Review & Swatches: MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

**Update** Full review now up!

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $32.50

Company’s Description

Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment kits feature four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. Includes tempting shades in Dusty Desire, Femininity, Prettified and Maribu.

This review is for the Brilliantly Cool set of Crushed Metallic Pigments releasing with MAC’s Holiday Guilty Passions Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • She’s Got Class: Silver frost
  • Spruced: Teal frost
  • Moss Garden: Light green blue frost
  • I’ve Got a Crush on You: Browned teal frost



Packaging: 9.25/10

This kit comes in a cylindrical, hat-box-like container made of very heavy cardboard. The top slides off to reveal the set of four (4) Crushed Metallic Pigments inside, which themselves are housed in clear, plastic jars with twist-off tops. The jars can be stacked together.

Quality: 8/10

She’s Got Class is a frosty white/silver shade. The particles in this color are large, so you get a much more grainy texture on the skin than you do with a normal pigment.

Moss Garden is a muted, greyish green with a silver sheen. Like with She’s Got Class, this color leaves a slightly bumpy texture on the skin instead of a smooth, level surface of color.

Spruced is a bold, bright, teal green and is fairly opaque. This shade does stain the skin slightly, so I’d suggest using a primer underneath, especially if you’re applying this shade with a damp brush. This pigment leaves a smoother surface compared to She’s Got Class and Moss Garden.

I’ve Got a Crush on You is a duo-chromed shade that flashes brown and green. It is the Crushed Metallic Pigment version of MAC’s Club eye shadow, but leaves a stronger duo-chromed finish to the skin. I find that applying this shade wet results in a more even distribution of the green pigment particles.

All Crushed Metallic Pigments have (as the name suggests) highly metallic finishes. The powder consists of much larger particles than your typical eye shadow pigment. As a result, you get a more chunky, less even finish to the skin compared to a more finely-milled powder.

For this kit, this was particularly evident with She’s Got Class and Moss Garden. All of the colors have great pigmentation, but the chunkier colors leave a patchier finish and are definitely more difficult to blend if you plan on taking them into the crease.

The chunkier shades transfer and crease noticeably quicker too. With She’s Got Class and Moss Garden, I saw dramatic creasing after just three (3) hours of wear and the pigment traveled on the lid. With Spruced and I’ve Got A Crush On You, the creasing didn’t begin until about four and a half (4.5) hours of wear over a primer.

These also aren’t the best for mature skin, as the highly frosty finishes and grainy texture will emphasize wrinkles. I don’t believe in having makeup rules that say your age or skin color means you can’t wear a certain makeup product or color. But for those with mature skin wanting to wear shimmer, I’d suggest using a pigment that is much more finely-milled and smooth than the Crushed Metallic Pigments.

Ease of Use: 8/10

Although often times beautiful, Crushed Metallic Pigments are comparatively 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 need to apply more pressure onto your brush in a sort of pressing/patting motion to flatten and even out the pigment. I’d also strongly recommend using a primer underneath to help the shadow particles adhere to the skin and to stall creasing. Expect to brush away fall-out after application, particularly with the chunkier shades.

Price: 9.75/10

These are the same price as last year’s Crush Metallic Pigment sets (hooray for the rare no-price-increase from MAC!) and contain the same amount. 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 great deal with the Crushed Metallic Pigment sets.

Final Grade

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Box Packaging

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigment Swatches:
She’s Got Class & Moss Garden

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigment Swatches:
Spruced & I’ve Got A Crush On You

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments: She’s Got Class

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments:
She’s Got Class Swatch (Dry & Wet)

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments: Moss Garden

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments:
Moss Garden Swatch (Dry & Wet)

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments: Spruced

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments:
Spruced Swatch (Dry & Wet)

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments: I’ve Got a Crush on You

MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments:
I’ve Got a Crush on You Swatch (Dry & Wet)


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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Guilty Passions Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Spruced is gorgeous, everything else…ho-hum. If I liked duochrome eyeshadow, I’ve Got a Crush on You would be nice…but I’m not really a fan of duochrome for eyes.

  2. Lorraine ER says:

    The blue brown pigment is even more bold than “I’ve got a crush on you.” I think in terms of pigmentation it lies between Club Shadow and BB pigment, perfect for those who think Club isn’t enough but the BB pigment is too much!

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