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Monday, April 30, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Naked Cosmetics Pigment Stack in Rain Forest

This is the last of my Naked Cosmetics pigment stacks to review (for now...I've already set my sights on a few I might want need). But, while I'm sorry for the swatchfest to be over, I'm so excited to start my May challenge and start incorporating at least one into my everyday look! My personal agenda aside, let's get to the review and, more importantly, the swatches!

As the name suggests, Rain Forest is a very earthy stack, although perhaps not as neutral as you would think. Despite having 4 seemingly neutral shades with two pops of green, there is actually a rouge purple-taupe lurking in the mix. Can you guess which one it is before you get to the bottom (no reading the descriptions!)? Rouge colors or not, this stack is well coordinated and with a wide range of shades and intensities could provide anything from barely-there makeup to badaboom. The only thing this stack might be missing is a matte.

As I said in my other posts reviewing the Java stack and the Ivory stack, these pigments are super smooth and finely milled. Perfect for applying solo or with a mixing medium. For maximum wear time, I recommend mixing them with water or, my personal favorite, Duraline from Inglot.

Something to keep in mind when purchasing pigments is that they can be more difficult to work with if you aren't used to it. But, the practice pays off because, once you get the hang of it, the color payoff can be phenomenal and they are the ultimate multitasker. In addition to eye shadow, these can be used as blush, highlighter, lip color, nail polish, temporary color in your hair, and probably more.

The takeaway is that if you are a pigment lover and dig interesting/complex shade you should check out this stack (and the rest available at naked cosmetics, for that matter). If you are more of a traditional pressed eyeshadow kind of gal, then this probably wouldn't be for you. But, from one pressed shadow lover to another, it's great to have a stack on hand to use when traveling because it really can almost be a full face in a jar (or six).

Pigment 1: Shimmery, warm brown taupe with cool purple duo chrome

Pigment 2: Warm chocolate brown with plum undertones and chocolate shimmer

Pigment 3: Shimmery, muted Yellow with pink pearl reflects
Pigment 4: Sheer, shimmery pink with gold reflects

Pigment 5: Hunter green with a mix of silver and gold shimmer

Pigment 6: Rich olive green with lighter olive shimmer

Swatched Dry - Pigment numbers decrease from left to right.
Swatched Wet - pigment numbers decrease from left to right.

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