Friday, November 4th, 2011

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Dazzlesphere Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) is the last pigment kit from MAC Dazzlesphere. It contains four shades: White as Snow (snowy white), Silver Sleet (medium gray), Wintersky (purple blue), and Dark Moon (charcoal). Crushed Metallic Pigments are described as having “intense colour payoff” with “medium coverage” and “highly reflective metallic sparkle.” They are “creamy, crease-resistant, [and] long-wearing.”

  • White as Snow is a silver-tinged white with a very chunky, metallic finish. I had similar issues with this shade as I did with Light Violet. Despite pressing the color against the skin, I could not get it to fully smooth out and bind, so there was some loose product prone to fall out, plus sheerness in both the dry and damp applications. It reminded me of Chanel Fantasme.
  • Silver Sleet is a darkened gray with a brighter, metallic silver sheen. It has great color payoff whether applied dry or wet. Inglot #448 is less metallic and a bit lighter.
  • Wintersky is a purple-tinted blue with silver sparkle and shimmer. It’s fairly sheer and muted when applied dry and picks up intensity when applied damp. MAC Royale is a bit bluer.
  • Dark Moon is a charcoal black with lots of silver sparkle. This isn’t a shade I’d advocate using dry, because the sparkle is chunky enough that it doesn’t completely meld with the base color without some dampness. When it’s applied damp, the sparkle adheres and mixes better with the underlying color. The color payoff when it’s applied dry is slightly sheerer. It reminded me of Chanel Mirifique but less black. Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle has more multi-colored shimmer.

In my experience, these pigments wear well as long as you ensure you’ve really “crushed” them against the skin/lid. I’ve worn them with and without a base and the difference is minimal. There is some noticeable but relatively minor fading after eight hours when applied without a base (or mixing medium). For more on how they wear, please see this post where I went in-depth on that particular characteristic.

White as Snow was problematic with a chunkiness in the overall sparkle that made it difficult to apply smoothly and gave it reason to get everywhere. Wintersky is a more unique color but could use a little more oomph in pigmentation. Dark Moon may have some fall out when applied dry (without a sticky base), so have a care or else use it wet. Silver Sleet was the best performing shade of the four, because it was intensely pigmented both dry and wet and applied smooth as butter with little effort. 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.

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

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White as Snow was problematic with a chunkiness in the overall sparkle that made it difficult to apply smoothly and gave it reason to get everywhere. Wintersky could use a little more oomph in pigmentation, while Dark Moon may have some fall out when applied dry. Silver Sleet was the best performing shade of the four, because it was intensely pigmented both dry and wet and applied smooth as butter with little effort.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC White as Snow Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC White as Snow Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC White as Snow Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Silver Sleet Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Silver Sleet Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Silver Sleet Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Wintersky Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Wintersky Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Wintersky Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Dark Moon Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Dark Moon Crushed Metallic Pigment

MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit
MAC Dark Moon Crushed Metallic Pigment

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

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

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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23 thoughts on “MAC Smoky Blue Crushed Metallic Pigment Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. White as Snow looks like orzo pasta in the jar! xP Dark Moon looks beautiful!

  2. Bummer, no PRO discount. It’s not like it’s special packaging except the sphere I know we all care about!!!

  3. Martyisblue

    WOW! Thank you so much Christine!:D i really loved these swatches!:D

  4. Avatar of Kelly Kelly Marie

    I have two sets of crushed metal pigments- one from Spring Colour Forecast (2010) and one from Surf Baby and you know…as beautiful as they are in their little pots, I very rarely use them. It’s almost like they’re TOO metallic and frosty…but they just look so pretty in the jars!

  5. casey

    Great swatches, as always! Quick question – are you able to press these into a pan like we can with normal MAC pigments?

  6. Dark moon just looks like Dark Soul pigment…

  7. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Instead of all these new releases of variably quality, how I wish they’d repromote some of the great pigments of the past in these smaller stacks or the small vials. I’d love to get a chance to buy shades like Coco, Sweet Sienna, Copperized and quite a few others….

  8. Silver Sleet and Dark Moon are really pretty. They’d pair together for a great smokey eye!

  9. Andrew

    Dark moon reminds me of Cinderfella from MACs Style Black collection … but ill have to see it in person… to if its a good dupe…

  10. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    I’m passing on their entire Glitter & Ice collection this year. Nothing appeals. Major fail, MAC.

  11. sonjiya

    gosh, if only wintersky was as pretty on the skin! :( thanks for this christine, i hope you do the lipglass sets soon too, i hope they’re worth buying!

  12. Avatar of Michaela Michaela

    Dark Moon and Silver Sleet look gorgeous!!! Too bad Wintersky doesn’t look as good as it does in the Jar. :(

  13. White as Snow looks like rice LOL!

  14. Hi Christine, I just wanted to let you know that photos aren’t showing up in the “Daily Feed” e-mail subscription anymore!
    Thanks,
    Sarah S.

  15. Hi Christine!
    When will these (and all of the Dazzlespheres) be available on the website? I can’t find them at all!!

  16. Elysia

    I love the white one!

  17. emma4

    Can you please put what you recommend from this collection because I have been looking for it everywhere!!