April 19, 2015

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Purchased items.

I've had the Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments (24$ CAD) for a few months now and mentioned them in a haul video, but I thought that they might deserve a proper review, what with the Made With Love sale going on over at Sephora.

I'd heard a bit about this brand because one of my favourite makeup artists, James Vincent, is a brand ambassador. Paid spokesperson or not, James has a lot of integrity and I totally trust his standing up for this brand.

So I bought some of the eyeshadows (or pressed pigments, technically), and I am NOT disappointed. These are freaking phenomenal.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

I know that honey is a natural humectant, though I'm not sure how well that function is preserved when it's integrated as an ingredient in a pressed powder formulation. I will say that these are incredibly creamy to the touch, with a rich, smooth payoff that isn't too thick. They have a very playable texture, so they're easy to work with, blending almost by themselves.

The copy claims that these have up to 78% pigment and high grade silicone waxes for long-lasting wear. I do think the pigmentation is fantastic, especially for the shades I've selected (there are a few that are more sheer with a sparkly finish, such as Disco). And over a primer, I didn't have any issues with fading or creasing for over 10 hours, if not longer.

The actual colours are awesome as well.

Rose Gold is a slightly "dirty" variation on the theme, so it translates well to a more deconstructed, rocker look, as opposed to something necessarily pretty and polished.

Peacock is one of those teal/red-brown ducochromes that I had to get, even though I own several iterations of the theme. I will say the green in this is much deeper and emerald-like than in any of the other eyeshadows I have.

Hell is really complex and hard to define - sort of a khaki grey-brown with a slight red undertone? It's insane. And fabulous.

Royal is what I'd consider a "hot" violet - purple with deep pink and blue undertones, and super intense. It has a thinner texture than the other three shades here, but it doesn't lack in the pigment department. If you're looking for a purple that maintains its vibrancy and doesn't wind up looking murky, this is it right here.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Rose Gold, Peacock, Hell, Royal.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Rose Gold, Peacock, Hell, Royal.

And how they look actually applied: I used Rose Gold in the inner two thirds of the lid and the inner half of the lower lash line, and used Hell through the crease and the outer third of the eyelid and outer half of the bottom lash line. Super simple, a little grungy, but still chic, I think. They blended perfectly, I really didn't have to do much work here.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched PigmentsArdency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Here I just added a plum liner from Tarte to the bottom lash line, and slightly intensified the crease color.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched PigmentsArdency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

(The other makeup worn: Clarins Everlasting Foundation in #105 Nude, Essence All About Matt! Powder, Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo #1 (bronze shade), MAC Redhead MSF, Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara, Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Blush. Reviews coming soon for some of these items as well!)

Have you guys tried the Ardency Inn line yet? I really want to pick up more of the eyeshadows, but I'll probably wait for the next Sephora sale in the Fall. I can't say I'm super intrigued in the other products in the line, though. Maybe the foundation (which is a concentrate that can be mixed with other mediums), but I have a feeling Cover FX probably nailed the concept better.

(I purchased these items. Not sponsored or otherwise compensated.)

5 comments:

  1. These look AWESOME. So pretty on you! Loving that Burberry shade on you too. I'd get these if I was into eyeshadows, but lately not so much. Too lazy!

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! <3

      Ha! I hear you on the lazy. Eyeshadows will always be my weakness, though. *pats all the colours*

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  2. Oooh, pretty! (You and the shadows.) I've been eyeballing some of these shades but usually don't get drawn by solo shades much. The brand has a counter in the Toronto Eaton Centre Sephora so I've played around with the selection and the shadows are their star product. The mixing foundation was nice and works well but I just didn't think it was worth buying a whole bottle.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not usually a single-shadow-buying gal, I'm really digging the Rose Gold as one of those "slap it on the lid, buff through the crease" sort of shades. That brown-leaning, "dirty" part of the duochrome makes it perfect for that.

      Have you had a chance to look at the Cover FX version? I can't find any testers around me, and the reviews are generally positive, but there seem to be some separation issues for the others. I really like the idea of having something that can be mixed with sunscreen, or added for a titch more coverage or colour correction.

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  3. Nope, haven't seen them yet. Hope to see it tomorrow when I go scouting around!

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