These versatile performers were made to be played with, giving a high-shine metallic finish of pure colour in shimmering Zeitgeist (dark shimmer), Beguile (light shimmer) and Berber (auburn shimmer). Although they love going it alone, bringing dazzling highlights to eyes, cheeks and brows, they also look amazing when pressed over the top of Liquid Metal and Cream Pigment.
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile is one of the three new shades added to their existing range of Pure Pigments, released together with the Theatre Of The Nameless.
Each Pure Pigment retails at GBP15.50 which converts to about S$32 for 1.3g of product, made in Germany.
I would describe Beguile as a silvery white with pink and mint glitter shimmers. In certain angles, it has a slightly overall pink tinge. I quite enjoy the unique combination of pink and mint glitters dancing under the sunlight – very beautiful indeed.
Because I am in a “shimmer + sparkle” kick lately – could be due to the Holiday season, I took out other similar glitters and pigments to do a little comparison.
Unlike rest of the Illamasqua Pure Pigments I have, Beguile has a sandy touch to it but less gritty as compared to the MAC Glitters. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Crushed Silver is smoother with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in 81 Fantasme being the smoothest and most intense.
Swatches below swatched on bare arm, under natural sunlight, without flash.
MAC Glitters contain larger chunks of glitters which makes them stand out from the crowd. They are also the most difficult to handle – glitters fly everywhere. On the other hand, Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows are more convenient as they come in pressed form – but they are not as soft and might require some layering because the lighter colours tend to be quite sheer.
I have always liked Illamasqua Pure Pigments as they are so soft, extremely finely milled with brilliant colour payoff. The down side of it is, the price point. However, Beguile falls under another category of Pure Pigment (?) Like MAC, they have the pigments and glitters, Beguile leans more glittery – completely different from rest in range. Perhaps it could be labelled as Illamasqua Pure Glitter in the future instead?
All in all, I really like Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile. I like the combination of coloured glitters and how it sparkles. But having said that, I don’t see myself reaching out for it very often (just like the other glitters I own). Maybe for special occasions that requires glittery lids, cheeks, lips, hair, nails and body. I hardly wear glitter on my eyes because the thought of cleaning them off frightens me. And due to the texture, I believe I will use it very carefully, especially around the eye area.
It is no doubt a gorgeous colour as you can see in the swatches above. If you love glitter, this could work for you but if you are just looking to try Illamasqua’s pigments, I suggest you pick something like Ore, Alluvium or Lust because they are extremely soft, extremely finely milled, extremely wearable and extremely pigmented.
Thank you for reading, TGIF.
Selected text and information extracted from Illamasqua leaflet and website.