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Textile designer Vera Neumann’s brilliant colour palette is translated into a limited edition set of four stackable jars of Crushed Metallic Pigment. Highlights eyes or skin with a striking colour wave of gold reflective metallic sparkle.
This review is for the Crushed Metallic Pigment Set in “Aloha” releasing with MAC’s upcoming Vera Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Lantern Light: Metallic gold/bronze
- Campfire: Rich copper
- Shifting Sands: Metallic champagne
- Aloha: Dirty Cocoa Brown
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.
Lantern Light is a bronze with a strong orange tone. Once applied, it looks more gold with a light orange tint. It applies evenly both when used wet and dry.
Campfire is a soft copper. It also applies well and gains a metallic, mercury-like finish when used wet.
Shifting Sands is a pink-toned champagne. The glitter is larger in this color than in the other 3, but the glitters meld in with the rest of the pigment and give off a more intensely frosted finish.
Aloha is a cocoa brown that applies fairly evenly and smoothly. Of the 4 colors in this set, Aloha changes the most when swatched wet, becoming more golden.
This is a good set of Metallic Crushed Pigments and will be the most accessible in this collection because of the wearable, neutral colors.
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.
The Aloha set isn’t as high-maintenance as other sets, so you can use these colors similar to the way you’d use regular pigments. You will need to layer and press into the skin when the pigments have uneven finishes or bunch up.
When foiling these colors, avoid over-dampening the brush. One spritz from about a foot away from the brush should do it. If your brush is too damp, the pigment becomes watery and loses its color.
The price for these pigments has gone up from $32.50 to $34.00. 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, though MAC will likely continue increasing the price in the near future.