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I know how excited everyone is about this entire line and this gloss is no letdown! I’m a big fan of lip glosses lately, so this is the only Fenty Beauty product I’ve purchased so far. Don’t worry, I’ll probably get some of the highlight and contour products soon and I’ll be sure to review them as soon as I do! For now, I hope you enjoy the post for this Gloss Bomb as much as I’ve been enjoying wearing it!

Since I have more free time to work on the blog these days, I’ll be reviewing a lot of fun new products! If you want to stay up to date with everything I’m testing or playing around with, or just want to chat, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I really enjoy hearing from you guys!

Most of the photos are at the bottom of this post, including the list of ingredients.

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Fenty Glow (which is the actual shade name of this Lip Luminizer) is a permanent part of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and is available exclusively at Sephora. It sells for $18 and contains 9 ml / 0.3 fl oz of product. While this is about the same price as a lip gloss from other major brands such as MAC, Bare Minerals, Anastasia Beverly Hills, etc, it contains three times as much as most of those do! Even some of the more high end glosses that cost $10-20 more usually top out at 6ml of product, so this is an extremely good value! This gloss is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and Fenty Beauty is also, most importantly, a cruelty-free company.

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The packaging is a beautiful light nude type of rose gold that’s eye catching but not overdone. It looks luxurious and feels MUCH more expensive than it is! On the top of the cap, you see an FB logo that’s discrete and adds a nice touch to the packaging. The tube is shorter and fatter than most glosses on the market, but I like this, as it fits into a small makeup bag more easily. The doe foot applicator is also larger than most found in other glosses… It’s very similar to the size you find in Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. I personally love this because I only have to dip into the tube once for a full application. The box it comes in is just as pretty as the packaging and product itself, with an edgy, yet fashionable look that you would expect from Rihanna. My only complaint about this gloss or the packaging is that, like with most mirrored type plastics, the cap shows every little bit of fuzz or fingerprints on it!

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The best part about this gloss is that it’s everything it claims to be. It’s truly flattering on every age and skin tone, extremely comfortable to wear, and nourishing. The color and texture work very well together, making your lips look fuller, healthy and shiny, without feeling sticky or goopy like many other glosses. The formula itself contains shea butter, so it’s going to seriously nourish to your lips while you’re wearing it. I know that for me, so many glosses actually leave my lips feeling almost chapped and dehydrated after I’ve reapplied them over and over throughout the day, but this Gloss Bomb is like an explosion of moisture for your lips! Fenty Glow has no flavor, but does have a faint scent which the company refers to as a “peach-vanilla”, although I just get a sweet, tropical type of vibe from it more than picking up anything distinctly peach or vanilla.

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Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light. This was taken after having it on for about 15 minutes so it had melted onto my lips… More swatches and photos below!

It’s honestly hard for me to describe the texture of this gloss… I feel like this isn’t thick or sticky like honey but it’s also not thin and watery like an oil. Perhaps it’s more like honey that’s been warmed up and has melted onto your lips? I don’t even know, but it’s amazing, trust me! Or better yet, go try it for yourself! Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

Fenty Glow is described as a “shimmering rose nude” which is pretty spot on. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy nude gloss with multidimensional, yet mostly golden microshimmer. It gives the lips a fairly wet type of finish, but because the color is more muted and the shimmery particles are so small, it’s not an overwhelming, super duper bold type of shine… It’s wearable for daytime or for a night out. The texture is probably the best I have ever felt from any gloss, not even kidding. It’s very comfortable and almost juicy feeling. It definitely warms up on the lips after a moment, but the big doe foot applicator makes application a dream come true. Although it’s a larger applicator, it still works well for smaller lips because you have a lot of control with it. Also, if you have larger lips, the applicator is big enough and picks up enough product that you shouldn’t have to double dip!

Coverage is full and even, so you don’t get one area of the lip that’s shinier or more shimmery than another. Color payoff is good, but due to the fact that’s it’s a gloss which is made to transform and flatter each individual person, it’s not meant to be opaque. Wear time was actually impressive and I didn’t have touch up or reapply until I hit the 3-4 hour mark, and that was even after having some coffee. Like most lip products, it fades in the center first but you can sort of rub your lips together to even it out if you don’t have the gloss on hand to reapply at the moment. It can feather a little, just like any other gloss, but wearing a liner seems to easily fix that problem.

Liners:   Any and every liner… Honestly! Especially if you fill in your entire lip with your liner, this will make a great topper over ANY color out there! Same goes for lipsticks, too. If you want to add shine and a soft gleam to any of your lipsticks, you can apply this right on top. It doesn’t seem to make any of the lipsticks I’ve worn it over feel sticky either, so that’s always a plus.

Dupes:   Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any! I recently went through my kit and personal collection and tossed a great deal of old glosses, but I can’t recall any that were a great dupe if you want this texture, color, and finish all in one. Since it’s 3am, I’ll go through the ones I still have tomorrow and update this section. MAC’s Dazzleglasses have a similar type of color payoff and shimmer, but I remember some of them feeling much more gritty than this gloss does (Fenty Glow is perfectly smooth). I will be at the MAC counter this coming Sunday and I’ll try some of them out since they have redone the Dazzleglass formula and it’s supposed to be much better and more comfortable now!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Photo taken right after application… Notice how wet it initially looks.

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I have been dying to get my hands on these and review them since I saw the first peeks on Melt’s Instagram a while back so I am SUPER excited to share these with you! As most of you probably know, I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of Melt and I can honestly say that I have loved each and every product they’ve ever made! I’m all for supporting smaller, independent companies and the ladies of Melt always put SO much effort, love, and attention to detail into their products… The Digital Dust Highlights are no exception to this, either. These highlighters are very versatile and all three can be worn by all skin tones and also seem to work well with all skin types, be it dry, oily, sensitive, or anything in between. If you’re a highlighter addict and want to look like a glowing goddess, these are definitely worth checking out!

Warning: This post is going to go very in depth, so if you’re not interested in every single detail, you can scroll down to the photos and individual summaries/reviews.

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Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

Digital Dust Highlights are brand new and permanent to Melt’s line of makeup. They can be purchased from www.meltcosmetics.com and as of today, May 2nd, all three are in stock. Each one sells for $39 and contains 8 g / 0.28 oz of product. That’s the exact same amount of product that something like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector contains and these only cost $1 more, so they’re a pretty average price for a high end highlighter. I actually prefer this formula over most others I’ve tried recently, so I feel like they’re a good value for this level of quality. These are all paraben free, vegan, and most importantly cruelty-free! ❤

If you’d like to peep more photos of these, you can check out the Instagram accounts for @meltcosmetics, @danabomar, and @lora_arellano.

I’m also going to try to get a look up using these this week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup. If you want to stay up to date with new products I’ll be testing and reviewing, or even just chat with me you can also follow me on twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love love LOVE hearing from my readers, so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Clockwise from top: Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

The packaging for these is consistent with Melt’s other products… Each Digital Dust Highlight is contained in a beautiful matte black compact with the Melt logo on the lid in a more satin finish greige sort of color, much like the tops of their eye stacks. On the inside you’ll find a good sized mirror that’s a normal mirror… Not that cheap, flimsy, crackly looking plastic material that see in some compacts and palettes. As usual with Melt’s products, these compacts feel heavy, but not bulky and although I haven’t tested it yet, I’m sure they’ll hold up well in any makeup bag while traveling!

