Thursday, September 29th, 2011

MAC Ice Parade Collection for Holiday 2011

Launch Date:  October 27th, 2011 (North America), November (International)

6 Snowglobe Eye Shadows/Cool, 6 Snowglobe Eye Shadows/Warm and 6 Snowglobe Eye Sh adows/Sultry. Wrapped in abstract, geometric or circular op art packages, these gifty giftables bring six times more heat to the chilliest time of th e year!

Cool Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00. / $45.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Howzat Pale lavender (Satin) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Snowball Frost white (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Warm & Smoky Medium purple (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Idol Eyes Silvered violet with gold (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Illegal Cargo Slate (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Possible repromote; descriptions are very different)
  • Set to Dance Dark royal blue (Matte) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Warm Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Buckwheat Bark brown (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Gaelic Gold Gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Patina Taupe brown with golden pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Magical Mist Sparkle concrete (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Winterscape Bright taupe pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Midnight Flurry Dark warm black (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Sultry Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Black Tied Black with silver sparkle (Velvet) (Permanent)
  • Trax Burgundy-plum with shimmer (Velvet) (Permanent)
  • Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Fun! Pink patina (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Lightfully White with pink reflect (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Festive Delight Bordeaux wine (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Cool Iced Delights Lip Bag ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fashion Whim Pink flesh(Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • Creme de Nude Pale muted peach beige (Lipstick, Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Stripdown Creamy brown-beige (Lip Pencil) (Permanent)

Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag ($38.00 U.S. / $45.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Deelight Mid-tone neutral (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • I Love Winter Passion fruit (Lipstick, Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Boldly Bare Dirty red brown (Lip Pencil) (Repromote) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Rocking Iced Delights Nail & Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kanga Rouge Bright red(Lipstick, Amplified) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Golden Blanket Translucent with silver pearl (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Asiatique Exotically classical red (Nail Lacquer, Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Pure Drama Iced Delights Nail & Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hang Up Deep berry (Lipstick, Cremesheen) (Permanent)
  • Frozen Lame Frosty nude (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Vamp Deep black wine (Nail Lacquer, Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Silver Iced Delights Eye Bag ($45.00 U.S. / $45.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silverwear / Blue Spruce Metallic lilac (Frost) (Repromote) / celadon with violet sparkles (Velvet) (Eyeshadow Duo) (Limited Edition)
  • Graphblack Black (Technakohl) (Permanent)
  • Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara (Permanent)
  • 275SE Brush (Limited Edition)

Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag ($45.00 U.S. / $54.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Taupeless / Celestial Black Lavender pink (Lustre) (Repromote) / Rich blue-black with red pearl (Velvet) (Eyeshadow Duo) (Limited Edition)
  • Purple Dash Purple (Technakohl) (Permanent)
  • Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara (Permanent)
  • 275SE Brush (Limited Edition)

Gold Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag ($45.00 U.S. / $54.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Baby, It’s Cold… / Woodsmoke Butter yellow (Frost) / Muted emerald green (Frost) (Eyeshadow Duo) (Limited Edition)
  • Brown Border Brown (Technakohl) (Permanent)
  • Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara (Permanent)
  • 275SE Brush (Limited Edition)

It Makes Perfect Brush Kit (Mineralize) ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 187SE, 130 SE, 286SE, 282SE

It Makes Perfect Brush Kit (Essential) ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 190SE, 129SE, 275SE, 266SE, 226SE

It Makes Perfect Brush Kit (Special Edition) ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 167SE, 168SE, 239SE, 217SE, 212SE

Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit ($59.50 U.S. / $72.00 CDN) (MAC Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Golden Flurry Beige with sparkle (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Soft Brown Soft golden peach brown (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Omega Soft muted beige-taupe (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Join the Party Pale peach (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Mellowarm Peach (Lipstick, Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Seasonal Appeal Orange brown (Blush) (Limited Edition)
  • 129SE, 275SE, 266SE (Limited Edition)

Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit ($59.50 U.S. / $72.00 CDN) (MAC Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Phloof! Frosted off white (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Quarry Soft muted plum-brown (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Dance in the Dark (Limited Edition)
  • Brun Muted blackish-brown (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Emancipation Light pink (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Gossip Mid-tone pinky plum (Lipstick, Frost) (Permanent)
  • Mocha Soft plum pink (Matte) (Permanent)
  • 129SE, 275SE, 266SE (Limited Edition)

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111 thoughts on “MAC Ice Parade Collection for Holiday 2011

  1. Lilly


    You’ll be mine, tiny one…

    • Nicky

      I feel as though I may agree with you on this 😉

    • Anna

      It is!
      I’ve seen the whole collection and its all pretty awesome but they brush sets are my favourite this year for sure, the mineralize set is awesome!

  2. Some of the colours are great, but…I can’t get over how much I dislike the packaging with that circle. :(

  3. I have an Illegal Cargo LE e/s from the Naughty Nauticals collection & it’s so not a frosted black.

    I hope it’s a typo on their publicist’s part ’cause I’d hate to have the same name for very different e/s colors in the same brand.

  4. Tara s

    Ohhhh I like the brush sets this year!! Nom!!

  5. Claire

    You know, I have been dreading the Mac holiday collections being posted. So much stuff that I want. We still haven’t had Posh Paradise, the new sheen supremes or Fall Colour hit the UK yet (next Tuesday online though :D)

    Will have to wait for your reviews and swatches first Christine. I don’t buy anything from Mac now without first popping on here, reading the info and going over the pictures + swatches 10 times.

    This collection and the Glitter & Ice collection…not sure if I’m feeling the white packaging. Especially with the palettes. I mean the lipsticks look nice but the palettes just look…ugly :/

    • Jen

      Where do you find out when the new collections will be available on the website? I check every day just in case, would be useful if I knew beforehand!! Thanks

      • Claire

        New collections are usually released the first Tuesday of the month on the website. Fall Colour/Sheen Supremes/Posh Paradise should all hit the site late Tuesday afternoon!!! It’s usually the Thursday after it hits counters and stuff :)

  6. Sarah

    The brushes… *Swoon* And the vampy lip package….yum

  7. Warm Eyeshadow Palette I’ll keep my eye one, Sultry Iced Delights Lip Bag is tempting and the and I’m undecided about the Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit.

  8. I love the handles of the SE brushes, but definitely don’t plan on buying them.

  9. Some nice quad eyeshadows… At last…….. 😉

  10. Liz

    holy moly this collection is awesome! I will def. be buying something from the collection!

  11. Chelsea

    I really dig the white packaging. It’s perfect for winter and it’s a clever change-up of their usual black lipstick cases and black lipglass caps.

  12. Chelsea

    WOWWWW. this is one mac collection i will give into and splurge on!
    thanks christine<3

  13. Val

    OMG. I LOVE THIS! I’m finally excited about a MAC holiday collection again!

  14. I don’t care too much for the bags but I LOVE the brushes! Can’t wait until I can buy those!

  15. amanda

    its a shame that the SE brushes are typically such crap quality. i would be all over these if it werent for that..

    • Lilly

      They’re not so crappy as you say. I usually buy all of my brushes in SE packs because:

      1) They’re the same brush, just shorter.
      2) For the price of one brush I get up to five brushes and a makeup bag.
      3) They’re great to travel with.

      I’ve always used them and they’re fabulous in my opinion, I’ve never had any issues with them at all, and I really am digging the 226SE in one of the packs ^^

      • Hey Lilly,

        They’re actually not the same brush – because they’re machine made vs. hand made. Have you used the full-sized brushes before? I’m glad you enjoy your SE brushes — I’ve used both extensively and have found there is a significant difference in quality (which has been emphasized more so over time; e.g. brush sets from 5 years ago were better than ones from 2 years ago).

        The same brush will be indicated by “SH” to represent “Short Handled” while “SE” refers to “Special Edition.” The eye brushes tend to be better than the face brushes for SE brush sets, though I have found some issues across the board. I really just wanted to say they are actually not the same brush because of the manufacturing process used.

        • I completely agree, the quality is definitely NOT the same and your answer was so thorough as to the differences. Thanks for clarifying for those who do not realize that the holiday brushes are NOT the same as the full size.

