MAC Enlightening, Rock Candy, Black Grape, Lime Ice, Pink Pepper Pressed Pigments Swatches & Review

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For the second year in a row MAC has released a line of Pressed Pigments. Some are limited edition and some are set to be a part of the already permanent line.

Of the 12 shades released for Fall 2013, I have five to share with you in Enlightening, Rock Candy, Black Grape, Lime Ice and Pink Pepper.

What the MAC website says about Pressed Pigments:

An 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 natural dimension finish.
Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.

  • Enlighteningdeep silver, permanent
  • Rock Candymid-tone fuchsia, permanent
  • Black Grapedeep aubergine with multi pearl, permanent
  • Lime Iceseafoam green, limited edition
  • Pink Pepperdeep coral with gold pearl, limited edition

(swatched dry, no primer)

(swatched wet, no primer)

These are pretty to look at, bold and blendable. When used dry, they run sheer and slightly gritty. But when applied wet, they really deepen and stand out. As with pigments in general there is a healthy amount of fall-out and they’re quite glittery… but wow… so pretty to look at. I’m especially in love with Black Grape and Pink Pepper. If overload of glitter isn’t your thing, you can always use the Pressed Pigments sparingly with a matte shade or maybe a satin.

Regardless if you’re using them wet or dry, definitely use a firm brush (I like the MAC 239) and absolutely use an eyeshadow base. They wore perfectly fine over-top of Urban Decay Primer Potion, so I imagine your personal fave would also work just as well.

For more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release.

MAC Pressed Pigments retail for $21.00 and are available at your local MAC counter (try Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales) or store, as well as online at

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