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MAC Snow Ball for Holiday 2017

November 16, 2017

MAC Snow Ball Collection Review and Swatches

I’m rounding up one of the prettiest holiday collections this year with the MAC Snow Ball Collection. Everything is limited-edition and some pieces are harder to find as there are a few retailer exclusives. By now some of the items have sold out online but you may want to check your local stores to see if you can find anything. The entire collection launched a few weeks ago but as this is a pretty hefty collection it’s taken me a while to swatch, test and review everything. I received a number of press samples but tracked down some items at my local Nordstrom and MAC store. There’s still a massive amount of sets and palettes not featured today so know if you’re into more bold shades, pinks, glitzy glitters etc. there are definitely some other options to pick from that you can still find easily. Featured today includes:

MAC Snow Ball Lips

First are some lip picks. I love the MAC holiday lip sets because they often have minis and are color-themed. Being the nude lip lover that I am I knew I had to get the Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag because it has one of the prettiest nude lipsticks!

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks

There are six individual Snow Ball Lipsticks in the collection. It seems they’re sold out everywhere except MAC online. I have four which I purchased including:

  • Warm Ice which is a metallic pale gold beige (similar to Gel)
  • Holiday Crush is a metallic soft pink rose
  • I’m Glistening is a metallic taupe grey mauve
  • Elle Belle is one of the prettiest deep red creams

MAC Warm Ice, Holiday Crush, I'm Glistening, Elle Belle Lipstick swatches

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks Swatches

The Nude Lip Bag is my absolute favorite even if it seems dupe-able:

  • Sending Love Cremesheen Lipstick is the one of the most perfect nude pink lipsticks I’ve ever seen
  • Doubletime Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is permanent, it’s a toffee pink brown
  • Iced Dream Lipglass is a sheer sparkly pink gloss

The Snow Ball Nude Mini Lip Gloss Kit has three mini glosses all exclusive to the set, I love all the colors and they wear very well:

  • Below Freezing is a Cremesheen Glass formula with clear base with loads of pale pink sparkles
  • Iced Over is a Metallic Vamplify formula in a metallic but very wearable beige shimmer
  • Winter Warmer is a Cremesheen Glass formula which is a warm pink brown with a tiny bit of sheen

MAC Nude Lip Bag Swatches, MAC Nude Lipglass Mini Swatches

MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag, Mini Nude Glosses and Lipsticks Swatches

MAC Snow Ball Highlighters

For the face there are lots of highlighter options. I don’t even want to admit how many MAC highlighters I own because it’s a ridiculous amount. I’m always surprised they manage to make new ones because it seems like all the colors have to have been done already. There are two individual Face Powders in an Opalescent Finish. They’re called Happy Go Dazzling which is a pale beige gold and Here Comes Joy which is a peachy shimmer. Both are noticeable on the skin but in comparison to other highlighters they have a slightly stiffer texture which makes them sheerer and less metallic. I love these because they don’t look garish on the skin but have a soft diffused look.

There are also some sets called the Snow Ball Face Bag which are a MAC and Nordstrom exclusive. Nordstrom has two options, a Peach Face Bag with Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish (duochrome pink peach with loads of sparkle) and the Gold Face Bag which has Whisper of Gilt (metallic gold). These come with a sequins bag and small 140S brush in a metallic handle.

MAC Snow Ball Face Powders Happy Go Dazzling and Here Comes Joy, Snow Ball Face Bag Show Gold

I added a swatch of Whisper of Gilt that I have from older launches:

MAC Snow Ball Face Powders Happy Go Dazzling and Here Comes Joy, Snow Ball Face Bag Show Gold

MAC Snow Ball Eye Makeup

MAC Snow Ball Eye Makeup Swatches and Review

There are a few palette options, I received a press sample of the Snow Ball Eye Compact in Gold. Palettes can be tricky especially if you don’t 100% love all the shades. This one performs well for a smoky eye look but two of the colors are very glittery with a lot of fallout unless you pat it on the lids.

Mac Snow Ball Eye Compact in Gold swatches

For eye makeup all the single Extra Dimension Eye Shadows pretty much sold out the day they launched. I tracked them all down in stores and am not really sure why they sold out in record time. They are indeed super beautiful but very metallic. The texture is smooth and easy to apply. On the lids they are perfect party-wear shadows. Only Starry Starry Night, Delicate Drift and It’s Snowing are ones I feel like I could wear for regular everyday wear. The swatch photos don’t capture the metallic quality as well as I’d like but I hope they give you a good reference. Colors include:

  • Frostwinked metallic white glitter frost
  • Delicate Drift metallic soft pink glitter
  • Stylishly Merry duochrome bronze pink glitter
  • It’s Snowing shimmering silvery mauve
  • Starry Starry Night shimmering deep charcoal with silver flecks

There’s an eye bag set called the Snow Ball Smoky Gold Eye Bag with a duo of Extra Dimension Shadows of Just Gleaming (champagne pink) and Snowdusk (shimmering taupe) with a Technakohl Eyeliner in Photogravure and In Extreme Lash Mascara in Black.

