Let me show you what I purchased from the MAC Glitter and Ice collection at the preview event this week. I did not get much because frankly, I'm disappointed by this collection. Don't get me wrong, I still love winter and snow and ice and the darkelves of Naggaroth who live in the cold, but this collection is not for me. I expected more glitter and not the we-have-all-seen-this-before items. It reminds me of the ice scating ring they built before the Rockefeller Center in NYC, where all these well dressed, fabulous and chic girls and boys take a spin on their skates.
The silvery shiney packaging is gorgeous but I don't keep the packaging anyways.
Although I'm a huge fan of the Dazzleglasses (updated Dazzleglass-army shot, anyone?) I ended up getting just two of the four Dazzleglasses I planned to purchase. The reason why is Dressed to Dazzle and Glitter and Ice did not have the breathtaking sparkle I look for in a Dazzleglass. It may sound weird but I'm picky when it comes to Dazzleglasses. I would have rather preferred MAC repromoting Ms. Fizz which is my favourite Dazzleglass of all times then to come out with two nude shades that can easily be duped by dome drugstore gloss. What I got is Pleasure Principle and Spanking Rich Dazzleglass and I am very pleased with these two.
The Paintpots disappointed me a little bit. The lightest one Let's Skate was missing/not available due to shipping problems, the dark one For Effect reminded me of Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Myrifique or Blackground paintpot which is part of the permanent range. I purchased Morning Frost which is a gorgeous everyday colour, which has a subtle sheen/frost to it.
I compared Moring Frost to Vintage Selection that came out with the Cham Pale collection and to be honest these are completly different products. Vintage Selection is more peach and a pain in the butt to work with where as Moring Frost goes on smoothly and can be worn on it's own without any problems.
When I first read though the promotional posts about the Glitter and Ice collection I was so thrilled about the beautypowders. I'm one of those who likes beautypowders for highlighting, sculpting and other purposes. A week before the party I watched Dustin Hunter's collection review and he pretty much said that the beautypowders were crap. He suggested getting the limited edition gel powder from the Estee Lauder Modern Mercury collection instead, on which I missed out.
So I put on my amour and went to swatch the Snow Globe beautypowder that I wanted at the party and guess what: I liked it! It may not be the best beautypowder MAC has ever came out with but it does the trick: leaving a frosted sheen on the highlighting areas of my face.
I passed on the lipsticks and on the mineralize eyeshadows because there was no colour that was unique enough for me that I had to get it. The nailpolishes were pretty but I already have China Glaze's Snow Globe glitter polsih so there was no reason for me to get Unconditionally Fabulous.
The palette-kits and the brush sets were neat and they are great gifts for collection-newbies or makeup-beginners but I don't use these kits regularly and so I did pass on them as well. The collection is a great collection if you are still building your kit or if you like the posh wintery kind of Aspen feel of the collection. What I really missed in this collection were blushes - frosted blushes in icy pink or mauve. So I will take my pink and mauve blushes from the permanent line and top it with Snow Globe beautypowder, which looks absolutlely chic in my all black handbag by the way.
I hope my thoughts on the collection were helpful and let me know what you picked up from the collection.