I signed up for an alert through MAC so that I could jump on the collection as soon as it hit the website. Sure enough, the email notification came and I hopped on to shop. I had already studied the collection through various blogs and press releases so I had some idea of what I wanted. I didn't really like that so many of the products came in sets--I never like everything in every set! I landed on Such Flare! lipstick and the Cool Snowglobe palette. I just got them today and wanted to swatch them immediately. I didn't look at anyone's swatches before I got my order because I wanted it to be a surprise. Needless to say, I was.
Let's start with the good...
Such Flare! Lipstick
Color description (from MAC): True red.
Price: $15.50 Limited Edition
|I loved the silver packaging :) I'm a sucker for holiday anything!|
|Sorry the label is a little hard to see, silver on white never quite works ;)|
|As you've probably already seen, the Glitter & Ice lipsticks come in white lipstick tubes.|
|Such Flare! So red and pretty.|
Now onto the bad...
Shadows included: Snowball, Illegal Cargo, Idol Eyes, Warm & Smoky, Howzat, Set to Dance
|I thought the box was cute :)|
|This is the top of the palette, which has an actual snowglobe-like bubble filled with water and tons of glitter.|
|These are the 6 shadows that come in this palette. They look fabulous, right? Looks can be deceiving :(|
|Snowball - Now only did it take an insane amount of grinding this into my skin to get any sort of color at all, but you can still barely see anything! It's super patchy, super dry ... sigh. This shadow desperately wanted to be Fyrinnae Otherworld (see swatch HERE), but never made it there.|
|Idol Eyes - This had so much promise, but it took more effort than it should have to get it this noticeable. Would have been gorgeous otherwise! A purple with a gold flash because of the gold flakes of glitter.|
|Howzat - This was a silky feeling slate gray. Again, not a lot of payoff.|
|Illegal Cargo - This was probably the most successful of all of them. It's silky, moderately pigmented, and actually applied reasonably well to my skin. It's a pretty lilac.|
|Warm & Smoky - This is definitely pretty, but again, took so much effort to get this much payoff out of. It's a medium purple with an aqua flash. Why couldn't this have performed better????|
|Set to Dance - MAC described this as a dark royal blue ... blue? Patchy charcoal is more like it. Fail, fail, fail.|
I am so pleased with Such Flare! lipstick. It is everything I wanted and expected. Like most matte lipsticks it's a bit drying, but that's to be expected--I just use a little lip balm beforehand. The Snowglobe palette ... where do I begin? It could have been great, but it was far from it. I have a soft spot for MAC because it was my first high-end makeup love, but I'm so tired of the sub-par performance from half of the limited edition collections MAC has released lately. Why put out such horribly performing products? Why aren't they thrown out the second they're tested? Needless to say, I'm returning the palette, which is another headache because you can't return MAC products you order online in the stores. Blah. Disappointed.