Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Surf Baby: Summer Stash

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) comes with two stacks of colors, with each stack having two shades. The Summer Stash stack’s shades are described as “light pink champagne, light white pearl, light violet with silver pearl, brown bronze with gold pearl.” The individual colors do not have shade names, just the stack itself.

  • The first shade I swatched is a pinky plum–it’s purple and yet it’s pink. Just a touch a sheer. It reminded me of Plum Dressing with a purpler base.
  • Next, I swatched a rich, decadent chocolate brown with a bronzy shimmer and metallic finish. It’s a darker, more lush version of Chocolate Brown pigment; richer, deeper than Bronze eyeshadow.
  • The third shade is a bright white-beige with a metallic finish–also a little sheer. It’s similar to Phloof! but more frost in the finish.
  • Finally, the last shade is a gilded champagne beige with a bright metallic finish. It’s a slightly pinked, more metallic version of Sunnydaze. It’s a little less pink than Naked Lunch.

Each stack is about 2.5x the size of a regular, full-sized pigment–essentially, the value here is about $52 worth of product. The texture of these is chunkier than pigments, though they don’t apply that way. For the most part, they have a tendency to stick together, which is why I can see the “crushed metal” name coming from, and obviously, the finishes are very strong frosts/metallics (also, expected, from the name). The gold shade was the chunkiest, unusually so (it looks nothing like the previous stacks I’ve had nor any of the ones from this launch)–made it look like little nuggets of gold goodness!

These are best used over a slightly tacky base (like MAC Mixing Medium) or wet, because they are more like a loose color than a pressed one, but the pigment itself does bind well over an eyeshadow base or regular eyeshadow without having to be used wet, because as you press the product on, it doesn’t poof everywhere. These adhere well, and for all intents and purposes, I find them very much like MAC Pigments. When applied wet, they adhere really well without a base; when applied dry, you really have to press and ensure it’s been smoothed out to wear it alone without a base.

The Glossover


MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack Swatches, Photos, Reviews

This stack had two shades that were a little sheer, so the rating differs from the Surf the Ocean stack slightly. These are more wearable shades, and I think the colors coordinate better together here than in the other stack, too. Summer Stash also has a warmer leaning, but it's not too warm.











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MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack
MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack

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MAC Cosmetics on May 26th in-stores, $32.50.

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See individual shade review.

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53 thoughts on “MAC Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigment Stack Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Pang

    This is definitely a must buy for me. Love the swatches. Thanks for all the hard work.

  2. I actually really like the two darker colors. I would have to swatch it myself at the counter though, because you make everything look amazing Christine!

  3. Wilcoa

    I really like this stack, the colors are so nice. However I just can’t stand the stackers packaging, not for me. So I will unfortunately be skipping.

  4. Sonya

    Thank you so much for this! I was wondering can these pigments be pressed into pans? Just because they are chunkier than regular pigments and I usually press all of my pigments into a palette, it’s much more easier to use them without making a mess! Please reply

    • I haven’t tried, so I couldn’t say, sorry!

    • Chester

      Yes, they can be pressed like regular MAC pigments. I tried it last year with the spring color forecast pigment stacks and with these surf baby pigment stacks (surf baby has already launched here). I agree they are much easier to use when pressed.

    • Danielle

      Note for pressing them: When adding alcohol, metal pigments will not turn into a thick paste, but a metallic liquid. It will take more time to dry, and require more pigment, be careful when adding alcohol to these, as they will splash and slosh easily.

      P.S. Hi, Christine! Love the site!

  5. Gretchen

    Ugh, both stacks are insanely gorgeous, and I’m getting both of them for sure!

  6. Laura

    Thanks for the review :)

    I’m curious as to how these compare texture-wise to the pigment stacks that came out with Spring Colour Forecast last year. Are they similar? I really like these colours but I wasn’t crazy about the texture of the other stacks…

  7. Amanda Dubs

    I want both of these stacks. I have Stacked 2! These are all so gorgeous.

  8. Paulina

    that rich brown shade looks very similar to the much coveted cocoa beach pigment from a long time ago!

  9. Definitely on my to buy list!

  10. Ari

    Hm. Any chance that the two paler shades could work on their own as a browbone highlighter? Because the depth of the other two is just blowing me away, and I’d love to justify a purchase.. *g*

  11. Destinee

    Very pretty! This looks like a toned down version of Urban Decay’s Rollergirl palette’s colors.

  12. Debs

    Must have this one.

  13. Hannah

    If you’ve ever tried MAC rushmetal pigment…is the texture like that? Less chunky, more chunky? Thankyou :) I found that pigment really hard to work with but I love these colours…

    • Kind of, but these smush down to something smoother – like they look chunky but when you use them, they mush together and create something much smoother.

  14. Cori

    lol wow its like they copied the colors from urban decay’s rollergirl palette

  15. I’m in lust. <3

  16. alicia

    ah this is a must-have for me!

  17. Lyse

    I was just about to purchase vanilla and tan pigments — do you think the two lighter shades are similar enough that I could get away with the stack instead? Then it would be like getting two extra colours!

