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      02.08.2014 13:29
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      I Wish This Would Last Longer!

      I was given this Mac Pigment eye shadow as a present by a family member. My product is packaged in a black box with an open front so you can see the shade of the product easily. The box has some product information printed on it such as a full list of ingredients, contact information for the brand and the shade of the eye shadow which in this case is ‘Tan’. There is a huge range of colours in this product and ‘Tan’ is a gorgeous toasted, coppery brown which shimmers silver in the light.
      The item comes in a large plastic pot which contains 4.5g or 0.15 US Oz of loose powder eye shadow. The tub has a sponge rubber top which clicks once to open and close it after twisting it. Beneath this the tubs are fitted with a plastic shield over the top of the tub to contain the powder. The shield has a little plastic tab which sticks up so you can pull it off. I recommend keeping the plastic shield in place as this product can get really, really messy!
      The powder is silky soft and adheres to a finger or applicator well during application. I tend to use my finger as one dip and a swipe over your eyelid and that’s it done. It’s super easy to apply as the powder is so smooth. It does transfer onto the skin of the eyelid with ease but obviously if you do use a finger to apply a lot of product stays on the fingertip too! The powder isn’t patchy and there is no need to work on areas for an even coverage as it goes on perfectly with a simple swash over the eye.
      The visual effect of this eye shadow is amazing. This particular shade is very flattering on slightly tanned skin and really highlights the eyes in a dramatic and beautiful way. I have noticed though that this eye powder does tend to come off quite easily. It doesn’t have much staying power. Touching the eye area even just a little bit can cause the powder to be wiped off as far as to the extent that it looks like I‘m wearing no eye make-up at all!
      Overall I really love the actual effect and visual appearance of the Pigment eye shadow but the product is quite messy to deal with and it is very easily accidentally wiped off the skin. I would recommend to younger women and teens who like to play with colours and effects in eye make-up. However, I don’t think I will buy this in the future because at GBP17.00 it doesn’t give me a lasting look.

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      06.10.2011 11:31
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      Sparkly, shimmery, sexy eyes!

      Last year I extended my make up, and extended it, and extended it, and it became well known amongst my friends about my love of MAC and as such I opened a present off my best friend and lo and behold it was a gift set of MAC pigment eyeshadows, the funny thing was across the other side of town on that same Christmas morning she was sat there opening the very same present off me, great minds hey!


      **Packaging, how much you get for your pennies and how many pennies it will cost**

      Pigments is rather than a pressed powder that has come to be synonymous with eyeshadows the MAC pigments take it back to basics and comes as a loose, shimmering, glittering powder. As such the packagaing is obviously a little bit different to normal eyeshadow. My MAC pigments come in a clear tube, so you can see what colour the pigment is, with a black screwtop lid, these are made out of plastic, though be warned they can shatter as I found to my horror I smashed the darkest pigment I owned and it flew all over my make up bag and the white bathroom....!

      On opening the the tube you see the pigment nestled in the tube, and it can be deceptive if the pigment has settled and compressed down - a little (GENTLE!) tap on the bottom of the tube and you will separate this which makes for easier application.

      Now I have the gift set, where I have slightly smaller jars of pigment. To buy singularly it costs £15.50 for 4.5g of product (MAC website), I would say my jars are probably more around the 1-2g mark and I have been using these since Christmas 2009 with plenty of pigment left, so it does offer good value for money.


      **Whats the right colour for me and whats it look like?**

      Well it all depends on what you want from your pigment, drama, dayware, subtle shades......there is a shade to suit all skin types and make up styles with 29 different shades to choose from!

      The pigment, once you've chosen your shade, is generally a very vibrant colour where you can see each speck of powder, these are not all glitter though there are what looks like pieces of glitter in there, and the overall effect is a shimmery one!


