October 27, 2011

MAC Glitter and Ice Collection Review, Swatches, Photos

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?

Do share!

I’m looking forward to your thoughts on this collection!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Valerie

    I only purchase the brush kit make it perfect mineralize and I like the handle, the were short (as expected it is for traveling and that what I was looking for) but they have some weight to it, they do not feel flimsy, but the S180 shed more then a couple of hair. I do not know if it was because it was new will see. 🙂

  • Laci

    I just picked up Morning Frost and Let’s Skate Paint Pots. Those are really the only products from this collection that interested me at all.

  • Sarah S.

    I loved this collection, actually! I think people who have been following MAC for a few years are bound to see a rehash, but I was one of the people who just didn’t get the hype until this year… and I am really loving that they put out shades like Eloquent Air! I didn’t wind up getting it (Summer Shower from Fashion Flower was my weird MAC color for this year) but I would totally rock it if I had more money lying around! I’m actually grateful that I don’t feel a strong need to buy out entire collections because I just can’t afford it… I think they’re trying to have something for people who just want one or two things and people who want everything or just the crazy collectors 🙂 It seems like MAC was a gateway drug/first boyfriend to a lot of bloggers, and well, I sure wouldn’t be crazy about all the stuff I found “cute” about my first boyfriend by now!

    • the Muse

      I think it’s completely understandable that you adore it sarah ;-D anyone who is new to mac is bound to adore this….sadly, if you’ve been collecting a while you can def see a rerun of products plus the quality has changes some or at least I think so.

  • Rachel

    In this economy, I think it is very sweet of MAC to come out with a collection that I do not a single piece from. 😉

  • Beauty and the Scientist

    I only got Morning frost I love it 🙂 this collection was a bit too glittery for me this year.

  • Christine

    Thanks for the reviews, Muse! I was going to get the let’s skate paint pot today, but went by MAC today and they didn’t have the paint pots in 🙁 Might not get it after all because I just got an email from Sephora saying that I’m $27 away from VIB status – might as well get something at Sephora.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure Christine how are you long time no speak. damn mac! 🙁 try nordies maybe? true…you aren’t MISSING much here tbh!

  • Susan K

    I might have to pick up She-Zam. Everything else from this collection, a big meh

    • the Muse

      She-Zam isn’t new Susan, just check your stash before indulging, repromote!

  • Majick

    Eloquent Air looks like it’s meant to be worn over other colors to give them that sparkley frosty look. Try some in the center of your bottom lip over another lippie (go for one that is a cream so the silver frost will show).
    I’m really glad this collection isn’t killing me.

  • Ryan

    I really like eloquent air. I’d wear it by itself. But I’m obsessed with pale, frosty 60s shades. Damn those 60s.

        • the Muse

          always ;-D but not on my lips haha! you too! can’t wait! Big Halloween Bash this weekend ;-D I’m hyped!

          • Majick

            Halloween is my biggest holiday. I’ll send a little good energy your way! 😉

  • Andrea

    Thanks for sharing, Muse!

    I just in my Glitter and Ice order today, and I’m really excited to test it all out. I’m interested in seeing how Eloquent Air and She-zam layer over other lippies, stains, etc. I’ve been really into unexpected shades lately. My latest lemming after the silver Glitter and Ice lippies is Illamasqua’s green gloss. I can’t bear to pay overseas shipping for it, but it’s so intriguing!

    • the Muse

      andrea if you can rock totes applaud you girl! I look evil dead girl like with it on ;-D! I hear ya 🙁 maybe find a brit on a makeup forum to cp for ya?! 🙂

  • mtx

    I purchased the Morning Frost today 🙂
    I swathed it on my hand and I just couldnt resist to have it :p

  • Kerry

    I bought soft sable lipstick as an alternative to the unfortunate elequent air..kinda comes off the way I wanrted it too. I got shimmermint, frozen blue and fresh ice ..love the iceyness of them..Im sure thats not a word ah well. Also got the paint pot lets skate and lastly a gloss..pleasure principle. i am nc or nw 15-20. So lets say I

  • Kerry

    CONT..i EMBRACE THE ICE PRINCESS LOOK!! sorry to use caps..I am combing these futuristic white/silvers with a bronzy cheek. I really love the Spun whatever its called lippie..its freakishly fair..actually makes my complexion look darker because its so milky..

  • Kerry

    the last time I bought this much from a colllection was the venomous villans

  • Kimryan8

    Hi Muse
    I got the Paint Pot – Lets’ Skate. It’s super cool! It has some pink iridescent glitz. I am wearing it today with a little bit of Urban Decay Woodstock on the edge of my lids. Looks WAY COOL.

    This is my first MAC paint pot and I really like it but I think I made a mistake using UDPP underneath. Holy dryness!