Thursday, October 20th, 2011

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powders

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powders ($24.00 for 0.35 oz. each) include two, limited edition shades: How Beautiful! (pale shimmering beige) and Snowglobe (frosty pink beige). The collection is slated to hit stores on October 27th. Beauty powders are soft, sheer to semi-sheer products that can be used on the face as a highlighter or finishing powder, but occasionally they’ll be pigmented enough (or your skin tone may be light enough) for them to be used as a bronzer/blusher. The two featured in this launch lend themselves more as highlighters, even on lighter complexions.

How Beautiful! is a light-medium beige-bronze with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It’s warmer and less frosted compared to MAC Belightful. It’s very, very sheer. It may be a subtle bronzer on the most porcelain of skin tones, but even that may be a stretch. My arm, which is around NC20, barely shows the product once it is blended out. It’s a nice way to add a hint of warmth (without being orange or gold) to the skin, and the sheerness should allow for easy application for both cool and warm skin tones. I will caution that on medium to dark skin tones, the effect is minimal, so you may prefer something with more oomph.

Snowglobe is a pale pink-white with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It’s even sheerer than How Beautiful! because even the heavy swatch looks sheer. It’s pinker than MAC Lightscapade but lighter than MAC Light Sunshine. The upside of something this sheer is that despite its overall paleness in color, it doesn’t appear chalky or powdery, just because there is little product to be seen.  It’s not too cool-toned that it cannot be worn by warmer complexions, and even if it leaned that way, the sheerness makes it fuss-free no matter the tone.  I could see this working as a light finishing powder on paler beauties.

Both of them had soft textures that leaned on the drier side, but this seemed to be minimized when applied with a brush.  The packaging is a glossy white with silver lettering, and inside the compact is a full-sized mirror.  I was only able to achieve six hours of good wear with these, but by the eighth hour, most of the product had disappeared.

The Glossover


MAC How Beautiful & Snowglobe Beauty Powders Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The major issue with this product was the shorter wear time, which isn't even a full work day (or school day)! The texture could be a smidgen softer to enable more product to loosen and be applied, so perhaps it would become more buildable. I felt like I had to really layer it on to get it to show on my skin tone.











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MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC How Beautiful! Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder

MAC Glitter & Ice Beauty Powder
MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder on cheek bones, How Beautiful! below cheek bones

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, October 27th, $24.00 each.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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44 thoughts on “MAC How Beautiful & Snowglobe Beauty Powders Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. You swatches of Snowglobe reminds me of how Lightscapade looks on my ultra fair skin. 😉

  2. rachel

    snowglobe looks so pretty!

  3. simonetta

    I think these 2 items could be nice but I think I ll skip these! :\

  4. romvári vivien

    mac and powder:D i like it:)

  5. Melody

    Oh I love the finish of these! Kinda sheen-y. I might go check them in person. I’m like an NC5-10 but I’m really drawn to How Beautiful.

  6. Snowglobe reminds me of Shell Pearl….what do you think Christine?

  7. amna

    wow i’m bummed. they’re so sheer .. wats the point of layering and layering

  8. Ana G.

    Way too light for my NC40 skintone :-)

  9. Julia

    snowglobe looks pretty! how does it compare to play it proper beauty powder?
    thanks ; )

  10. Alicia

    Hey Christine! :) Is the top of the packaging the same as regular, just white? Thanks. xoxo

  11. Chiara

    These are perfect for my whiter-than-white skintone and I am SO digging the white packaging! Hoorah for MAC!

  12. Smidgeroo

    May I ask what your comparison between Snow Globe and Lightscapade might be? I want a backup for that soft glow effect but, obviously, Lightscapade is long gone! 😡 Thanks!

  13. Alicia

    I bought both of these – can’t wait to try them!

  14. MargieT89

    YAY for bringing back the face swatch!! :) Thanks a lot!

  15. Jo

    Think How Beautiful might be my first ever bronzer. I’ve stayed away being pale, but How Beautiful might work for contouring…Excited to see!

  16. silje

    i was wondering if you knew i mac carbonizes e/s will be relaunched?

  17. Belinda

    Not a big fan of this product but you look beautiful! What foundation are you wearing?

  18. I think “snowglobe” would be useful as a highlighter for browbone and cheekbone for my skintone. I am medium toned olive-neutral undertones. I cant think of any other ways to use though. I am sure “how beautiful” wont show at all.

  19. MichelleChefNYC

    I happen to really love MAC’s beauty powder formula, because they never look chalky and the shimmery formulations are never as disco-ballesque as many of the mineralize skin finishes… but neither of these are new or unique enough to get me to fork over the extra cash.

  20. This looks very pretty on you Christine, I prefect that angle for the face shot too :) (ps I want these so bad – on the list to Santa they go!)

  21. Zara

    christine, what foundation are you wearing in these photos? youre skin looks AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!

    • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau :)

      • nitnot

        I agree, you look amazing! May I know which shade you are wearing?

        I’m so disappointed with Guerlain service in my country! I was matched to #02 and I was like O.o I’m NC 30, and when I asked for a full face test the lady just can’t be bothered, she said it was a shame to wipe off the makeup I was already wearing (when I really didn’t mind, and I was there to buy a foundation anyway!) and tested it on my neck, which is a full one shade lighter than my face. PLEASE tell me how I’m supposed to spend $60 when I can’t even have a face test??? We don’t get testers in my country!!!

        I’ve had a full makeover at MAC, Bobbi Brown, MUFE, Estee and Chanel and this is what I got from Guerlain?? Shame on them.

  22. Liz

    while they look great on you, they look incredibly dupable when swatched.

  23. Yianna

    Hey lovely Christine thanks for the review, just wanted to ask, Do you think thank snowglobe has a more settle shine than lightscape? would u prefer it over lightscape?

    • MAC MSFs break me out, so I don’t use them except to test for readers, so I wouldn’t choose a MSF over something else normally :) Lightscapade has a more metallic finish.

  24. grace

    so dissapointing, i wish they were beauty blush powders.. with more pigment

  25. Carrie Ann

    I love the packaging. These may be subtle, but they look really pretty. I love your makeup in that photo!

  26. Allie

    I have to agree with everyone, you look absolutely gorgeous Christine! Unfortunately, I don’t think these will agree with my skintone, and I can’t justify shelling about $24 for something so sheer. :(

    Also, this is kind of off topic, but I was just wondering if we had to sign in on here somewhere or something? I’ve been following your site for about a month now and I’ve only just started commenting a few days ago, so I’m kind of clueless lol.

    Thanks for everything you do! ^_^

  27. AS

    The Guerlain foundation and those two beauty powders are a winning combination for you!

  28. Christine O

    Christine I have a request. When you take pictures of an item like this such as the MAC beauty powders, could you take a pic of the outside, top of the compact? I collect MAC beauty powders and it helps me greatly if I can see the entire compact? Just a thought………..thanks!

  29. I’m def getting Snowglobe, I find the “all over glow” feature intriguing!

  30. While the swatches don’t look that great, I must say that you look absolutely radiant in the face pics! You’re convincing me to get Snowglobe, even though I have a bazillion highlighters already!

  31. Faerie

    How does Mac’s Golden bronzer compare to How Beautiful?