      **Application and Utensils**

      As we are working with loose powder rather than pressed powder I find it easier to apply using a brush. My one bug bear is that the jars I have personally are too small to swirl my brush around in and so I have had to adapt my application somewhat:

      - Tip a SMALL amount onto the back of my hand
      - Sweep the brush along this, being careful not to take too much product onto the bristles
      - Apply to the eyelid in a gentle sweeping motion

      I do find that the pigment can "splatter" glitter across your face which you will then need to clean off as it is never a good look! Other than that, application is even and it is easy to build up slowly to create more intensive, dramatic looks, and on talking of building up, it is easy to blend the pigments with both other pigments and "normal" pressed eyeshadows. I have found that this is less prone to creasing and is long lasting - so much so that it takes a good scrub to remove even after wearing all day.



      **Would I recommend?**

      If you love make up then I would recommend that you buy, especially if you like to play around with your look. The best thing about this is the intensity of the colour and the length of time that this lasts!

      I would give it 5 stars, but for the price - £15.50 is a lot to spend in my opinion!

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        16.10.2010 21:38
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        A great product!

        * oooooooo pretty *

        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.

        *final thoughts?*
        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.

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        21.04.2010 12:39
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        Recommended from make up addict to another.

        INTRODUCTION

        After completing a cosmetic make up degree in November, I have learned how to appreciate make up and how to apply it correctly to give immaculate and intense results.

        Before undertaking the diploma I would buy run of the mill brands as I didn't fully understand the need for a good make up, No I know that the key to perfect make up applications is the use of good quality products and of course the most important thing to have is make up application brushes, as your fingers just don't cut it.

        While doing the course I tried and tested many different brands but the one that I now swear by is Mac.

        Here I am going to review the Mac pigment eye shadows, although I highly recommend all of the Mac range, These pigments are by far the best I have found to give you a high impact colour that looks radiant right up until you remove it from your eyes.

        MAC PIGMENT EYE COLOUR

        Mac do a few different eye shadows, they have a pressed eye shadow that comes in a small round compact, or they have the pigments which come in a powder dust form.

        Both eye shadows come in natural and very wacky bright vibrant colours, you can get them in a matt of a shimmer form so it depends on what you like personally.

        I personally love the pigments as they seem to have a more intense colour and a great sparkle to them, which you can get with other pigment they do wear off quickly, unlike the Mac ones which certainly last.

        I currently have twenty four of the Mac pigments, which sounds a lot but as I apply makeup professionally now so as I see it, having all of the range is a must.

        You get shades from whites, pinks, blues, greens, browns and blacks, all of which start at the pale end of the spectrum and end in the extensive colourings. For example you can have a pale mint green ranging right up to a forest green and neon green, so as you can imagine the shades cater for all of your needs.

        You may be thinking what makes this product so special, well this pigment is made with concentrated loose coloured powder that is specially formulated to help it stick to the skin. I found this very helpful as other pigments I had tried did disappear rapidly as it did not seem to stick very well to my eye lids, so this was brilliant as far as I was concerned.

        THE POT DESIGN

        These pigments come in 4.5 gram cylinder pots, the actual powder is emitted through a small opening in the centre of pot which is protected by a black outer cap that is screwed on and off.

        To get the product out of the pot just turn it up and down a few times while the protective black lid is still in place, after you remove the black cap you should have a small amount of powder that is sitting in the small sunken rim that surrounds the small opening in the top of the pot.

        This unique but simple design allows small amounts of shadow to be released at any one time, I have found that each time powder is released it seems to give me enough product for that application, so I have no doubt that the packing design is perfect for conserving my treasure eye shadow.

        When I did buy a few of these are a time I was sure that they had sent be some used ones, as some pots seemed to have less product in than others. After questioning this I was assured they were all brand new and unused, they informed me it was down to the way the pigment settled in the pot, for example some pots make have compacted the product more than others. To be sure you have bought a new product Mac now sent out all pigments with security seals, which are located on top of the small opening where the product is released from.

        APPLICATION

        Some of you may struggle when it comes to applying a dust pigment as it can be very messy, especially if you are applying it with your fingers.

