Release Date: Now (Online) / September 13, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.
This review is for the new Pressed Pigment in Warming Heart, which releases with MAC’s Face and Body collection. MAC has classified this pressed pigment as an NW20 shade.
The Pressed Pigment comes in the same sized compacts as MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows. The lids are see-through and snap shut.
MAC’s description that this is an “intensely creamy” highlighter is totally off. This product has zero creaminess to its consistency. The surface of the pan is quite grainy and consists of large particles of glitter. Basically, this is a pressed version of MAC’s Crushed Metallic Pigments. Thankfully, the pressure of applying the pigment breaks apart the larger glitter particles so that they are not as large. The shimmer particles are definitely still larger than normal when compared to a powder or gel product, so you will be getting a glittery effect instead of a shimmery one.
This product can be applied dry or wet. Applied on the lids, the difference between dry and wet application is noticeable: applied wet, the shimmer is much more dense. Applied on the cheeks, the difference in the level of shine is not easily noticeable. On my eyes and over primer, there was a little bit of creasing after around 3 hours of wear.
This is definitely not suited for a natural look, so I think MAC’s claim that you can get a sheer look from this pressed pigment is overstating the versatility of this product. The faint of heart should opt for something with smaller particles. I also would not use this product to highlight on the bridge of the nose, under the brow bone, or on the cupid’s bow because the particles are too large. But if you want high-intensity shine, as MAC says this product will give, then this is a good choice.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
Make sure not to press too hard into the pan. It will cause the pigment to crumble. That said, you do need to use more pressure to get the product to transfer onto a brush (since there’s no creaminess to the formula) and to “crush” the large particles on the skin. So blending is definitely not as effortless, but application is otherwise straight-forward.
For $21.00 you get 3 grams (0.1 ounce) of product. It’s difficult to compare this product’s price-point because it’s not a loose pigment but also isn’t just an eyeshadow and isn’t quite a pressed highlighting powder. Perhaps the closest comparison is to MAC’s Metal-X Cream Shadows, which cost $20.00 and contain 2.4 grams (0.08 ounces). You get a little more product for the price with MAC’s Pressed Pigment.