Friday, November 4th, 2011

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Dazzlesphere Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC’s Dazzlesphere Collection will debut in-stores on November 10th, and the first I’m reviewing is MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) contains four shades: Pearl (pearl), Rose Light (rose), Spicy Smoke (dark strawberry), and Roasted Chestnut (deep chocolate with gold pearl). It took a bit of digging, but I found the official description from when these were originally released, and they’re described as having “intense colour payoff” with “medium coverage” and “highly reflective metallic sparkle.” They are “creamy, crease-resistant, [and] long-wearing.”

  • Pearl is a warm, frosted white. It looks very peach in the pot, but it’s white when applied. I actually thought I had swatched things out of order but lo and behold, it really is that drastic of a difference. The high frost element of these seems to translate into lighter-than-pot shades overall. Pearl was less pigmented than it should be, especially when used dry; you really need to pack on the product to get better color payoff dry. When used damp, it’s better and the metallic finish is brought to the forefront, though there is still an underlying sheerness. It’s warmer and smoother than MAC Forgery.
  • Rose Light is a softened rose pink with a metallic, frosted finish. It seems a little lighter and much smoother than Rose pigment. It’s a bit pinker than the base color of Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy. Inglot #399 is darker, as is Giorgio Armani #7. It applies decently dry, but it performs best when applied wet.
  • Spicy Smoke is an orange-red with a soft, frosted finish. It’s less metallic than the previous two shades. The red gets pulled out more when it is applied damp, while it is more orange when applied dry. It’s a touch redder than Milani I Heart You. MAC Coppering is similar – a bit more metallic in finish.
  • Roasted Chestnut is a dark chocolate brown with bronzy sparkle and shimmer. This one needs to be pressed and “crushed,” because it is one of the chunkier pigments of the four. It holds together nicely once it’s been applied, though. It has opaque color when applied dry, though it is softer and less intense than when it is applied damp. The dry color is a bit like MAC Buckwheat, while Laura Mercier Cedar compares favorably to the color it is when applied damp.

I wore this set as a look (used all of the shades except Rose Light) without a base on one eye and with a base (MAC Mixing Medium) on the other (double-duty testing!). I applied Pearl and Spicy Smoke with a dampened brush, while I applied Roasted Chestnut dry into the crease. I’m pleased to report that I didn’t have any fall out while I wore the look; there was some minor fall out from Roasted Chestnut being used dry during initial application, but I did not find lots of sparkle and shimmer underneath my eye hours later. On the eye without a base, it looked only slightly faded eight hours later as it did when I first applied the shades (with a base, it was fine). The real trick is really pressing the pigment against the lid so it combines and binds together. I recommend using a firmer brush like the 242.

The consistency varies, though they tend to be a little chunky, with some (like Roasted Chestnut) being very chunky in the pot, while some are finer (like Spicy Smoke). Generally, the finishes are extremely frosted, metallic-like, and add a lot of oomph to a look–but they may be better when mixed and matched with other finishes (like mattes) for more textural contrast as all of these at once can almost look heavy on the eye.  I’m not particularly keen on the packaging; it’s a cute concept–the stackable jars–but they’re messy.

P.S. — It’s interesting how grams/ounces work; each stack of two is labeled as 6g/0.21 oz., while the bottom of the outer packaging said 12g/0.40 oz.. According to a Google conversion from 12g to ounces, it was 0.423 oz. I’m not sure why the math is a little off here.

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MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
For those used to working with loose colors and not minding some of the inherent mess in this type of product, they're nice overall. You get plenty of product in each pot, and they wear well without a base and have decent to great pigmentation (depending if you use it dry/wet).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Pearl Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Pearl Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Pearl Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Rose Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Rose Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Rose Light Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Spicy Smoke Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Spicy Smoke Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Spicy Smoke Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Roasted Chestnut Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Roasted Chestnut Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Roasted Chestnut Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
Pearl, Spicy Smoke, Roasted Chestnut

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on November 10th, 2011; $32.50.

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Yes.

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See individual shade reviews! :)

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36 thoughts on “MAC Smoky Berry Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. That Spicy Smoke looks sooo nice in the jar! Too bad the color is not darker when applied.

  2. Sarah M

    I really do not understand why MAC would bring these out instead of the usual pigment/glitter sets. Those are always the highlight of the holiday collection for me. These may appeal to some people but to me … not at all! :-(

  3. Dana

    These look very pretty! But the shades are a little too warm for my coloring. Thanks for the review :)

  4. Sarah R

    These are pretty, but I have most of the dupes already except for anything that is RED- I haven’t found a way to make red eyeshadow look really good on me yet ;)

  5. It’s nice to see these preforming well but the shades in themselves don’t interest me. :(

  6. Tara s

    My Macy’s sold these to me last week! It was so cool to get them early!! :)

  7. Veronica

    Where’s the pic if your look??

  8. RM

    The colors are actually quite nice, but I don’t generally think loose pigments are worth the mess. :(

  9. Martyisblue

    These are nice,but i can’t wait for Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment swatches!:D i hope to see them soon! :D

    bye! :)

  10. Elle

    How do these colors compare to the summer stash from the surf baby release?

  11. Melody

    Hmmm. I’m not liking these colors as much as I thought I would. I guess it’s good for my wallet.

  12. Pastrygirl4life

    Great swatches like aways :). The color are ok. I doubt they would look right on me.

  13. That spicy smoke looks so much prettier in the pot =\

  14. Nina

    I have the pigment stacks from the Surf Baby collection. Even though these are so pigmented and pretty when swatched, I find that they crease and wear off quickly on my eyes, even with primer ): But perhaps my eyelids are just too oily for this formulation…

    About the math, perhaps they just chose to round it to the nearest tenth? 0.423 rounded to the nearest tenth would indeed be 0.40.

  15. Gorgeous colors, but I think these are best for the summer.

  16. Oooh i love this set!

  17. Devi

    I don’t think it’s worth it, but I love the eye look that you did for it. :D

  18. jamiej

    love these colors sooooo pretty ;)

  19. Lori

    I’m confused. Why does it say it’s being released November 10th??? I bought these last week on the same day the fire and ice collection came out!

  20. MichelleChefNYC

    That Spicy Smoke color is GORGEOUS! I just adore colors like that for my green eyes/warm compexion. I wish I could get that one on it’s own, since in general I hate the texture of these crushed metallic stacks and rarely use the few samples I have of previous releases. These will most likely end up in the CCO or possibly the EL Corporate Store, so perhaps with the discount they will seem more appealing. Thanks for the great review Christine!

  21. JEN

    wow i love it!!! do you have green eyes? they come out with that makeup eye look!

  22. Carrie Ann

    I like that they’ve actually given them names this time. Spicy Smoke reminds me of Hot Paprika, Rose Light reminds me of Semi Precious Rose Quartz MSF and I swear Pearl is the same light shade that was in Summer Stash.

  23. Jillian

    I NEEEEEEEEEEEED!!! i have never tried crushed pigments but i really want to and these colors are gorgeous!

  24. Layla

    Thanks for the swatches Christine
    This is the only set im interested in, but after seeing them i think they look a bit too red/warm on me

  25. M.

    Wow, Spicy Smoke is incredibly gorgeous! And I love the look you put together. :)

  26. Christine, I love the way this kit brings out the green in your hazel eyes-they pop beautifully. I have greenish grey eyes and purples seem to wash me out. My hair color is medium brown and I am light to medium complected. Do you think this kit may work for me?