MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment Swatches, Review, and EOTD – Vera

MAC always finds the most intriguing people to collaborate with. Sometimes I personally have never heard of them, but the fun products that are featured in these collections always inspire me to do my research.

If you search the words “Vera” and “Artist” you’re going to get a TON of hits, most of them not who you’re looking for. The artist that is known as Vera, is actually Vera Neumann. A description from the book Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon (which I thought said it best) “Legendary designer and artist Vera Neumann (1907–1993) believed in art’s ability to inspire and enrich lives. An innovator and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time, Vera built her company on a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. Known for her iconic images of cheerful flowers, trendy geometrics, and vibrant ladybugs, she believed people should surround themselves with beauty.”

In the collaboration with MAC we see a lot of what Vera was known for. In the Vera Collection three Crushed Metallic Pigment sets are available – Butterfly Party, Strawberry Patch, and today’s post of Aloha.

What the MAC website has to say about Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment:

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 reflective metallic sparkle.

12 g / 0.42 US oz

Aloha has four shades of Crushed Metallic Pigment, including – Lantern Light (metallic gold/bronze, frost); Campfire (rich copper, frost); Shifting Sands (metallic champagne, frost); and Aloha (dirty cocoa brown, frost).

Lantern Light

Lantern Light is a frosty peach gold, perfect for popping on the lid and awakening the eye.


Campfire is a deep metallic frosty copper. Such a pretty shade that truly does resemble newly shined copper.

Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands is a very frosty champagne shade. Great for making your eyes pop and to highlight with.


Aloha is my absolute favorite from the set. It’s a frosty taupe, and was the main reason I decided I needed to pick up this pigment stack.

Overall, this is a really great color combo. If you liked the colors of Call Me Bubbles Quad, but thought it too orange and bold, this might be a better choice. Keep in mind that the metallic pigments are pretty frosty. So if you don’t like that style of shadow, then this set won’t be for you.

I experienced very little fall out, though there was a very fine dusting of shimmer that I had to clean up. If you use good, firm brushes and apply carefully, the fall out should be minimal for you as well. Obviously, if you use these pigments wet, you’ll get a stronger color payoff.

For the Aloha EOTD I started out with a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion and with a MAC 239 patted Lantern Light all over the lid and through the crease. Next I took the MAC 239 and patted Campfire above the crease. Using a MAC 219 I applied Aloha to the crease and outer V and then blended it out with a MAC 226 and a bit more of Aloha. For the final pigment, I took a MAC 272 and applied Shifting Sands to the inner corner of the eye and above to highlight. I lined with Added Goodness Fluidline and applied a bit more of Aloha under the outer edge of the lower lash line. I topped off the look with MAC Plushlash Mascara.

MAC Aloha Crushed Metallic Pigment retails for $34.00 and is available at as well as at MAC counters and stores.

For more information, please see the Official Press Release.

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