The product itself has “melt” imprinted beautifully in different fonts. The imprinted text matches the inner part of the box that these came in when I purchased them during the special early launch. It’s so pretty that it killed me to even swatch them! They are truly the most stunning highlighters that I have ever seen!

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The boxes these come in are absolutely beautiful as well. I’m not even sure how to describe them, they’re so different from any others. The color of each box reflects the shade of highlight that it contains and they’re made of your typical unicarton material, but it’s somewhere between metallic, mirrored and matte and has a beautiful, digitalized, pixelated sort of pattern and texture which is SO fitting since these ARE called Digital Dust Highlights! That’s part of the attention to detail I mentioned earlier that I just love. If you bought these in set during the early launch, you’ll receive them in special packaging that is matte black with “Melt Cosmetics” printed in gold on the lid… When you open the lid, you see “melt cosmetics” printed in textured, glossy text on a matte black background with “Digital Dust Highlights” in matte gold in the center. The three product boxes are tucked into matte black unicarton with the digital, pixelated texture on it… It’s some of the most beautiful packaging I have EVER seen! You’ll also receive a pretty little insert giving you more details about the product itself.

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Clockwise from top left:   Stargazer, Nova, Gold Ore

Now that we’ve covered all of that, let’s get to the best part… The formula! Melt seriously killed it with the Digital Dust Highlights! It’s a powder, maybe a gel-powder? (I’m not positive, but I’ll ask. Or if you’re reading this Dana or Lora, holla and let me know!)… Anyway, it feels like a hybrid between a powder, gel, cream, and then once you apply it, it melts onto your skin almost like a liquid. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s what makes this formula usable for anyone, no matter what your skin type may be. Because it’s not dry, it works well on dry skin and looks glowy without being powdery. Also because it’s not creamy, it works on oily skin and won’t slip around and become patchy. Digital Dust Highlights are highly pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply a ton of product to get a gorgeous glow. They’re also easily blendable so even though they have a ton of pigment, you can apply them lightly for a more subtle highlight. This formula is VERY versatile and can be used damp or dry, which I’ll go into more detail about in the application techniques listed below the individual descriptions and summaries. No matter how you wear these, they’ll last all day! Melt claims a 12 hour wear time and damp or dry, I got at least that!

The Digital Dust Highlights are absolutely gleaming, but unlike a lot of highlighters out there, they don’t contain straight up shimmery/glittery particles. I prefer that, personally, because it gives it a softer sort of glow. I have to be in the mood for glitter, especially on my face, so I find these to be usable even for a really basic, day to day look. Like I mentioned, they can also be used wet, so if you want a full blown metallic shine you can achieve that as well!

I know another thing I’ve brought up in the past with other highlighters and glowy/shimmery products is whether or not they irritate my skin since it’s super sensitive and I seem to get a rash every time I try a new highlighter… The good news is that these do NOT make my skin react at all! I’m pretty excited about that since the only other two I can use any more are Becca’s and Jeffree Star’s. Speaking of other highlighters, the formula for these reminds me of MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes or Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, but Melt’s Digital Dust Highlights are much smoother and less powdery than both of those. They’re also more pigmented.

Now that I’ve flooded your brain with anything and everything about these babies, I give you Stargazer, Gold Ore, and Nova!

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Clockwise from top:   Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin,

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

Stargazer:   Melt describes Stargazer as a “soft nude champagne starry hue”… It’s a very glowy, but not glittery, light champagne color that can pull more golden or more pink, depending on your skin tone. It also looks different in different lighting. In natural light it looks more pinky like it does on the website, but in indirect sunlight or in studio lighting, it seems to pick up more neutral nude to golden tones. Either way, it’s gorgeous and since it will adapt to different lighting and skin tones, it will be flattering no matter what other products you pair this with! The texture feels extra smooth, going on and blending out with no effort at all. Stargazer makes for the perfect more “natural” highlight on fair to light-medium skin, but can be worn by anyone since it’s buildable so you can get whatever kind of color payoff or coverage that you want. I’ll go over the variations in intensity in the application section below, but for the most part, the color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while the coverage can be anything from a barely-there glow all the way to true metallic sort of opacity. I got about 14 hours of wear with Stargazer before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Stargazer is a little darker and more pink (on my skin, anyway) than MAC’s Extra Dimension Highlighter in Double Gleam. Compared to MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, the color is close but Stargazer is much more pigmented and less shimmery/glittery. Stargazer is also more pink than Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, less peachy/more pink than Champagne Pop, and lighter than Opal. It’s also more peachy/nude and very slightly darker than Jeffree Star x Manny MUA’s Skin Frost in Eclipse. The color of Stargazer is similar to Forever Young, found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, but Forever Young has a lot more micro-shimmer. Moonstone, from the Sun Dipped ABH Glow Kit is close but less nude and lighter. Crushed Pearl, from ABH’s Gleam Glow Kit is also pretty similar, but is lighter and more icy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

Gold Ore:   This one is described as a ” pure warm sunlight tone” and is a medium, warm golden shade with an intense amount of gleam. Even though this is pretty warm toned, it will still work for you no matter what your skin’s natural undertone is. I tried this even before I spray tanned this week when I was about a NC15 in MAC terms, and used lightly, it still looked very natural on me. Now that I am spray tanning and am about NC25 to C4, I feel like this is going to become my every day highlight, even on my natural makeup days. I honestly think that anyone from fair to deep can use this for a natural glow without it appearing too light or too pigmented. The texture of Gold Ore felt a little more dry than Stargazer, but it still has the gel-powder feel to it and glides on with ease. Color payoff looks the same on the skin as it does in the pan and you can get anything from sheer to opaque coverage, depending on how it’s applied. Wear time with this highlight was about 13 hours before I had any problems with fading and even then, it didn’t become patchy at all.

Dupes:   Of course the first dupe I though of is MAC’s cult classic Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt. Compared to one another, Whisper of Gilt is less pigmented and very, very slightly darker and more peachy-gold. Gold Ore is similar to Becca’s Champagne Pop Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector, but less peachy and more of a true gold. Swatched next to Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in Siberian Gold, Gold Ore is less glittery and a bit darker. From the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is similar in texture and finish, but much more yellow based. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is lighter and more nude. Dripping in Gold, from ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit is lighter and more pinky-peach toned. The closest dupe that I found was the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator, but it’s a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nova

