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Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment kits feature four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. Includes tempting shades in Ever Elegant, Silk Stocking, Dreamy Little Thing and Darling Coquette.
This review is for the Tenderly Warm set of Crushed Metallic Pigments releasing with MAC’s Holiday Guilty Passions Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Silk Stocking: Beige
- Darling Coquette: Soft beige frost
- Dreamy Little Thing: Rose with copper sparkle
- Ever Elegant: Copper frost
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.
Silk Stocking is a pale, yellow-based gold shade. This shade applies in a relatively smooth layer and becomes more even when applied with a damp brush.
Darling Coquette is a pale champagne with an almost imperceptible hint of pink. Like with Silk Stocking, this Crushed Metallic Pigment applies pretty smoothly, though the pigment itself is not opaque. Applied with a damp brush, the color is slightly more beige and less silver.
Dreamy Little Thing is a very pale rose shade with a silver sheen to it. The pink hue deepens just a tad when the pigment is applied wet. Once again, this shade is pretty smooth on the skin.
Ever Elegant is an opaque, rich, reddish brown color. It applies just the way a normal pigment would, though you’ll experience the fall-out more typical of a Crushed Metallic Pigment.
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. With this kit, though, I found that all of the colors applies quite smoothly instead of leaving the grainy finish that many Crushed Metallic Pigments do.
Silk Stocking and Darling Coquette shows faster signs of creasing and fading, but overall these shades lasted about the same amount of time: four to five (4-5) hours before creasing and fading.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
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. This also isn’t the easiest pigment to blend out in the crease area.
I’d 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.
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.