    Thanks for your help.

    • These are much, much frostier, so it would really depend on what you wanted to use these for – like Vanilla you can highlight with, but these may be too metallic.

  18. fiaspice

    those color are amazing! I’m just not sure I’m willing to pay $38.50 CDN for them :(

  19. meme

    Most of these and the group you review next under this one (also MAC) are way too deep in intensity for me. I have a few good for me smokey eye looks when I want to go that route. I really don’t like to have my eye color arrive before my face does. Thus I tend to use deep colored pigments I already have only in the outer V or as a liner above a thin real liner product. I personally just don’t do much of MAC anything anymore. They are hard for me to get to anywhere to look at them in person (hundreds of miles), and while I used to love looking at all the shades, with all I have in my stash now with the addition of a few each year – or a couple good pallets, I am not even tempted when I do see MAC.

  20. Wow! Definitely getting these…The colour is so rich and vibrant!

  21. Savannah

    Sorry, this may sound like a stupid question but… all four are a set, right?
    If so, I am so buying this! Thanks for the great swatches Christine!


  22. meme

    Only would wear the lighter 2 and I have similar things, so this would be a pass for me.

  23. wow these are absolutley beautiful and pigmented!

  24. MC

    First off, I just started reading your blog a couple weeks ago (after stumbling on your UD Roller Girl Palette look #2 when I needed to figure out how I should use mine lol) and I wanted to say I love your site so much. XD

    Thank you for swatching the Surf Baby Collection! Your skintone is really close to mine, so it makes it easier for me to figure out exactly what I should check out to buy..and I defiantly want to get Summer Stash! I love the purple/pink pigment the most..but all the colors are amazing. THANKS!! :)

  25. Becca

    omg such beautiful, rish colours!!!!! especially the violet and chocolate brown. mmmm

  26. I neer liked these pigments stacks. They look cheap in their little jars…

    • Lacey

      lol. i will admit,the packaging isnt cute (i have these), but its functional. you can switch them around and stack them however you want. also, the product is really great, i like these much more than regular pigments. i think if you like the colors, you should overlook the not so amazing packaging and get them! :)

  27. When quickly glanced at, the swatches remind me of UD’s Rollergirl palette. Very beautiful colors though :)

  28. yeah I like them really much also if You wear them together they are really stunning

  29. LOVELOVELOVE!! Im definetly going to be getting these!

  30. Jennifer

    Hey Christine or any other avid reader,
    What brush would you use to apply these pigments? Also, I read you suggested the Mac mixing medium, but I don’t have access to that. Does anyone have any dupes for the Mac mixing medium and a suggested brush for use? thank you I am new to this :)

  31. Sexy Sadie

    Should have been in pressed shadow this colors.

  32. Anita

    This combination of eyeshadows reminds me of the Urban Decay Rollergirl palette! Thanks for all your hard work :)

  33. marcy

    i really don’t understand the purpose of stacked packaging, much less a set of 2 stacks with 2 colors each….. makes no sense at all and i won’ t be purchasing because i prefer my shadows in my 15 palettes. beautiful colors though.

  34. Jules

    Each pot of pigments is how many grams 5? These are beautiful!! Great pics thank you!

  35. Lizzy Claiborne

    Um… They ARE pigments. The “Crush Metal” product differentiation is because they’re a deal. Old Pro Piggies came rolled up in chunks too; this is the amount of binder added. Or stickum, as Granny says.
    I was quite impressed with last years sets and wore them a lot. The new jar for pigments brought a bit of change in stickiness. MAC Eye Primer is great with all of them though and totally accessible, stocked in your MAC store. Nobody could get Mixing Medium and it was frustrating to a lot of customers. Hence the tweaks. You don’t move merchandise rolled in Pro mysticism and requiring an unobtainable product. Mixing Medium is out! Soft hair brushes are recommended.

  36. Nikki

    Picked these up today & I love them but I am trying to figure out how to put them on! They don’t seem to be blending while maintaining the color. I am hoping I can figure these things out because I really don’t want to return them :-(

    • Are you using them wet or dry?

      • Nikki

        I am using them dry. I tried them again today & found that I was able to get a much better application if I just used my fingers instead of a brush. After I put the colors on where I wanted them I blended them with a fluffy crease brush. Kind of a pain in the butt, but at least they work that way. I absolutely love the colors and I really don’t want to take them back. I am thinking that maybe a dense flat brush would work instead of having to use my fingers.

  37. Lacey

    i picked this up yesterday, because iloved it here. They are a bit glittery, but it goes well with the colors. i lurve them :)

  38. Rikki

    How do you recommend applying these? I never got it… Please help! Thx :)

  39. AJ

    Really loveeee your site!! I’ve been reading your site for recommendations since the MAC’s Venomous Villains collection and I love how unbiased you are in giving your thoughts on products. (:
    Just wanna seek your opinion if these pigments make a good investment. I love the summer stash but it retails for sgd$63 here!

  40. Yianna

    I went to the mac counter the other day and there were some of these left over. I asked how much they were and the girl told me 40 euro (57.50 dollars) . Isn’t it a total steal.?