        Here I am going to explain how to apply the Mac pigment perfectly with professional looking results, the main thing you need it a good application brush. I strongly recommend a good firm brush as the soft brushes tend to drop the pigment and speed and scatter it across your face and cheeks, instead of placing it on the eye lid. So a firm application brush is a must when using a dust shadow.

        When applying a professional looking make up I recommend you use up to four different shades, for example if you what big bright blue eyes you should select a pale white or grey, dark/bright blue, Light blue and black.

        Don't be afraid to experiment with colours as they all seem to go together in some way of another, if you follow this application guide you will realise that applying a professional make up is not hard to do.

        1) The first thing you need to do is apply your face make up, either a consealer, foundation of both. It really depends on what you personally like to wear.

        Once you have applied your foundation apply a thin layer of consealer to your eyelids and brow bones, this will look really light and you will look strange but once you have applied you shadow you won't even know you did it.

        By applying this consealer to you brow lines and lids, you are creating as base for your eye shadow. This will prolong the staying power of the shadow and help bring out the intensity within the shadows colours, because some shadows do look different on you than in the pot, so by doing this you get the colour you see in the pot.

        2) Now you start with the lightest colour, mine being the light grey / white, after shaking the pot so you get a small amount into the dip in the pot gently press the flat side of your firm brush into the powder so it is pressed tightly onto the brush.

        Once you have the shadow pressed against the brush, gentle pat the colour into the top section of your eye and brow lines being sure to apply plenty of colour to the brow line itself.

        With the same colour up a light dusting beneath your lower lashes, if you have close set eyes apply it to the outer section of your eyes and this will open them up for you.

        3) Now with the darkest blue you have selected, get a good helping of shadow on your brush and pat is onto two thirds of your eye lid, starting from your inner eye working your way outwards.

        By this time you will look really strange with the pale and dark contrast going of but, don't worry the blending that comes later will sort this out.

        4) Now with the pale lighter blue apply the powder to the tip of the brush and push the brush, between your eye lid and your brow bone following the crease, and sweep it into the last third of your eye making sure you meet the dark blue you previously applied.

        I always apply two of three coats to the crease of the brow bone and eye as this is what give you the intensity in the application.

        5) Lastly I use the black to emphasise my eyes, by placing small amounts of shadow under my lower lashes and in the corners of my eyes.

        Once you have applied your colours you now need a soft application brush, gently sweep over you brow bone and applying a little pressure sweep it back and forth over the crease line. This will blend all of the colours together, without mixing them all together.

        Once you are happy with the shadow application finish with liquid eyeliner or of more subtle results use a basic kohl.

        BUYING MAC

        You can buy these Mac pigments form Mac cosmetic shops of on the Mac web site www.maccosmetics.co.uk

        As I said before there are many shades to chose from, so I am confident you will find something to suit you.

        Each little pot costs £15.00 which is very expensive, but these do last as you only use small amounts at a time. So for me they are very good value for money as they deliver on every aspect as they last and they are very intense in colour.

        MY OPINION

        I use these Mac pigments for both natural and high impact looks, both of which give you very impressive results. The light browns and beiges are truly stunning for the everyday make up.

        The best thing about these are that they never crease or streak on the skin, so they do look very nice and as the powder is so light it makes them very easy to blend, making many colour selections achievable.

        One thing I will say it that the Mac pigment shades are very daunting a first as some are very vibrant, but as you learn how to mix the colours and blend them correctly you will realise that you can in fact get away with any of the colours, within the shade range.

        I can recommend this highly enough, yes they are expensive but trust me they do last. I bought my Mac pigments back in August last year and I use them all regularly at work and they are still going strong, without even having to think about replacing them anytime soon.

        My new saying is once you go Mac you will never go back.

