November 23, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Glitter and Ice, Ice Parade, Dazzlesphere! Collection

Holiday collections are out and M.A.C released a huge one divided into three sub-collections: Glitter and Ice, Ice Parade and Dazzlesphere!. I bought a little bit from each and thought it'd be best to review them all together in one post.

Glitter and Ice
  • Morning Frost Paint Pot: This is the only product that really interested me and thought it would get most use. It's a frosty pale taupe-silver champagne that looks beautiful on the lid or on the inner corner as a highlight. The packaging has a white cap as opposed to their signature black to go with their winter-theme collection. Paint Pots can be worn on its own as a cream eyeshadow or as a base to intensify powder eyeshadows. It has a creamy texture that is easy to blend and can be built up for more pigmentation but sometimes if you layer on too much, it starts to look cake-y. I like to use a brush for more precise application but fingers work just as well as the warmth of your fingers will help blend the product.

Ice Parade
From this collection, I only bought two lip bag sets:
  • Iced Delights Lip Bag/Sultry: This set has neutral pink-y brown colors that I think can work on almost any skin-tone and easily go from a day to night look. It comes in a metallic silver-clear snow globe inspired bag and the packaging for each product is white. The set contains:
    • Deelight Cremesheen Glass: Permanent shade, it's a medium neutral pink-y brown. Doe-foe applicator with a smooth non-sticky texture. 
    • I Love Winter Lipstick: Limited edition shade, Cremesheen fnish, light-medium rose-y pink beige.
    • Boldly Bare Lip Pencil: Permanent shade, warm pink-y brown. The size is a mini, about 2/3 of their regular lip pencils.
  • Melt Your Heart Lip Bag: This set contains two Lady Gaga Viva Glam Lipsticks that are both limited edition. I missed out on the first Gaga lipstick so I'm glad I could still get it in this set. It comes in a similar bag like the Iced Delights Lip Bag sets but in metallic red. As you would buy any other Viva Glam lipstick, 100% of the proceeds go to the M.A.C AIDS fund. Descriptions of the lipsticks are:
    • Gaga: Lustre finish, bright light cool pink
    • Gaga 2: Amplified finish, light beige-nude

I bought all three Crushed Metallic Pigment sets as the first time I bought them was during the Surf, Baby! Collection and loved them. They're similar to the regular Pigments but have a slightly denser texture that sort of ball-up in the the container. You use them like any other eyeshadow, although it can get a little messy as it's in a loose form. Most have high pigmentation with a smooth texture but a few are on the lighter, shimmery finish with a slightly gritty texture. You can also use these wet with a damp brush for more of a metallic look. They're in duo-stacked containers that actually can be connected all together if you remove the lids of each stack. Each set comes in a round plastic ornament packaging which  might be cute but I find a little wasteful and unnecessary. All swatches are applied dry, the colors in each set contain:
  • Berry Ornament:
    • Pearl: pale frosty pink-white
    • Rose Light: frosty light rose-pink
    • Spicy Smokey: frosty medium rusty cranberry red
    • Roasted Chestnut: frosty dark chocolate golden brown

  • Plum Ornament:
    • Misty: shimmery pale silver
    • Seasonal Cool: shimmery-iridescent medium warm taupe-bronze
    • Light Violet: shimmery light pink-y lavender
    • Grape: frosty dark warm-purple

  • Smokey Blue Ornament:
    • White as Snow: frosty silvery-white
    • Silver Sleet: frosty light silver
    • Wintersky: shimmery medium royal blue
    • Dark Moon: shimmery black with silver sparkles

I'm pretty happy with everything I got but my favorites are the Crushed Metallic Pigment sets. I love using the lighter shades as highlighters for the inner corners of the eyes as it gives a stronger highlight impact and they  seem to last longer on me which I have a problem with regular eyeshadows fading quickly. What are your favorites from this collection?

Glamour Girl

1 comment:

  1. Roasted Chestnut looks nice! But I don't like they put pigments in a jar like that.


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