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Nova

Nova:   Nova is described as “warmest medium tone which universally compliments any skin tone” and as you’ll see on Melt’s website as well as on the label for Nova, it also doubles as a bronzer! It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on your own complexion), very warm, golden bronze color with a hint of coppery undertones and a slightly softer sheen than Gold Ore. While at first glance, this color may seem intimidating to you fair skinned beauties but it actually works on everyone! When I got these and was still NC15, I lightly dusted this over my bronzer to add a healthy glow and it looked beautiful! I can also use this layered over bronzer or blush when I’m a tan, MAC C4, and I imagine this would make the perfect highlight for medium dark to deep skin tones. This Digital Dust Highlight feels more buttery than Gold Ore, but still not as smooth as Stargazer. When swatched, Nova seemed on the dry side but it didn’t feel like that at all when applied with a brush. Color payoff is true to pan color, but can be made less intense if applied with a fluffy brush and a light hand. As far as coverage goes, like the other two, you can apply this to be very sheer all the way up to fully opaque and metallic (it looks like a brand new penny when applied damp). I got a full 12 hours of wear time with Nova before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish is deeper and has more pinky-copper tones to it. Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in King Tut looks a little darker and more cool toned in the pan, but when applied it’s actually lighter! 143 from the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is a little lighter and more peachy. Golden Bronze from the ABH That Glow Glow Kit is much more yellow-bronze based and not as warm toned. Bronzed, from the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit is actually very similar but not quite as pigmented. To me, Nova is the most unique out of the three Digital Dust Highlights so I think it’s worth getting, especially if you have a dark to deep skin tone and haven’t found the perfect, warm toned highlighter yet!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

If you’ve read my other highlighter reviews, the application section below is pretty much the same as always! If you haven’t seen that yet, it might be worth reading if you’d like to learn a few new tips and tricks!

Application:

As with most highlighters, Digital Dust Highlights apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, these will give you anything from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more intense highlight, depending on how much you apply and layer this product (you can even layer any of the three different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Digital Dust Highlights with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic effect, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that hard, virtually impenetrable buildup on your highlighter that will make it very difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Digital Dust Highlights, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam than it does when applied dry! The versatility with these is one of the qualities I love most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

As with any shimmery or glowy product, these are not great for extremely oily areas of the face, but that applies to ANY highlighter! I must say though, I think that because this formula is pretty darn special, these held up well even on my nose, which tends to be one of the shiniest areas of my face. You’ll basically just want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny quickly if you have a very oily skin type. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters will emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you won’t look like you’re melting (really bad pun intended).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use the Digital Dust Highlights in so many ways! If you need that perfect inner corner highlight for your peepers, you can apply these with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with the other Digital Dust Highlights or any other highlighter, or even over a blush or bronzer if you need a little extra sheen. (I don’t recommend this on the apple of the cheek if you’re very oily or have large pores in that area, though).

Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip. Because the unique, long-wearing formula, these hold up well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, look that can make your lips appear fuller.

Now I haven’t verified that these are officially lip-safe, but I will into that for you… If they are, you can also apply this to the very center of the lip, focusing on your bottom lip, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever. For this technique, I like to use a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or my finger so I have a lot of control and don’t apply too much. You can even go for a full metallic lip and just slather these all over.

These are truly a great do-it-all type of highlighter. You can also use these on the body if you want, which is perfect for achieving a stunning glow for summer time! They won’t wear as well all over the body, but they do hold up when applied to the shoulders/chest/boobies (adding a highlight to the upper part of your breasts can make them look fuller).

And with that, my job is done here! I know this was a lengthy review, so if you read the whole thing, you deserve a gold star or a cookie or something. As always, thank you SO much for reading and if you have any tips or thoughts, please leave them below in the comments section!

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

 

 

MAC has had Pressed Pigments as part of their permanent range for a little over a year but last week they released some new colors and decided to repromote some of their current, permanent ones. This is still a relatively new formula that some people may not even realize exists, so I’m glad they decided to expand their color range and repromote this product!

For the other parts of the Pressed Pigments posts, click on the links below:

MAC Pressed Pigments – Part 1 of 4

MAC Pressed Pigments – Part 2 of 4

MAC Pressed Pigments – Part 3 of 4

 

MAC Pressed Pigments Group 4

 

Pressed Pigments are their own type of product… They’re not like the loose pigments that many of you are probably used to. This is MAC’s description of this product:

“An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.”

To break that down, Pressed Pigments are a creamy feeling powder… They are not an actual cream product. They are extremely versatile, which I will get to in the next paragraph or two, and can be used for many purposes, which I will also explain. These are finely milled, though not as smooth as loose pigments are. The glitter/shimmer particles range from small to, well, not to small, which tends to be the biggest factor in how smoothly these apply, either dry or damp. Overall, I love these and I like how shimmery they are and how they can be applied for a soft wash of color and shine or applied so that your eyelid looks like an intense, bright little disco ball. Also, as far as the “handle with care” part goes… Do just that. These break easily if dropped and can crack if you dig at them with a spatula or anything, so be gentle with your Pressed Pigments!

This is a product that you have to work with in order to appreciate… But don’t let that scare you away from trying these out! It’s not your average eye shadow and doesn’t usually apply easily when treated like it’s one. Typically, when I apply these to the eye, I use them damp because it wears longer and goes on with little to no fallout (you know, that glittery fairy vomit that ends up below your eyes). Applied to the face, lip, or even body (like the collarbone) as a highlight, I tend to use these dry because I don’t want that super glittery intensity.

APPLICATION TIPS: Aside from the typical damp,dry applications, here are a few other tips for you…

1) Wear a primer underneath your Pressed Pigment, whether you apply it dry or damp. This will make it wear longer and prevent any creasing. My favorites are MAC Paint Pots or Pro Longwear Paint Pots. You can use a neutral color like Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Groundwork, or use one that has some shine and color to it that will match, intensify, or even transform the color of the Pressed Pigment (Blackground is a nice one if you wanna intensify or transform… Seriously, play around with it and see what happens).

2) Apply Pressed Pigments to the lid AFTER you do your crease or blending colors that will go around it. Or apply them VERY carefully after you put your Pressed Pigment on. When you use a fluffy blending brush, like a MAC 217 or 222 on or around a Pressed Pigment, it’s going to spread the shimmer/glitter particles to areas that you may not want them.

3) Aside from your typical damp or dry use with a brush, you can apply these dry with your fingers. If you do this, gently swipe your finger over the Pressed Pigment, but don’t dig it in there with too much pressure (this smashes down the powder and hardens it)… By applying with your finger, it’s going to warm up the product and mix it with the natural oils on your skin. When you apply it to the eyelid like this, it feels super creamy and gives good coverage and color payoff with a very smooth application. You can also use this technique for a highlight on the tops of the cheekbones or anywhere you want a glow to the face, just make sure you don’t load up too much product on your fingertip. Oh! And you can tap a little on the center of your lip for a shimmery pouty look ;)

DAMP USE:   You will get the most intense color payoff and shimmer/sheen if you use Pressed Pigments with a dampened brush. When you use them like this, it also lessens the chance that you’ll have any issues with fallout below the eye. The trick with these is using the right brush! When you apply these damp to the eyelid, I suggest using a MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, which was released with the Pressed Pigments. You can also use a MAC 239 or 242 (my personal favorite)… A MAC 249, 252, or 287 will work for larger lids, while for more detail or a smaller lid, you can use a  MAC 212, 231, 228, or 214. Basically, you want a brush that’s somewhat flat and dense, and the more dense your brush is, the more product it will apply. Also, the smoother and flatter the brush, the smoother the application will be. After you choose which brush to use, you will want to dampen the brush with something like MAC Fix + Spray or Water Base Mixing Medium (from MAC PRO). Once the brush is dampened, swipe it across one area of the Pressed Pigment and tap off excess product. TIP: Only use one area of the Pressed Pigment as a designated “damp area” so it does not create a sort of crust on the rest of the product, which can make it difficult to use dry. I usually use a small area at the top of each one so I remember where my damp spot is. Also, try not to spray the product itself, as it will surely form a crust and can promote the growth of bacteria (gross!). To prevent bacteria growth after damp use, lightly spray your Pressed Pigment with rubbing alcohol when it’s dry, then use a tissue to gently wipe off the top layer of product.

