Today I have the 4th installment of my Collection Series! In case you missed the first three installments, this is where I take you into my collection, drawer by drawer and item by item. I love these kinds of posts because I get so many awesome product recommendations and I hope you do too! I will link the first three posts in this series below so you check them out if you missed them!
Today’s post is going to focus on the pigments and glitters in my collection. I have recently gotten into pigments and this area of my collection has grown a lot, so I figured now would be a great time to share. Pigments are so stunning and add so much life to any eye look. All of the pigments and glitters in this post were applied with a foundation brush dampened with Fix+, as this is how I like to apply pigments. The only thing not applied with a brush are the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, which were applied dry with my finger.
MAC Tan Pigment
We’re going to start with a super recent add to my collection and my only full-size pigment, which is Tan from MAC. This pigment is a stunning rose gold that seriously would look good on any eye colour. This does seem pricy at first, but the jar is massive and with how little you need, it will probably last forever.
MAC Melon Pigment
The next pigment I have is MAC’s Melon. This is a peachy gold shade that really brightens up the lid. This looks a bit scary in the container, as the orange comes through more, but swatched and on the lid, the gold really comes through. If you like gold and are looking for a unique way to wear it, this would be a good thing to get. This pigment is MAC’s to-go size that they are now offering, which is the smallest size, but also the cheapest price. These are the perfect size, since you need so little.
MAC Blue-Brown Pigment
The next pigment probably the most well-known in my collection. This is MAC’s infamous Blue-Brown, a reddish brown base with blue-green frost over top. This is so beautiful and can actually be used alone for a one shadow look. If you put this all over and blend over the crease and outer corner, those areas will show up brown, while the rest will look blue-green.
MAC Objects of Affection Holiday 2014- Gold and Beige Pigments
I got 5 more pigments for Christmas from my sister. These were part of the holiday collection and came in a cute little sparkly case, which I’m now using to store my hair elastics. These are so pretty and the kind of shades I reach for all the time.
From left to right:
Gold (Glitter)- Gold is the glitter that came with this set and it’s a true gold glitter. This is part of of MAC’s permanent collection.
English Gilt- Next is English Gilt, which is a limited edition shade included in this set. It’s gold-champagne shade and the exact kind of gold I like. I don’t really like yellow golds, I don’t think they’re flattering on me. This is one of my favourites from this set.
Deep Brown- The third pigment in the set is Deep Brown, which is actually matte. This is the only matte pigment I have. I don’t fully get the point of a matte pigment since it can get a bit chunky when wet, but this is a great crease shade, so it’s worth the blending. This is a permanent shade.
Lithe- The second to last shade included in this set was Lithe, which is a peachier gold with shimmer. I love peach as well, so I really like this one. This is limited edition.
Pretty it Up- The last shade in this set is Pretty it Up, which is like a tarnished gold. It has some green undertones in it, which is so beautiful. I wore this one NYE and I loved the way it looked. I think this is a great unique shade for a night out. This is limited edition as well.
Lit Cosmetics Glitter
The next part of my collection is two glitters from Lit Cosmetics. This is a lesser known brand that I discovered at IMATS, but it can be purchased from Sephora.
From left to right
Hot Chocolate- This is a coppery bronze shade that was perfect for a warm holiday look. I wore this a couple times around Christmas, for a bold liner look. I haven’t worn this all over the lid yet, it would be a lot at once I think.
Hello Sunshine- This is on the other end of the spectrum, as it is completely cool-toned. This came with Hot Chocolate as a set and I haven’t worn it yet, but I picture this as a great pop to a silver and grey smoky eye.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows
Even though these aren’t technically pigments, I’m including them because they are exactly like pressed pigments and are a phenomenal drug store option for a great pop of colour.
From left to right
Amber Rush- The first Infallible Eyeshadow I ever picked up was Amber Rush, which is a soft rose gold. This is one of those shades that really changes depending on what it’s with. With a white base under it, it looks much more amber in tone, but pink shades really pull out the pink undertones. I prefer this when the pink is more prominent, as it complements my eye colour.
Bronzed Taupe- This is a beautiful bronze shade, with some cooler undertones. This shade looks amazing on blue eyes, but the bronze looks good on any eye colour as well. It just compliments blue eyes in particular. It’s showing up kind of green in the picture, but it is a true cool bronze. This is the perfect one shadow shade, it’s enough to be completely by itself for a soft everyday look.
Eternal Sunshine- This is true bright yellow gold shade. Like I said earlier this kind of shade isn’t my favourite. Then why did I buy this, you might ask. Well this was one of the things I got during my US trip last summer and I was violently ill during that trip with Laryngitis, so I’m going to assume I was hallucinating slightly. In actuality, it might have been the lighting in Ulta. I think I thought this was more of champagne shade. I did use this for my Halloween look, so I have gotten use out of it anyway.
The last pigments I have came from a Bare Minerals holiday set that I got for Christmas. I’m not sure of the name of this set, but I do have the shade names.
After Party- This is such an interesting shade, it’s technically light brown but it has tons of olive glitter in it, making it look more green in tone. I think this would look amazing with Glitz, the farthest right shade.
Disco- Disco is a silvery taupe shade, very suitable for a night out look.
Glitz- Glitz is also a stunning shade, it’s deep eggplant with tons of multi-toned glitter throughout. I might not wear this during the day as it is quite sparkly, but for a deep night look, this would be perfect for my hazel eyes. I haven’t worn these yet, as I had a pretty relaxed Christmas break and didn’t do any ‘wild’ makeup looks.
Lastly, I am going to leave some tips for working with pigments as they can be a bit intimidating at first.
1. Fix+ is your friend. By this I mean, wet your brush! It doesn’t have to be Fix+, it can be water or I’ve even heard of eyedrops, but dampen your brush. It makes a massive difference in not only the look of your pigment, but also it’s much less messy.
2. Do your eyes first. This one took me so long to get used to. I have such an order for my makeup application and it felt so backwards. But my sister kept telling me to do my eyes first and I eventually listened and it is way easier. Even with a damp brush, there will likely be some fallout, from the pigment or from ferocious blending and doing your eyes first makes it way easier to just clean it up, rather than try and cover it up. Sparkles or glitters show up so easy on your face, even when you think you got them all.
3. Tap product into the lid, for less messy dipping. If you just dip your brush right into the jar, you’ll end up wasting a ton of product, since it will probably go everywhere no matter how careful you are. It’s way easier to control, if you lightly tap into the lid and then put it on your damp brush. This does help with the amount of fallout as well.
So there you have it, we have made it through my entire collection of pigments and glitters! If there is a pigment or glitter you would like to see in a tutorial, please leave me a comment below! I can also be contacted through Twitter @chelseykmakeup if you’d like to leave your suggestions there!
Bye for now!