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)
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.
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).
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.