Loose pigments and eyeshadows can be used in multiple ways, regardless of the brand they are made by. Using them dry will give a sheerer wash of color that can be built up. It's best to use them over an eyelid primer so that the loose powders have something to stick to. To build up the intensity of the color, you can use a colored primer that matches or compliments the color of the loose pigment.
They an also be used wet to make the color super intense, and for metallic colors give the effect of liquified metal on the lids. The best method for this is similar to when nail techs apply the acrylic powder to fake nails. The wet the brush and pick up a bit of the powder with the tip. Then, they allow the liquid to be absorbed by the powder and turn into a bit of a paste. You can do this with water or another liquid and your loose pigments. Once the color has turned to a paste consistency, you can pat it onto the lid and stroke it over the area you want the color to be. The more powder you pick up, the more you will be applying, so start with just a little and do a very thin layer. The color is already going to be very intense just because it's wet. Keep in mind that once the water evaporates, you'll be left with all that eyeshadow on your lid, and it can smear all over if there's too much and no primer underneath. I prefer instead of water to use Graftobian Magic Set, as it will make the loose pigment smudge and water resistant. I use it on set all the time for their metallic powders for special effects.
Here are swatches wet and dry of the colors I purchased. The individual colors don't have names. They all come in predetermined stacks, and the stacks themselves are named. They can be purchased online at: www.colorevolution.com
|A rainbow of colors, most of these are a slight duochrome in effect. You can see the original pots of color in the background and how they change just slightly. Top is the pigments dry. Bottom is applied wet.|
|Half browns and half blues, these colors apply a lot darker when wet than they appear in the pots. The lighting changed on me for this photo, so you can't quite tell but the far left color is a wine based brown. So gorgeous!|
Rainstorm- Not swatched
Overall, I really love the colors in these stacks and am extremely please with my purchase. I can definitely see myself using just about any of them, even the really intense colors, and I'd definitely repurchase!
**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money.