Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Metal X Cream Shadows

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow

Limited Edition
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

Company’s Description

Gareth Pugh’s futuristic vision takes on a striking metallic shine. On the skin, this creamy powder formula melts into a vibrant liquid metal finish. The designer’s signature style is articulated in the black compact.

The Gareth Pugh collection comes with 2 Metal X Cream Shadows in the colors “Ardent” and “Obscura”:

  • Obscura: Frosted gunmetal grey
  • Ardent: Frosty blackened burgundy

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Packaging: 9.25/10

Gareth Pugh Metal X Cream Shadows come in square, shiny black compacts that are relatively heavy. This is the same packaging that the Strada blush in this collection comes in. The signature “X” designed is embossed into the lid.

Quality: 9.25/10

Obscura is a silver color that has multi-colored shimmers, including blue and purple. Ardent is a deep plum with lighter purple shimmers.

Both colors have strong color payoff, opaque finishes, and high shine. The formula is very soft and creamy, with a texture closer to mousse than cream.

The problem with these shadows is that they crease easily. The only real way to prevent this is to use less product and set with a powder. You can also get away with not covering the cream with a powder if you use a very, very thin layer. But you lose the vibrancy and color as you thin out the product.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

It’s difficult balancing how much product to use. To capture the vibrancy of the color, you need to use more product, but to keep it from creasing, you need to thin it out. The best compromise is to use a medium amount of product and set it with a translucent powder so that you’re not covering up the underlying color while still helping the product to not crease.

Price: 8.5/10

For $32.00, you get 2.4 grams of shadow. Normally, Metal X Cream Shadows are $20. As expected, products in special collaborations collections like this one cost considerably more. At least with this product, you get the same amount as you would normally.

Final Grade

90/100

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Box Packaging

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Packaging

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow in Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Swatches (Heavy): Ardent & Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Swatches (Heavy): Ardent & Obscura

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Swatches (Sheer): Obscura & Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Swatches (Sheer): Obscura & Ardent

Gareth Pugh Metal-X Cream Shadow Swatches

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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Metal X Cream Shadows

  1. sthobbie says:

    These look so nice but I think they will crease like crazy on my lids… too bad

  2. Ardent is pretty and vampy! And of course, I love the minimalist black packaging.

  3. Lisa B. says:

    The colors look great (and thanks for showing the sheer vs heavy swatches!) but they sound like they take a lot of work to get right. The Gareth Pugh collection overall is very disappointing.

  4. Sidrah says:

    The packaging is really cool! Ardent is just gorgeous!

  5. Sarah L. says:

    OH MY GOD. Seriously, words can not describe how pretty I think the colours are!! I personally like Ardent better- it’s such a pretty burgundy, plummy colour! 😀

    I think I’ll pop into my MAC counter and try these out, I’m sure they’ll be quite stunning!

    Sarah(:

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