I’ve spent years keeping my distance from loose pigment shadows because they’re so messy to work/travel with, but eventually my obsession with duochromes got the better of me and…well. This happened.
What do duochromes have to do with my new outlook on pigments, you ask? Well, duochromes (all colour shadows actually) are just way more intense when they are loose rather than pressed. Where loose pigments are pretty much just pure colour, pressed shadows require more additives for structural and textural integrity which generally makes their finish more muted.
When it comes to duochrome pigments, I really love the ones from Inglot. I actually had no idea Inglot was originally a Polish company till I was recently in Kraków…the local prices were a pleasant surprise! Needless to say, I took the opportunity to raid a local Inglot boutique for more AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadows. I’d previously purchased 84 and 85, and added 22, 82, 86 and 63 (not a duochrome, but a straight-up metallic copper) this time.
Here are some swatches on various angles, to better demonstrate the pixie-dust magic at play. Still, their full effect is tricky to capture in photos alone.
As you can see, some of these are actually…uh…triochromes? Is that a thing? Let’s just pretend that it’s a thing. Speaking of colours, 86 and 82 are quite similar in hue but if you look at the topmost swatch row you’ll see that 86 has a lot more red in it. In terms of texture, 84 and 85 were the most finely milled. The others were more clumpy/chunky and produced more of a foiled effect when packed on heavily.
All of these Pure Pigment Eye Shadows are quite opaque and can be worn on their own, without a dark base underneath…though I bet they’d look spectacular over black. I like to wear them over Too Faced Glitter Glue, patted directly onto my lid with a finger or mixed with Inglot Duraline on a palette and applied with a brush for more intensity and/or precision. These pigments do have a bit of adhesion on their own, so you can also pat them dry over normal eyeshadow to add a bit of sparkle.
Sadly the store in Poland was out of stock on some of the other pigments I wanted, but I guess that just gives me an excuse to check out my local store now that I’m home!
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