May 02, 2011

Archetype Cosmetics Mineral Pigment Eyeshadows

 L-R: St. Elmo's Fire, Savage Garden, Turquoise Serpent

Some times ago, in this Mail of the Week post, I showed you my prize from Delicate Hummingbird's giveaway. The prizes were three Catrice nail polishes, but she very kindly included three Archetype Cosmetics Mineral Pigment Eyeshadows samples, which I have never heard of before.

I've never been a big fan of pigments as they tend to be a mess to use, and I'm usually too lazy to take the time to press them to make them easier to use, but these shades are right up my alley and I was very excited to try them. Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed.

I found some unused Fruits & Passion containers (which I got with some hand cream samples) and transferred the pigments.

Take a look at these beauties (descriptions are from the website):

St. Elmo's Fire: The base color is a subtle warmer purplish plummy shade, muted and greyed a bit and hinting towards taupy brown around the edges; there is a quirky iridescent sheen to it, silvery/green/sortapink. Green sparkle. Medium in tone, opaque, surprisingly subtle

Savage Garden: Very subtle bluish greypurple color with an overlay of blue-turquoise iridescence over the top- tip to the side, and it flashes to pink purple. Orchid sparkle. Medium in tone.

Turquoise Serpent: Warm golden brown with turquoise sparkle- very much like Xibalba but with no coppery tones.

 L-R: Savage Garden, St. Elmo's Fire, Turquoise Serpent

My favorite is Turquoise Serpent, it's just so gorgeous, pigmented and sparkly! The mix of brown and turquoise is unusual and super pretty.

Overall, I'm very impressed with these babies, and I think they have definitely changed my mind about pigments.


  1. wow lovely swatches Gaby!!
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  2. J'aime bine St Elmo's Fire, ca ma l'air d'etre une belle couleur!

  3. Gorgeous colours! :) I love wearing sparkly pigmented eye shadows from time to time!

    Think I like Savage Garden the most, but all three look lovely!


  4. So pretty!!I agree, Turquoise Serpent is the prettiest :)

  5. They are such unique colors, may be a bit too much shimmer for me but I'm sure they are gorgeous on :)

  6. these are really pretty- I particularly like st. elmo's fire ^^

  7. elles sont belles les couleurs!

  8. @Ezzy : I don't really know a lot of indie makeup companies but I'm pretty impressed with this one!

    @Ms Bubu : Elles sont toutes belles mais je crois que St. Elmo's Fire est celle que j'aime le moins car c'est la plus pâle.

    @.x.Sarah.x.: It's really pretty!

    @Prettyinthedesert: Yeyy! =D

    @Tracy D : I thought the same as you at first but I'm actually surprised at how wearable they are when pressed (=

    @Amy : St. Elmo's Fire is the one I like least because it's the less pigmented, but it's still pretty (=

    @Vintage Makeup : I know right? (=

    @petitechouxx : Je les aime bien aussi ^^

  9. These are lovely neutrals!:D

    Thanks for the swatches, I think Turquoise Serpent is the prettiest.:D

    ***** Marie *****

  10. The colours are gorgeous... only trouble is I'm rubbish with pigments!

  11. @Marie : That's why I love these, and yey for Turquoise Serpent!

    @Beauty By Rosh x : Oh yeah, me too, but you should try pressing them!

  12. That's a good idea to keep those sample containers around for uses like this - put sample pigments in them.
    Wow I love all three colours of the Archetype pigments. The shimmer in them is so vibrant! I bet they would be great if applied wet as a liner or foiled shadow :)

  13. The colours are all sooo gorgeous! x

  14. Those are wonderful colors. Love them!