MAC Vera – Butterfly Party Crush Metal Pigment Set: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

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Here’s the last of the three pigment sets released with MAC’s Vera collection… These are high quality, almost creamy feeling pigments that have great shimmer and color payoff. The packaging is great too… They all screw together so it’s easy to stash in your makeup drawer or travel with.

All of these Crushed Metal Pigments will apply brighter and more intensely if you use a dampened brush. To do this, I shake a small amount of pigment onto a palette/piece of wax paper/whatever, lightly spray my brush with Fix + Spray, then dip the brush into the pigment and apply. You don’t ever want to get the pigment in the pot wet, as it will change the consistency and can become a breeding ground for bacteria (yuck).

The three limited edition Crushed Metal Pigment sets are $34 each, which is a great deal considering that it comes with four pigments per set, where normal sized pigments are $20 each! You don’t get as much in these sets, but trust me, you will probably not even use up this whole thing over the next 5 years. A little bit goes a long way! Some of these sold out faster than others, but you can get what’s still available at any MAC store, counter, or online at

Butterfly Party is the cool kid of the bunch, meaning the colors in this set are all on the cooler, more blue side of the color spectrum. I don’t tend to be drawn to colors like this but I really like these. The pigmentation is great, even when applied dry. I guess blues, aquas and purples used to be way out of my comfort zone but they’re actually super flattering with my light skin and dark brown eyes (no surprise… blues compliment browns nicely). I’ve used these on all different skintones and they look great on everyone. I am so impressed with all of the pigments in this collection!

Clockwise from top left: Rain Drop, Butterfly Party, Desert Cloud, Moss Garden
Clockwise from top left: Rain Drop, Butterfly Party, Desert Cloud, Moss Garden
Clockwise from top left: Rain Drop, Butterfly Party, Desert Cloud, Moss Garden
Swatches taken on NC15 skin in natural sunlight. Swatches applied dry. Left to right: Rain Drop, Moss Garden, Butterfly Party, Desert Cloud
Rain Drop

Rain Drop:   This is a “metallic teal”. It’s a mid-deep, true teal and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Since it’s one of the darker colors in the set, I tend to use it in my crease with Moss Garden all over the lid. I also like using Rain Drop below my lower lashline when I’m wearing the Crushed Metal Pigments from the Aloha set on the upper area of my eye. Teals and coppers look fantastic together!

Moss Garden

Moss Garden:   Moss Garden is described as a “metallic silver green”, which is spot on. It’s a really nice lid color or used in the crease if you want to put Rain Drop all over your lid for a smokey teal eye. This is also a great lid color to mix with other colors in this set.

Butterfly Party

Butterfly Party:   This color definitely shows up lighter and brighter on the skin than it does in the pot! It’s a beautiful, “bright lilac”, although I see some warm, fuchsia undertones hiding in there too. It’s super bright, even when applied lightly and dry. You can use this as a lid color, liner, crease color… Whatever. It’s super versatile and probably my favorite color out of all the pigments in the Vera collection.

Desert Cloud

Desert Cloud:   Desert Cloud is a “deep blue purple”. It’s a dark, rich, cool purple with a hint of lighter shimmer to it. It applied heavily, so if you want a light wash of this color, I would use a brush like a 222 and a light hand! It works well all over the lid for a purple, smokey eye. I also like using this one with a damp 209 brush as a liner.

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