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          13.04.2010 00:49
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          i love these

          ****Mac pigments****

          I was drawn to these after alltheatglitterz21 on youtube was talking about how much she loved them.
          **Packaging**
          The packaging for these looks similar to the fluidline but it is plastic instead of glass and is a little bit bigger. I like this because there is less chance of me breaking it.
          **Product**
          These things are amazing!! they are super pigmented and the tiniest amount lasts ages. I have been using the one colour on and off for the last month and the tub looks like I have hardly touched it. I would totally recommend these. I don't like how they bring out some colours limited edition though-i have some colours I don't want to wear all the time encase I finish them!! My favourite shade is mutiny which is a turquoise shade -very pretty and glittery. Since mac change collections all the time the colours change so I cant tell you how many there are. I think however that alot of these are quite glittery so i would recommend them for night time use.
          I have quite sensative skin but i find these are okay on my skin.
          The price of these looks quite high but they last for ages so I would say that they are totally worth it. You get 7.5grams in a tub which I think is quite good.

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          21.02.2010 12:18

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          Ok but overpriced eyeshadow.

          Mac Pigments are super glittery and create a great look. There not my favourite eyeshadow though.
          I do like the glitteryness of them. I've got the colour in the picture and it creates a very girly look. They last all day or night without budging too, which is always a good thing.
          However what i don't like about the pigments is i think there a little too glittery for my liking. Also it gets everywhere (this might just be me... because i'm a clumsy person) but i get as much under my eye as i do on my eyelid, which is quite hard to clean. I have a friend who has the same problem with these and has to do her foundation last as its the only way to overcome the problem.
          Taking this in mind i think they are a bit pricey. I got mine bought for a present and whille i do like them i wouldn't go out and buy them myself. I'd spend my money on other less messy brands.

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          27.08.2009 20:04
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          A great quality product that lasts for months.

          I've been using MAC Pigment for about a year now, they are basically a loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. I always use an eye primer before application of the Eye pigment.

          I usually buy my pigment from the MAC website where they retail at £15, they come in a 7.5g pot which lasts me about 6 months so in my opinion its worth the price. I currently own Cornflower which is a blue colour, Golden Olive which is green and Fuschia which is purple.

          I apply the pigment with a brush and you can build the colour up for a deeper effect. If you wet an eye liner brush you can apply the pigment as an eye liner however there is not much difference between wet and dry application in my opinion. If you want to you can mix pigment with lip gloss to make a lip stain.

          I really like the fact that the pigment does not cake or streak, this could be due to the fact I use a primer? I've not used it on its own yet. The pigments I own do have a slight glitter tone to them but that could be due to the minerals in it.

          If you are going to purchase a pot of MAC Pigment I would suggest you don't purchase one from Ebay as I've heard that they are copies and do not contain the same ingredients that the authentic MAC products contain

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          13.06.2009 03:23
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          Brilliant investment, lasts for ages, great fun, doesn't run/migrate/smudge!!

          MAC pigments are rapidly becoming a must have essential in my make up bag!! They come in a huge array of colours, are so versatile, and last for AGES!!
          You can use them as eye shadow, glitter, eye liner, and there are even bases to make them into lip gloss!!
          The colours really are gorgeous, they last for ages, and stay on really well, I don't seem to have a problem with migration either, which I have with other products before...nothing worse than going on a big night out, going to the loo and having smudged eye shadow everywhere!!
          I really love using them as eye liners too, you can blend them into one another so for example, you could have gold from the inside of your eye, blending into teal green at the outer edges...there really are unlimited options to experiment with!
          Also, if you're going for a really sparkly look, for instance Christmas, I've used them to make my eyelashes look a bit glittery!

          They are however quite expensive, but look out for them in airports/duty free/discount shops, and you can get some real bargains online if you buy regularly from a decent seller!
          A great way of reducing the cost, is to split them...you can buy stackable make up pots fairly cheaply, and if you've got a friend/mum/sister/neice/daughter/or anyone who fancies testing them out, you can carefully divide up the pigments into the pots!! You still get loads, and you halve your cost, and you can have some fun testing out new ideas on each other!!

          Definitely worth investing in!

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          31.03.2009 03:38
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          A must in every womans make up bag!

