ColourPop The Twins, The Crab, The Scales, The Archer Zodiac Loose Pigments Reviews & Swatches

Formula Overview

$6.00/zero.08 oz. – $75.00 Per Ounce

The reformulated Loose Pigments are presupposed to be “high impact, concentrated” pigments which might be “best used wet for a supercharged, intense metallic or duochrome finish.” The model particularly warns in opposition to utilizing them dry on a “bare eye” (as in “should never be applied”), which is the place the unique and reformulation differ, because the originals could possibly be used moist or dry. The model additionally acknowledged to “layer over an eyeshadow primer or Super Shock Shadow” for “the best staying power and pigmentation,” so presumably they don’t seem to be significantly long-wearing “as is.” That’s correct; they final round seven hours utilized moist with water however get to 10 hours when used with an adhesive spray (I examined with MAC Fix+, which I’ve loads of prior testing expertise with).

They are higher than the originals, although they nonetheless endure from loads of the anticipated downsides to working with free pigment, and whether or not the colour and end outweigh the applying pitfalls is a matter of choice, talent, and endurance. The method wanted to have a reasonably moist brush; not fairly sopping-wet however greater than barely damp (which is extra consistent with the quantity of wetness I discover mandatory to use 90%+ of merchandise). If my brush was too moist, although, it tended to unfold the product out too readily and was extra more likely to go on erratically. The extra glittery shades labored higher with an adhesive spray or cheesy base, somewhat than simply moist with water, as they wanted extra to assist the bigger sparkles adhere to pores and skin and minimized fallout/extreme unfold of the sparkles (past the place I needed them) when blended.

Because the method actually does work greatest with a moist/dampened brush, they are not as blendable as soon as they’re dry, so working with two or three shades in the identical space is tougher than working with extra conventional, pressed powder eyeshadows. They’re extra within the vein of liquid and cream eyeshadows, that are blendable as they’re drying, however as soon as they set, most formulation are locked in place; these are usually not fairly that locked in place however simply did not wish to diffuse readily. They wore between six and eight hours earlier than creasing, fading, and/or having a good quantity of fallout (utilized moist with water). I’d solely advocate buying the method should you intend to make use of them with an adhesive spray or cheesy base. Drier primers, like MAC 24HR or Urban Decay Primer Potion work decently with most shades (fade-resistant however gentle to reasonable fallout in any other case), however I’d nonetheless go for a tackier base. The following shades stained, they usually stained via eyeshadow primer: The Ram, The Bull, The Water Bearer, The Archer.

The pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque for many shades, and because it was a free product, it was typically extra about how a lot product was utilized, although I attempted to use a constant quantity for swatches (which have been all carried out moist with water). The consistency different from ethereal and finely-milled to heavier and extra glittery. I observed extra of a “puff” of pigment as I labored with most shades, which appeared to substantiate how finely-milled they have been. They will also be used on cheeks and lips, and the extra sparkly shades labored higher as cheek merchandise than those with deeper depth or base colours, as they tended to be a bit tougher to use and diffuse (even utilizing them dry as utilizing them moist on cheeks typically translated into stripes of coloration).

The packaging modified considerably, because the jars at the moment are taller, slimmer, and haven’t any sifter, although there is a plastic “lid” that sits inside the highest of the jar. I am not a fan of this model of packaging, particularly as these are meant for use moist, then it turns into very difficult to sift out simply sufficient product for a use and blend a moist brush with dry powder elsewhere (as a substitute of sticking one’s brush proper within the jar). It can be going to be progressively harder to choose up simply the correct quantity of product as product will get used up (and you are going decrease and decrease into the jar). The taller jars are also a bit simpler to knock over for these liable to clumsiness (like myself).


Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Dimethiconol, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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