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 Plum”:
- Misty: Pale silver
- Seasonally Cool: Sparkle taupe
- Light Violet: Pale violet
- Grape: Purple
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.
Misty is a a light silver color, Seasonally Cool is a medium taupe, Light Violet is as it’s named, and Grape is a deep purple. When applied dry, Misty, Seasonally Cool, and Grape go on evenly and have good pigmentation. Grape is especially strong in color and finish. Light Violet does not go on evenly; it clumps up and doesn’t have a strong finish.
All the colors become slightly more vibrant when you apply them wet. But Light Violent still fizzles out as you apply it and clumps up.
This is a good set of metallic pigments, but Light Violet prevents it from getting an A-rating in this category.
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.