Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Ice Parade: Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition holiday compact that features six eyeshadows: Snowball (frost white), Illegal Cargo (pale lavender), Idol Eyes (silvered violet with gold), Warm & Smoky (medium purple), Howzat (slate), and Set to Dance (dark royal blue). The MAC Ice Parade Collection launches October 27th, 2011 in-stores.

  • Snowball is a cool-toned white with a shimmery finish. It has a frost finish. The color payoff of this shade was lacking; it was sheer and didn’t apply smoothly. There are many other white eyeshadows that could work instead.
  • Illegal Cargo is a medium-dark, smoky purple with really poor pigmentation and a dry, stiff texture. It has a frost finish. MAC Parfait Amour is more vibrant and pigmented. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is closer in color but more pigmented.
  • Idol Eyes is an ultra sheer smoky purple with chunky gold shimmer and silver flecks. It has a lustre finish and is part of the permanent range. MAC Parlor Smoke is similar in the base color but doesn’t have the gold sparkle. I don’t like Idol Eyes, because it’s sheer, chunky, and when worn, results in a ton of fall out.
  • Warm & Smoky is a rich, vibrant violet purple with good color payoff and a smooth texture. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It has a redder undertone than MAC Parfait Amour. Urban Decay Frigid is similar. MAC Grape pigment might be comparable as well.
  • Howzat is a purple-tinted gray with so-so pigmentation but a smoother texture. It has a satin finish and is a repromote. MAC Moody is darker, while NARS Delphes is lighter.
  • Set to Dance is a deep purple-tinted burgundy-brown. It has a matte finish and is a repromote. I have no idea how it’s described as a “royal blue,” because I couldn’t detect any blue in it at all. It had good color payoff and was rather workable for a matte finish by MAC. MAC Celestial Black is similar in base color but has shimmer. MAC Beauty Marked is redder and warmer.

For the past few years, I’ve crossed my fingers that MAC has taken note of reviews and customer feedback on their holiday palettes and amped up the quality and pigmentation of the shades they include in their eyeshadow palettes. They stand to be such a good deal with fun, pretty colors that are fun to receive or to give. I know because I remember my first set of holiday palettes by MAC; they were fantastic. Some of my favorite shades came from them–they were often better than permanent variations!

Two of the six shades had decent to good color payoff, while the other four were sheerer, and often, textures were a miss–either dry or chunky (see individual shades for specifics!). MAC can–and should–do better.  It’s so painful for me to have paid $38.00 for this and have it be so lacking.

The packaging is all white with a “snowglobe” on the top of the compact. It will rain silver glitter (“snow”) if you shake and move the compact. I think it’s cute and fun, but I can’t help but point out that it makes the palette bulkier and harder to store (you can’t stack them).

The Glossover

palette

Cool Snowglobe

D+
I would skip this palette--you could buy two or three permanent shades from MAC or comparable brand for the price of this palette, but at least you would get high quality, high performing shades.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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Sunday, May 18th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Illegal Cargo eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Illegal Cargo! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I used Lovely Lily pigment on lid (LE), Illegal Cargo eyeshadow on inner lid (LE), Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on middle of lid, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Pandamonium eyeshadow (LE) on outer crease, Illegal Cargo eyeshadow (LE) above crease, Hush eyeshadow on brow, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on lower lash line with Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow over it, Phloof! eyeshadow on inner lash line, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Don’t Be Shy blush (LE) on cheeks . I had Pomposity lipstick (LE) with Funtabulous dazzleglass (LE) on lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Lovely Lily = Pink Opal + Violet; Illegal Cargo = perm, try Shale; LE try Thunder, Pearl of the Earth; Pandamonium = Knight Divine; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Pomposity = New York Apple + Girl About Town; Funtabulous = Flashmode lustreglass

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

More Naughty Nauticals! I am LOVING the lips for this look, hands down, totally loving them.

I used Bell Bottom Blue pigment (LE) all over lid, Phloof! eyeshadow on inner lid, Illegal Cargo eyeshadow (LE) on middle of lid, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on middle of lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Pandamonium eyeshadow (LE) on outer crease, Phloof! eyeshadow on brow, Hush eyeshadow above crease, Phloof! eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, Royal Wink fluidline on upper lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Don’t Be Shy blush (LE) with Guerlain Pressed Meteorite in Mythic on cheeks. I had Fun Fun lipstick (LE) with Ms. Fizz dazzleglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Bell Bottom Blue = Naval; Illegal Cargo = (can’t think of a permanent dupe); Pandamonium = Knight Divine; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Fun Fun = Pervette; Ms. Fizz = Flashmode (maybe)

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