Review & Swatches: MAC Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

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

MAC’s Ice Parade collection features 3 limited-edition eye shadow palettes. This review is for the Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”:

  • Black Tied (velvet): Black with silver sparkle (Permanent)
  • Trax (velvet): Burgundy-plum with shimmer (Permanent)
  • Shadowy Lady (matte): Blackened plum (Permanent)
  • Fun! (lustre): Pink patina (Limited Edition)
  • Lightfully (lustre): White with pink reflect (Limited Edition)
  • Festive Delight (lustre): Bordeaux wine (Limited Edition)

Packaging: 9.25/10

These palettes come in white compacts that snap shut and have mirrors on the inside of the lid. The compacts are decorated with a clear plastic dome with silver glitters and clear liquid inside–much like a snowglobe.

The packaging is pretty and makes for a good holiday present. The dome on top does make the compact bulkier than normal.

Quality: 7.75/10

Only 4 of the 6 shadows in this palette get a thumbs up, and they are both permanent colors: Black Tied and Shadowy Lady. Both these colors go on smoothly and have strong color payoff. An extra nod to Shadowy Lady for being a good matte formulation shadow.

But the other 4 colors are not what they should be. They are weak in pigmentation and a little dull, failing to give you the color you see in the pan. Plus, Trax is a permanent color too. So, unlike with other palettes where usually only 1 (maybe 2) colors are permanent, half this palette consists of colors you can get at any time.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

You’ll need to make multiple passes at application with the first 4 shadows to build up the color. Shadowy Lady required a few swipes too (to even out the finish), but ends up giving you intense color (unlike with the first 4 colors).

Price: 8.5/10

These palettes contain a total of 6 g of eye shadow for $38.00. Individual MAC shadows contain 1.5 g and cost $15.00, so you save $22.00 with the palette. But given that 4/6 of the shadows are less than impressive, you don’t benefit fully from the cost.

Final Grade


Box Packaging for Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry” Packaging

Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

Swatches of Lightfully, Trax, Fun!

Swatches of Festive Delight, Black Tied, Shadowy Lady

Swatches: Lightfully, Trax, Fun!, Festive Delight, Black Tied, Shadowy Lady
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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Snowglobe Eye Palette in “Sultry”

  1. Latisha says:

    The trax swatch looks beautiful, even if it doesn’t look the same as the colour in the palette. Thanks for the review!

  2. soesje200 says:

    I really wanted this but once I saw it in store I was not impressed…

  3. Lisa B. says:

    I saw the video for this…I am glad to have a written review as well, though, so I don’t have to run through the video again for a quick summary. Is the regular Trax better than the one in the palette? When only 2/3 of a palette is good, there seems to be no reason to buy it.

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