I think you can tell from my expression here that hate gloomy day FOTDs. Although this colour shifted all the way to yellow gold in real life, the photos only picked up a limited spectrum due to the lack of light. It’s still a gorgeous colour (and I love how this turned out) but please refer to my swatches here for a better idea of what these pigments look like. Also, here is another look I did with Inglot pigments recently, which was less dramatic but photographed in better lighting.
FYI the lipstick I’m wearing here is probably my favourite brown-nude: MAC x Brooke Candy Vamplify Lipgloss in Pamela. I love that I finally have a non-matte option on days I want to do the whole 90′s thing, because most of the liquid lipsticks that are so popular right now can be pretty uncomfortable. This I can wear all day! Bonus: its sweet scent reminds me of the brown Lip Smackers glosses I actually *did* wear in the 90′s, which is kinda cool.
That the memory makes me feel really young and really old at the same time is somewhat less cool, but that’s nostalgia for you, huh?
Face: Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops in Lalla, Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory Cheeks: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Vol 2 Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Brun, Red Brick, Rule and Beauty Marked, Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in 86, Inglot Duraline, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown Lips: MAC x Brooke Candy Vamplify Lipgloss in Pamela
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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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