I was always a little skeptical of pigments, because there are some really beautiful eyeshadows out there without the mess and hassle of using a bunch of loose powder. However, even I had to admit–there are some stunning pigments. I’m not sure what it is that makes it possible for pigments to have a depth and complexity that might just win me over. Especially when I caught a look online of the MAC holiday collection which includes the MAC Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter in Blue*.
MAC pigment sets are an incredible value because you get smaller sizes of a product you are unlikely to ever finish anyway. This year the sets include three different colour families: Gold, Purple, and Blue. Each sets contains 3 pigments and a glitter (not safe for eye use) in a little black case that closure with an elastic band and has a metallic blue, turquoise and purple stripe, which is also found on the cap of the pigments and glitters.
I have the MAC Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter in Blue which contains a white pigment, a silver pigment and a blue pigment along with a blue glitter. This set really says winter wonderland to me!
The individual packaging of the MAC Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter in Blue is a cap that screws off and has a little stopper underneath. When you take that out there’s a small opening. I’m still figuring out how to best use pigments, but because I prefer to use these wet, I tend to tap out a little onto my hand and swirl it with a wet brush rather than put the brush directly in the bottle. The opening is fairly small, but when I did use a brush to apply directly from the bottle, I didn’t have any issues picking up product.
The MAC Warm Snow Pigment is a pearly white with a slight pink to it. This limited edition shade is smooth, silky and works well both dry and wet. It was sheerer when applied dry although it could be built but, but the sheen was more intense when used wet.
The MAC Silver Fog Pigment is a platinum silver with an intense metallic finish. It is a permanent shade and had amazing pigmentation even when applied dry. However, using it wet gave it a liquid metal appearance that was really stunning. The formula was silky and easy to blend.
The MAC Naval Blue Pigment is a deep navy blue with a subtle amount of purple to it. This is a permanent shade that is buildable when dry to be nearly opaque, but it is even smoother and more intense when used wet. It’s a shade I thought looked great when I swatched it dry, but as soon as I tried it wet I understood why people use pigments wet, but it was flawless.
The MAC Blues Glitter is a limited edition blue glitter with a hint of silver to it. It is not safe for the lip or eye area, so I do find it it a bit strange to include in the set. However, it is really pretty and I plan to try a nail art look with it in the near future.
I used all three pigments from the MAC Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter in Blue to create the above look, and I’ll be honest…I’m in love. When I first tried the pigments I was going to use them dry, but I ended up reapply with a wet brush because the finish is so much more intense and vibrant. I used Warm Snow on the inner third of my lid, Silver Fog all over the lid, and then Naval Blue in the crease. To tone down the blue I applied it over the silver, and it and I really like the way that came out.
I would probably always apply pigments before my foundation, because they are loose and can be a bit messier, but I did not have any issues with fall out through the day. In fact, when applied wet, these pigments lasted all day without primer, which is much better than any pressed shadows I own.
Overall, I’m really glad I had the chance to try out the MAC Irresistibly Charming Pigments and Glitter in Blue, because it’s definitely convinced me of the benefits of using pigments. All three shades are really gorgeous, especially when applied wet, and the glitter is a fun bonus. This limited edition set is a great option whether you have never tried pigments before, or if you’re looking to add to your pigment collection. I’m pretty interested in the Gold set as well, it looks stunning!
Have you ever used pigments before?