MAC Pressed Pigments: Yes, Super Pretty. But Worth It?
Have you seen these latest MAC shadows yet? They're not really shadows, instead they're pressed pigments. So, basically those loose pigments you're used to from MAC, pushed down so they're not loose and messy all over. But, they don't have the same binders and such as a regular eye shadow, so when you barely touch the palette, you'll get color.
When used alone and dry, the pigments aren't very well... pigmented. The lighter colors are especially powdery/glittery and tend to blow around quite a bit. These need to be treated with care. I've found that a stiffer brush and applying over a primer that I'd use with a loose shadow (aka- one with a little "grab" to it like Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Fyrrinae Pixie Epoxy), and then instead of sweeping the brush I will lightly press or pat on to the lid.
In order to show how pretty these colors are, I've patted them over a very light layer of Pixie Epoxy. You can see with the right primer they can really be intense and the shimmer is insane!
Amethyst is the color I've used the most so far, I've found that a dry brush with a very light patting over other colors adds a very pretty shimmer/sparkle! I've used it for a few purple-ish smoky eyes (I have pics coming soon for one), and it was amazing!