Review & Swatches: MAC Dazzlesphere! Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

Dazzlesphere! Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

Limited Edition
Release Date: December 10, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

MAC’s Dazzlespheres collection features 3 limited-edition Crushed Metallic Pigment kits. This review is for the kit in “Smoky Blue”:

  • White as Snow: Snowy white
  • Silver Sleet: Medium grey
  • Wintersky: Purple blue
  • Dark Moon: Charcoal

Packaging: 9.25/10

The pigments themselves are housed in clear plastic jars. The jars are stacked in pairs but you can mix-and-match them however you want to.

The jars are housed in plastic globes with the top-halves being see-through and bottom-halves being silver. You twist the halves to open up the globe and access the product. This packaging makes for a great holiday gift.

Quality: 9/10

Like with all Crushed Metallic Pigments, these colors have frosty finishes.

White as Snow is a shimmery white color, Silver Sleet is a shimmery silver, Wintersky is a purple-blue, and Dark Moon is a black with silver glitters. White as Snow goes on somewhat unevenly. Silver Sleet, Wintersky, and Dark Moon go on evenly and have strong, solid coloring.

All the colors become more vibrant when you apply them wet. White as Snow becomes more solid in color, but also clumps up when applied wet.

This is a good set of metallic pigments, but White as Snow is a little disappointing.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

Although often times beautiful, Crushed Metallic Pigments are relatively difficult to work with. They get glitter absolutely everywhere and the open-jar packaging only encourages you to get shimmers on your fingers and clothes.

You also need to swipe your brush across the skin several times to flatten and even out the pigment. It takes more effort to work with these pigments, but a lot of the time it’s worth it.

Price: 9.75/10

For $32.50, you get a total of 12 grams of pigment. MAC’s normal pigments cost $20.00 and give you only 4.5 grams of product. You’re getting a phenomenal deal with the Crushed Metallic Pigment sets.

Final Grade

90.75/100

Dazzlesphere! Globe Packaging

Dazzlesphere! Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigments: White as Snow, Silver Sleet, Wintersky, Dark Moon

White as Snow

Silver Sleet

Wintersky

Dark Moon

Swatched Dry: White as Snow, Silver Sleet, Wintersky, Dark Moon

Swatched Wet: White as Snow, Silver Sleet, Wintersky, Dark Moon
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One Response to Review & Swatches: MAC Dazzlesphere! Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

  1. Lisa says:

    Another 3/4, MAC? Why can’t they make a set where all 4 colors are good? I think the Plum set appeals to me more than this one though…I’m slowly becoming convinced that neutral-to-warm colors suit me…I think.

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