This review covers the 2 Illamasqua Pure Pigments from the Theatre of the Nameless collection: Beguile & Zeitgeist. Beguile is a shimmery white and Zeitgeist is a shimmery black.
These pigments come in regular Illamasqua packaging. The jars are shaped like pinched squares and have tops that slide off. Inside, there is a circular opening without a sifter from which you pick up the pigment. The tops are fairly secure, but I would still not throw them loose into a train case because they don’t snap on and so might slide off.
Beguile looks like a winter-wonderland, red-and-blue-shimmered white in the jar. But when applied dry, all you get is slightly gritty white shimmer without a base color. Worse, when you apply it wet, it gives you a more opaque white, but becomes chunky and applies unevenly.
Zeitgeist fares much better. Applied dry, it’s a fairly opaque black with some silver shimmer. There is more shimmer in the jar than shows up on the skin when this pigment is applied dry. But applied wet, the black color becomes incredibly intense and the shimmers multiply.
Ease of Use: 8.5/10
Beguile is difficult to use because of its finish; I would keep its use to the lids. Zeitgeist is easier to use–dampen your brush if you want to intensify the finish.
You get 1.3 g of product for £15.50 ($24.00 in the US). For comparison, MAC Pigments are 4.5 g and $20.00 each. You get a lot less for more money with Illamasqua’s pigments.