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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Swatches: The Conservatorie Pigments

I have swatched and photographed all the pigments from my recent (and only) order from The Conservatorie and have them ready to post. In this order was:
1.     SuperNova Blue… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Blue
2.     SuperNova Red… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Red
3.     SuperNova Green… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Green
4.     Frosty Gold Luster… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Gold
5.     Frosty Glitter Green… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Green
6.     Frosty Glitter Blue… a white interference pigment, similar to TKB's Hilite Blue
7.     Starlight Ruby… thoughts to be added.
8.     Merlot Gold… not identical but similar to TKB's Aztec Gold.
9.     Starlight Green… thoughts to be added.
10.       Red Clay Satin… Another pigment far different from its picture. Rather than a red, it's orange and also boring!
11.       Pink (Green) Interference… I don't know why I bought it, don't really like it but the green/pink interference is different.
12.       Watermelon… thoughts to be added.
13.       Lovely/Magic Pink… thoughts to be added.
14.       Ruby Red… thoughts to be added.
15.       Peach Sunset …a very bright orange with slight peach undertone.
16.       Golden Green Mica… thoughts to be added.
17.       Magic Violet Mica… thoughts to be added.
18.       Pansy… thoughts to be added.
19.       Indigo… is nearly identical to TKB's Aster Hue.
20.       Sparkling Violet… thoughts to be added.
21.       Bubblegum Pink… thoughts to be added.
22.       Opal Violet Pearl… a white interference pigment, gritty feeling and not that bright but it does sparkle.
23.       Opal Copper/Copper Pearl… a white interference pigment.
24.       Primrose… thoughts to be added.
25.       Hot Pink… thoughts to be added.
26.       Midori Blue… thoughts to be added.
27.       Violet… thoughts to be added.
28.       Shimmer Green… thoughts to be added.
29.       Shamrock Green… one of those colors I consider boring. The Conservatorie's picture shows it has a much more intense rich green.
30.       Luster Blue… thoughts to be added.

Now for the pictures; click to enlarge.

We'll start with the blues and greens. Shown below are, from left to right: Midori Blue, Luster Blue, Starlight Green, Golden Green, Shimmer Green & Shamrock Green.

In both pictures Midori Blue is left, Luster Blue on the right.

In both pictures from left to right: Starlight Green, Golden Green, Shimmer Green & Shamrock Green

For the warm colors we have from left to right: Merlot Gold, Peach Sunset
Red Clay Satin, Ruby Red & Starlight Ruby.
 

In the purple color range is from left to right: Indigo, Sparkling Violet, Pansy, Magic Violet & Violet.

The bottom swatch on my index finger is Indigo, the top is Sparkling Violet. The middle is Pansy, the ring finger is Magic Violet & Violet is on the little finger.

The pinks include the following from left to right: Pink/Green Interference,
Bubblegum Pink, Watermelon, Hot Pink, Magic Pink & Primrose.

Here we have from left to right: Pink/Green Interference, Bubblegum Pink, Watermelon & Hot Pink.

And the last two pinks, Magic Pink & Primrose.

Finally we come to the (white) interference pigments which do not cooperate with the camera. Since they are all white I've chosen to post only the pictures that show the interference color.

From left to right as usual: Frosty Gold Luster, Opal Copper Pearl &
SuperNova Red.

From left to right: Frosty Glitter Green, SuperNova Green, SuperNova Blue
Frosty Glitter Blue & Opal Violet.


The Conservatorie INCI Info, a pdf document, provides descriptions of all pigments they sell. Read for more info.

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2 comments:

  1. Since there are so few exact matches, its seems TKB and Conservatorie shop at different factories. Conservatorie's stuff seems to be very sparkly though... I wonder, to what extent do wholesalers themselves mix their products?

    Thank you for the swatches :)

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  2. I haven't begun a visual comparison yet of how well TC pigments match up to TKB's but the way I see things, if it's only a shade off one I own I could've mixed it myself and didn't need to buy the new one. Some pigments can be tracked by name to the manufacturer so how many are actually company blends is unknown. We know TKB does some mixing of colors because they tell us so and I would assume TC does too, to whatever extent. I assume a lot of the eyeshadows are company blends, at least that would account for the smaller size and higher price.

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