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« on: July 12, 2006 12:36:26 PM »

I hope it's okay that I post this. I obviously didn't make the makeup itself. They're pigments by MAC.

Pressing pigments has been my latest obsession. It cures those late night-3am-wide awake-nothing to do blues.

So for those of you who aren't familar with MAC pigments, a pigment is "a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Pigment comes in an excellent range of colours. Use to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Pigment does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting" - maccosmetics.com

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It's really somewhat of a hassle to have to deal with the loose powder, for me at least. I saw some girls had pressed them into a pan/regular eyeshadow form in the mac community on livejournal and decided to give it a try.

I don't actually own that many jars of pigments. Haha. The majority of these were samples I bought from girls in that LJ community.

But yes, it was somewhat of a trial and error process. A lot of the girls who had tried it and did mini-tutorials had varying ways of doing it so I just winged it.

Anyways, here are the pics.







As you can tell, some of them don't look at the great. They're kinda bumpy but have since been fixed, I just don't have new pics. I've also pressed a couple more, but again, no pictures.

That's it, I suppose. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006 09:06:43 AM »

i know you quoted the website, but do the pigments actually work as well as they say they do?  Im just wondering cause MAC is pretty expensive right?   By the way thats a great idea to press the loose power!
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2006 10:40:56 PM »

Wow! awesome! I heard Mac pigments are really expensive, how much are they?
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2006 04:57:11 PM »

i know you quoted the website, but do the pigments actually work as well as they say they do?  Im just wondering cause MAC is pretty expensive right?   By the way thats a great idea to press the loose power!

I think they do. They work best if you have some sort of eyeshadow base, especially if you're darker. Or you can put them on without a base for a lighter, less obvious color. You can also do a lot of things with them, so I like them.

Wow! awesome! I heard Mac pigments are really expensive, how much are they?

Yeah, they are. It's $19.50 a jar. But you have to take into consideration how looooong a jar will last. I've bought samples off of other girls for about $3.50-$6 for 1/4-1/2 tsp that I still haven't run out of and I purchased many of them last summer. If it's a color I really like, my friend and I split the price of a jar and just share it because even half a jar is pretty much gonna last you a good couple of years.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2006 11:59:41 AM »

Great pics!  Thanks for sharing that.

I tried pressing a couple of things, too.  My 1st was a Bare Essentials powdered eye shadow.  Worked great.  I put it into an empty Aveda eye shadow pan and now it's in my Aveda compact.  The 2nd one I did was a broken Aveda blush (it was all in chunks).  Again, I put this into an empty Aveda pan (larger pressed powder sized one) and it's geat!  In this new pressed form, my brush doesn't pick up as much colour so I just have to build up the colour slowly.  This is actually preferable to me because before that I was always having to wipe off some of the blush. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2006 06:42:58 PM »

Do they go on opaquely and true to their color? I buy eyeshadow all the time that looks really dark and then it goes on and it's light and translucent, it drives me crazy. But I've never used the pigment before.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2006 12:37:42 AM »

Great pics!  Thanks for sharing that.

I tried pressing a couple of things, too.  My 1st was a Bare Essentials powdered eye shadow.  Worked great.  I put it into an empty Aveda eye shadow pan and now it's in my Aveda compact.  The 2nd one I did was a broken Aveda blush (it was all in chunks).  Again, I put this into an empty Aveda pan (larger pressed powder sized one) and it's geat!  In this new pressed form, my brush doesn't pick up as much colour so I just have to build up the colour slowly.  This is actually preferable to me because before that I was always having to wipe off some of the blush. 

Haha. Pressing things is seriously addictive. I tried a LOT of things. I've never tried Bare Escentuals eyeshadow. I use Bare Minerals though. How's the shadow? .I end up wasting a lot less with them pressed and don't have to worry about spilling them all over the place. It's a lot less daunting to use them in pressed form and I reach for color more and more instead of doing my usual nuetral face now. Smiley

Do they go on opaquely and true to their color? I buy eyeshadow all the time that looks really dark and then it goes on and it's light and translucent, it drives me crazy. But I've never used the pigment before.

It all depends on how you apply. If you swipe it across your lid, it's a little more muted but if you pat it on with shadow brush, it's true to color. Especially when you have a base. Definitely worth trying out, IMO.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2006 07:52:28 AM »


Haha. Pressing things is seriously addictive. I tried a LOT of things. I've never tried Bare Escentuals eyeshadow. I use Bare Minerals though. How's the shadow? .I end up wasting a lot less with them pressed and don't have to worry about spilling them all over the place. It's a lot less daunting to use them in pressed form and I reach for color more and more instead of doing my usual nuetral face now. Smiley

I like the eyeshadow but I only have 3: a base, a liner, and faux fox.  I hope to try pressing the other 2.  I've heard that the more sparkly ones (like glimmer or glimpse) don't press as well (they get crumbly).  Faux fox is great for a neutral look, which is what I wear most often... so having it in my Aveda compact is much more convenient (and also travel friendly)!
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2006 06:23:05 PM »

In my opinion, I love pigmeents much mor ethan eyeshadows. I apply pigments ontop of a cream base to make the pigment stick, and it comes out much more vibrantly than e/s's do. Pigments are easier to blend, and I love them.
MAC Pigments are $26CDN if I am not mistaken. They are gorgeous colours, but if you're not willing to dish out the money, Annabelle Pigments come in a few colours, like a nice blue, pink, green, white and yellow I tihnk. They are a lot less expensive and you can find them at your drugstore. They are nice and affordable. But personally, I like MAC Pigments a LOT more.
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2006 07:43:45 PM »

can you give us a few links to the tutorials?
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