One of the hardest things to find in the makeup world in my opinion are amazing matte pigments. Now, matte pigments aren’t necessarily rare- MAC sells them, for one- but most of the time they are a chalky mess, grab in some places and don’t stick in others, and are a real bitch to work with. A few months ago I had someone message me on tumblr asking if I had ever tried out Concrete Minerals (I cannot remember your name, so sorry but THANK YOU!) and I decided to check out the site. They had an impressive line of thirteen matte pigments.
Concrete minerals is having a 20% off site wide sale for black friday/cyber monday, but because my review is going up before then, they were awesome enough to offer you guys a special 20% off coupon code so you can get your orders in early if you want! :) the code is XSPARK20 and is good through Thursday. Now on to the review!!
Risque, Hi-Fi Ember, Fame Toxic, Gossip Thrash, Bulletproof Domino, Bruise Ravage, Queen Jet, Electric Eye Primer
Electric Eye Primer
(All swatches shown over Electric Eye Primer)
Risque, Hi-Fi, Ember, Fame, Toxic, Gossip
Risque, Hi-Fi, Ember
Risque: Your perfect matte red. Not too blue, not too red.
Hi-Fi: Full on Magenta.
Ember: Matte orange. just a bit more on the burnt orange side than neon, but still bright!!
Fame, Toxic, Gossip
Fame: DAT YELLOW. Tell me you don’t need this. You’re lying. so smoooooth ;)
Toxic: Limey green. a little on the pastel side.
Gossip: Seafoam Green. LOOOVE. this color is my dream color!!
Thrash, Domino, Bulletproof, Bruise, Ravage, Queen, Jet
Thrash, Domino, Bulletproof, Bruise
Thrash: Forrest Green. This color actually has a little bit of a blue glitter in it, but I’m guessing it’s for blending purposes, to make it a bit smoother. You only notice it if you are about 2 inches away from the swatch, or are using a macro lens like I was, so I would still consider it matte, simply because when you wear it on your eyes it WILL look matte.
Domino: Peacock blue. Beautiful!
Bulletproof: Electric blue. Very similar to Chaos in the UD Vice Palette, but is WAY more pigmented and smoother.
Bruise: Navy Blue. Like Thrash, this one also has a bit of blue shimmer. Again, its NOT noticeable unless you are looking EXTREMELY closely.
Ravage, Queen, Jet
Ravage: Matte purple. slightly muted and pastel.
Queen: Royal purple. beautiful and blends lovely, unlike a lot of matte purples that are skip city!
Jet: I don’t even think I need to describe this one to you, just LOOK AT IT AND ALL IT’S GLORY.
Overall I’d say Concrete Minerals really hit it out of the part with these mattes. nice and smooth and blendable. Fair warning- these (especially the brights) may stain your skin (you should have seen my arm when taking off the swatches, granted I was using baby wipes to remove them and had no makeup remover!) If you use an oil based makeup remover, you should be fine.
Available from Concrete Minerals for $8 Each.
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