Remember how I told you guys a little while back that one of my first makeup items–the product that started it all–was a stack of loose pigments from my mom? Well just because loose pigments will always hold a special place in my heart does not mean that I still enjoy using them to this day. I have a few and sometimes will bring them out just to look at and swatch (anyone else do this with items in their collection?), but I can’t even remember the last time I deliberately chose to use a loose pigment over a pressed shadow in the last several years. Any loose pigments I do own have been slowly, steadily collecting dust in my collection for quite some time. Still, when I received some samples of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments to test out, I was excited. I mean come on, it’s Rouge Bunny Rouge–they could send me acid green lipstick or neon purple blush and I would still be over the moon! But I had heard some really good things about RBR’s loose pigments in particular, so I eagerly started testing them right away.
The Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments–or what RBR refers to as “fiery lava dust” (so charming, no?!)–is said to contain a “super high percentage of pearl” for dazzling shine and luminosity. It also has added Sodium PCA (a natural moisturizer) to give the pigments a moisturizing, creamy feel.
Like many people, I love the intense shimmer and pigmentation that a loose pigment offers but the consistency is a bit inconvenient to use. Well, RBR has solved this problem with their smart packaging. The pigments come housed in a clear plastic vial with a removable sponge applicator wand. The wand’s bunny ear-like handle is covered by the black removable cap with the RBR logo emblazoned across the top.
At first, I was worried that the pigments wouldn’t be secure inside the vial as the applicator wand does not screw on or off–you simply pull it and it comes out. But it stays put surprisingly well–the wand fits snugly inside the tube and clicks shut. There is also a rubber stopper fitted around the mouth of the vial that prevents any spillage, even if you place it on its side. Both the packaging and the applicator make for a very convenient, mess-free application of these loose pigments. As you can imagine, this was very good news for me, being someone who didn’t want to mess with loose pigments because of the inconvenience and potential mess factor.
I received a full-sized sample of Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree as well as sample pots of all the other shades: Caress of Mink, Eaten all the Cherries, Embrace of Cashmere, Night Wind Sailing, Spun from Sunny Seawater, and Wishing for Wings. Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree is a sunny golden hue tinged with peach–both shades mix together to create a lovely, iridescent mandarin shade. Caress of Mink is a mid-tone browned-taupe with “pewter-plum highlights”. Eaten all the Cherries is an iridescent rosy-pink with golden highlights. Embrace of Cashmere is a soft, shimmering champagne brown. I’ll stick with RBR’s lovely description for the next 2 shades: Night Wind Sailing is “a iridescent metallic pewter with a hint of pink pearl for a stormy sky effect.” Spun From Sunny Seawater is an “iridescent blue peacock feather with a hint of tropical emerald and scintillating gold accents.” Wishing for Wings is a medium, iridescent silvery, mauvish-taupe–my favorite shade of eyeshadow, as most of you well know.
The texture of these pigments is supremely soft and deliciously creamy. They are so, so easy to apply and easy to blend. They also stick to the lids really, really well; there’s no fallout whatsoever, especially when you use the sponge-tipped applicator wand (which is just brilliant. It applies the shadows so smoothly and evenly!). Imagine, zero fallout from a loose pigment–that’s much better than most pressed shadows I’ve tried!
–Caress of Mink–
–Eaten all the Cherries–
–Embrace of Cashmere–
–Night Wind Sailing–
–Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree–
–Spun From Sunny Seawater–
–Wishing for Wings–
I’d like to point out that despite being called “Loose Glitter Pigments”, these pigments are anything but; they have a glorious dimensional shimmer and shine. It doesn’t look cheap or tacky but manages to somehow look elegant and expensive.
Over a primer, these pigments lasted most of the day on me–about 6 1/2 hours before I noticed just a touch of creasing along the inner corner. Honestly, I don’t mind because I love the creamy formula so much that I’ll sacrifice just a little bit of wear time for it. Those with dry or normal lids should get all day wear with these over a primer, no problem.
Swatches L to R: Caress of Mink, Eaten all the Cherries, Embrace of Cashmere, Night Wind Sailing, Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree, Spun From Sunny Seawater, Wishing for Wings
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–direct sunlight, without primer–
–direct sunlight, over primer–
–shade, without primer–
–shade with flash, over primer–
–shade without flash, over primer–
Rouge Bunny Rouge hit yet another home run with these Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments. I really never thought that there could be too much of a difference between one brand’s loose pigments and another’s but RBR has proved me wrong. Their pigments really stand out and shine–both figuratively and literally. They are smooth, creamy, pigmented, and lend a dazzling shine without looking cheap or glittery. RBR has also outdone themselves with the ingenious packaging design. Now, you no longer have to be afraid of toting around your pigments to reapply throughout the day. Just toss these adorable little vials in your purse and you’re set–no separate brushes or applicators necessary!
So what about you guys: do you like using loose pigments or do you prefer pressed shadows? Have you ever tried RBR’s Loose Glitter Pigments? What brand makes your favorite loose pigments?
»»Pricing: $23/0.064 oz. (1.8 g.)
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A+
PS: you guys have probably noticed that I’ve slowed waaay down with my posting. My sincerest apologies!! I’ve kinda been going through a weird transitional phase in my life and have taken a step back from blogging and tweeting and commenting on all my favorite blogs. But the good news is I feel great–really, really happy and healthy and have been reconnecting with a lot of old friends. I definitely am easing back into blogging though so don’t worry, I expect to start blogging more frequently starting next week!! Hope all is well with you guys–take care! ♥
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