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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 pink reflective metallic sparkle.
This review is for the Crushed Metallic Pigment Set in “Strawberry Patch” releasing with MAC’s upcoming Vera Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Star Crystal: Pink champagne
- Rose Light: Metallic yellow pink
- Strawberry Patch: Light blue pink
- Moon Rose: Bright dark pink
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.
Star Crystal is a light champagne that has a pink hue in the jar but barely shows up on the skin. The silver glitters in this color are large and, as a result, the pigment bunches up slightly in places.
Rose Light is soft silvery rose color that applies much less intensely on the skin that it appears in the jar.
Strawberry Patch is a bold fuchsia color with very large chunks of glitter that don’t melt into the rest of the pigment. It is very crumbly and leaves an uneven, chunky finish on the skin. Usually, if you press Crushed Metallic Pigments into the skin, you can improve the finish and texture. But no amount of pressing made this pigment work.
Moon Rose is a bright, pink-ruby color. Despite not having glitters as large as those in Strawberry Patch, this color also applies unevenly and clumps. This is a shame, because it’s a stunning pink.
Ease of Use: 7.75/10
Although often times beautiful, Crushed Metallic Pigments are 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.
Although Star Crystal and Rose Light are not too difficult to apply, Strawberry Patch and Moon Rose will take patience and may never give you the kind of finish you’re looking for. Trying to mix the silver and pink in Strawberry Patch doesn’t make it a cohesive pigment. Moon Rose also stays clumpy, even after pressing.
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.