Release Date: October 27, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores
MAC’s Glitter & Ice collection includes 6 limited-edition Dazzleglasses:
- Pleasure Principle: Clear white violet, teal, and white pearl (Limited Edition, Repromote)
- Dressed to Dazzle: Pale dirty pink red and gold pearl (Limited Edition)
- Glitter & Ice: Light nude with white and gold pearl (Limited Edition)
- She-zam: Sheer silver with silver and red pearl (Limited Edition, Repromote)
- Love Alert: Raspberry red with red pearl (Permanent)
- Spanking Rich: Raspberry pink with red and gold pearl (Limited Edition, Repromote)
These Dazzleglasses come in clear plastic tubes with white twist-out tops. They include short brush applicators.
Like other Dazzleglasses, these colors are all shimmery. The formulation is sticky, but there are definitely tackier formulations out there.
The disappointing thing about these glosses is the color payoff. They are all sheer, even the 2 bright red colors. The first 4 colors listed show up very, very similar on the skin–transparent and glittery. Love Alert and Spanking Rich are also close in color, with Spanking Rich being more berry and Love Alert more red.
If you’re drawn to any of the first 4 colors, I’d buy only one of them–probably Pleasure Principle. It’s a clear color but has multi-colored shimmers. The rest of the clear/nude colors have less-dimensional glitters.
The other criticism is of the funky applicators. Four of the six glosses had stiff brushes with all the bristles sticking together. I’ve never experienced this before with MAC’s applicators, but since more than half of them had this problem, I don’t think it was just a fluke.
Last, the glitters travel. Over time, especially if you’re talking a lot or eating/drinking, you’ll see random specks of glitter migrating onto the skin around your lips (where they don’t belong!).
Ease of Use: 8/10
For the tubes that had normal, flexible applicators, application was straight-forward. But for the four with the bad applicators, application was uncomfortable. Also be prepared to do some scrubbing if you want to completely remove this gloss–the glitters stick strongly to the skin.
You get 1.92 g of gloss for $19.50 compared to the regular $18.50 for other MAC Dazzleglasses. First, my previous gripes about the price increase apply here. But second, you get a lot less product with Dazzleglasses than with other MAC glosses. For example, Cremesheen glasses contain 2.7 g of product for the same price. You’re not getting a good deal when it comes to Dazzleglasses.