DRY USE:  When used dry, Pressed Pigments aren’t usually as intense for either color payoff or sheen/glitter and appear more as a soft wash of color and shimmer. I recommend using the same brushes for dry application on the eyelid, but make sure you tap off excess product to avoid fallout. These don’t apply all that well with a fluffy type of brush and will give you fallout if you use a brush like that or try to blend them too much. Another dry use for the more natural skin tone-like shades of Pressed Pigments is as a highlighter below the brow, on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of nose, above the cupid’s bow of your lip, even on the collarbone, etc… Anywhere you want some shimmer and glow. For an application like this, you can use a dense brush or a fluffier brush, depending on how much shimmer and color you want. My favorite brushes for this type of application are the MAC 286 and 288 Duo Fibre brushes… The 286 if fluffier and domed, so it will give you a lighter application, while the 288 is more dense and flat and will apply the Pressed Pigment a bit more heavily. For a super light highlight application, use a Duo Fibre fan brush, like a MAC 184 (from MAC PRO).

Okay, now that I’ve explained all of that, I’ll tell you where you can get these babies! Pressed Pigments were released last Thursday, August 1st, so they’re available now online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Some of these are limited edition, while some will be staying in the permanent range, which I will specify in each review. Each Pressed Pigment contains 3 g / .10 US oz of product and sells for $21.

Pressed Pigments Group 4 Labels

 

Left:   Dry    Right:   Damp Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Left: Dry                                                         Right: Damp
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Pink Pepper

Pink Pepper

Pink Pepper

Pink Pepper

Pink Pepper:   Pink Pepper is a “deep coral with gold pearl” and is one of the limited edition Pressed Pigments that were recently released. It’s a warm, medium pinkish coral with golden shimmer/pearl. Dry, I got good color payoff and coverage, although it wasn’t completely opaque. It appears more pinkish when applied dry, but still has a golden sheen. Damp, Pink Pepper showed more of the orange-coral tones. Damp application also made the golden pearl effect more intense and gave better color payoff and totally opaque coverage. Both dry and damp, this Pressed Pigment felt smooth and didn’t give much fallout.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Rock Candy

Rock Candy

Rock Candy

Rock Candy

Rock Candy:   Rock Candy is a “mid-tone fuchsia” and is new, but will remain in MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments… It’s a light to medium, warm toned pink with loads of shimmer/glitter. When applied dry, Rock Candy gave good color payoff and decent but semi-sheer coverage with lots of shimmer. Damp, it almost seems lighter but I think that’s because it becomes SUPER frosty/metallic and reflects more light. Damp application gave good color payoff and complete opacity. The only complaint I have about this Pressed Pigment is that the shimmer/glitter particles are a bit larger than the ones in some of the other Pressed Pigments, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly and can cause some fallout issues.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Sorry the picture isn't great quality, this one had to be retaken after swatching.

Sorry the picture isn’t great quality, this one had to be retaken after swatching.

Smoky

Smoky

Smoky:   Smoky is a “deep silver blue” and is one of MAC’s permanent shades of Pressed Pigments. It’s a medium-dark, soft, cool toned charcoal blue with a silvery sheen. The shimmery particles in this Pressed Pigment are very finely milled, so it applies smoothly with no fallout problems. Dry, it has great color payoff and semi-sheer, but still good, coverage. It’s also a bit lighter and less frosty when applied dry. When you apply Smoky damp, it shows more of a silvery sheen, has better color payoff, and gives full coverage. Damp application also makes it darker and more grayish toned.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Summer Honey

Summer Honey

Summer Honey

Summer Honey

Summer Honey:   Summer Honey is described as a “pastel coral” and sadly, it’s part of the limited edition colors that were released recently, so get this one while you can! It’s a beautiful, soft, warm toned creamy peach with plenty of shimmer. The shimmery bits are finely milled, so Summer Honey feels smooth when applied both dry and damp and won’t cause fallout problems. Dry, Summer Honey is pretty sheer and only gives so-so color payoff… It also appears more of a peachy cream with a soft cream colored sheen. Damp is when this gives much better color payoff and coverage, but it still doesn’t apply totally opaque. When applied damp, Summer Honey also looks much more metallic and peachy. This color is neutral enough to also be used as a highlight on the face and body.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Vanilla Diamond

Vanilla Diamond

Vanilla Diamond

Vanilla Diamond

Vanilla Diamond:   Vanilla Diamond is a “warm yellow beige” and is one of the new limited edition Pressed Pigments… It’s a light, warm, golden cream color with a warm, champagne sheen. The shimmery particles are very fine, so this Pressed Pigment will apply smoothly both dry or damp and layer well. Dry, it’s semi-sheer and gives a soft, pale kind of color payoff and subtle sheen. Damp, Vanilla Diamond becomes much more true to the color it is in the pan, gives nearly opaque coverage, and looks almost metallic it becomes so frosted. To me, this is one of the more versatile, high-quality Pressed Pigments in the whole lineup of them. Since this is a light, neutral color, it works well as a highlight for face and body on pale to medium skintones.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

 

MAC has had Pressed Pigments as part of their permanent range for a little over a year but last week they released some new colors and decided to repromote some of their current, permanent ones. This is still a relatively new formula that some people may not even realize exists, so I’m glad they decided to expand their color range and repromote this product!

Because there are so many of these, I’ll be posting these reviews in parts so it’s not one huge, overwhelming post! To check out previous posts on Pressed Pigments, click these links:

MAC Pressed Pigments – Part 1 of 4

MAC Pressed Pigments – Part 2 of 4

MAC Pressed Pigments Group 2

 

Pressed Pigments are their own type of product… They’re not like the loose pigments that many of you are probably used to. This is MAC’s description of this product:

“An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.”

To break that down, Pressed Pigments are a creamy feeling powder… They are not an actual cream product. They are extremely versatile, which I will get to in the next paragraph or two, and can be used for many purposes, which I will also explain. These are finely milled, though not as smooth as loose pigments are. The glitter/shimmer particles range from small to, well, not to small, which tends to be the biggest factor in how smoothly these apply, either dry or damp. Overall, I love these and I like how shimmery they are and how they can be applied for a soft wash of color and shine or applied so that your eyelid looks like an intense, bright little disco ball. Also, as far as the “handle with care” part goes… Do just that. These break easily if dropped and can crack if you dig at them with a spatula or anything, so be gentle with your Pressed Pigments!