  16. Victoria

    I think the packaging looks incredibly cheap, but I’m interested in some of the products, I guess I will have to get over the packaging flaws.

  17. Carrie Ann

    Wow, the packaging is unusual. I think I like it. It looks like it might be really cool and different. :)

  18. Kira

    This collection will be the end of me. ‘Nuff said.

  19. Courtney

    i would love the face kits if the eyeshadows weren’t in a palette. i hate those little mac palettes, it’s convenient to some, but i love mine in the individual little pots :(

  20. SQUEE!!!! OMG!! And I thought the packaging for Tartan Tale was incredible, this is miles beyond that (for my tastes, I can see where it wouldn’t be for everyone)!!! There goes all the money from my new job! Oh well! :)

  21. Michelle

    the warm and sultry es palette descriptions got me wanting them since there are some es in them that i have been eyeing for a while now. can’t wait to see what your review is on them. :)

  22. I can see a lot of my money going towards this year’s selection.

  23. Janice

    Can’t wait to get them:)

  24. Mel

    I would love the lip bags but I don’t like all of the premanent lipsticks:(

  25. KC

    I’m loving the palette in the lead photo and the peach face kit. But clear bags? A bit of a let down considering the wonderfully made bags from A Tartan Tale last year.

  26. Z


  27. Promo shots are AMAZING! Bags are cute! I LOOOOVE a white lipstick bullet :) LOVE LOVE :) The colors for the holiday collection are never something I jump around for but I’ll pick up a few things for the packaging and the bags.

    The brushes are SO pretty, it’s always a shame they aren’t as up to snuff as their perm brushes (because these are SO CUTE!) lol!

  28. OGM!!! My head is going to explode!!! I want almost eveything I see in this collection!

  29. Jasmine

    The Warm Eyeshadow Palette shall be mine!!!

  30. grace

    lovee the white packaging!!

  31. Mara

    I am so underwhelmed by this collection and the packaging design. A plain, silver circle theme for the holidays? Really, MAC?!

  32. Shannon

    so many things i love!!! it will be a tough decision and probably take half my paycheck!!!

  33. Cherokee

    I want the whole collection. Everything I mean everything. Christine thanks for the heads up because I will begin saving now!!!! My official MAC Ice Parade Collection for Holliday 2011 fund starts tomorrow payday. Anyone wants to contribute just let me know. LOL I am really excited. MAC has not excited me at all this year except for the 226 brush.

  34. Melanie

    Oh Lord! What’s a girl to do?….**sees brushes and dies**

  35. Mel

    Crap that is a lot of stuff!

  36. I love the simplicity! Since it’s such a huge contrast from their normal 100% black, I think it totally stands out and is unique! Plus, I personally like simple better. It’s way classier than a bunch of tacky patterns plastered all over the packaging!

    I do hope one day though they will do something along the lines of a white bullet with black damask print on it though! *swooooooon*

    • Sarah

      They didn’t do white and black, but they did have the Baroque Boudoir collection a few years back. GORGEOUS packaging!

  37. But…but…last year’s holiday collection just happened, it feels like… (this is almost exactly the same feeling I had when Surf, Baby came out, and I always confused it with To the Beach)

  38. Laura

    I’m cautiously optimistic about the colors, I learned my lesson with brush kits with tartan tale last year…never again!

  39. Brushes 286, 282, and 168; have we ever seen these before!??
    And a white 212! Why can’t these be full sized, amazing quality ones?!

  40. As a girl who prefers colors that pack a punch I am slightly puzzled that the only thing grabbing me in this collection so far is the nude lip set.

  41. Maile

    Oh dear…well..the silvery’ll be able to FIND it….but oh…the colors…so many I want (do I NEED? NO) BUT…I’m just a make-up W***E! 😉 Of course, I’ll wait for Christine’s “review” on what to get and what not to get…..No liners…I was kind hoping for some “slick” or “fluidline” maybe even a pencil kohl collection…I think I like the colors better than the Tartan ones last year..I’ve hardly touched mine..BUT my grimy prints are all OVER JEALOUSY WAKES! ;P

  42. Ok… not keen on the packing but I’m eyeing one of the palettes! I better start saving! This plus the Too Faced holiday plus UD holiday = BROKE! But now I know what to ask for for Christmas!