          Every woman should own at least 4 of these! I have been using MAC pigments for quite some time now and have built up a large collection. The are available in the larger department stores, debenhams, house of fraser, selfridges and also online. There is a huge range and variety of colours to choose from - to suit every need and purpose. I choose the lighter shades and use them as a highlighter to my face and cheeks. The darker more stand out colours which I own such as greys/ silvers/ golds i use as eyeshadow or eyeliner. You can purchase base forumulas and mix them to use as lipgloss also. Can be quite pricey, think they are around £15 - £18 a pot but they do last quite a while, mine last anything up to a year and I wear make up every day. If you are considering using or purchasing these, i;d recommend a consulation at one of the MAC counters if you can;t get to one then start off light and fresh with a colour that you are familiar with and then build on that, thats what I did and now own quite a few, different pots for different occasions. I can assure you that you'll never look back after using MAC pigments!

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          13.02.2009 18:07
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          If you are female and have not tried this, you must!

          It is products like this that really demonstrate why MAC has achieved the popularity it has within the makeup industry. I bought a pot of champagne coloured pigment for my wedding, to use as a base colour, and was still using it 12 months later. At £15 a pot it is not cheap but my goodness it was worth every penny! As I told my husband, it cost £15, or just over £1 a month if you consider how much use I got out of it. How can you argue with figures like that? It will be slightly cheaper now due to the VAT reduction.

          I bought it from House of Fraser in the cosmetics hall. MAC products are difficult to get hold of instore in our area but they are stocked in Fenwick too and also online on the MAC website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk).

          One of my bridemaids first introduced me to the wonder that is MAC and I have never looked back since. They have a reputation for being very expensive but I have found them no more so than other premium brand cosmetics.

          The pigment is available in a huge (and frequently changing) range of colours. The colour I bought is no longer available unfortunately so in the near future I will be experimenting with different tones to see which I fancy next.

          It comes in a 7.5g pot which does not sound like a lot of product for £15 but it goes a very long way. The pot is transparent plastic with MAC across the front in black lettering and a black screw-off lid. It is then packaged in a matt black cardboard box.

          The makeup artist who did my wedding makeup applied it with a brush but I prefer to apply it with a clean finger as I find it gives a better blended effect that way. How I do it is that I screw off the lid and there is always a bit of pigment stuck to the underside so I gently press my finger on this and use my finger as the applicator, sweeping it across my whole eye right up to my brow line to create a subtle shimmery effect. Dipping a finger into the pot itself would mean far too much wastage and would not allow you to control the amount you apply very well as it adheres quickly to skin so your finger would be covered with far too much pigment.

          The product is a loose colour powder which is highly concentrated to help it adhere to the skin. You only need to use the tiniest amount, it goes such a long way. You can change the amount you use to create a very intense effect or a subtle covering. I guess the way you use it would depend on which shade you purchase and where you use it (so you would use less of a pale tone like mine on upper eyes - just under the brows I mean - or a stronger colour to make a deeper effect on the lid). The product contains a soft shimmer which gives a lovely effect.

          It is unbelievably easy to blend the product in with other colours to create a gorgeous smoky effect for an evening look. A MAC advisor will be happy to demonstrate how to do this and how easy it is. The effect you get is subtle and non-streaky. It does not look cakey or gather in the creases of your eyes the way lots of other eye colours do; the effect you get lasts for hours without separating or fading in patches. I use the eye primer underneath for very special occasions (such as my wedding) but it is fabuolous even when you don't use it.

          I truly have nothing bad to say about this product, in my opinion it is the most amazing eye colour product I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot of products!).

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          Playful, high quality make-up.

          The answer to every make-up problem!

          I don't know where I'd be without my MAC pigments, I absolutely love them and have built up quite a collection. They retail at £15 for a 7.5g pot and can be bought online from MAC's website, at MAC stores, or at MAC concessions in places such as Selfriges and Debenhams.

