"Hmmm that looks familiar" I thought as I swatched it on my fingertip, so I decided to swatch them side by side to see how they fared on my skin. This looks uncannily similar to Illamasqua's liquid metal in Solstice, only it's a slightly darker gold. On my fingertip you can't actually tell the difference between them but on my skin, they differ slightly.
Solstice has a smoother texture when initially swatched but when they're both blended into the skin, they look more or less the same. I got so caught up in the hype of Illamsqua's liquid metal that I was sold on the claim that nothing like this has been formulated in the cosmetic industry before and that it really was unique.
If this isn't proof that I own too much make up I don't know what is. I don't just own Pure Ore. I own 4 other Metal-X eyeshadows too. I most certainly have no business purchasing Illamasqua's silver liquid metal because I own Cyber which is the MAC equivalent and ticks the same boxes.
MAC technically did 'liquid metal' first, unless somebody knows of another brand that released a similar product prior to Nov 2007.
If it wasn't for the fact that Solstice is a bright gold and Pure Ore is a dark gold, I'd be selling one of them as I wouldn't need both.
Here are swatches of the other Metal X shadows I own.
Plum Electric has somehow dried out a little and looks darker in appearance. It's currently sat on the radiator warming up!Rediscovering these shadows that have been sitting right under my nose has no doubt saved me from future wasteful purchases should Illamasqua decide to release any other liquid metal shades in the future. They'll brighten up some future evening e/s looks too.
Moral of the story? Before you get caught up in the hype of a product, a have a look through your stash to make sure you don't already own the item in question!!
Do any of you own any of the Metal-X eyeshadows?