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If you want maximum intensity in your eyeshadow, then you’ll want to reach for a pigment or loose eyeshadow. These shadows offer the most highly pigmented finishes for dramatic day and night looks, but pigmented eyeshadows aren’t the easiest to tackle. You’ll want to first perfect your application skills when it comes to pressed eyeshadows before moving onto loose pigments. Otherwise, you can make quite a mess!


Understanding how to apply loose eyeshadow is a must if you wish to avoid getting more colour on your cheeks than on your lids! First, we always recommend applying an eyeshadow primer beforehand to ensure the pigments adhere to the skin. Alternatively, wet your makeup brush before application with your favourite setting spray or even just a little bit of water. We also recommend applying your eye makeup first when using loose eyeshadows so you can clean up without ruining your foundation.


When choosing the best loose eyeshadow pigments, always look for an incredibly finely milled powder to avoid big chunks of glitter or shimmer that won’t blend easily. Rich pigmentation is also a must if you want to create dramatic and intense makeup looks. Most pigments either have a glitter or shimmer finish, as opposed to matte, as pigmented shadows are primarily designed for bold evening and party looks.


MAC Eyeshadow Glitter Pigment is a popular choice. This incredibly finely milled formula can be worn alone or mixed with creams and liquids for ultimate versatility. MAC offers a variety of gorgeous shades, from pink and copper to white and gold eyeshadow, suitable for all skin tones and personal styles.


Other favourite loose glitter eyeshadows include MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder and the ICONIC London Loose Pigment Palette, which both include breathtaking shades to amp up any makeup look with maximum intensity. Kryolan Satin Powder Sparkling Eye Dust is a bestselling loose powder shimmer eyeshadow that can be applied sheer for a subtle highlight or built up to a bold shimmer look.


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M.A.C Cosmetics PigmentM.A.C Cosmetics Pigment
M.A.C Cosmetics
M.A.C Cosmetics Pigment
$38.00

Use a super small brush so it doesn't go everywhere

I love the colour range of these ones. I find I have to use a super small brush so it doesn't go everywhere though.
Napoleon Perdis Loose DustNapoleon Perdis Loose Dust
Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust
$35.00

Stunning product

I really like the way this looks with my complexion. Nothing crazy bronze but just a bit of warmth! I like it a lot and will repurchase.
Napoleon Perdis Loose DustNapoleon Perdis Loose Dust
Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust
$35.00

Million Dollar Mermaid

This shade is something else and has such amazing tones crafted in. Blends very nicely and when applied with a wet brush, packs on a lot.

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