This is a product that you have to work with in order to appreciate… But don’t let that scare you away from trying these out! It’s not your average eye shadow and doesn’t usually apply easily when treated like it’s one. Typically, when I apply these to the eye, I use them damp because it wears longer and goes on with little to no fallout (you know, that glittery fairy vomit that ends up below your eyes). Applied to the face, lip, or even body (like the collarbone) as a highlight, I tend to use these dry because I don’t want that super glittery intensity.

APPLICATION TIPS: Aside from the typical damp,dry applications, here are a few other tips for you…

1) Wear a primer underneath your Pressed Pigment, whether you apply it dry or damp. This will make it wear longer and prevent any creasing. My favorites are MAC Paint Pots or Pro Longwear Paint Pots. You can use a neutral color like Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Groundwork, or use one that has some shine and color to it that will match, intensify, or even transform the color of the Pressed Pigment (Blackground is a nice one if you wanna intensify or transform… Seriously, play around with it and see what happens).

2) Apply Pressed Pigments to the lid AFTER you do your crease or blending colors that will go around it. Or apply them VERY carefully after you put your Pressed Pigment on. When you use a fluffy blending brush, like a MAC 217 or 222 on or around a Pressed Pigment, it’s going to spread the shimmer/glitter particles to areas that you may not want them.

3) Aside from your typical damp or dry use with a brush, you can apply these dry with your fingers. If you do this, gently swipe your finger over the Pressed Pigment, but don’t dig it in there with too much pressure (this smashes down the powder and hardens it)… By applying with your finger, it’s going to warm up the product and mix it with the natural oils on your skin. When you apply it to the eyelid like this, it feels super creamy and gives good coverage and color payoff with a very smooth application. You can also use this technique for a highlight on the tops of the cheekbones or anywhere you want a glow to the face, just make sure you don’t load up too much product on your fingertip. Oh! And you can tap a little on the center of your lip for a shimmery pouty look ;)

DAMP USE:   You will get the most intense color payoff and shimmer/sheen if you use Pressed Pigments with a dampened brush. When you use them like this, it also lessens the chance that you’ll have any issues with fallout below the eye. The trick with these is using the right brush! When you apply these damp to the eyelid, I suggest using a MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, which was released with the Pressed Pigments. You can also use a MAC 239 or 242 (my personal favorite)… A MAC 249, 252, or 287 will work for larger lids, while for more detail or a smaller lid, you can use a  MAC 212, 231, 228, or 214. Basically, you want a brush that’s somewhat flat and dense, and the more dense your brush is, the more product it will apply. Also, the smoother and flatter the brush, the smoother the application will be. After you choose which brush to use, you will want to dampen the brush with something like MAC Fix + Spray or Water Base Mixing Medium (from MAC PRO). Once the brush is dampened, swipe it across one area of the Pressed Pigment and tap off excess product. TIP: Only use one area of the Pressed Pigment as a designated “damp area” so it does not create a sort of crust on the rest of the product, which can make it difficult to use dry. I usually use a small area at the top of each one so I remember where my damp spot is. Also, try not to spray the product itself, as it will surely form a crust and can promote the growth of bacteria (gross!). To prevent bacteria growth after damp use, lightly spray your Pressed Pigment with rubbing alcohol when it’s dry, then use a tissue to gently wipe off the top layer of product.

DRY USE:  When used dry, Pressed Pigments aren’t usually as intense for either color payoff or sheen/glitter and appear more as a soft wash of color and shimmer. I recommend using the same brushes for dry application on the eyelid, but make sure you tap off excess product to avoid fallout. These don’t apply all that well with a fluffy type of brush and will give you fallout if you use a brush like that or try to blend them too much. Another dry use for the more natural skin tone-like shades of Pressed Pigments is as a highlighter below the brow, on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of nose, above the cupid’s bow of your lip, even on the collarbone, etc… Anywhere you want some shimmer and glow. For an application like this, you can use a dense brush or a fluffier brush, depending on how much shimmer and color you want. My favorite brushes for this type of application are the MAC 286 and 288 Duo Fibre brushes… The 286 if fluffier and domed, so it will give you a lighter application, while the 288 is more dense and flat and will apply the Pressed Pigment a bit more heavily. For a super light highlight application, use a Duo Fibre fan brush, like a MAC 184 (from MAC PRO).

Okay, now that I’ve explained all of that, I’ll tell you where you can get these babies! Pressed Pigments were released last Thursday, August 1st, so they’re available now online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Some of these are limited edition, while some will be staying in the permanent range, which I will specify in each review. Each Pressed Pigment contains 3 g / .10 US oz of product and sells for $21.

MAC Pressed Pigments Group 2 Labels

 

Left: Dry                                                           Right: Damp
Click on photo to enlarge.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Enlightening

Enlightening

Enlightening

Enlightening

Enlightening:   Enlightening is a “deep silver” and is part of MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments. It’s a true silver with intense amounts of highly metallic shimmer/glitter. Dry, it will give you a softer wash of light silver with plenty of shimmer, decent color payoff, but semi-sheer coverage. Damp, it becomes much more metallic, a bit darker/more intense, and gives good color payoff and nearly opaque coverage. The shimmer/glitter particles in Enlightening are not all that fine, so application can be tricky unless you use the right brush! I definitely recommend applying this one damp… Dry, I had some issues with fallout.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Flicker

Flicker

Flicker

Flicker

Flicker:   This Pressed Pigment is described as a “pastel yellow” and is permanent in MAC’s Pressed Pigment line. It’s a warm, creamy color with only a hint of a golden yellow tone. It’s pretty shimmery, but not quite metallic, either dry or damp. When applied dry, this is a soft, shimmery, creamy color with good color payoff but not complete coverage. Dampened, Flicker is frostier and gives better color payoff and opacity. The shimmer particles in this Pressed Pigment are finely milled, so it applies smoothly both damp and dry and didn’t give me much fallout. Flicker also works as a highlight on the face and body for pale to light skintones.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lime Ice

Lime Ice

Lime Ice

Lime Ice

Lime Ice:   Lime Ice is a “seafoam green” and is one of the limited edition colors in MAC’s recent repromote collection of Pressed Pigments. It’s a light green with some subtle golden tones. It’s very shimmery but is more like a soft wash of color, no matter how you apply it. Dry, this is a pale seafoam green with a soft golden sheen… The color payoff is nowhere near how it looks in the pan and the coverage is quite sheer. Applied damp, it helped add more color payoff and coverage, but it was still semi-sheer. Dampened application also made Lime Ice appear more metallic. One redeeming quality is that this Pressed Pigment applied super smoothly, no matter how much I layered it. It also gave little to no fallout. Overall, this is not the best performing Pressed Pigment in this lineup, but it does have it’s place if you want a soft all over lid color.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight:   Midnight is a “vibrant deep blue” that’s new but will remain as part of MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments. It’s a medium-dark, intense blackened blue that’s absolutely gorgeous! These photos don’t even do it justice! Dry, it gives great color payoff and is almost opaque but not quite… Dry application also has more of a shimmer than a true metallic finish. When applied damp, Midnight becomes much more intense and metallic, giving amazing color payoff and fully opaque coverage. Both dry and damp, Midnight glides on smoothly and gave little to no issues with fallout. This is by far one of the best of the new Pressed Pigments and is perfect for a colorful smoky eye.

