Computer-willing, this week’s posts are gratefully dedicated to all the readers who have sent me pigment samples to swatch. Particular thanks to MeredithK02, who donated a ridiculous number of shades to the swatching cause.
Pigments are loose powder eyeshadows, beloved for their intense color payoff, duochrome (two-color) appearance, sparkle, or shine — as well as their versatility. If you’re an artist, they can be used elsewhere on the body for photo shoots; they can also be mixed with nail polish to create custom shades. If you love a color but hate loose shadows, you can even press them yourself (and there are tons of tutorials on youtube). MAC’s pigment jars are $19.50 each, but there are a variety of websites that sell samples (because you would have to be really dedicated to finish a jar).
When you’re wearing loose powder eyeshadow, you definitely want to apply over some kind of base. If you want more intense (more true-to-swatch) results, use a technique called “foiling” — dampen the pigment with something like DuWop Payoff (or Visine) and apply the shadow wet. Aradiapdx demonstrated how fantastic this can look here and here.
Pastorale (a limited edition shade originally released with Danse in December 2006) is a very soft silvered green — like Spanish moss. It has some tiny silver sparkles.
Golden Olive (permanent shade) is a bright, springy yellow-green. It’s very sparkly, with predominantly gold, iridescent sparkles.
Old Gold (another permanent shade) is a very red brown that reflects an intense firefly green — like it’s on fire.
Nightlight (a limited edition shade originally released with She Shines in June 2006) is a smoky, dirty olive with a gold sheen. It sparkles, though you don’t see distinct sparkles.
Steel Blue (permanent to pro stores) is a cerulean blue that reflects gold, very sparkly.
Teal (a permanent shade) is a shiny, bright, intense metallic teal — like a mermaid’s tail.
Aire-de-Blu (limited edition, originally released with Danse in December 2006) is a soft, sky blue with some small silver sparkles.