MAC Warm Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition holiday compact that features six eyeshadows: Winterscape (bright taupe pearl), Magical Mist (sparkle concrete), Patina (taupe brown with golden pearl), Buckwheat (bark brown), Gaelic Gold (gold), and Midnight Flurry (dark warm black). The MAC Ice Parade Collection launches October 27th, 2011 in-stores.
Winterscape is a shimmering, sparkly white. It’s warmer than the white in the cool-toned palette, but they’re still similar–and they’re both sheer. This has a lustre finish. There are other white eyeshadows that are better.
Magical Mist is a grayish-toned brown with warm, reddish undertones. This has a lustre finish, and it is a repromote, though the good news is it seems to be more pigmented than last year. Urban Decay Wreckage is warmer and browner. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is similar but richer. MAC Era is lighter and not quite as grayish, but it is still similar.
Patina is a light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a golden sheen. This has a frost finish, and it is part of the permanent range. It has good color payoff and a very smooth, soft texture.
Buckwheat is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a shimmery finish. This has a frost finish, and it is a repromote. The pigmentation is good with a smooth texture. MAC Make Your Mark is similar but perhaps not as red toned.
Gaelic Gold is a vibrant, medium-dark gold with yellow undertones and a shimmer-sheen finish. This has a veluxe pearl finish, and it is a repromote. It also had good color payoff and a smooth feel. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is not as yellow and a bit darker. Inglot #404 is very similar but perhaps a touch darker.
Midnight Flurry is a dark, gray brown with a little burgundy hue. This has a matte finish. It’s dry and on the sheerer side. theBalm Mahna-Mahna is deeper and richer, though browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has shimmer but the base color is similar. MAC Smut is blacker and has shimmer.
The Warm palette was the best of the three six-pan eyeshadow palettes from MAC’s holiday collection. It had the least amount of duds–the only total dud in this palette is Winterscape, which was sheer and not as smooth as the other shades in the palette. Midnight Flurry was a bit stiff to work with and lacked the intensity in the formula to yield true-to-pan color, but the other four shades were better with decent to good color payoff and smooth textures.
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MAC Tartan Tale: Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Tartan Tale: Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette
Dashing Lassies Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) is a rather neutral, slightly warmed up palette.
This palette includes six eyeshadows: Bronze (copper penny), Buckwheat (frosty medium brown), A Dashing Lassie (metallic milk), Magical Mist (metallic taupe), Showstopper (dark brown), and Once Upon a Time (metallic vanilla).
Bronze is a rich metallic bronze with a copper-bronze sheen. It has a frost finish, and it looks the same as the permanent shade of Bronze, despite the different descriptions. This is the nicest and most pigmented shade of the six–but you can get it on its own, too.
Buckwheat is a medium-dark brown with soft green-gold shimmer. It has a frost finish, and it was originally launched with Naked Honey in 2009. The pigmentation is decent, but it could be a little richer. Sable seems like it would be the closest dupe from the permanent range.
A Dashing Lassie is a frosted soft white with beige sheen. It has a frost finish. The pigmentation is decent, and it could be used as a highlighter on light to light-medium skin tones; it may be too ashy as a highlighter on darker skin tones. It’s similar to Dazzlelight, perhaps not as white.
Magical Mist is a mushroom-y taupe with a metallic sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it doesn’t have the typical gritty texture of lustre eyeshadows–very little fall out as a result. I can’t think of any great dupes from the permanent range for this.
Showstopper is a dark, cool-toned sooty brown. It has a matte finish, and it has been launched on numerous occasions. Even though it swatches rather sheer, it works decently as a crease shade to darken the lid. It’s just been in so many palettes and launches, I wouldn’t be surprised if you already had it somewhere in your stash!
Once Upon a Time is a semi-sheer champagne. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It’s very sheer for a veluxe pearl–looks more like a lustre in terms of color pay off. It’s a more metallic version of Ricepaper.
The palette contains 0.19 oz. worth of eyeshadow along with a tiny 213 brush, which means you’re paying $190/oz. In comparison, if you were to buy potted eyeshadows, MAC eyeshadows run at $290/oz. and pans run at $230/oz. These palettes do offer a little more bang for your buck than if you were to buy shades individually.
The best part about this palette is how well the shades coordinate with each other. It’s very much variations on browns and beiges, and all but Bronze run on the neutral to neutral-cool end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, pigmentation seems to be lacking severely in two of the shades, and pigmentation is only top notch in one. I don’t think this palette is a must-have; at this price tag, I’d recommend Urban Decay’s Naked Palette instead for a solid neutral palette that’s not only a good deal but full of quality, too.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: The shades go together well, but too many of them are on the sheerer side of things. Given MAC’s penchant for pigment, it seems at odds with what one would expect to see in their palette.
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