Overall Rating:  4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Moth

Moth

Moth

Moth

Moth:   This is a “mauve with silver pearl” and is a new color of Pressed Pigment that will stay in the permanent lineup. It’s a soft, slightly cool toned, medium mauve with loads of frosty shimmer. The shimmer particles in this Pressed Pigments are slightly larger than they are in some of the others, so the texture isn’t as smooth, though that doesn’t seem to make applying it more difficult. Dry, Moth is a soft mauve with a silvery shimmery sheen and gives good color payoff, though applies semi-sheer. Applied damp, this Pressed Pigment gives fully opaque coverage, even better color payoff, and has a much more metallic finish.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC has had Pressed Pigments as part of their permanent range for a little over a year but last week they released some new colors and decided to repromote some of their current, permanent ones. This is still a relatively new formula that some people may not even realize exists, so I’m glad they decided to expand their color range and repromote this product!

Because there are so many of these, I’ll be posting these reviews in parts so it’s not one huge, overwhelming post! If you want to check out Part 1, click here: Pressed Pigments : Part 1. Enjoy Part 2 and check back for the other half of these posts!

Pressed Pigments Part 2

Pressed Pigments are their own type of product… They’re not like the loose pigments that many of you are probably used to. This is MAC’s description of this product:

“An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.”

To break that down, Pressed Pigments are a creamy feeling powder… They are not an actual cream product. They are extremely versatile, which I will get to in the next paragraph or two, and can be used for many purposes, which I will also explain. These are finely milled, though not as smooth as loose pigments are. The glitter/shimmer particles range from small to, well, not to small, which tends to be the biggest factor in how smoothly these apply, either dry or damp. Overall, I love these and I like how shimmery they are and how they can be applied for a soft wash of color and shine or applied so that your eyelid looks like an intense, bright little disco ball. Also, as far as the “handle with care” part goes… Do just that. These break easily if dropped and can crack if you dig at them with a spatula or anything, so be gentle with your Pressed Pigments!

This is a product that you have to work with in order to appreciate… But don’t let that scare you away from trying these out! It’s not your average eye shadow and doesn’t usually apply easily when treated like it’s one. Typically, when I apply these to the eye, I use them damp because it wears longer and goes on with little to no fallout (you know, that glittery fairy vomit that ends up below your eyes). Applied to the face, lip, or even body (like the collarbone) as a highlight, I tend to use these dry because I don’t want that super glittery intensity.

APPLICATION TIPS: Aside from the typical damp,dry applications, here are a few other tips for you…

1) Wear a primer underneath your Pressed Pigment, whether you apply it dry or damp. This will make it wear longer and prevent any creasing. My favorites are MAC Paint Pots or Pro Longwear Paint Pots. You can use a neutral color like Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Groundwork, or use one that has some shine and color to it that will match, intensify, or even transform the color of the Pressed Pigment (Blackground is a nice one if you wanna intensify or transform… Seriously, play around with it and see what happens).

2) Apply Pressed Pigments to the lid AFTER you do your crease or blending colors that will go around it. Or apply them VERY carefully after you put your Pressed Pigment on. When you use a fluffy blending brush, like a MAC 217 or 222 on or around a Pressed Pigment, it’s going to spread the shimmer/glitter particles to areas that you may not want them.

3) Aside from your typical damp or dry use with a brush, you can apply these dry with your fingers. If you do this, gently swipe your finger over the Pressed Pigment, but don’t dig it in there with too much pressure (this smashes down the powder and hardens it)… By applying with your finger, it’s going to warm up the product and mix it with the natural oils on your skin. When you apply it to the eyelid like this, it feels super creamy and gives good coverage and color payoff with a very smooth application. You can also use this technique for a highlight on the tops of the cheekbones or anywhere you want a glow to the face, just make sure you don’t load up too much product on your fingertip. Oh! And you can tap a little on the center of your lip for a shimmery pouty look ;)

DAMP USE:   You will get the most intense color payoff and shimmer/sheen if you use Pressed Pigments with a dampened brush. When you use them like this, it also lessens the chance that you’ll have any issues with fallout below the eye. The trick with these is using the right brush! When you apply these damp to the eyelid, I suggest using a MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, which was released with the Pressed Pigments. You can also use a MAC 239 or 242 (my personal favorite)… A MAC 249, 252, or 287 will work for larger lids, while for more detail or a smaller lid, you can use a  MAC 212, 231, 228, or 214. Basically, you want a brush that’s somewhat flat and dense, and the more dense your brush is, the more product it will apply. Also, the smoother and flatter the brush, the smoother the application will be. After you choose which brush to use, you will want to dampen the brush with something like MAC Fix + Spray or Water Base Mixing Medium (from MAC PRO). Once the brush is dampened, swipe it across one area of the Pressed Pigment and tap off excess product. TIP: Only use one area of the Pressed Pigment as a designated “damp area” so it does not create a sort of crust on the rest of the product, which can make it difficult to use dry. I usually use a small area at the top of each one so I remember where my damp spot is. Also, try not to spray the product itself, as it will surely form a crust and can promote the growth of bacteria (gross!). To prevent bacteria growth after damp use, lightly spray your Pressed Pigment with rubbing alcohol when it’s dry, then use a tissue to gently wipe off the top layer of product.

DRY USE:  When used dry, Pressed Pigments aren’t usually as intense for either color payoff or sheen/glitter and appear more as a soft wash of color and shimmer. I recommend using the same brushes for dry application on the eyelid, but make sure you tap off excess product to avoid fallout. These don’t apply all that well with a fluffy type of brush and will give you fallout if you use a brush like that or try to blend them too much. Another dry use for the more natural skin tone-like shades of Pressed Pigments is as a highlighter below the brow, on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of nose, above the cupid’s bow of your lip, even on the collarbone, etc… Anywhere you want some shimmer and glow. For an application like this, you can use a dense brush or a fluffier brush, depending on how much shimmer and color you want. My favorite brushes for this type of application are the MAC 286 and 288 Duo Fibre brushes… The 286 if fluffier and domed, so it will give you a lighter application, while the 288 is more dense and flat and will apply the Pressed Pigment a bit more heavily. For a super light highlight application, use a Duo Fibre fan brush, like a MAC 184 (from MAC PRO).

Okay, now that I’ve explained all of that, I’ll tell you where you can get these babies! Pressed Pigments were released last Thursday, August 1st, so they’re available now online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Some of these are limited edition, while some will be staying in the permanent range, which I will specify in each review. Each Pressed Pigment contains 3 g / .10 US oz of product and sells for $21.

Pressed Pigments Part 2 Labels

Left: Dry     Right: Damp Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Left: Dry                               Right: Damp
Click photo to enlarge.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst:   This is described as a “purple with silver undertone”… It’s a light, cool toned lavender color with loads of silvery shimmer. It’s not the smoothest applying of all the Pressed Pigments, but it’s still pretty. The color payoff is very subtle when applied dry and it did give a bit of fallout. When applied damp, the color payoff and coverage improved, but still wasn’t opaque or intense. I do like this Pressed Pigment but I feel like it’s best as a soft all over lid color and looks best when paired up with darker, more dramatic colors in the crease. You can also use Amethyst on the lips, especially with light, cool pink or lavender lips, for an added pop of shimmer in the very center of your lip!

