thin line along the lash line. The varying styles you can create make it a great product for day or night. The pigment can be applied with a make up brush used either wet or dry, personally I have found that damp application will keep the pigment fixed for longer. At around £12 per pot you may think that the Mac pigment is quite expensive, however having used various cheaper alternatives I would definately say that you get the quality you pay for with Mac. If you are unsure if this is the product for you, or what to do with it for the best effects I have found the store assistants more than happy to give advice and free applications for you to test
PRICE: I will first start of with the price, which is a very steep £16 for a 7.5g pot. However, this little pot will last forever and a day. You only need the slightest amount of product and the colour payoff is still incredible. They are very much worth the money in my opinion. It is very much a case of 'put in what you expect to get out'. If you pay £1 for an eyeshadow you wont expect it to be amazing, but if you pay the £16 then you will expect amazing results - and thats exactly what you will get.
PACKAGING: The packaging is very simple but does the job. It comes in a little cylinder clear pot with a black screw on lid, it then has the MAC logo on the front and the shade sticker on the bottom. The back then has a list of ingredients and other info, but overall it is just a plain simple design which works well. The packaging is also recycable which is always a good thing!
PRODUCT: The actual product like I said before is incredible. I would list the colours available but I think I would be here forever! I think MAC may have created 40+ colours in its business life, I only own 9 of them unfortunately. I apply the product with a regular eyeshadow brush and you will literally need the teeniest bit of the powder and that should cover the whole eyelid. From there on you can build up the intensity of the colour by adding more or less. Also, by using a mixing medium such as MAC'S mixing medium or charged water, this creates a liquidy type eyeshadow with much stronger colour payoff so it is worth doing your research into the mixing medium if you buy some of these pigments.
One disadvantage of these pigments is that some of the pigments (i.e. ROSE pigment) are very hard to work with, meaning they dont blend well and can be extremelly hard to apply. However the majority ('Your Ladyship' is a good example) are very easy to work with and apply beautifully.
The pigments can also be used as other things, not just eyeshadows! Pigments can be used for:
* Mixing with hair gel to create a wash in-wash out hair colour
* Cheek blush
* Face highlighter
* Mixing with clear nail polish to create amazing nail colours
* Mixing with clear lip gloss to create coloured lipglosses/lipsticks
Therefore, I would reccomend these pigments to all people out there who are interested in make-up, they are long lasting and will probably outlive me!
Packaging: This comes in a clear plastic pot with a screw lid that fits securely to prevent any spillage. I've found it's perfectly safe in my overstuffed make up bag.
Product: This is a loose powder consistency and comes in a wide range of colours from pastels to metallics to vibrant neons.
I apply the pigment with a finger. You could use a brush but I prefer the control and blending you get this way. If I'm wearing it as eyeshadow I always use a primer (usually the Urban Decay Primer Potion) as this helps it stay put on my eyelids. When used with the primer I find this lasts all day and the majority of colours don't shed. I had a little trouble with one of the darker grey pigments coming off onto my cheeks, but none of the others have been a problem.
I've also used this on top of lipstick to create some interesting effects. One of my favourite combinations is to use a slightly metallic shade that complements my lipstick colour for example a little gold pigment with red lipstick.
Apparantly you could use this with nail varnish as well, but I've never tried it that way.
I recommned being careful when applying it as if you get any on places you didn't intend it's hard to remove without messing up that part of your makeup. It's also best to use the bit adhering to the lid rather than dipping your finger in the pot to minimise mess and avoid spillage. If there's not enough on the lid, simply put it back on and turn the pot upside down a couple of times.
Price: At around £15 this is pretty pricey, but it does last for ages. A tiny amount goes a very long way so it actually works out good value for money unless you can't resist having every colour.
Pigments are a multi-purpose loose powder that comes in a range of colours and finishes! Most people use them as eyeshadows or liners, but you can do so much with them including adding to nail varnish or clear lipgloss or using certain colours as highlighters, bronzers or even blushers.
