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Monday, January 28, 2008

Product Review- L'Oreal HIP Pigments

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Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

It's small, it's compact, and it's pretty. I read on some forums and sites that people did not like it, it's too expensive for a drugstore brand, etc. But when you don't need a whole lot of it, I think it's a great alternative for MAC Pigments. I have tried the other colors (don't know the exact name), but the pink, green, and blue one, but since I have MAC pigments, I had no use for them. But I think often times we become so dependent on a "high-end" brand that we have pre-conceived notions that a measly drugstore brand won't be satisfying, but I am always determined to make things work by experimenting, yes some drugstore brands do not meet the expectations and results as some high-end brands, but the same goes the other way around. Some of the best mascaras I have tried were indeed drugstore brands.

What I like about it: The jar is just too cute for words. It's really small and makes it easy to carry in my purse or for traveling. I have "Restless" and "Progressive" (I returned "Unashamed" as it was similar to "Gold Stroke"), and I love "Restless", really reminds me of MAC e/s in "Vex". It really goes on smooth and I personally have not experienced any problems with application or in general. I have not tried applying them wet so I do not know the performance of it when applied wet. The brush that's included sucks. It's nothing compared to the #239 brush. The color itself is vibrant (to me at least) and stays on.

What I didn't like about it:
They have a VERY limited variety of colors, and some of the look the same. There are two blues and like four "brown-looking" ones. Also, I believe in some places they are like $15.99 EACH, for $4 more you can get a MAC Pigment!

Overall: If you are able to snag these in a BOGO sale (buy one get one free), then by all means take advantage of it. But if it's not on sale and at $15 a pop, might as well get a MAC Pigment and have it last you a lifetime- literally! The reason I am so faithful to my MAC piggies is because they have an endless amount of colors to choose from, they are so vibrant both dry AND wet, and they really stay on my lids. I also enjoy mineral companies mineral eyeshadows as well (Pure Luxe and MadMinerals). BUT there are some people who really don't need all that much, and hence a HIP pigment is enough to satiate one's need. So I say it doesn't hurt to try one or at least OWN one of these as they are pretty decent.

11 comments

Mrs. Lynne said...

Good review sis! I actually don't own any pigments except the Loose NYX ones and some of the chrome ones. I'm still in line for your samples from the last time :P

And for $4 more, you get a significant amount more, I think. Plus the nice MAC label :)

Have a great week sis!

Ethereal Prey said...

oooh, do a look with these! do a EOTD with the HIP collection you got at the BOGO sale! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey. I love your site. I stumble upon it through another site (fei fei). Have you tried the Sally Beauty Eye Shadow Connect Compacts? I was tempted to buy the whole collection of 48 shades. They're mighty cute. And they connect together too. The best part is the price: they're only 99cents each. So for less then 48.00 you can have a whole collection of colors. I bought their Mini Lip Gloss Wand (also 99cent a piece :) They're quite good. Not sticky and not too sheer. I bought 7 different colors but three of each. LOL. I also got 6 Sally Mini Lipstick. I'm so excited. Talk about crazy.

http://www.sallybeauty.com/Eye+Shadow+Connecting+Compacts/SALGRL3,default,pd.html?cgid=Cosm02-01

nilla cookie said...

Definitely agree that folks should try to take advantage of these during the Buy One Get One free sale.

The price varies by location because the pigments at my local Rite Aid were $12, so it's completely worth it in my opinion - especially for those who are new to the pigment world and just want to try it out (like me!!)

Divine Blackness said...

My first pigments were from L'Oreal HIP and I discovered them waaay before MAC's. I agree, product-wise, they are fab. But price wise...defintely BOGO. Great review!

chloe said...

how do you get it to NOT fall on your cheeeeks?

Vanessa said...

Chloe- By using very little (only as much as you need), and using a primer so it holds onto your lid!

yummy411 said...

great review! i'll have to check out restless pigment. i have exciting and that reminded me of vex, just not as silver/gray.

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Titty said...

Hi Vanessa,

How do they compare to your Nyx pigments? I really like the HIP ones but have not yet to find Nyx ones here... I wanted to see if it was worth paying shipping! :)

(g)ezebel said...

i have all of loreal's pigments, and while i like them; they're nowhere near as lovable as my MAC pigments. *shrugs*

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