Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

A Cool-Toned Set of Chunky, Metallic Pigments

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) consists of four shades: She’s Got Class (silver frost), Moss Garden (light green blue frost), Spruced (teal frost), and I’ve Got a Crush on You (browned teal frost).  This set will launch early next week online and in-stores on November 8th.

She’s Got Class is a silver-tinged white with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s sheer when applied dry, and it comes together and yields better payoff when applied damp. There are a number of shades that are comparable, including Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away, Cinderella Ball Gown , MAC How to Marry, theBalm Metal-ica, and Maybelline Too Cool.

Moss Garden is a pale, dirty green with a gray-rown base. It’s a very interesting color, though it is a repromote from the Butterfly Party (Vera, ’12). Lancome Enduring Vert is greener. Chanel Rivere is lighter, greener. MAC Water is much, much darker. Urban Decay Money is similar, but it is darker.

Spruced is a rich emerald green with a hint of teal. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and it was less metallic/frosted compared to the other shades in the set. Just a heads up, this shade stains incredibly easily. I would absolutely recommend using a base underneath it to minimize it. I had major staining on my arm (and it wasn’t on for longer than five minutes there) and my eye when I wore it in the crease. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is greener, lighter. MAC Jealousy Wakes is greener, less teal. MAC Double Feature 4 is darker. Urban Decay Minx is lighter.

I’ve Got a Crush on You is a strong red-toned, medium-dark brown with a green-teal duochrome. It’s like a jacked up version of MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown, and Too Faced Label Whore. When it’s applied dry, it’s much redder and has less of a duochrome–the duochrome mostly comes out when it is applied damp.  The texture on this shade was a bit finer than She’s Got Class or Moss Garden.

I always feel rather torn over these sets. The colors are often gorgeous, but the finish, which looks fun and sparkly and glitzy on my arm, looks spectacularly awful on my lids. I find they have to be used very sparingly and take some patience to work with, because they give my lids a very wrinkled, crepe-y appearance. All the frost and metallic just tends stick against itself and accentuate any texture on the lids. I used these wet for the look, as it tends to be the easiest way to minimize fall out, amplify color, and get each shade to smooth out.

I want to love these so bad, but they’re a product I never return to, for as beautiful as the colors are, they are difficult to use and are unflattering on my eyes.  They are similar to MAC Pigments, but the texture is much chunkier–think of the chunkiest MAC pigment (Kitschmas always comes to my mind), and these are going to be chunkier.  They wear well, though, and used damp, there is very minor fall out during wear, and they do not crease or fade even if used alone (without a primer or base).

Something really cool: these sets have always been a really good value, and the holiday sets are actually $1.50 less than the sets released in February ($34.00).

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MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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Using these can be tricky and getting them to smooth out and look flattering on the lids is another challenge. The chunky, almost gritty textures, really don't help this product shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC She’s Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC She’s Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC She’s Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC She’s Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC She’s Got Class Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Moss Garden Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Moss Garden Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Moss Garden Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Moss Garden Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Moss Garden Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Spruced Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Spruced Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Spruced Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Spruced Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Spruced Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $32.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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See individual shade reviews! :)

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21 thoughts on “MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’ve Got a Crush on You is very, very similar to Inglot Pure Pigment no. 85! It’s a favorite shade so I recognized it right away.

  2. Irina

    The sparkle and shine of them are mesmerizing. Will probably end up buying all of the sets just for the beauty of it, even though it’s so much money!

  3. Yellowlantern

    Moss Garden is a gorgeous and nuanced color. I love the mint green with a brown base and white shimmer. Too bad I’d have to buy the whole set to get it. Ah well, I guess it’s just as well since you say the formula isn’t very good anyway.

  4. Tessa

    Spruced is the only one that I liked, its a gorgeous color, but if it’s going to stain my skin, then there’s no way I’ll be getting it. Thanks for the heads-up!

  5. holly

    Whoa…I was thinking YUCK until I saw how they look on you. Simply stunning!

  6. I love the finish of these – I don’t think they make your eyelids look bad at all. But, I would probably wear just one on the lid, and finish the look with matte or satin eyeshadows, rather than doing an all-metallic look.

  7. I do want that MAC club dupe like mad.. but the rest is such a total pass for me.

  8. Laura

    Omg how gorgeous is Spruced!? It’s a shame I hate the crushed pigments. Can’t get them to work for me at all.

  9. becca

    This is so beautiful on you!

  10. Thalie

    I’ve got a crush on you reminds me of Burmese Beauty form the Fabulous Felines collection, which is one my favorite eyeshadow ever. But when I read your opinion on this one, I might look after the Too faced dupe…

    http://www.temptalia.com/mac-fabulous-felines-burmese-beauty-review-photos-swatches-eyes

  11. Precious

    Spruced is such a gorgeous shade, too bad it stains.

  12. Kali

    Call me crazy, but I think this is beautiful on you.

  13. Ew, I really don’t like how they look on your eye :(
    My eyelids are not smooth so I guess I should avoid the crushed metallic pigments!

  14. Yikes, what a weird texture… I do like how the colors look though.

  15. These are gorgeous shades, but I do get what you mean by the pigments accentuating the texture on the lids. I find that many of the L’Oreal Infallibles look heavy and give this wrinkly appearance too, which is why I don’t ever wear the ones I own :/

  16. Tina

    Check out Fervent pigment by Illamasqua as a dupe for I’ve Got a Crush on You. I think it is a bit more reddish though but the duochrome effect is more beautiful :D

  17. Don’t reccomend any of the crushed pigments in this packagining. Over time they crack, leak then break and the product is everywhere.

  18. Huda

    Christine do you think that pressing the pigments would ruin the color pay off or quality? I hate how gritty they are and I have the ones from last holiday and they just sit there.. i was thinking of maybe pressing them into a pan?

    • I don’t think it would ruin the payoff or quality, but I’m not sure it would improve them! I’m thinking the payoff might be sheerer, but it may be more buildable.

      The upside is if you never reach for them, there’s no real harm in trying :)

  19. Kris

    When I got the pigments today I was: OMG, this texture, this metallic finish, these colors…And they do look absolutely stunning on my lids too. Can’t understand, that you don’t like them…