When I saw the MAC Christmas Collection press release images back when they released the preview press shots (August? September?), my heart skipped a beat at both the packaging which left me drooling, as well as some of the products themselves. Last Thursday as I was driving into work I was pondering to myself about when the launch was actually going to come out (as you do), and my subconcious must have known because it was infact that day.
I ended up missing the online sale in the morning and everything I wanted was sold out by the time I’d realised it had launched, when lunchtime rolled round I picked up my car keys, practically ran to my car and said a little prayer en-route that the masses of teenagers on half term break hadn’t ransacked the store already AND that the store actually had the items in yet and it wasn’t an early online release. Luckily, both prayers were answered, not only did they have the stock, but most of the items in the store hadn’t even been swatched yet no one had got to them (whilst I hate swathing my own products for the first time, I do enjoy swathing other peoples!)
Unlike last years Christmas Collection which was pretty bright and punchy colours across the board in their Nutcracker theme. This year’s Snowball collection is pretty muted in comparison and is all about that glow with a few pops of red, for the most part it’s all about sparkle and shine. The packaging is in gorgeous rich golds and bronzes which has a gorgeous frost effect over it, the makeup collector in me had to have it.
MAC Snowball Shimmer and Spice Lipstick (£16.50)
I will say that the shade selection of lipsticks was in my opinion pretty boring, a lot of the colours were pretty samey and most were in the frost finish. I ended up picking Shimmer and Spice because it was both out of my comfort zone of what I normally wear – if I’m going to go frost, I’ll go full frost – and as well as it being completely unique in my collection. Even looking at Temptalia’s comparisons there’s nothing that’s super close to being a dupe so I feel like this was a good choice. It’s a hard colour to describe, but it’s a red-bronze duo chrome shimmer with hints of rich coppers and golds. The coverage seems semi sheer but buildable, but I think Ill end up getting most use out of this when layered over a liquid lipstick. I actually can’t wait to play with this a bit more as I don’t own anything similar in the slightest.
MAC Snowball Face Bag Peach / Contains Highlight, Fan brush & Makeup Bag (£35)
Of course the highlight I wanted had to only come in a bloody set! The collection features 4 highlighters, two of which are available individually, the other two are available in this kit, again available individually – I think personally it’s a bit of a swizz because if you want both set you end up with the same bag and brush twice, however the value of the set actually isn’t that bad IMO.
The other highlighters in this collection are £26 and are less of a special finish, these have the glittery duo-chromey hue that alludes to more expense. Add to that that the brush by itself is normally £35.50 – so if I’m looking at is as if I’ve paid another £9 for a brush (which seems lovely quality) and then a free bag I think the price is actually pretty decent.
The quality of the bag is nice enough for a freebie, but it’s not the nicest quality bag, the fur bobble feels very cheap, the sequins are easily going to pull off because they’re not properly sewn down and overall it’s very thin feeling, it is quite pretty, albeit a little tacky.
MAC Oil Control Lotion Mini & MAC Fix + Mini (£10 Each)
I’d mentioned that I was running low of my new BFF Oil Control Lotion in my favourites post and I knew within the next week or so I was bound to run out, to save myself having to come back to town (and potentially risk buying something else from the Snowball Collection), I decided it was wise to pick it up now. This stuff is magic for my oily face, especially minimising oil production on my T-Zone.
Lastly was a product I’ve not had in a while, Fix +, I know some people absolutely swear by this as a setting spray and I never got along with it, I tried, but it didn’t work for me. I do however like it for wetting a brush for eye-shadows and I thought the smaller size would both be better for travel, and due to be really only needing a tiny amount at a time would last me a lot longer if I kept it exclusively for eyes. I’d rather have a smaller bottle taking up less space!
Let me know if you picked anything up from MAC recently, or the Snowball Collection in the comments!