How long would 5 grams of MAC pigment last if....


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... you only used it on the eyes 2x's a week? Just need to know if I should get a back-up jar of said pigment, thx!


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pigments usually last a VERY long time, an eyeshadow is 1.5 g (from mac) and i basically use it 3-4 times a week for the past year and it's gonna take forever to finish the pan. so if a pigment is 5 g, i think it should last you quite a long time down the road.

personally i wouldn't buy a backup unless its LE and you really like the texture (considering that even with repromotion that the texture might change)


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if you're thinking about those 5g sample jars, they're misleading. They don't have 5g of pigment, they hold 5mL of water. a 5g jar is about 1/3 of the regular (old style pigment 7.5g) pigment jars or 1 tbsp. I'd imagine a full 5g sample jar would last you a few years if you're constantly using it.

If you're talking about actually 5 grams of pigment i'd think you'd be ok with it and wouldn't need a backup because I'm sure something better will come along before you had time to run out!


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Originally Posted by xjslx
it's the old 7.5 g MAC jar, about 70% full.... so do I need a backup?

No, I don't think so. You really don't need much of a pigment for an eye look.


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honestly i have only come close to using up one jar of pigment. and that is because i used it not only on my eyes, but on my cheeks, turned it into a gloss and also used it with body lotion. so i have re-bought that one... but even with all bthose uses over a space of 3 years it wasn't actually finished!