  43. Saffy

    Ack, these are so pretty. I think the circle packaging is supposed to make them look like they’re in a snowglobe (I think it’s cute).

  44. Rosalinda

    I’m such a sucker for duo fiber brushes!!

  45. Brenda

    yeah, not big on the packaging but hoping to pick up the brush set with the 226!

  46. Olive

    Drool! Can’t wait for your swatches. I am so glad for your reviews, Christine, you really help me make informed choices. I may not always agree with everything I read here, but that’s why there is chocolate and vanilla, right? But I truly can’t wait to read your ratings on this collection, especially the lip bags.

  47. Amy

    The best items in this collection look like the brushes, so pretty!

  48. TAYLOR

    The packaging looks really cheap! ( and i always love mac packaging) hopefully this isn’t the official holiday collection.

  49. summerblue

    I have been waiting impatiently for MAC to come out with 2 brushes:

    1) a large full-face sized 131 brush (otherwise, I’m going the Hakuhodo next year).

    2) the paddle-shaped e/s stipping brush above — the new 282SE. I have one from the now-defunct Aromaleigh in silk, but the quality is poor, & all the ones on the market, including the full-faced 131-type brush (with the exception of Hakuhodo)are synthetic, not silk. I won’t/can’t buy a $50 brush set for 1 small brush, but I assume (keeping my fingers crossed) that they will be bringing this out in a full-size version in the near future. Can’t wait! It’s a terrific brush for applying a dusting of another shade over your base shadow.

  50. Heather

    I’ve been thinking about getting some new brushes so I think I will be picking up all three brush sets, hopefully I can get to them fast enough before they are sold out. I might pick up the Warm kit as well but that depends.

  51. Emily O.

    I’m completely bored. But I think I may just be burnt out on MAC, so perhaps my vision is jaded.

  52. Jaime

    all these holiday collections are gonna make my wallet cry. I think the packaging is unusual but could be cool! I want the Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit, the mineralize brush kit, the special edition brush kit, and the warm eyeshadow palette 😀

  53. Lorena

    everything looks so super millennium-y, lol you know what i mean, lol i like it

  54. Kat

    Hmm, the warm eyeshadow palette and face kit look interesting but I have a bad feeling that face kit will be pricey! It’s times like this a student budget just doesn’t cut it lol. Plus I dunno about the special edition brushes, I’ve heard not so great things about them in the past.

  55. Dia

    This looks like a collection to definitely check out! I can’t wait to see it all in person. I want a couple of those brush kits, but a part of me is a bit skeptical of them too – I have heard in the past that the smaller brushes are poor quality compared to the large ones. The inclusion of a 226 brush makes it desirable for me. The 167 looks different too, is that a new brush?

  56. Dani

    Wow the clear plastic bags are so cheap looking….

  57. Arianna

    THE… BRUSHES…. *____*

  58. Littlethings

    was i the only 1not impressed with the packaging? what’s with the circles?I sure hopeople in person they are real glittery or something…..

  59. I would be all over this collection, if it wasn’t for the horrible packaging. I really don’t like it. My favorite packaging MAC collections have had so far is the Baroque/Victorian packaging a few years back for the holidays. I would really love to buy the brushes, if it wasn’t the the bad quality and the tacky handles. The only thing I find myself interested in is the face sets and beauty powders. =/

  60. Krista

    I think I like the contents of this collection the most especially since Taupless is back! I used up two whole pans of that shade!

  61. Chai

    I don’t usually go and grab any of the holiday kits because shortly after the holidays, I usually see them at the Estee Lauder outlet but I’m really eyeballing the brush kit with the 187SE, 130 SE, 286SE, 282SE. One can never have enough of the dual brushes, especially MAC (even if they’re limited-edition quality)!

  62. Melanie

    awe, no blushers :(

  63. Connie

    Do the brushes in LE packaging like this have the same quality has regular MAC brushes?