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming:   Beaming was limited edition and released nearly a year ago with the Face & Body collection, but some locations do still have this in stock, so it’s worth picking up if you can! It’s warm, medium golden brown with some tan/coppery tones and fine shimmer particles. Dry, it has good color payoff, applies smoothly, and gives very good, though not 100% opaque coverage. Applied damp, Beaming shows more of the coppery tones, becomes more metallic, and gives even better color payoff and complete coverage. If you can find this Pressed Pigment, get it! It’s really beautiful, especially for summer and fall! Beaming can also be used as a highlight on the cheeks or body for warm, medium-dark to deep skintones.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape:   Black Grape is a “deep aubergine with multi pearl”… In the pan, it looks like a slightly purple, silvery black but once it’s applied, it really transforms! When applied dry, it’s a medium-dark plummy black with lots of shimmer, good color payoff, and great coverage. Dampened, this is a medium-dark to dark, cool toned, blackened plum with a nearly metallic, pearly finish. Damp, I got completely opaque coverage and intense color payoff. Either dry or damp, it applies smoothly with little to no fallout. Black Grape is one of the colors that has been added to the permanent line of Pressed Pigments… It’s perfect for a new twist on a smoky eye!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow:   This is a “light icy blue” with a super shimmery, frosted finish. It’s a light, cool toned, aqua-tinged blue with oodles of shimmer particles that aren’t as fine they are in some other Pressed Pigments… Unfortunately, that seems to make this apply a little unevenly. Dry, this is pretty sheer and doesn’t give a lot of color payoff. Applied damp, this gives better, although not completely opaque, coverage and much better color payoff. Dampened, Blue Willow also becomes nearly metallic and gives a very frosty type of finish. Blue Willow is part of MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Damson

Damson

Damson

Damson

Damson:   Damson is a “deep brown with gold pearl” and is, unfortunately, one of the limited edition Pressed Pigments that was recently released. It’s a beautiful, warm toned, bronzed brown with some maroon/plum undertones and a golden bronze shimmer. In the pan it looks waaaaay more bronze than it is once applied… When you apply Damson dry, it gives good color payoff but isn’t opaque and appears as a medium, warm golden bronze with plenty of shimmer. Applied damp, it gives fully opaque coverage and fantastic color payoff, bringing out the plum/maroon bronze tones. Damson applied very smoothly both dry and damp and gave me little to no fallout.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC has had Pressed Pigments as part of their permanent range for a little over a year but last week they released some new colors and decided to repromote some of their current, permanent ones. This is still a relatively new formula that some people may not even realize exists, so I’m glad they decided to expand their color range and repromote this product!

Because there are so many of these, I’ll be posting these reviews in parts so it’s not one huge, overwhelming post! To start out with, these are some that I reviewed previously when I got them last year… So here you go… Enjoy Pressed Pigments Part 1!

Pressed Pigments Part 1 Product Photo

Pressed Pigments are their own type of product… They’re not like the loose pigments that many of you are probably used to. This is MAC’s description of this product:

“An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.”

To break that down, Pressed Pigments are a creamy feeling powder… They are not an actual cream product. They are extremely versatile, which I will get to in the next paragraph or two, and can be used for many purposes, which I will also explain. These are finely milled, though not as smooth as loose pigments are. The glitter/shimmer particles range from small to, well, not to small, which tends to be the biggest factor in how smoothly these apply, either dry or damp. Overall, I love these and I like how shimmery they are and how they can be applied for a soft wash of color and shine or applied so that your eyelid looks like an intense, bright little disco ball. Also, as far as the “handle with care” part goes… Do just that. These break easily if dropped and can crack if you dig at them with a spatula or anything, so be gentle with your Pressed Pigments!

This is a product that you have to work with in order to appreciate… But don’t let that scare you away from trying these out! It’s not your average eye shadow and doesn’t usually apply easily when treated like it’s one. Typically, when I apply these to the eye, I use them damp because it wears longer and goes on with little to no fallout (you know, that glittery fairy vomit that ends up below your eyes). Applied to the face, lip, or even body (like the collarbone) as a highlight, I tend to use these dry because I don’t want that super glittery intensity.

APPLICATION TIPS: Aside from the typical damp,dry applications, here are a few other tips for you…

1) Wear a primer underneath your Pressed Pigment, whether you apply it dry or damp. This will make it wear longer and prevent any creasing. My favorites are MAC Paint Pots or Pro Longwear Paint Pots. You can use a neutral color like Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Groundwork, or use one that has some shine and color to it that will match, intensify, or even transform the color of the Pressed Pigment (Blackground is a nice one if you wanna intensify or transform… Seriously, play around with it and see what happens).

2) Apply Pressed Pigments to the lid AFTER you do your crease or blending colors that will go around it. Or apply them VERY carefully after you put your Pressed Pigment on. When you use a fluffy blending brush, like a MAC 217 or 222 on or around a Pressed Pigment, it’s going to spread the shimmer/glitter particles to areas that you may not want them.

3) Aside from your typical damp or dry use with a brush, you can apply these dry with your fingers. If you do this, gently swipe your finger over the Pressed Pigment, but don’t dig it in there with too much pressure (this smashes down the powder and hardens it)… By applying with your finger, it’s going to warm up the product and mix it with the natural oils on your skin. When you apply it to the eyelid like this, it feels super creamy and gives good coverage and color payoff with a very smooth application. You can also use this technique for a highlight on the tops of the cheekbones or anywhere you want a glow to the face, just make sure you don’t load up too much product on your fingertip. Oh! And you can tap a little on the center of your lip for a shimmery pouty look 😉

DAMP USE:   You will get the most intense color payoff and shimmer/sheen if you use Pressed Pigments with a dampened brush. When you use them like this, it also lessens the chance that you’ll have any issues with fallout below the eye. The trick with these is using the right brush! When you apply these damp to the eyelid, I suggest using a MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, which was released with the Pressed Pigments. You can also use a MAC 239 or 242 (my personal favorite)… A MAC 249, 252, or 287 will work for larger lids, while for more detail or a smaller lid, you can use a MAC 212, 231, 228, or 214. Basically, you want a brush that’s somewhat flat and dense, and the more dense your brush is, the more product it will apply. Also, the smoother and flatter the brush, the smoother the application will be. After you choose which brush to use, you will want to dampen the brush with something like MAC Fix + Spray or Water Base Mixing Medium (from MAC PRO). Once the brush is dampened, swipe it across one area of the Pressed Pigment and tap off excess product. TIP: Only use one area of the Pressed Pigment as a designated “damp area” so it does not create a sort of crust on the rest of the product, which can make it difficult to use dry. I usually use a small area at the top of each one so I remember where my damp spot is. Also, try not to spray the product itself, as it will surely form a crust and can promote the growth of bacteria (gross!). To prevent bacteria growth after damp use, lightly spray your Pressed Pigment with rubbing alcohol when it’s dry, then use a tissue to gently wipe off the top layer of product.