          I mostly use my pigments as eyeshadows and eyeliners, but you can use them for blush, bronzing, or lip colouring as well. And the pigments don't just come in colour powders, they come in glitters too.

          The best thing about pigments is that they are just so versatile. You can blend them to the perfect shade, or use them with a base or mixing medium to make them stand out more.

          I tend to use mine with MAC shadestick in Sharkskin underneath to really make them pop, and then a wet brush to apply them as an eye liner. They last all day and really make you stand out from the crowd as they give you a versatility and license to be creative that you don't get with other eye colours.

          Pigments are great for anyone who loves to experiment with make up, and although the price may seem steep, in the long run they're great value.

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            A multi-use makeup product you'll wonder what you did without.

            When writing my top 10 beauty products recently, I was struggling towards the end and chose MAC pigments because they are such a versatile and high-quality product.

            Before I tried them out, I was under the impression that pigments were really just a way for the big dogs at MAC to make a quick buck, because they are pretty expensive. Now I understand a little better, I really think they're quite reasonable.

            In short, pigments are simply a loose powder which is rich in colour and can be used as more than just an eyeshadow. A little (and I mean VERY little) goes a long way, and expensive as they may seem, pick the right shade and you will get a lot of use out of it.

            Okay, so what is the right shade? Well, if like me you don't fancy shelling out £14.68 for a full-size jar, you can always grab some samples (usually from the US) for around $3 each for 1/4 teaspoon. As you need such a tiny amount, this is a good way to start out with pigments, although there are some fakes around so look out for stores with feedback. I'm not entirely sure whether I fully agree with the idea of someone buying a product to spin a profit...but really it would be very hard to use an entire pigment yourself, so if it introduces someone to the great product..I guess it's okay? I don't know...anyway I'm not here to talk about morals, it's all about the pigments!

            A lot of these samples come in deals where you get to pick 10 shades or what have you, so I recommend starting with some staple colours and then picking whatever fun ones you like. Over at the official MAC website, there are usually around 15 shades on offer, limited edition ones come and go and there are more yet on MAC Pro, which is for registered users (usually makeup artists). When you buy samples, you can often choose from all of these, giving you a really wide range to choose from. Of course you can also find the rarer ones on eBay, but bidding wars could get pretty agressive!

            Some must-haves for me would be vanilla, melon, rose and chocolate brown. Be aware that not all pigments are suitable for wearing on the eyes, but this is clearly labelled. MAC also offer pigments specifically for the lips. Vanilla makes a great base and highlight for the brow bone or cheekbones. Rose can be mixed with lip products for a nice colour or used on cheeks. Melon is also a good all-round colour and I love chocolate brown for a liner or crease colour to darken up an eye look.

            Of course you can also get some really bright and fun colours - I love teal and golden lemon particularly.

            Okay, so you bought your pigment, now what? Well, here's just some of the ways you can use it:

            Eyes - Using a base such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or whatever you prefer, just a few "grains" of pigment give a rich colour on the lid. If you prefer, mix with water or a mixing medium (I use old saline eye drops) to form a sort of paint if you like, and achieve a really vivid "wow" affect not for the faint-hearted! I also like using a liner brush with one of the more vibrant colours to make a change from dull-coloured eye liner.

            Lips - Either mix the desired amount of pigment with the gloss or balm of your choice, or add gloss to your lips, dab on a bit of pigment and layer gloss over the top. Now that winter is upon us and my lips are pretty sore, I've been using melon pigment mixed with a Body Shop Born Lippy balm (mango). The colours are really similar so it was tricky to mix in a good amount (a clear balm would be much better), but the affect is a nice subtle shimmer which still moisturises my lips.

            Nails - You can either mix pigment in with a clear polish or dab/sprinkle on top before it has dried, and then add a clear top coat. If you choose to mix pigment with a polish, you will need to have a ball-bearing in the bottle (often seen in glittery polishes) otherwise it won't mix properly. You can pick up ball-bearings at craft or hobby shops.