Pigments were the first ever product that I used from the brand MAC, and I was really impressed by the great range of colours and most of all the pigmentation - the colours of the pigments are absolutely stunning!
As I have used more and more MAC and explored other brands of make up, I do find that I hardly ever use my pigments anymore for a couple of reasons... firstly, they can be quite hard to apply. They come in a small jar that has no sifter or anything, so if you drop this it's ruined. I find it easiest to empty a little into the lid and work with that, or even better if you can find some small 5g plastic jars transfer a sample into that and keep the large jar separate. Secondly, the fall out! As this product is a loose powder, when you apply it you do end up with an awful lot of it on your face in places you did not intend to apply it! This, however, is more of a reason why I dislike loose powder products instead of MAC pigments in particular.
MAC pigments are incredibly good value. Though the jar isn't large in size, you only need to use a tiny amount of the pigment each time so they will last you for AGES. Considering MAC eyeshadows are £10, paying £15 for a jar of pigment that will last you three times as long is very reasonable in my opinion.
There is not as big a range of colours and finishes as there is with MAC eyeshadows, but you do have a fair selection including bright shades and neutral colours and matte, shimmery and glitter finishes so there is bound to be at least one of these that you like!
If you have not tried MAC pigments before and are looking to try one I would recommend Vanilla or Pink Opal, which can all be used as excellent brow and face highlighters as well as eyeshadows; Chocolate Brown which is a gorgeous, rich, warm brown colour or Teal for those who prefer the more brighter shades (it is STUNNING as a liner with a brown/neutral eye make up look).
I first tried MAC Pigment when I got married three years ago, and I have never looked back since! It costs just under £15 from MAC counters (in House of Fraser and Fenwick) or on the MAC website. This may sound a lot for a pot of eyeshadow, but my pots have all lasted me a year each (and that is for the base colour I use daily on my socket and brow, the bolder 'going out' colours that I use only every now and again will last for years).
The pots come in a huge range of vibrant colours - in my makeup bag I currently have hot pink, purple and a lovely creamy champagne coloured one (which is the one I use all of the time).
The pigment is designed to stay on for hours, which is why it was recommended for my wedding makeup, and I have found that it really does last well. Other eyeshadows seem to fade quickly but this stuff retains its vibrant colour or subtle shimmer (depending on the shade you choose) all day.
I use my finger or a standard eyeshadow brush to apply this. I use my finger for an all-over base shade or a brush if I am using an accent collour.
The only problem you may find is that it is a loose powder so you do have to take care not to spill it. The easiest way to use it is, rather than dipping into the pot itself, to dab some product off the underside of the lid. This means much less waste or mess.
Another useful tip is be careful not to overload your applicator brush or your finger as bits will end up all over your face if you do, and it sticks so well to foundation that it is really hard to get off with your base makeup intact.
This product is at its boldest and most long-lasting when applied over either a MAC cream eye colour base or a MAC eyeshadow base. Both come in colours to complement the range of pigments. However this is obviously pretty expensive as the other products sell at around £10 each, which does all add up especially if you want a wide range of colours. I use a matching base under the more striking colours such as my purple pigment but I find that the more subtle all-over base shades will last all day without one.
Everyone who loves makeup should have at least one MAC pigment in their stash! These might seem expensive for a tiny jar of product, but these babies last years! They are so versatile and can be used almost everywhere (although some colours are not deemed eye or lip safe respectively).
For those not familiar with pigments, they are like loose powder eyeshadow but velvety smooth. They can be applied wet or dry and when applied wet they give a high shine finish (well the metallic ones do). There are lots of different shades ranging from the neutral to the neon to create lots of different looks with. My personal faves are Vanilla (great for a highlight), Softwash Grey (a limited edition colour that is lavender with a grey after tone) and Old Gold (a bronzey gold with a green duo chrome). Each jar retails for approximately £15 from maccosmetics.co.uk and retail outlets where Mac is sold.
MAC Eye Shadow / Highly-pigmented powder / Applies evenly / blends well / Please note / Eye Shadows weight vary slightly based on the density of the product.