October 27, 2011

MAC Ice Parade SnowGlobe Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

I could possibly spend hours staring at the the MAC Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette. It’s kinda a cool design, although a bit impractical for travel.

Let’s take a look!

After swatching this little guy I had to remind myself I was, indeed, playing with MAC Makeup. Ugh. The formula on these shadows is really subpar.

MAC will launch these with their Ice Parade Collection for Holiday 2011 and each will include six shades of eyeshadow in three different color variations of Warm, Cool, and Sultry.

The compact is pure white and features a raised dome “snow globe” that contains a dose of bright, sparkling silver glitter. Shake it and the glitter resembles falling silver sparkly snow! It’s a novel compact but it’s a bit impractical for travel and storage purposes since the raised design won’t stack easily.

Shadows are 1 gram each and you get six for $38 versus a regular size shadow at 1.5 gram at $15. Break it down and do all the interesting math and the variety and price tag evens out and proves a decent value.

Quality on the shadows was just meh for me. Some were chalky, some were flaky, some sheer…it evened out to a mismatch of stinky formulas that I wasn’t particularly thrilled with.

  • Snowball: Sheer, frosty white.
  • Howzat: Pale satin lavender.
  • Warm & Smoky: Mid-range purple.
  • Idol Eyes: Matte black
  • Illegal Cargo: Slate gray
  • Set to Dance: Dark royal matte blue.

If you generally like blues some of the cooler shades here may please you but I find the formula is a mix of both good and bad but for the most part…sad to say…it’s alot of bad rather than good.

I’ve said it more times than I can count but lately MAC’s formula feels so very foreign to me and not the quality it once was.

I’ll be purchasing the Warm Palette in this collection shortly and have hopes it’ll prove better than the Cool.

Anyone try this shade selection or any of the others yet?


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  • Majick

    Color me unmoved as well. 🙂 Sometimes I think the Holiday Values and Limited Editions are made more cheaply than the permanent stock products. JMO

  • Daniela

    uggh seriously? I’m shocked at the terrible pigment…since when did a 3 dollar wet and wild palette surpass MAC. This is kinds makes me mad bc I always found holiday hauling with MAC to be exciting and they’ve been ruining it lately…bah humbug.

  • LaurieS

    Sadness 🙁 I was looking forward to this collection but the quality of these look terrible. Wet N’ Wild is putting out better e/s these days . . .

  • divinem (Melissa)

    MAC will not be tapping my wallet this season. I’m so disappointed by the let down of such a potentially amazing collection that I won’t even get the pigments, and I’m ALL about holiday pigment sets. Nope, MakeUpForEver has won my heart this year.

    Thanks for the review!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure Melissa! same here, lots of potential in the promo images but the actual collection a bust so far 🙁