Beauty Dictionary: All About Eyeshadow

November 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm 4 comments


If you’re into makeup, then you’ve probably come across words like lustre, veluxe pearl, pigmented. But do you know what they mean? If not, read on and find out:

Baked eyeshadow: it is made by mixing water with powder and baking the mixture in the over. Then it is hand-finished. It has a dewy, soft texture.

Eyeshadow: a colored cosmetic, in cream, powder or liquid form, applied to your eyelids to enhance eyes.

Frost: it is used to described eyeshadow that has an iridescent shine. It has a pearly appearance when applied.

Lustre: smoothly pearlized, sparkly and glittery.

Matte: these eyeshadows have no shine, appear flat and are usually highly pigmented.

Metallic: these shadows have a shiny metal finish.

Mineral eyeshadow: made from crushed minerals and doesn’t contain chemicals, preservatives and dye found in traditional makeup. It has a light and silky texture.

Pigment:highly concentrated loose colour powder.

Pigmented: it refers to the intensity of the color. Highly pigmented means the color is rich, vibrant and even the lightest shade will show up. On the other end, when a product isn’t very pigmented, it might show up lighter than it does in the package and you need to apply lots of it to get a good color payoff.

Satin: these shadows are slightly shinier than matte but not as much as shimmer. It gives a subtle non-frost sheen.

Sheer: it means that it provides only a hint of color, almost see-through.

Shimmer: these shadows offer a sheer coverage with a hint of sparkle. The light colors are great for highlighting, while the darker ones add some drama to your eyes without being harsh.

Veluxe: fine rich pigment that provides a sheer, smooth, silky, matte finish.

Veluxe Pearl: it has a smooth, velvety texture that provides a strong pearly metallic finish.

Velvet: it has a velvety texture, rich color intensity and provide a soft finish. It is matte with sparkles or glitter in it.

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  • 1. Lydia  |  November 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Ooo I love velvet eyeshadow!

  • 2. sab  |  November 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    wow! i didn’t know they have different kinds. haha! that’s a lot~

  • 3. Connie  |  November 19, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Thanks for the info! I like Satin and Veluxe Pearl finishes the best. I love pigments as well.

  • 4. beautifulwithbrains  |  November 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Lydia: I like it too!

    Sab: I didn’t realise there were so many types until I wrote them down for the article lol.

    Connie: you’re welcome! I love pigmnets too, although they’re so messy!


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