VERA: Crushed Metallic Pigments Review, Swatches, & Photos
February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Textile designer Vera Neumann’s brilliant colour palette is translated into a limited edition set of four stackable jars of Crushed Metallic Pigment. Highlights eyes or skin with a striking colour wave of gold, pink, and blue reflective metallic sparkle.
VERA: Crushed Metallic Pigments
Release Date: February 9, 2012* / March 2012 (International) *It’s currently available online right now at MACCosmetics.com. To locate, search for the products individually by name.
| ALOHA CRUSHED METALLIC PIGMENT X 4 | Frost | $34 US, $40 CAD | Limited Edition | 12 grams
- Lantern Light | Metallic gold bronze
- Shifting Sands | Metallic champagne
- Aloha | Mid-tone cocoa brown
- Campfire | Rich copper
This stack is definitely the JEWEL of the Crushed Mettallic Pigments! Lantern Lights is a true yellow-gold with a pink bronze undertone. Shifting Sands is the most silvery and frosty shade, but it’s a slightly warmer silver, so it doesn’t fully disappoint. It was also the flakiest, but it wasn’t too terrible. Aloha is cool medium brown with a slight silver undertone. Campfire is a lovely, saturated coppery-gold. It’s incredibly warm and very saturated. Except for Shifting Sands, these were all relatively easy to apply. Not as chunky and flaky as some shades in the other two stacks.
| STRAWBERRY PATCH CRUSHED METALLIC PIGMENT X 4 | Frost | $34 US, $40 CAD | Limited Edition | 12 grams
- Star Crystal | Pink champagne
- Rose Light | Metallic yellow pink
- Strawberry Patch | Light blue pink
- Moon Rose | Bright dark pink
| BUTTERFLY PARTY CRUSHED METALLIC PIGMENT X 4 | Frost | $34 US, $40 CAD | Limited Edition | 12 grams
- Desert Cloud | Deep blue purple
- Butterfly Party | Bright lilac
- Rain Drop | Metallic teal
- Moss Garden | Metallic silver green
This pigment stack is soooo pretty to look at. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it… until I swatched it. The colours are way too silvery, reflective, and not as jewel-toned as I first thought they would be when I saw the jars. I found Moss Garden and Butterfly Party textures to be flaky, chunky, and very uneven to apply, even with a brush and Fix +. Desert Cloud reminded me too much of Violet pigment, and wasn’t a “deep” shade on me as the description says. Rain Drop wasn’t the saturated teal colour I expected when I first looked at it. I’ll admire this stack from afar.
- The Aloha stack!
- Very sparkly and shimmery as crushed pigments are designed to be
- Good variety of colours to choose from
- SUPER flaky and can be messy to apply (some shades)
- Uneven, chunky texture (some shades)
- Silvery-ness of some of the shades can look ashy
- Some shades do not show up very colour-saturated
- The grooves on the containers can be tricky to match up when you are twisting them together into a stack
In terms of colour and texture, Aloha is the clear star here and is absolutely BrownGirlFriendly. It’s the only stack I got, since the other two stacks left me wanting more on all aspects (colour, warmth, and better application). I didn’t find any noteworthy difference when these were applied wet or dry. Silvers don’t flatter my skintone, so I didn’t love Strawberry Patch or Butterfly Party. If silvers look good on you, then check the other two out instead!
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