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

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.

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

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
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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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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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!

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.

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

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.

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!

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…

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*

Personally, I think they’re going to be a bit too metallic/frosty on the brow bone, but it might work if you are really pale.

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.

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.

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.

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!

(:

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!! 🙂

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! 🙂

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 🙂

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.

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.

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 🙁

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.

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

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!

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.?

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