Holiday 2017 Makeup

MAC Snow Ball Collection

November 6, 2017

For the Holidays, MAC has launched the enchanting and super glamorous Snow Ball collection inspired by the festivities of the season. Available are individual items, palettes and lots of sets housed in fawn-worthy packaging. From snowflake-embossed eyeshadows and highlighters, to gilded lipstick bullets, sequined makeup bags and high-chrome shine, this is one of the first color launches that has me really excited about the Holiday season! The collection first went live exclusively at MAC online and in-stores, and have trickled in across other counters as well as e-tailers. There’s quite a bit in this collection but most of the highly coveted items sold out within minutes of launch and have not been available since neither on MAC’s website nor others like Ulta or Nordstrom. I’m thrilled to be able to feature some of the popular items but am a little disappointed I was not able to get my hands on the single eyeshadows. I have been eagerly checking for a restock on multiple websites for weeks now to no avail. Do note that while MAC carries the vast majority of the collection, there are other sets and items available exclusive to certain retailers like Nordstrom and Ulta. You may have to do some shopping around to find the sets or individual items you have your eyes on.

I’ve split my review into product category: the eyes, cheeks and lips. For the eyes this season, aside from the single eyeshadows MAC also released two Snow Ball Eye Compacts ($29.50 ea) available in Rose Gold and Gold.

MAC Snow Ball Eye Compact in Rose Gold ($29.50 / 0.28 oz) is a new, limited edition palette that contains six eyeshadows including two Dazzleshadows, two satin, one matte and one lustre formula. Rose Gold is the more neutral/warm-toned version of the Snow Ball Eye Compact and offers a beautiful range of nudes and pinks that melts into a dramatic copper. The shadows are housed in a slim compact that features a crushed silver metallic design and comes with a double-ended brush. Packed with smooth, rich pigment, the shadows are easily blended and long-wearing. I was very impressed by this palette not just in terms of pigment or wear time, but also by how easy it was to navigate the colors into one full look as they came together harmoniously not needing a lot of work or an outside color to complete a cohesive look.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

  • Winterlude – is a warm, light beige with subtle peach undertones and has a satin finish
  • No Curfew – is a warm, light to medium brown with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
  • She Sparkles – is a neutral, light gray with silver/pewter sparkles and has a metallic finish (Dazzleshadow)
  • Shiver of Delight – is a warm, medium rose gold copper with red undertones and has a metallic finish (Dazzleshadow)
  • Budding Passion – is a warm, medium to deep copper brown with red undertones and has a lustre finish
  • Drama in the Snow – is a neutral, medium to deep brown with light gray undertones and has a matte/satin finish

Swatched on the arm

For the cheeks we have two gorgeous highlighters in Here Comes Joy and Happy Go Dazzlingly.

Heres Comes Joy ($34 / 0.35 oz – 10 g) is a warm, light copper gold highlighter with peach undertones and has a pearl finish. The powder has a subtle sheen with soft color deposit and medium, buildable color coverage. It has a smooth almost creamy feel that is easy to blend, applying evenly to the skin and did not emphasize my pores nor skin texture. Wear time is quite impressive, lasting well over eight hours.

Happy Go Dazzlingly ($34 / 0.35 oz – 10 g)  – is a warm, light to medium gold with yellow undertones and has a luminous finish. This powder also has medium, buildable color coverage with pigment falling more on the softer side and does not really produce that high-impact glow MAC claimed it would in their descriptions of the respective highlighters. It has a smooth almost creamy feel with light shimmer that you can blend out or layer for a glimmering shimmery highlight. This highlighter wore for well over eight hours as well.

Swatched on the arm

Lastly are the lips. The Snow Ball collection has six lipsticks in cool Frost, Matte and Amplified shades. These have really good pigment producing medium coverage in just one swipe – buildable to full in less than two. They have a very airy feel to them and glide on the lips smoothly. Lasting power is about average for a lipstick, they will fade after a few hours and transfer to cups if you drink, but I don’t mind reapplying.

  • I’m Glistening ($17.50 /0.1 oz – 3 g) – is a neutral, medium to deep taupe brown with subtle red undertones and has a metallic finish
  • Holiday Crush ($17.50 /0.1 oz – 3 g) – is a warm, medium to deep rosy gold with peach undertones and has a metallic finish

Swatched on the arm

Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones. The swatches below feature one coat of color.

And that concludes my look at the MAC Snow Ball collection. There’s a lot to choose from and the items listed above were high on my priority list. While I’m still a little bummed out about not being able to acquire the single eyeshadows, I am very satisfied with what I was able to haul and have been loving every single piece. It’s just the perfect Holiday collection, if you ask me.

All items are limited edition. You can find them available now although you will have to do a little bit of hunting to gather pieces as some are steadily sold on most websites with others being exclusive to certain places only. Listed ahead are some of the retailers that carry pieces from the Snow Ball collection: MAC, Nordstrom, Ulta, and Saks.

Have you tried anything from the collection yet? What did you think?

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