Sunday, February 5th, 2012

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Vera: Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack ($34.00 for 0.42 oz.) has four shades: Aloha (dirty cocoa brown), Campfire (rich copper), Lantern Light (metallic gold/bronze), and Shifting Sands (metallic champagne).

  • Aloha is a medium-dark bronze with almost neutral undertones; it’s not quite your typical warm bronze, but it doesn’t seem like a genuine cool-toned brown either. This one had a really smooth, soft texture that was easy to work with and apply. MAC Seasonally Cool is similar but more red-toned. Make Up For Ever #15 has a warmer base. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is similar.
  • Campfire is a warm copper with a golden copper sheen. This shade also had a soft, smooth feel that made application easy. It’s a lot like MAC Amber Lights, theBalm Meep Meep, Make Up For Ever #12, and so on and so forth. This is a shade that we see often.
  • Lantern Light is a yellowed gold-shimmered copper-orange. It looks darker in the pot, but the gold sheen really lightens the color when swatched. It’s similar to Bare Escentuals Louder with a weaker golden sheen.
  • Shifting Sands is a soft champagne beige with a metallic sheen. It’s similar to MAC Summer Haze. Make Up For Ever #13 is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Sin is pinker.

You can read a more in-depth review of the formula itself here. As more of a high-level summary, these are supposed to have lots of color payoff with a strong metallic finish that is crease-resistant and long-wearing. Technique is key to using these successfully, as you really need to crush the bits and bobs of pigment before applying it. By doing this, you’ll achieve smoother textures and longer wear without fall out.

This set was much easier to work with than Butterfly Party, because the textures are finer, softer, so they apply smoothly even without ensuring proper crushing technique!  It is very warm-toned, like the Call Me Bubbles quad, so it may not be as flattering on cooler complexions as it is on warmer ones–which is not to say cooler complexions could not rock it.

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MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack Review, Photos, Swatches

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This set was much easier to work with than Butterfly Party, because the textures are finer, softer, so they apply smoothly even without ensuring proper crushing technique!  It is very warm-toned, like the Call Me Bubbles quad, so it may not be as flattering on cooler complexions as it is on warmer ones--which is not to say cooler complexions could not rock it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Campfire Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Campfire Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Campfire Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Lantern Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Lantern Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Lantern Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Shifting Sands Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Shifting Sands Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment
MAC Shifting Sands Crushed Metallic Pigment

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Online at MAC, $34.00. The release date is supposed to be February 16th for in-store.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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32 thoughts on “MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oh yum, this set includes colors that I would reach for on a daily basis (maybe not the orange)! Good to hear it’s much easier to work with too!

  2. All four of these shades are absolutely beautiful, though I probably do have similar shades in my stash.

    Definitely considering buying this one – $34 for four colors is pretty reasonable.

  3. Wow, I really like them! I love pigments and the crushed pigments are really nice to work with because they’re sticky. I love Latern Light, I think it will look good on me! Deff getting these

  4. Samiha

    very dupeable….

  5. Tempest Paige

    These are so pretty, but the packaging is kinda cheapy.

  6. Marina

    PRETTY! Unfortunately, I probably won’t be picking this up as it’s rather dupable and I am so set with these kind of neutrals. Plus, I already have Amber Lights.

  7. Liseth

    hi! Christine I have a question do you think Shifting sands is a dupe for MAC’s Jest eyeshadow???

  8. Josiane

    campfire is stunning!

  9. This looks gorgeous x

  10. Sara

    This may be a stupid question, but when you say you need to crush the bits up before using them… how do you crush them?

  11. Danielle

    Glad you compared Latern Light to Louder bc that is one of my favorite eyeshadows that i wear quite a lot. I’m just curious as to how lantern light compares to Melon pigment as well? Thanks!

  12. Kona

    I love Aloha & Shifting sands. I like how they are separated in two packs, because it is great for traveling. I purchased the plum pigment set in December after reading your review & absolutely love it.

  13. Aimey

    I like the last three the best! But probably just because I’ve never tried on brown eyeshadow before. I would totally rock Camping for clubbing, & Shifting Sands looks like a good highlighter for the eye!

  14. Sharelle

    Doesn’t Milani have baked eyeshadow set that are similar to these colors?

  15. Dormouse

    I love coppery shadows! But, they don’t flatter me.

  16. Brzone

    Nice but Armani eyes 2 kill have spoiled me rotten. these mono shimmers seem boring. Nice eiter way.

  17. Amanda

    These colors remind me of a mineralize eyeshadow quad MAC came out with a few years ago called Natural Flare.

  18. FiaSpice

    I MUST resist those. I love all those shades!

  19. MORENA

    LOVING these warm colors. I like this stack and the pink stack. but Im not feeling the price….

  20. Wow, these are GORGEOUS!! I’d definitely love to get my hands on these and do some lovely layering combos.. but hubby thinks that I already have too much makeup (although we girls know that there’s no such thing :D).

  21. DAWN

    these are gorgeous! Please do a look/tutorial using these! I miss your tutorials!!!

  22. Beck

    Christine, question for you if you had to choose one stack what would it be? I’m having a hard time deciding. =/

  23. Amanda

    I love this, and did purchase this one, that campfire color is stunning with the Call Me Bubbles quad!

  24. Ava

    I had an MUA at MAC play with these on me and they’re GORGEOUS! A little goes a long way. These colors are so beautiful for warm skin tones, like myself. I’m an NC37-40. This set would also be beautiful for summer looks as well. I would buy it but I’m so bad at applying makeup. These are so much more beautiful in person!

  25. I def want these I think I may be picking them up asap!!!

  26. Kirsty

    Oh man, these look so lovely and wearable!! Want! xx

  27. monica

    Lantern light is a dupe for melon pigment…they are very similar…

  28. Brjsmom

    @monica I actually went to pick up melon pigment and my mua still had this set! He said the same thing, lantern light looks just like melon. Now I have all 4 for a few $ more than just one pigment:)