Sydney Grace Pistol Free Pigment Evaluation & Swatches


Sydney Grace Pistol Loose pigment ($ 6.00 for 0.14 oz.) Has a lighter, reddish-plum-colored base that is very strong in its warmer undertone and has a blue-blue-green sheen. It was incredibly sparkling, which gave it a chunkier consistency that was difficult to smooth out and evenly apply to bare skin, even when I was working with a glue spray or my fingertip.

There was a lot of rainfall, and it would work better layered over a base of a similar hue as it ended up looking more broken and uneven if the light didn’t reflect off the sparkle. The cover was medium to semi-opaque; The base just didn’t seem to be getting through as much as it seems. The paint portion seemed to stay on for about eight hours, but there was moderate failure over time unless I used an adhesive spray.

The brand has stated that they “work best when used wet with a fixing spray, eye drops or water”. When I only used a dampened brush with water, the application was similar to an adhesive spray, but there were still some failures. Other colors that I tried in this formula were much easier to work with and required fewer helpers to work decently.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

  • Touch in Sol Holo Mulberry (5) (P, $ 18.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Solstice (P, $ 20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Solstice (P, $ 22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace My Bond (P, $ 8.00) is darker and warmer (90% similar).
  • Sydney Grace Tattle Tale (P, $ 6.00) is less shimmery and cooler (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever 108 Burgundy (P, $ 26.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Starry Night (P, $ 17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • The MAC Boom Boom Room (LE, $ 18.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Down Time (PiP, $ 4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, and cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Intergalactic (LE, $ 4.50) is less shimmery and lighter (90% similar).

Formula overview

$ 6.00 / 0.14 oz. – – $ 42.86 per ounce

It can be worn on its own, although the brand recommends a “mixed media or glitter glue” to avoid breakdowns. The loose consistency was denser and heavier, which made the job less messy than some finely ground (but very powdery) loose eye shadow formulas. They were very pigmented without a lot of product and had a similar coverage that was applied both dry and wet.

Wet application typically resulted in smoother, more metallic surfaces and fewer failures compared to dry application. The dry application required a little more finesse, as the product was best applied by tapping and pressing and then gently smoothing it out, otherwise it would fall out a bit during application. A few shades that looked more sparkling looked a little chunkier on my skin when I used them dry (but were smoother and more forgiving when I used them wet). They lasted between seven and eight hours before they wrinkled.

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Silk mica (mica (77019), boron nitride, L-lysine mica (mica 77019 and lauroyl lysine), carnauba mica (mica 77019 and carnauba wax), magnesium stearate, magnesium myristate, zinc stearate ((+/- mica (77019)) fractionated coconut oil (Capryl / Capric Triglyceride), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), chrome hydroxide green (CI77289), chrome green (CI77288), iron oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), tin oxide (CI 778161), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron ferrocyanide (CI 77510 ), Ultramarine (77007), silicon dioxide, synthetic fluorophylogopite, zinc (CI 77947), bronze and copper powder (CI 77400), nylon 12, carmine (75470), aluminum (77000) phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate and hexylene glycol

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are available from the brand (or distributor) at the time of publication. Please always check the product packaging, if any, on the ingredients list for the product you are purchasing or on the brand or retailer’s website for the most current ingredient list.

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