October 24, 2012

MAC Guilty Passions Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Guilty Passions Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments is one of several gift sets MAC put together for Holiday 2012.

There are actually three Crushed Metallic Sets to choose from in this collection and that’s either to your excitement or your disappointment if you’d rather pigment vials versus the newer Crushed Metallic Formula.

Let’s take a look!

I’m a little immune to packaging lately and not easily as excited as I once was. Perhaps makeup comes and goes a little too quickly for me and I’m running on burn out mode but it is rare I get super excited about packaging.

But I have to say I squealed when I saw MAC was putting their Guilty Pleasure Sets in these cute little ribbon topped powder boxes. I want to haul all the sets just so I can have more of these cute little boxes! They remind me of a miniature vintage hat box! One of the best things about them is the fact you can easily remove the swag inside and reuse the box as a powder box. Add your own powder puff and dump some of your favorite body (or face) powder inside! Instant powder jar! So, so, so sweet! And you don’t have to feel guilty about removing the pigments either as they are stackable!

I’m delighted I was able to get my hands on the warmer selection of Crushed Metallic Pigments since I can’t do bolder shades much anymore.

This collection features:

  • Silky Stocking (golden beige)
  • Darling Coquette (soft frosty beige)
  • Ever Elegant (copper brownish frost)
  • Rose Light (true rose with copper sparkle)

Rose Light, Ever Elegant, Silk Stocking, Darling Coquette

Rose Light and Ever Elegant

Silk Stocking and Darling Coquette

Silk Stocking

Rose Light

Ever Elegant

Darling Coquette

I can understand those disappointed with MAC’s lack of piggie sets the last few Holidays past. Crushed Metallic Pigments aren’t exactly the easiest medium to work nor are pigments for that matter as these are considerably messier.

I actually have a love/hate relationship with them. They are so richly pigmented and terribly gorgeous but I dislike the fall out that comes along with application. I’m also not a very big fan of how frosty they look on my eyes. It’s rare a shade isn’t frosty or overly sparkly…! Can’t believe I said that but it is true. They are a lot less refined than pigments as well with a chunky, flakier formula. Sometimes its best to take a pinch, dump it in the palm of your hand, and run your finger around it to soften it up and smooth out the clumps. Use that same finger to rub across your lid because using a brush proves challenging with the amount of fall out that ends up everywhere. Sponge applicators are also excellent for application.

Overall, I really do think MAC did an excellent job with this set. The colors are very pretty, the packaging gorgeous, and you’ll probably be able to create a good deal of Holiday with these shades. Ever Elegant is one to want for sure! On the downside application is messy and I also felt like the shades weren’t THAT warm and neutral…!

The Guilty Passions Gift Sets launch November 8th online at maccosmetics.com and in store.

Any sets you want?

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Melanie

    Oh been hoping you would be posting these…..Have to say I am in love with the packaging. This is quite the holiday collection from Mac. Thanks for your hard work I enjoy reading your reviews 🙂

  • Sweta Rupani Avarsekar

    Hey Muse

    I was waiting for this review..glad you posted:) yes agree these are messier to work with bit so hard to resist :p ..love these plan to pik these :)) thanks dear 😀

    • the Muse

      my pleasure sweta oh yes SO so pretty but the fall OH god the fall out ;D

  • Kay Lee

    I feel the same way about the boxes as you do~ They are just so darned adorable, but sadly I’m not too crazy about the pigments inside. Don’t like the fall out that comes with application 🙁 Maybe I’ll get their lipgloss set instead.

  • Devin

    Ever Elegant looks so lovely.. do want. I’m curious if you have any tips for keeping the under-eye area clean.. I’m getting so desperate I was thinking about putting a napkin there to catch the rogue shadow, do you think that will help?

    Thanks so much!

  • Rosie in NYC(makeup freak

    I am looking for this holiday set from MAC how are ya my dear muse.And I can’t wait til try more stuff and by the way the lorac sweet temptaions gloss amazing tres chic. I love it you guys should try it <3 🙂

    • the Muse

      i’m great thanks rosie. yes, agreed those lorac sweet temptation glosses are great 🙂

  • Abbey

    LOVE these! I wasn’t going to indulge in any of this collection, but you’re changing my mind!

    • the Muse

      it’s actually fairly decent so far abbey. mac has been a little hit and miss lately but they seem to have done an excellent job with holiday 2012!

  • Audrey

    This set is just darling. I adore it! Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, Muse! 🙂

  • Lilo

    How do you usually wear these pigments? Like do you just use it as an all over lid color since they are so pigmented? Or do you layer them with matte colors? I’m trying to figure out if I’d actually use these because the colors are gorgeous but never used something like this before. 🙂

    • the Muse

      i use all over lid without issues lilo you can go bold or sheer them out. you can use them over matte shades if you want as well.

  • Kelly

    The box looks amazing, I love that minty-green colour, too bad I’m not a big fan of crushed metallic pigments so I won’t be getting any of these sets. I do like the lip sets but they come in pink boxes and I’m not a huge fan of the colour pink. This collection looks beautiful, unfortunately my preferences for products just don’t match with my my preferences for the packaging, well you can’t have everything.

  • Yuli

    I really liked your review! I’ve being looking for more info about this specific product and finally found it!Thanks! But about the release date I just checked on maccosmetics.com and this set is already for sale there! I just have a question, how much product does each jar has?

    • the Muse

      hi yuli glad you found it helpful. mac had an earlier launch, I haven’t corrected to release date, sorry about that. 0.10 oz per pot/0.40 oz total is the size

  • Tori

    I’m so happy you reviewed this! I’m getting these for christmas, so it’s nice to know how they are before hand! (: