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
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.
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.
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.