            Cheeks - Dab a little onto your cheek in a line (think war paint) and blend with a brush. This also applies to highlight colours - vanilla makes a nice alternative to Benefit's High Beam and at the same price you get a hell of a lot more use for it.

            Body shimmer - Add a dab of moisturiser to the back of your hand and mix in a little of your desired colour. Mix for a shimmer wherever you desire it!

            As you can see, your imagination is pretty much the limit. A full-size pigment is 7.5g (just over a quarter of an ounce) and this will really, honestly, last you forever. You can also sometimes find smaller "charm" pigments although these are a lot rarer. So, choose your colour wisely and money well spent.

            If you really can't shell out £15 for one eyeshadow, and in this economy who really can, Barry M's dazzle dusts are a similar product in a vast range of colours for a much more wallet-friendly £4.50!

            Pigments can be bought from www.maccosmetics.co.uk, eBay or at a MAC counter.

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              07.11.2008 00:12
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              Want to try you first pigment? Try "Vanilla" - Great for highlighting or a neutral wash of colour.

              Pigments are one of MAC's most popular product. Available in a huge range of colours, textures and finishes they are a loose 'powder' suitable for a variety of uses.

              Firstly at £15.00 they are great value, the container is huge and will last the average user a VERY long time. I almost wish MAC made these in a smaller size, since I can never imagine myself ever using one of these up!

              I use them primarily as eyeshadows, although some shades make great blushes, or mix them with a clear gloss and they make lovely lip colours. I also mix with MAC's Mixing Mediums to make unique shades of 'liquid eyeliners.'

              They contain special binding ingredients to ensure that it doesn't all fall off the brush and all over your face during application. A good tip is to use a paddle shaped brush and to tap off any excess pigment before applying.

              As stated before they come in wide range of colours, varying from sophisticated, office friendly neutrals to extremely bright, fun, sparkly shades. They do not crease or flake and are very long lasting in my opinion. Absolutely love these and I hope MAC doesn't stop releasing new shades any time soon! :-)

              Incase this is of any interest, here are my favourite neutrals shades from the permanent line:

              Chocolate Brown, Golden Olive, Melon, Pink Opal, Rose (Great on lips!), Tan & Vanilla.

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              08.10.2008 19:47
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              can be used for just about any make up requirements

              MAC pigments are one of the most versatile make up products out there, a must for any make up artist or just anyone who loves make up! These pigments consist of a jar filled with loose powder that goes on and blends beautifully, for pretty much any purpose you want! It can be used on the eyes as a shadow or liner, on the cheeks as blush or a highlighter, on the body as a shimmer and on the lips as a lip colour.

              I own about 6 pigments but am defiantly buying more. The colours I own are gold, magenta, navy blue, black, yellow and I own 2 highlight colours from a limited edition range. To use these as a shadow, I find it works best when you spray your eye shadow brush with MAC fix+ first, so it stays on better, goes on more vibrantly and won't spill or fall out too much, if at all. As a liner I like to mix these with a mixing medium and liner brush or apply with a big powder or blush brush on the cheeks as blush or highlight. You can also mix it in with a lip gloss (clear or coloured) to apply with a lip brush and wear as lip colour.

              These pigments are so versatile and will last you ages as there is loads in a jar, I highly recommend it!

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              23.09.2008 14:57

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              This product is a must for any budding make up artist!

              I have loved mac products for a couple of years now. MAC pigments have a cult status in the make up industry, and they are indeed very worthy of it. Although the pigments are quite expensive, they are worth every penny and last so so long. There is a wide varity of colours to choose from, and often when new mac collections come out, so do new colours. The colour pay off from these little jars of wonder are outstanding. I find that the best brush to use with the pigment is the 263 mac brush, it picks up the products very well, with little fallout. Another way to use your pigment is to use it wet, this really brightens up the colour and can make it really POP on your eyes, careful though, not all piggies are eye safe! Another way to use your pigment, especially the lighter colours is to use it as a cheek highlighter. Hope that helps!

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          • Product Details

            MAC Pigment / 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.