Kat Von D - Monarch eyeshadow palette. I LOVE THIS PALETTE! I was in Sephora looking for something else and I came upon this palette and swatched a few colors and immediately threw it in the basket. They are soo pigmented and just really awesome quality. I love gray eyeshadows, but my whole life I’ve had a hard time finding ones that didn’t show up looking BLUE on my skin. Well, these grays don’t!!! They look true to color, gray, and blend so well. It’s got three beautiful matte shades and the rest are shimmers I believe. They’re such everyday wearable colors. Obsessed. I think I might need to get her other palette too. Sigh…sorry wallet lol
When you think Ciate you instantly think nail polishes with pretty bows on them, but did you know the brand also has a makeup line? Although the makeup line is relativity unknown/unmentioned it’s got some great products like the Precious Metal Eyeshadows. I’ve never been a massive fan of loose eyeshadows/pigments (I find them a huge pain to be honest, they always seem to make a mess everywhere no matter how hard I try, my clothes, my bench-top, my bathroom, my hair) but these are just too good not to use and love. These eyeshadows come in five gorgeous shimmery metallic shades (I have two, ) and each one comes with an eye primer (which is surprisingly good) The eyeshadows are finely milded (no chunky glitter here) and for a loose eyeshadow fallout isn’t too bad. When used dry the shades can be blended out to look sheer and natural or they can be built up for a more noticeable finish. The magic of these eyeshadows though, really lies in them being used wet, when used with a small amount of mixing medium and applied with a brush, each shade looks like intense, high pigment liquid metal on the eyelids. I can’t understand why more people don’t talk about these.
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I was sent these two pigments to try, and I have to say I really like them. The two colours I received are ‘Curious’ and 'Confident'
I particularly love Curious as its a beautiful iridescent Opal shade. And being as it is iridescent, when the light reflects off of the product it gives off a subtle Lilac / Pink appearance. Usually with pigments I find they can be a little overpowering and often with this kind of tone they diminish any base colour they are placed over. But this Younique Curious pigment is quite sheer which I am a massive fan of. You could place this pigment over any eyeshadow base and it will simply add an iridescence to the colour as opposed to covering it up and making it look Silver - which most other brands usually do.
The other shade, 'Confident’, is like an Antique Gold colour. Again, very beautiful when the light hits it, the Gold pigment reflects wonderfully and is so eye-catching. This is strong enough to be worn alone or over a dark eyeshadow colour such as rich dark Brown or a Black, for added depth & dimension. The pay off of this particular shade is extremely good. You only need a small amount to gain full opacity. If you wore this alone you may find it would crease in the socket line after a while as a lot of pigments do-so due to their texture, so I would advise using a good eye primer beforehand.
This is the best product ELF has to offer in my opinion…I can’t believe it’s only $3 and it is truly the best pigment and glitter primer EVER. It holds pigments and glitter all day and keeps it from falling off your eyelids or moving around. And it doesn’t feel heavy on my eyelids like some glitter primers do. I can’t say enough about this guy. If you wear glitters or pigments, you need this in your life.
When Maybelline was launched loose pigments the beauty blogger in mean had to purchase them straight away. I’m a huge fan of pigments, their intense colour pay off, huge shade range and blend-ability never fail to win me over, so it’s a shame Maybelline’s didn’t… I found the colours sheer (not much pigment here, definitely not enough to be called pure!), sparkly, hard to blend and they had a horrible dry, gritty texture. The staying power was also a let down. I found that these faded on the eyelids very quickly and are nowhere near in comparison to the Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows. I did purchase the more colourful shades (Brash Blue and Pink Rebel) and have heard nothing but praise for the neutrals but overall I’m not a fan.
Little review on the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette. These are swatches and WOW, I’m obsessed with it!! Honestly at first I was kind of bummed because I had tried a few of the lighter colors on my eyes and wasn’t getting much pigmentation. These swatches are applied WET, which I recommend the way you use them. Absolutely gorgeous, highly pigmented and blendable. Love this palette! It’s under $13 too. Loooove!