May 10, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Crushed Metallic Pigment Summer Stash Surf the Ocean Review, Swatches, Photos

MAC stacks are back! MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment Stacks were originally released with the Spring Colour Forecast.

Dare I say I haven’t made proper use out of the ones I already own? But for some reason I generally love these even though I’m not giving the ones in my stash enough love.

Let’s take a look at the two new variations released with the MAC Surf Baby Collection!

If you’d like to read my prior review on these you can click here as it’s much more detailed than the review I am doing today.

As always I really love the stackable idea of the product. Being able to tote around a few shades of my favorite pigment shades makes life so much more easier and I think the design is most excellent for travel.

The Crushed Metallic Pigment formula is a tad chunkier and flakier compared to MAC’s regular pigment range. Fall out is a big problem however if you can get passed application problems you may very well love these. Most of the shades have a metallic effect which looks incredible on eyes however they can easily be overdone as well and appear a tad too sparkly and intense. For application purposes and just because of the very pigmented formula I find that slow and steady wins the race. A little goes a long way, a lighter hand works best, and building up slowly to avoid an overly bold look is key!

The stack I was partial to was the Summer Stash which contained a really gorgeous brown bronze however Surf the Ocean contains a Golden Bronze which is ideal to pair up with this shade so interchanging the two stacks is a bonus if you buy both as the shades all seem to play together nicely.

The Summer Stash includes four jars of pigment in the following shades:

  • Pink Champagne (Frost)
  • White Pearl (Frost)
  • Violet (Frost)
  • Brown Golden Bronze (Frost)

And the Surf the Ocean collection includes these shades:

  • Platinum (Frost)
  • Seafoam Green (Frost)
  • Golden Bronze (Frost)
  • Graphite Blue (Frost)

For something that’s releasing for Summer the shades are a strange toss up depending how you look at it. For example, I’d probably avoid including a silver shade for a Summer Collection.

I generally liked both stacks and I’m glad to add them to my collection. As I mentioned before, I didn’t make as much use out of my Spring stacks but I’m thinking I should haul them out and combine them with shades in this collection for some funky Summer looks.

Application may prove a bit bitchy on these but I still think they are a great way to travel with pigments and should be loved by those who enjoy MAC’s pigment range in general. Think of these as a higher calorie product compared to the normal range with a more intense color pay off.

Messy, but likey!

Will you be hauling them?

Do share!

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  • MC

    I plan to haul both of these pigment stacks as I am in love with the colors more so then the eyeshadows that came out with Surf Baby. The Purple in Summer Stash is goregous!

    • the Muse

      they are gorg mc ;-D worth the haul imho! I’m loving the brown shade, so gorg!

  • Nik

    I’ve been using my spring color forecast purple stack, just to make sure…the love is still there! 🙂 I like these more than the permanent pigments, but I also love glitter and sparkle!!! These look so beautiful, I have to have them! Thank you for the cool post 😀

    • the Muse

      hey nik! ugh I really have to haul mine out, I wanna make use of them. these new ones inspired me ;-D I agree, I actually wish mac would start doing more of these as they are so travel friendly and fun! ;-D My pleasure!!!!!!

  • courtney

    did you get a new camera? your pics look much better then usual!

    • the Muse

      hey courtney yeah ;-D thanks for noticing but sadly I’m not doing well with it quite yet…trying to learn how to use it still ;-D!

      • Reme

        I concur, great pics Muse!

        I think I won’t allow myself to pick up these stacks as I never reach for my pigments as it is and they’ve been relegated to my lowest drawer (of twelve!). Poor pigments, I must be nicer to them and take them out to play… 🙂

        • the Muse

          hanks reme! I’m still playing around with it trying to get the best settings ;-D! I used to play alot with mine but I rarely reach for them now either! I really should dig them out ;D!

  • Polly

    Ooh, I have ordered the summer stash, and I can’t wait for it to arrive after seeing this! And I agree with courtney, your pictures are looking really nice Muse 🙂

    • the Muse

      thanks Polly!!!!!!! I’m still fiddling with the cam but def trying to get the pics better for everyone ;D!

      • Polly

        Well, I hope you enjoy playing around with it, I love trying out different cameras!
        My summer stash arrived this morning and I love it! It also came with a sample of the benefit facial emulsion…I seem to remember you gave it a good review so I’m looking forward to trying it out!:)

        • the Muse

          I’m having fun with it Polly ;-D! Although I suck at cameras, it’s one part of my geek life that I’m sorely bad at..taking good pictures hehe! the facial emulsion is nice particularly for Summer, lightweight ;-D Do let me know how you make out with it and enjoy your summer stash! 🙂


    I really don’t like how messy these are but the colours are so pretty! 🙁

    what shall I do LOLOL

    • the Muse

      tell me ’bout it Linda ;-D fall out WOE! but I love them ;D!

  • cherrycolalola

    yay!! i shall have both of these! my stack’ems from last year are much adored and im loving BOTH of these! much prefer them to regular pigments and they take up less space in my (somewhat overcrowded) make-up drawer(s)!!!

    • the Muse

      I love the size too cherry ;-D so much more easier to store and travel with ;D

  • Amy

    omg these are all so so so gorgeous! love love sparkle. love the top violet and bronze, and the last 4. heck i like all of them. great swatches and pics. the messiness is the one thing I do not like about these or pigments.