  64. cute can’t wait to get my hands on the palettes.

  65. Joyce

    I think Im going to pass on this collection too.

  66. happyroach

    These are already available for pre-sale at Nordstrom (Santa Anaita, CA). I had the luxury of swatching/trying a couple of things.

    The eyeshadow palettes are quite tiny (they feel smaller than the 6-shadow palettes MAC used to release during holiday collections). Colors are okay (some are great, others dry/chalky/gritty). They are $38/each. I pre-ordered two of them.

    I also pre-ordered the dual-fiber brush set ($49.50). The fibers are quite soft for machine-made brushes. I can’t wait to use the dual-fiber eye brushes! All the brush sets are $49.50/each. The white (goat fiber) brush set is also quite nice.

    The face kits are $59/each–great value! I did not pre-order any today–I might change my mind later ;p

  67. Faded

    Ugh! This is the ugliest packaging I’ve ever seen. What a total turn off!

  68. Chris

    I went by my MAC counter in Belk (i live in South Carolina) today and they are preselling pieces of this collection. The MUA stated that this collection is set for release on Oct. 27th

  69. Katherine

    i love them. had my hands on all this and already im in the list to buy a few of them by the end of this month. :)

  70. I was at MAC today and the lady took me and a friend into the back to see all the winter collections- after seeing them on Temptalia, I just about died seeing them in real life. You see those shimmery circles on the eyeshadow palettes? They’re snow globes. Flippin’ snow globes. I didn’t get a super close look at everything, but I saw that the Fabulously Festive Face Kits and $59.50- so that’s a thing.

  71. nigal

    When I went to MAC yesterday they had the holiday collection on display and was even doing a pre sale, however I wanted ” Mocha ” lipstick and they said that it wasn’t in the holiday collection. Correct me if I’m wrong but is it not listed above in the collection?

  72. ximena

    hi…just wanted to know if the pro member discount is good for the holiday collection??? thanks

    • rosie

      unfortunately you can not use the pro member discount on holiday collections

      • rosie

        you CAN use your pro discount card when i called yesterday they told me no but i got an email today about the collection and it says pro discount is available and i was able to purchase the holiday collection using my pro discount

        • rosie

          ok i was able to purchase beauty powders eye kohls and paint pots with pro discount the only thing you can’t use it on are the kits (brush kits, makeup kits etc) and the eye shadow palettes

  73. Bouvier

    Just checked out the catalogue at local MAC counter here in Canada. The Lip bags will be $45 CAD and the Lip and nail polish were $43. Can pre purchase, collection is out Oct. 27th here in Canada as well. Can’t wait!

  74. Brittany

    There are two beauty powders not listed on here. I just preordered one in Hello Beautiful! ad the lipsticks aren’t shown either. I preordered the beauty powder and a lipstick. Can’t wait to get it!!!! :)

  75. Laura

    I don’t see any blushes or msf’s :/ those are the things I usually go for well least I’ll save some money lol

  76. Jemma

    Hello, do you know when we are likely to see the swatches and pictures of this collection yet?

  77. Pre-ordered the special edition brush set WOOT WOOT

  78. grace

    i love the face kits! are they available internationally-what does it mean mac exclusive.

  79. Joanna

    i have never tried the holiday collection brushes and have always wondered if they were actually as bad a people say…
    but on the other hand the colours in this collection are gorgeous, but the eyeshadow duos really annoy me, kind of pointless, packaging looks a bit tacky, not as good as last years bags

  80. Karen

    Hi Christine I was wondering if you will review and swatch the Festive Frost face kit that it’s exclusive in Nordstrom, looks like it’s not part from the original collection


  81. Jenni

    I got the lipgloss set (pink) and it is definately worth it. The tubes are a little shorter than the normal sizes but also a little fatter so you are getting around the same amount and you get 4. Great deal! I also picked up the sultry eye set and I love it. My coworkers saw it and now they are all going to MAC at lunch to get one. I may go too and get something else.

  82. Linda

    Hi christine,
    Can I get your opinion on the SE brushes. Do you think they are a good buy, and is the quality really that bad.