A holiday collection on the cutting edge of cool
MAC has always caught our attention when they partner with cutting edge performers (Lady Gaga, RuPaul, Cindy Sherman) but their latest inspiration had Tyna triple toe looping for joy before we even laid eyes on the collection. This holiday season MAC took a cue from the most glamorous and dramatic sport of them all, ice skating – releasing Glitter and Ice, a limited edition series of products packaged as cool as ice and with enough theatrics to wow any judges.
Best of all, MAC teamed up with one of our very favorite ice divas ever, Johnny Weir. As an ice skating fan from Pennsylvania, it was impossible not to follow and root for the lithe, little skater since he first caught the attention of the local papers. Over the years, we cheered as the wee skater grew into a confident and glam champion with three US titles to his name. So we couldn’t think of a better artist of the ice to inspire this 32 piece collection – full of icy hues, lots of glitter and some show stopping reds – all wrapped up in sleek silver boxes and white packaging.
Mineralize eyeshadows were the perfect choice for this collection, all twirly and snow-stormy looking. Not surprisingly, they’re all on the cool and frosty side, which you’d expect for an icy launch. I like Mineralize shadows, but honestly, I usually get more from looking at them than I do wearing them! Especially the lighter shades, because they are so frosty. But when applied, especially wet, they’re a beautiful product, and these were just that. Out of the six, we got a chance to see three…
Hold That Pose! is a swirl of mauve, gray and a vein of bronze. Applied it’s a pinky gray that’s quite pretty.
Shimmermint is a minty blue-green with chunky silver white glitter. It reminds me of slightly more mint and glittertastic version of the Cakeshop shade stick.
Snow Season is a pinkish nude with touches of lavender and bronze through it. Applied, it’s a warm pink with a golden shimmer. This shade really mesmerized me.
We also got a chance to check out one of the three Paint Pots. I’m a HUGE paint pot fan. I collect and covet them like (insert whatever kids collect and covet these days). They’re creamy and blendable, and once dry they stay put with minimal creasing. Favorite cream shadows ever.
Let’s Skate! is a light, baby pink with gold and magenta micro shimmer that has me puzzled in the prettiest of ways. In the pot, the gold shimmer is minimal and the magenta is absolutely invisible. But applied, the pink base pretty much disappears, the gold shimmer jumps to the front and the magenta comes out of nowhere. It gives me the overwhelming desire to apply it over my whole face!
Shown above are also the two Technakohl Liners we tested. Smooth Manoeuvre is a black with a micro fine silver pearl and a nice amount of pigment. Silver Skates is a light silver. Too light for me personally (I don’t really get light liners). But it could be pretty on the waterline. I love that these have such a fine, precise point. The long wear is a plus too.
Skating up to the Nail Lacquers, two of the three put on a show for us. Festive Finery is a medium dark greyed grape with a creme finish. And Get Noticed! is pure siren polish, a bright red with a creme finish. Both are beautiful.
I’ve loved Dazzleglass ever since it came out. As the name suggests, they are rather dazzling; glitter and shimmer packed. It makes for quite the special occasion lip. We checked out two of the six in this launch: Love Alert, a pinky popsicle red with fine pink glitter, and She-zam, a clear gloss packed with fine silver glitter and a scattering of pink.
We also got a closer look at Dazzleglass’ Lipstick color counterparts. Such Flare! is a blue-based matte red. I buy versions of this shade over and over again, so obviously I love it. And Eloquent Air is a light but pure shimmery silver.
Here are the descriptions for the ENTIRE launch…
Let’s Skate! – Pale pink with pearl
Morning Frost – Shimmering champagne taupe
For Effect – Black with pearl
$18.50 U.S./$22.00 CDN
Mineralize Eye Shadow
Fresh Ice – White silver mélange
Snow Season – Soft taupe mélange
Hold That Pose! – Pale mauve mélange
Frozen Blue – Blue silver mélange
Shimmermint – Pale green mélange
Winterized – Dirty purple with silver, indigo, and pink mélange
$21 U.S./$25 CDN
Snowglobe – Frosted pinky beige
How Beautiful! – Pale shimmering taupe
$24 U.S./$29 CDN
Unconditionally Fabulous – Super sparkle white (frost)
Get Noticed! – True bright red (crème)
Festive Finery- Dirty mid-tone greyed violet (crème)
$16 U.S./$19 CDN
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Whirls & Twirls – Sheer pink with gold pearl (glaze)
Double Spin- Pale mauve pink (cremesheen)
Soft Sable – Cool frosted taupe (frost)
Eloquent Air- Sheer white silver (glaze)
Such Flare- True red (matte)
What Joy! – Deep berry (satin)
$15.50 U.S./$18.50 CDN
Pleasure Principle – Clear white violet, teal, and white pearl
Dressed to Dazzle – Pale dirty pink red and gold pearl
Glitter and Ice – Light nude with white and gold pearl
She-zam – Sheer silver with silver and red pearl
Love Alert – Raspberry red with red pearl
Spanking Rich – Raspberry pink with red and gold pearl
$19.50 U.S./$23 CDN
Bad, Bad Black – Black
$15 U.S./$18 CDN
Silver Skates – Silver with pearl
Going for Gold – Gold with pearl
Seasonally Spicy – Brown with pearl
Fancy Moves – Violet with pearl
Practice Makes Perfect – Navy with pearl
Smooth Manoeuvre – Black with pearl
$16 U.S./$19 CDN
So readers, will you be taking any of Glitter and Ice for a twirl?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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