Review & Swatches: MAC Glitter & Ice Nail Lacquers

MAC Glitter & Ice Nail Lacquers

Limited Edition
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

MAC’s Glitter & Ice collection includes 3 limited-edition Nail Lacquers:

  • Unconditionally Fabulous (frost): Super sparkle white
  • Get Noticed (cream): True bright red
  • Festive Finery (cream): Dirty mid-tone greyed violet

Packaging: 8.5/10

These polishes come in standard glass MAC jars but with white caps. I think the design is a little funny (the jars narrow as you go top-to-bottom), but this is a completely personal preference, so I don’t consider that in determining a score. What I do consider is the bulkiness of the top, which is what you hold onto when you’re applying the polish. It’s wide, which makes it more awkward to hold onto when you’re applying.

Quality: 9/10

Unconditionally Fabulous is a very pretty polish. There are larger, multi-dimensional, hexagonal glitters and very tiny shimmers suspended in a clear base. The glitters lump up on the first coat, but even out with a second coat.

Get Noticed is a straight-forward, festive red. Festive Finery is a greyed purple. You need to put on at least 2 layers of this color to even out the finish. As you add more layers, the color leans more grey and becomes darker.

I feel like both Get Noticed and Festive Finery are common colors. But the beauty of Unconditionally Fabulous raises this score to a 9.

Ease of Use: 9/10

You will need 2-3 layers of these colors.

Price: 6/10

Standard MAC nail polishes used to be $14.00 each and still contain 0.34 fl oz. They now cost $15.00 each. I really feel like $14.00 is too much to pay for one nail polish, let alone $15.00. Even high-end nail polish companies like OPI, China Glaze, and Essie don’t charge that much for their nail polishes. On top of this already-too-high price, MAC is charging another additional $1.00 because of the white cap. These cost too much, plain and simple. It’s such a pity because the price of these polishes really distract from their quality and beauty.

Final Grade


MAC Glitter & Ice Nail Lacquer Names

Unconditionally Fabulous Applied – 2 Layers

Get Noticed Applied – 2 Layers

Festive Finery Applied – 3 Layers
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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Glitter & Ice Nail Lacquers

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Sorry for leaving another comment here, but I’m definitely going for Wet ‘n’ Wild or OPI for glitters over these. Looking at these again (after seeing your swatches for the OPI Muppets collection and some other blogs for Ice Baby), there’s no question.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I only like Unconditionally Fabulous…and there are so many holiday glitters out now that I am kinda lukewarm on it, as well…especially considering the price.

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