Disclosure: products sent by PR for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Last week Sugarpill launched Elektro Cute, a collection of 5 glitter packed matte neon pigments. All of the bright makeup fangirls -myself included- rejoiced! Sugarpill has been teasing us with this launch since IMATS LA in June 2012. Right out of the gate, these pigments have the odds stacked against them: loose neon matte pigments are notorious for being patchy, weird to blend, and difficult to make stick to your skin even with a primer, a sticky base or applying wet. Then you add glitter into the mix to any eyeshadow, be it loose, pressed, pearl and especially matte and you’re just asking for trouble. And fall-out. So much fall out. I figured if there was any company that could make it work, it was Sugarpill, because Amy has the Midas touch.
Hellatronic, Love Buzz, Supercharged, Hi-Viz and Sparkage
- There are five pigments in the collection: Hellatronic, Love Buzz, Supercharged Hi-Viz and Sparkage.
- Each pigment comes with 5 gm of product for $16, $4 more that Sugarpill ChromaLust loose eyeshadows.
- The outer packaging for these is different from Sugarpill’s normal cardstock Kitty boxes; Here you have clear plastic boxes with lightning bolts, and the lettering on the bottom of the jars is in Yellow.
- Sugarpill pigments are loose in the jar (no sifter) which I like because its easier to access the product.
- Super Bright Neon Mattes! WITH GLITTER!!
- You do get a lot of product, and I can’t think of another company that gives you THIS MUCH neon pigment or cosmetic glitter for $16 much less the two combined.
- This is a boon for anyone who is a Neon & Glitter addict. If you love wearing neon and glitter at the same time, it’s basically eliminating a step, even if they are difficult to work with. I think the type of buyer for this type of makeup is willing to put in the extra effort to have neon glitter eyes, brows, or whatever your heart desires, because the main focus is the end result, not just a quick makeup fix.
I’m going to level with you, these are not the easiest to work with. I’ve spent the last week testing them out, and what I’ve notices is that they all have a considerable amount of fall out. This isn’t surprising since they’re loose, but the problem is that with certain shades, the glitter flakes almost completely off- leaving you with the neon matte an a few sparse specks of glitter.
In my testing process I’ve tried them:
- Dry over a traditional primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion: They apply sheer, blend away to nothing faster than you can say Neon, and create a lot of fall out. However this can be nice for changing the tone of another eyeshadow (using Hellatronic to make a purple more cool toned for instance)
- Applied wet, you get stronger payoff but the combination of neon matte and glitter makes for a patchy application, and once it dries, hello fall out city!! For reference I tried this with M.A.C water-based mixing medium, M.A.C Fix +, Lit Cosmetics Glitter base, plain water, I even tried Inglot Duraline. MAC water based mixing medium worked the best when using these wet, but this method still required time and patience for it to dry, and then you need to send in the clean up crew for the fall out. Be careful to not overdo it because the mixture of matte and glitter texture can make your eyelid look crusty if you apply too much.
- The best way to get the color and sparkle is to apply these over a sticky eyeshadow base in addition to a primer. Some great sticky bases are Nyx jumbo pencils, some Kohl Pencils concealers or cream foundations like Mehron Hd Cream, (etc…).
- Using a flat shader brush, use a patting motion to pack the color on, and once you’ve covered the desired area use a sweeping motion with a fluffier brush to smooth it out.
- It might also help to apply your other shadows first to avoid over blending these.
- As a rule of thumb with most loose eyeshadow; No matter how much precaution you use, You will have fall out. Plan ahead and do your eyes first.
- When in doubt, you could also seal it using Ben Nye Final Seal, Illamasqua Sealing Gel, or go old-school with Hairspray. Not great for everyday, but in a pinch- it works!
How I feel about it: While I certainly wish a product like this would work as easy as 1,2,3! I don’t know if its possible. This is the best of this product type that I’ve tried!
If you were my Best Friend: I’d say go for it if you’re ok with putting in the extra effort.
Hellatronic, Supercharged, LoveBuzz, Hi-Viz and Sparkage
Hellatronic, Love Buzz, Supercharged, Hi-Viz & Sparkage swatched over NYX “Milk” Jumbo Pencil
Hellatronic Dry, Wet & over NYX “Milk”
Royal Blue with blue and purple sparkle. I know there will be questions of how close it looks to Royal Sugar so I’ve included a swatch comparison at the end of this post.
Love Buzz Dry, Wet & over NYX “Milk”
Intense Hot Pink with Pink & blue sparkles.
Supercharged Dry, Wet & over NYX “Milk”
Neon Peach-Orange with Yellow and Orange sparkles. Can you see how this one gets chunked up when it’s applied wet? This one was the worst offender.
Hi-Viz Dry, Wet & over NYX “Milk”
HIGHLIGHTER YELLOW Seriously, check out that wet swatch- it looks like I squeezed out a highlighter on my arm!
Sparkage Dry, Wet & over NYX “Milk”
In the jar it appears lime green, almost chartreuse, but once applied it turns out a light grass green.
And Lastly we have a comparison of Royal Sugar and Hellatronic. Royal Sugar is clearly more blue, and has less sparkle, where Hellatronic leans on the purple side, is loaded with glitter, and the glitter has a pink tone, as apposed to Royal Sugar’s Aqua glitter. Both are amazeballs.