When you rub the powder between your fingers, you will note that it is exceptionally soft and smooth (thanks to the silica). You will also see the whiteness disappear as it bursts into a silvery glow.
If you rub the powder across a piece of white paper with black background and tilt the paper, you will see a subtle shift from silver-green into silver-red to green-gold. This is the color-shift in action.
Pluto is particularly good at showing off its "traveling hues", more so than Mars. I think you will especially enjoy using it in lip balms and pastel-colored eye shadows. I also recommend it as an opalescent additive to nail polishes.
It will also add a bit of mystery to transparent bath products such as clear soap, shampoo and bath gels.
Here are the guidelines for "best use":
◦*Use the color alone or in with small amounts of dark colors such as blue, black or green
◦*Use in transparent, translucent or semi-opaque formulas (for example: lip gloss, not lip stick)
◦*Mix it gently (avoid grinding it in a mortar and pestle or blender)
◦*Package in transparent packaging to show off the color shifting
The following reviews are from our old website, and predate 2015. Items were ranked from 1 - 5.
This may be expensive, but it's a lovely mica to consider purchasing. It makes a great highlight and inner-corner eyeshadow when used with a base and can bring out some interesting effects when mixed with a purple such as the Grape Pop.
Great shifting on Travel to Pluto - greyish base, purple & greens. It definitely is a noticeable shift, and the strongest of the bunch - makes great duochrome combos/new colors with the other Travel Tos. This is in nail polish, so, I guess... maybe it has less hype when used in eyeshadow or similar.
This is one of my favorite finishing micas for creating eye shadows. It adds a bit of complexity that you can not achieve with the basic 'hilites'. This mica is one of my favorites!
What's all the hype? I can not distinguish the color shift. When they say subtle- they mean REALLY SUBTLE. Like unnoticeable at more than 6" away, and I was LOOKING for it. The travel to colors are pretty and useful, but I can't tell the difference between these and the hilites unless I am in bright sunlight looking at them from 2" away. I can not find any reason to justify the way higher price. Stick to the hilites unless $$ is no object.