Enlightening, Flicker, Deeply Dashing, Day Gleam
MAC Pressed Pigments in Enlightening, Flickr, Amethyst, Blonde Streak
I already spoke about my opinions in my Video Review: MAC Strength and MAC Pressed Pigment Swatches, Review, but here is my written review with photo swatches of the MAC Pressed Pigments. In the press sheets I received, these pressed pigments are supposed to be limited edition, but from what I heard from the counter, these are permanent additions.
I was able to try out several of these products, and the swatches are above. The swatches were applied dry. I also created an eye look using one of the pressed pigments called Flickr which I think is my top favorite. You can check out my MAC Pressed Pigment look via the link above.
MAC describes this product as "(a)n intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching, sheer-to-moderate, buildable coverage and a natural dimension finish."
I had Deeply Dashing and Day Gleam from a previous collection with the MAC Sculpting Creams when the Pressed Pigments were first released. This was released maybe four months ago. Deeply Dashing is described as a high pearl powder in the NW55 shade, and Day Gleam is a high pearl powder in the NC30 shade. Flicker as I said is my personal favorite, a pastel yellow metallic that really refreshes and makes the eyes look more awake when placed on the middle of the lid. Light Torch is a high pearl powder in W10 shade. Blond Streak is a light cream. Enlightening is a deep silver which is also quite pretty as a product to place sparingly on the center of the lid to make your eye shadow look pop.
Blue Willow is a nice icy blue and great with cool shades. Smoky is a deep silver blue that is one of my favorites along with Flickr. Amethyst is a purple with silver undertone.
Let me reiterate my review on the formula from my Video Review:
To my eyes, these are not pressed regular pigments from MAC. One look and you would know that these are pressed crushed metallic pigments - the ones you see in holiday sets and in some spring and fall collections. These pressed versions are far too metallic and flaky to be just the regular pigments from MAC.
Speaking of flaky, these will flake off your lids and will migrate to different parts of your face or body. This is my biggest gripe about this product. There is no way I will apply this dry on my lids even with a good primer. It will definitely flake off my lids and the glitter will travel everywhere. I strongly suggest that you use a tacky base underneath this product, AND apply it foiled (wet) using a mixing medium like MAC Fix+. I did have a relatively easy time with Flickr, that's why it's my favorite pressed pigment. It stayed put on my lid after I applied a tacky base underneath and foiled using Fix+.
All in all, the pressed pigment is not my favorite MAC product as it does have a tendency for major fall-out and migrating to different parts of the face. I wish that this product adheres better on the lids without taking all the precautions against fall-out that I'd mentioned. In short, I wish there's an easier way to apply the pressed pigments without the flaking and fall-out. The shades are really nice and I like how they really made the lids look shimmery and pretty, but I just wished they'd stay put better.
Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.