These are the latest release from Makeup Geek. The Makeup Geek Sparklers which is loose glitter. These are getting very mixed reviews. Many people do not care for them. I wanted to throw my two cents in though. I got shades Satellite and Halo. They are what they say they are, loose glitters. They are described as a pigment/glitter hybrid but ultimately to me they are loose glitters with the texture of MAC Reflects. In saying that though, the MAC Reflects line is more sparkly where these have more color where I'm guessing is where the pigment comes in. Now there have been some issues with these saying that they could be applied like a pigment. When they really need a sticky base like a glitter glue.
First off let me say, I apply pigments with a wet brush otherwise they get all over my face if I apply them dry. That's just me though. I don't know if that would work with these, it might would stick to the brush but I don't think it would adhere to the lid. So that's where the base comes in. Let me be very clear in saying though that I bought these with every intention of using them like a glitter and with a glitter glue. So I was not let down by the texture because I already knew how I was gonna apply them.
The picture above is the second issue that everyone is talking about. This was when I first opened them. Glitter explosion. Not a little a lot especially underneath the lid of the jars. These do not have sifters. If you watched the introduction video that Makeup Geek put out they did say that they are working on some and that these were very messy. They were right, they are incredibly messy not just initially but every time, granted not that messy like above. There will be sifters later and if you want to wait to get them until then that's completely understandable but it will be a few months. They released these so people would have them for the holidays. I have glitters, big cut glitters, that have sifter and it's still a mess because they've accidentally been turned upside down. So in general I think this is just gonna be more messy than shadows and such although a sifter will help.
As far as pigmentation, and how I like them as a product. I really like them. I LOVE Satellite, unfortunately I can not get them to picture nicely for the life of me. There is a small video of them on my Instagram that shows the color shifts and sparkle that they have. The pictures DO NOT do them justice. I use Too Faced Glitter Glue with mine. I haven't tried just a primer since I have glue I just use that. It would need to be a wet/sticky/tacky primer though not something that dries super fast. So maybe like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, maybe.
These are $12 for 4 grams of product. In my own opinion, I think that's a little high. Other glitters are not that expensive from Violet Voss etc. and since packaging isn't hardly finished that's a little much to me cause they're smaller than you would think. There is the added fact that no matter what you do you're gonna lose product when you open them the first time. Unless you open them on something that you can just funnel the excess back into the jar which you absolutely could do. I realize that's a bit annoying though.
So I don't regret this purchase. I understand people being let down by them but they were what I expected only a little messier but I kinda expected some of that too. I do think that there are packaging issues and I can see peoples concern especially since you're paying $12 a piece for them but all in all I don't feel like it's bad if you go in with the mindset that this is loose glitter. If you want to wait till the sifters are ready then that's totally understandable and I would probably do that as well.
This look is using Satellite. It does not show the color shift in this cause it's absolutely gorgeous. Even the swatches I've seen don't do it justice. It has purple, copper, and gold reflects, I think. I used it with navy shadows and it was gorgeous. Although it only looks copper in the picture.
This look is using Halo. Again it doesn't do it justice because its a very pale sparkly pink. Although this isn't as sparkly on the lid as it is in the jar I don't think. I used it over NYX Milk pencil and to me this looked more like a pigment on instead of a glitter.
Update: Marlena from Makeup Geek has put out an updated video addressing concerns. That link is here. They are reaching out to those who already bought them without sifters as $12 a piece and refunding $2 per jar. I already have gotten an email about a refund and they are discounting them as of right now to $10 while they don't have a sifter. I feel even better about these now, I'm proud of the way they handled the feedback and their steps to resolving these problems. If you have any questions, watch her video addressing everyone's concerns and she'll explain more in depth what the product actually is (a loose glitter) and the confusion of people thinking they're used liked pigments.
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