Well….MAC Glitter and Ice Collection proves interesting, that much it gets from me. I got a few pieces today in the mail and here are my thoughts so far.
Makeup is about expression. There’s nothing like turning yourself from ordinary to extraordinary with a little eyeliner and mascara. And of course, most important makeup colors, finishes, products, etc…are all about what you like and what you enjoy using.
But in my opinion and perhaps yours too, you might find some of the pieces in the MAC Glitter and Ice Collection not quite wearable. I love MAC for pushing the letter, refusing to conform to the norm, and just being unique and original (that part can be debated at times) but sometimes I question their mentality with certain shades and products particularly ones released with Glitter and Ice.
The name is both misleading and fitting. You have alot of cool, frosty shades here full of sparkle and shimmer. Mmm, yes fitting for the Holidays, fitting for the Winter season…but they also add in a Sci-Fi edge to the colors and products that isn’t particularly fitting the season. No one loves sci-fi more than me but I’m not rocking it for Christmas and I doubt you will be either.
A good example of poor color choices here would be the MAC Lipstick in Eloquent Air which is a white silver shade. If you love it, I applaud you and appreciate your creativity if you can rock it. However, it seems such a unusual shade that quite possibly won’t sell well. Anyone with me here? I draw out disappointment when I see shades like this because it simply feels too surreal for me to even attempt using.
MAC Glitter and Ice has alot these strange little shades but Eloquent Air does prove the worst offender.
Outside of that, the other pieces in the collection I tried out do run rather cool and aren’t fitting for my particularly skin color but those who enjoy such shades will find great ways to rock out. One thing that deserves a yay is the mirror box packaging. It definitely feels edge-y Christmas to me. The white tubes of the makeup definitely keep things crisp and clean.
Items I tried….
MAC Glitter and Ice Technakohls
From what I’ve seen from these I’d say go ahead and haul. MAC’s Technakohl’s have always been a solid eyeliner. My only beef with these is they lack a sharpener but outside of that the formula is creamy, has a great glide, smudges easily, and wears well on my waterline.
Going for Gold: This is a festive shimmering gold shade, a little brassy.
Smooth Manoeurve: This is a nice, solid black with pearl.
Both colors I tried are worth grabbing up but aren’t unique if you already own a black or gold eyeliner.
MAC Glitter and Ice Paint Pots
I’m excited about the Paint Pots in this release and of course, the formula has always been a good, solid performing product that works great as an all over color wash or as a base for powders, pigments, and other loose media.
Morning Frost: This one is a shimmering champagne taupe. I’m not one for taupes but I like the shade very much particularly the twinkle and shimmer it has! It actually proved my favorite product in this lot of samples.
MAC Glitter and Ice Lipsticks
I haven’t seen the other shades in the collection yet but I’ve already expressed my dislike of Eloquent Air above. Let’s hope the other shades aren’t as unwearable.
Eloquent Air: A bit of a ridiculous shade of sheer white silver that isn’t impossible to wear but probably will feel like it is or at least I think so.
Such Flare!: This one is a true red matte shade. I can’t personally wear this one but it is a very festive red and fitting for the Holiday season!
MAC Glitter and Ice Dazzleglass
Dazzleglass is always a great formula as far as I am concerned. It’s sparkly, has a long wear time, and a fabulous brush applicator for layering!
Love Alert: Feels a little Valentine’s Day to me but the shade is a raspberry red that can easily be spiced up with deeper lipstick for a festive holiday pout!
She-Zam: This is a sheer silver with silver and red reflection. I think the silver and red shimmer make this unique and different. It can be worn alone but I think the color makes a rather good companion with a lipstick.
MAC Glitter and Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
I’m quite a fan of these shadows for the most part but I think MAC has overdone them in recent years plus sometimes the formula can veer into the realms of either being too frosty or too shimmery but baked shadow lovers can probably get on board regardless.
Frozen Blue: MAC says this is a mix of both silver and blue but I honestly get pure metallic silver from this one when swatched and applied. It does have a certain iciness which could be from the blue veining but outside of that you won’t catch alot of blue in the mix.
Winterized: This is a dirty purple with siwlrs of silver, white, pink, and indigo. Sadly, all of the extra colors turns the shade into a blackish gray.
Overall, MAC Glitter and Ice proves just ok for me so far. I’m not sure I’m getting too excited about the other shades in the collection after trying these pieces. It’s a mix of both repetitive shades versus ones that are unwearable or at least that’s the case for me. Packaging does get props as it not only works the Sci-Fi angle but also feels very Holiday-ish with the mirrored boxed and white tubes, jars, etc…not traditional Holiday mind you but definitely edge-y Holiday fun but the shade selection is far from the same feeling!
After seeing these photos and swatches what do you think of MAC Glitter and Ice?
What’s on your list to haul?
I’m looking forward to your thoughts on this collection!