I'm so excited to review this MAC pressed pigment for you because in my eyes it is STUNNING. As someone who rarely experiments with eye shadows (I usually keep it simple with liner and mascara) I have been using this loads more than I would've expected because it's the perfect go to makeup for a night out. It's a really deep grey that becomes a beautiful black if you build it up with a couple of layers and although the thought of black initially made me eek I've discovered that it's amazing for creating a dramatic sultry kinda look and works really well if you want to attempt 60's eye make up, which I am a huge fan of. But I haven't even mentioned the best part yet... the glitter. Ohh it's so sparkly yet so subtle and just transforms the product into something really magical that makes me want to wear it over and over and over again. When the glitter catches the light it looks unbelievably pretty yet it's just the right amount to keep it sophisticated rather than stage makeup-y.. really, could there be a more perfect eye shadow out there!? I think not.
The swatches above show the pressed pigment in a natural light so the glitter isn't very obvious and it looks to have more of a matte finish. The swatch on the left was done with a dry brush while the swatch on the right was done with a damp brush, which gives a much more opaque and full appearance as you can see. The swatches below show the pressed pigment as it catches the light, prepare to be dazzled....
Ooooh, so prettyyyy! I definitely prefer applying this with a wet brush because the difference it makes is really noticeable and without a bit of damp the eye shadow can get a little bit crumbly and dusty. Alternatively a good primer should sort that out and secure it in place but I haven't actually got round to getting a primer for my eyelids yet as I've never needed one until now!
Finally, here's me demonstrating one of the ways I like to wear this! I apply a few coats with a damp brush on the top lid starting from about half way across the eye, then blend slightly towards the inner corner and blend out towards the edges to give a very subtle cat eye. It's nothing too major but enough to allow me to leave my lips nude for the evening! Maybe I'll be a bit more experimental with it in future but for now I'm still mastering how to wear black eye shadow without it somehow transferring onto anything and everything I own.