DRY USE:  When used dry, Pressed Pigments aren’t usually as intense for either color payoff or sheen/glitter and appear more as a soft wash of color and shimmer. I recommend using the same brushes for dry application on the eyelid, but make sure you tap off excess product to avoid fallout. These don’t apply all that well with a fluffy type of brush and will give you fallout if you use a brush like that or try to blend them too much. Another dry use for the more natural skin tone-like shades of Pressed Pigments is as a highlighter below the brow, on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of nose, above the cupid’s bow of your lip, even on the collarbone, etc… Anywhere you want some shimmer and glow. For an application like this, you can use a dense brush or a fluffier brush, depending on how much shimmer and color you want. My favorite brushes for this type of application are the MAC 286 and 288 Duo Fibre brushes… The 286 if fluffier and domed, so it will give you a lighter application, while the 288 is more dense and flat and will apply the Pressed Pigment a bit more heavily. For a super light highlight application, use a Duo Fibre fan brush, like a MAC 184 (from MAC PRO).

Okay, now that I’ve explained all of that, I’ll tell you where you can get these babies! Pressed Pigments were released last Thursday, August 1st, so they’re available now online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Some of these are limited edition, while some will be staying in the permanent range, which I will specify in each review. Each Pressed Pigment contains 3 g / .10 US oz of product and sells for $21.

Pressed Pigments Neutral Labels

Left:   Applied Dry     Right: Applied Damp Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Left: Applied Dry                                    Right: Applied Damp
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Light Touch

Light Touch

Light Touch:   This is a “high-pearl powder in W10 shade” and is part of the permanent range… Overall it’s a light, warm, peachy beige with loads of pearly shimmer. Applied dry, this is a warm, fleshy toned color with a hint of shimmer and gives good color payoff, though not full opacity. Dry, this does give a bit of fallout, as the shimmer particles are not as small as they are in some other Pressed Pigments. When applied damp, it’s a super high shine, light warm beige with fully opaque coverage and great color payoff. Light Touch is suitable for both an eye shadow as well as a highlighter anywhere else.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Blonde Streak

Blonde Streak

Blonde Streak:   This is a “light cream” Pressed Pigment with small, but highly reflective shimmer particles, so it feels smooth and applied well both dry and damp. Dry, I only had a tiny bit of fallout and got nearly opaque coverage and very good color payoff. Damp, Blonde Streak became an even paler type of cream color with slightly cooler undertones than it has when applied dry. It also became very pearly and applied 100% opaque. Blonde Streak is part of the permanent range of Pressed Pigments. This color works well as a highlighter on light to medium skintones.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Day Gleam

Day Gleam

Day Gleam:   Day Gleam is a “high-pearl powder in NC30 shade” and is part of MAC’s permanent range of pressed pigments. It’s a medium, very slightly cool toned, golden color. The color payoff and coverage are great both dry and damp, although it has more shine and it slightly more opaque when applied damp. It has a pretty smooth texture too, thanks to the shimmer/glitter particles being small. Day Gleam is versatile and will work as both an eye shadow or a highlighter on medium to medium-dark skintones.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Deeply Dashing

Deeply Dashing

Deeply Dashing:   This is a “high pearl powder in NW55 shade”… It’s a warm toned, medium to medium dark, rich chocolatey brown. It’s lighter and softer applied dry, but still gives god coverage and color payoff. Damp, this becomes darker and much more shimmery/pearly and gives 100% opaque coverage. Either way, it applies smoothly since the shimmery bits are small. You can use this as an eye shadow or as a highlighter if you have a dark to deep skintone. Deeply Dashing is part of MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Jet Couture

Jet Couture

Jet Couture:   Jet Couture is a “charcoal black” and is part of the permanent range of Pressed Pigments. It’s a warm toned black with a golden type of shimmer. Dry, it’s more on the charcoal side and doesn’t apply totally opaque. Damp, this goes on with full opacity and appears as a deep, super shimmery black that’s perfect for a smoky eye. Jet Couture’s shimmer particles aren’t as small as they are in some other pressed pigments but it still applies smoothly.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

The long awaited re-release of Stereo Rose and Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish is finally at hand! Actually, these came out a week ago… I’m just late getting my Apres Chic posts up because I was on vacation… Sorry!

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinishes

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinish Labels

Mineralize Skinfinishes are a cult classic when it comes to MAC products. People will do just about anything to get their hands on these babies! The quality of these is always great, and they’re versatile enough to be used as a blush or highlight on the cheeks and can even be used as eye shadows or for a pop of shine on the lips. Mineralize Skinfinishes are very shimmery and shiny, so don’t wear these if you don’t want to get noticed… They give a gorgeous glow to the cheeks! If you have large pores or super oily skin, these may not be for you, but they work on the majority of people if applied properly.

My favorite brushes to use with these are a MAC 116 or 168 brush if you want to wear it as a blush. This will apply it more heavily than other brushes will, but still make it easy to blend out. If you want to use these as a lighter type of blush, a MAC 181 brush is ideal, although those were limited edition. A MAC 187 brush works well to apply this lightly as a blush, or you can use a MAC 188 brush to apply it as a highlight.

Both of these MSF’s are limited edition and came out the day after Christmas with the Apres Chic collection. This collection is available now at your local MAC counter,  MAC store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.  Mineralize Skinfinish sells for $29 and contains 10 g / 0.35oz of product. As far as I know, Stereo Rose is sold out online, but Porcelain Pink is still available. Perhaps you’ll have better luck finding Stereo Rose at your local store or counter!

Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily      Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                        Right: Blended out

Porcelain Pink:   Porcelain Pink is a “soft pinky coral with gold veining”. It’s a light, warm pink with golden shimmer and an overall frosty finish. In the pan, it’s much more coral than it is once applied, but there’s enough of a hint of coral when applied that it will warm up your skintone and be flattering, whether you’re naturally cool or warm toned. There’s some serious sheen to Porcelain Pink, so I don’t tend to use this alone as a blush. What I like to do is layer this over another blush, or just use it as a highlight on the cheeks. As a blush, this will wear for about 6 hours before fading… As a highlight, this tends to last closer to 8 hours before it begins to fade. I also like this for a highlight on the eyes or as a soft wash of color and shimmer all over the eyelid. Since this is a lighter shade, it’s best suited for people with fair to medium-dark skin. Porcelain Pink was also released in September of 2011 with the Fall Colour collection, as well as several times before.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left: Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                         Right: Blended out

Stereo Rose:   Stereo Rose is a “coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances”… Sounds fancy! It’s a warm, medium coral with undertones of pink and a soft, golden bronze shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented and has good color payoff, no matter how you apply it. It works well as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin, and works well as a highlighter for all skintones. It can also be lightly layered over another blush to add sheen and warmth. Like Porcelain Pink, this lasted about 6 hours on me as a blush and a bit longer as a highlight. Stereo Rose is very smooth and has a fine texture, so it doesn’t seem to show pores so much as other Mineralize Skinfinishes do. If Stereo Rose looks familiar to you, it’s because it was released last in summer of 2010 with the In The Groove! collection, and before that in 2007. Every time it’s been released, it’s sold out super fast, so hopefully you can still find one of these!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5