Hi, everyone! When I first got into high-end makeup (think late '90s), I was all about pigments and loose shadows. I loved the multi-faceted, shimmery finishes, the bold colour, and the ability to mix the powders in a number of ways (e.g., into lipstick for a metallic effect or with a mixing medium for a liquefied, extra pigmented effect). For whatever reason, loose shadows had totally fallen off my radar over the past two years and what a shame! Yes, they can be messy, but they are so fun to use and can really create the most unique, stunning eye looks. So when Inglot released their glitzy The Star in You collection, which includes a range of rich, luminous pigments and glitters, I was more than happy to delve back into that medium!
The Star in You collection was released late last month and features the most beautiful promo photos. There is glitz and shine everywhere, but with a total ethereal super hero way (like one part She-Ra, one part disco fairy), which caught my attention, of course!
The collection contains six shades of AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow ($20 CAD), which are loose powders that promise 90% pure pigment with versatile effects- you can wear them dry for a sheer, shimmery look or mixed with Inglot's Duraline for a bolder, saturated liquid metal effect. These are definitely pigments, as opposed to glitters, but definitely have glittery and shimmery bits throughout. The shades range from white gold to peach to olive and are all quite beautiful! They're housed in sturdy plastic pots that allow you to see the product inside.
The range also includes six shades of Body Sparkles ($20 CAD), which are multi-dimensional coloured glitters that can be used on nails, lips, and body (just not safe for eyes). They can be mixed in with nail polish, lipstick, or body lotion to customize a glitter effect or lightly patted over skin or lips. The pots are quite tiny, but a little goes a long way if you're not looking for opaque coverage.
I was lucky to receive four products from the launch- AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadows in 121**, 122**, and 126**, and Body Sparkles 47**. I definitely oohed and ahhed as I opened the pots- such stunning colour and shine and a perfect range of shades that allowed me to properly test out the collection!
Here are swatches of the Pigments and Body Sparkles I received:
|(L-R): Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadows in 121, 126, and 122 and Body Sparkles in 47|
The textures are definitely grittier than other loose pigments I've tried (MAC's, for instance), but smooth over skin fairly easily and the shine is undoubtedly stunning! When mixed with water, the pigmentation goes sky-high and they take on a more metallic, rather than glittery look. If I had Inglot Duraline or MAC Mixing Medium, I think the effect would be even more dramatic and the texture, more adherent. I must buy one of those soon!
And for some close-ups and shade descriptions of each:
AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 121**- a warm, pale yellow gold with prominent ivory shimmer
AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 126**- a warm apricot coral with gold shimmer
AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 122**- an olive-tinged antique bronze with golden shimmer
Body Sparkles 47**- berry pink glitter in an orange-coral base
A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the royal treatment at the Toronto Yonge and Dundas Inglot store- lovely makeup artist LJ demonstrated the collection for me by creating a stunning warm, smokey, glittery eye look. She used a variety of matte, warm neutral Freedom System Eye Shadows to sculpt the eyes, then primed my lids with AMC Eyeliner Gel 68 (a nude shade) and topped it with a mix of Duraline and Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 121. She created a striking cat eye with AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 and coated my lashes with Secret Volume Mascara. On the lips, she opted for a modern neutral shade from the What a Spice collection- HD Lip Ting Matte 37- a neutral chestnut brown.
Here are some shots from our playtime!
|Some of the lovely ingredients of my makeover!|
|With my lovely makeup artist, LJ|
And here are some shots of the makeover from later that day- while my skin is a bit shiny, my blush is bolder (I popped on some extra colour at Sephora) and the lip colour is partially worn off (though I have to say I'm way impressed with the wear of the HD Lip Tint Matte 37- what you see lasted through a meal and coffee), the eyes still looked like perfection hours later!
And a couple close-ups of the eyes:
So whether you are looking to rekindle your love of pigments (like me), are a tried and true glitter-a-holic, or are wanting to try loose shadows for the first time and like some sparkle, the Inglot The Star in You collection is totally worth checking out! The shade selection is beautiful and, especially when combined with water or a mixing medium, the AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadows produce a metallic sheen that really is quite breathtaking. I have yet to try the Body Sparkle (it would have been so perfect for my bachelorette parties in the Fall), but next time I head out to a festive makeup event or out on the dance floor, glittery skin awaits!
Thanks so much for stopping by! xo
**Products marked with these asterisks were given to me as PR samples for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% authentic and my own!