Release Date: October 27, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores
MAC’s Glitter & Ice collection includes 6 limited-edition Lipsticks:
- Whirls & Twirls (glaze): Sheer pink with gold pearl
- Double Spin (cremesheen): Pale mauve pink
- Soft Sable (frost): Cool frosted taupe
- Eloquent Air (glaze): Sheer white silver
- Such Flare (matte): True red
- What Joy! (satin): Deep berry
These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging except that they are white. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.
The first 4 colors listed are light and frosty. The last 2 are vibrant red/berries.
When it comes to formulation, these apply smoothly. The glaze finishes are more sheer, so they require layering to bring out the color. This is expected with MAC’s glaze-finish lipsticks. Such Flare! and What Joy! are bold in color and pigmentation.
My main criticism of the first 4 colors is that they aren’t exactly easy to wear. Whirls & Twirls and Double Spin are mainstream colors, but their pale-ness and frosty finishes make it easy to look washed-out. Eloquent Air and Soft Sable have the same problems, plus they are less wearable colors. Soft Sable is a light taupe and Eloquent Air is a pale silver. This isn’t to say the colors won’t look good on anyone, just that they aren’t as accessible as a pink/mauve/red/coral/nude color would be.
Such Flare! and What Joy! don’t have the frosty finishes the first 4 colors have. But they suffer from a different problem, which is that the colors are too mainstream–very common and dupe-able. They are beautiful colors: Such Flare! is a bright, blue-based red and What Joy! is a medium berry color. But you can get your hands on drugstore equivalents for much less money (discussed further, below).
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
The lipsticks glide on nicely because of their creamy formulation. But you will need to layer the paler colors, especially the ones with glaze finishes, if you want to bring out the underlying color.
You get 3g of lipstick for $15.50 compared to $14.50 for regular MAC lipsticks. As stated before, this increase in price doesn’t seem justified for the “special” packaging you get.