|Highly pigmented products are a MUST for bridal makeup!|
The products I use....expensive, drugstore and pro brand....have all been chosen with one thing in mind...they are all highly pigmented!
So what the heck does THAT mean?
Think about this...have you ever applied a cheap, drugstore eyeshadow or blush that looked pretty in the package, but when you applied it....the color just wasn't there, or you had to really pack it on to see anything? Or you applied lipstick just to have it fade into oblivion a few hours later? You might have figured out that those cosmetics weren't the best quality, but what exactly is the problem? Too much filler versus pigment...plain and simple. A high ratio of filler ingredients will dilute the intensity of pigment and create a dry, chalky texture.... that means you have to really work to get any color payoff, the colors aren't true and it won't last. In regard to eye shadow, it can also result in major fallout...as in color all over your cheeks instead of on your eyelids...a beating when you're trying to get ready, but also a waste of time and product.
|Photo Credit: Aphrodite Attitude|
Higher quality formulas apply true color smoothly, and in one swipe....that's the golden ticket! You can keep it light with a soft wash of color, or build to major intensity....if a product has more pigment, the option is up to you. When your shadow, blush and lipstick are properly pigmented, there's no need to pack it on and it'll blend seamlessly with your skin.
|Pigmented shadows - Photo credit: Makeup Geek|
I'll save you plenty of time right off the bat....I've yet to find ANY...and I do mean any, drugstore brand powder formula eye shadow that had enough pigment for me. I'm a fan of several drugstore brands for other products, but in eye shadow...no....just no. Skip straight to higher end brands like Lorac (my current fave), Urban Decay (watch out for overly sparkly shades), Mac, IT Cosmetics (super smooth and blendable matte shades) and Charlotte Tilbury. Look for an almost buttery smooth texture and intense color, and minimal fall out...
There are more options with blush...there are several brands at every price point that have enough pigmentation to provide the healthy flush you're looking for. Look for soft, micro-milled formulas that provide enough color with a subtle application....if it requires several swipes, move on to another
|Highly pigmented gel blush from Butter London|
You'll have even better luck with lipsticks! I've found several across the board that carry the
|Example of pigmented lipstick swatches|
Highly pigmented products mean better color payoff, a long lasting look AND you can use less product! Also, the more pigmented your products are, the more versatile they are...
Use a light touch and blend well when you want subtle looks, apply full force when you're ready to be bold...the same products can do both, if you've chosen well.
What cosmetics do you own that pass the pigment test? What do you have that doesn't? Share in the comments!