MAC Warming Heart Pressed PigmentMAC Warming Heart Pressed Pigment ($21) is a light, peach-pink with a very shimmery translucent finish. MAC describes the product as a "creamy highlighter with a versatility of finish" meaning that you can achieve a variety of finishes depending on how you apply them. You can apply the pressed pigments dry for a sheer, shimmery shine, or wet for a bolder, more metallic look.
The reviews I've seen for these have been very mixed - but unfortunately, I've seen more less favorable reviews. For instance, Temptalia rated the MAC Pressed Pigments a "F"and said that they have some of the worst fall-out of any glittery shadows she's worked with. On the contrary, Beauty Look Book really liked the MAC Pressed Pigments and owns several shades. I follow and trust both bloggers opinions, but I also understand that it's not going to be a product for everyone unless of course, you like glitter.
I personally have always liked shimmery eyeshadows and find it hard to resist an eyeshadow that sparkles and shines. When I spotted this pigment at my local Cosmetic Company Outlet, I grabbed it right away.
The texture of the product is very soft to the touch and has a creaminess about it much like the MAC Extra-Dimension products. Despite that, it's also gritty (not dry, though) and crumbly. The product is very delicate and you have to make sure not to apply too much pressure to it with your application tool.
MAC Warming Heart swatched dry and wet
ApplicationGetting these pigments to work for you will highly depend on your application method. You will need a base with these as you would any pigment. If you're prone to oily lids, a sticky base would work the best, such as Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium (Exclusive MAC PRO Product available by phone order - 1-800-387-6707). I use NARS Smudge-proof Base for all of my eyeshadows, and it works fine under a light layer of product.
The brush recommended by MAC is the MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, and although I love the 215, I don't care for it for applying this specific product. Since the product is crumbly and prone to fall-out, I wouldn't use any brush for general application (unless it's flat and dense). For applying dry, my favorite tool is my finger and lightly pressing it onto my lids. Usually for pressed pigments (such as L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows) I like using a disposable sponge applicator because it picks up a lot of product, but since this product is indeed chunky, it doesn't adhere to the sponge evenly and when it touches the eyelid, bits will crumble and fall. I've heard amazing things about the MAC Sponge Applicators, specifically for use with these pigments. I believe they're silicone-based, and many have said that they spread the product on the skin better than any other tool. (I have yet to try them) When applied wet, I like using a flat shader brush such as the MAC 242 Brush and lightly dabbing the product onto my lids.
MAC Warming Heart Pressed Pigment applied over Nars Eyeshadow Base
Regardless of how I wear this product I still get a little fall-out of glitter on my cheeks after hours of wear. It doesn't bother me greatly, but because of it, I don't reach for it often. I've used it on my cheekbones for a highlighter and lightly rubbed into my blush for a little bit of a glow, but I really didn't find it to be the best highlighter either. I prefer a highlighting product with more uniform shine - this product is just sparkly.
Would I recommend these? No. There is no doubt that most of the shades are pretty, swatch beautifully and look beautiful on the eyes. But they require too much work to apply correctly, and avoiding fall-out is almost inevitable. When used with a sticky/tacky base and the MAC Sponge Applicators, there are some that reported zero fall-out, but if you don't already own those products, you'll have to invest the extra $12 for the pack of applicators and at least $20 for a sticky eyeshadow base. I'd rather just skip the pigment all together. That's just me, though! :)
Have you tried these? I'd love to know your thoughts!
- Gorgeous color
- Multi-purpose product
- Doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes like the loose pigments do
- Sheer (but buildable)
- You must use a base with this - specifically a sticky/tacky, glue-like base to give the glitter something to adhere to.
- Texture needs a lot of work - it should be smoother and the color and glitter should be more uniform
- Very fragile - crumbles and dents easily
- Messy - aside from the product crumbling, when I use this product, I find glitter particles on everything. My clothes, my hands, etc.
- I think you need a small level of expertise when working with this product - I wouldn't recommend for beginners