MAC Snowball Extra Dimension Eyeshadow and Snow Ball Smoky Gold Eye Bag swatches

Last but not least is one of the brush sets which is the Snow Ball Brush Set Mini. It has three short-handled rose gold brushes in a brushed metallic handle finish including 421SE, 535SE and 560SE. I feel like I know my MAC brushes well but don’t remember seeing any of these numbers before. They perform really well for MAC brush sets – I often find the quality of the brush sets aren’t as good as the full size/individual brushes but these are really good for powders.

MAC Snow Ball Mini Brush Kit

One last look below. Overall lots to explore and love in this holiday collection. I really think there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for something under the $50 price point for gifts I think any of the lip bags are great. I love the Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag for $39.50 and the Mini Lipstick Kits or Gloss Kits are $29.50 each. I would personally pass on the eyeshadow palettes as I don’t 100% love all the shades. The individual eyeshadows are stunning but are on the glitzy side which makes them a bit challenging for everyday wear if you need a conservative look.

MAC Snowball Collection Review and Swatches

You can find the MAC Snow Ball Collection online and in stores at MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Everything is limited-edition and I’d definitely recommend you browse all the retailers as each store has something exclusive.

Press samples and purchased items featured. Press samples include the Face Powders, Mini Lip Gloss Kit, Eyeshadow Palette, Mini Brushes and Eye Bag Set.

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  • Glenda November 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Oh, I really like that nude lip bag! It totally flew by me. I’ll try to look it up.

    To be honest, I was a bit confused by this holiday collection MAC launched. It was a two-part thing? I don’t really get that. And there were multiple kits, some had the same name but different contents depending on the retailer? I don’t know, not the best marketing strategy, I don’t think.

    I got two of the single shadows, after hunting them down. I like them, not sure if they were worth the trouble though. I haven’t bought MAC in a long time… the limited edition and low stock thing finally got to me. The girl from my local store said that they only got 3 eyeshadows per store, which, in my honest opinion, is quite ridiculous.

    • BeautyLookBook November 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Yes – I think it was a two part launch which was indeed confusing!

  • Sachia S. Powell November 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful! Are the face powders with opalescent finish and the skinfish about equally sheer? Equally sparkly? I’m looking for sheer with glow and I can’t tell which I’d like more. Any guidance? Thanks!

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are a lot more sparkly and pigmented. If you want a sheer glow opt for the Face Powders instead.

      • Sachia S. Powell November 20, 2017 at 11:32 am

        Thank you!!!

  • Merry Rower November 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I have a tiny-sized MAC lip gloss in a beautiful pinky gold called “Water Deities” which I admit I initially bought solely for the name. But then I fell in love with how truly wearable it was, and flattering and long-lasting. Of course it turns out it was a limited edition color, so now I scour all of the holiday sets hoping they’ll bring it back (even without the enchanting name). Doesn’t look like it’s here this season. Sigh.

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Ahhh I remember that color! Hope they come out with something similar eventually.

  • Pumpkin Lemonade November 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    MAC really nailed it with the packaging this year – it’s beautiful. Love the look of the Opalescent Powders. I tried to check them out at my local MAC counter but they’d sold out fast!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Oh no! Hope you can still find them online somewhere!

  • Kerrabella November 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I cannot even deal with how gorgeous this collection is!!! Must pop into MAC… ASAP!!

    Kerrabella |

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      They always manage to launch something stunning!

  • Siri Lovise Eliassen November 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    The packaging is gorgeous! I tried so hard to get hold of the Whisper of Gilt kit, but apparently none of the Norwegian online retailers carries it. But I suppose I´ll live, after all, I´ve ordered everything except for the mascara from Guerlain´s collection 😍


    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Yay for a Guerlain haul! Whisper of Gilt will most likely be relaunched as it has been several times (but individually).

  • jacque panlilio November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I believe MAC brushes are changing all there brushes to synthetic brushes which are all the new holiday brushes (they had a 50% off sale at macys for all brushes a few weeks back) excited to try the new brushes!!

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Oooh good to know! I heard this earlier in the spring for all the EL brands (Tom Ford, MAC etc.) but nobody could confirm it! Looks like they are finally all switching over soon.

  • Jenny B November 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I am so drawn the the gorgeous packaging, but the products themselves look amazing too. I am particularly interested in the highlighters – I too have a lot of highlighters, and yet I can still find the excuse to add another to my collection because for some reason, I don’t have anything like it! #beautylookbook

  • Jennifer Jones November 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    The packaging is glorious; it’s sparking my inner glitter child. Honestly, I’m not drawn to any of the products. They’re cute but nothing is wowing me.

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      The packaging is indeed glorious 🙂

  • Carolina November 17, 2017 at 7:17 am

    This is by far my favorite limited-edition collection ever! I love absolutely everything. I was able to buy the Face Bag in Gold/Whisper Of Gilt and I made a reservation on the Happy Go Dazzlingly highlighter to buy at the end of this month when I’m going to travel. xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Nice! Awesome picks Carolina!

  • Kamilla November 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I love this collection, I got the glitter kits. The glitters are stunning and very versatile. I want that highlighter, it seemed so amazing and smooth when I have swatched but it was either the glitter or the highlighter!

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Oohh love those glitter/pigment minis!

  • Olga Olis November 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Omg those highlighterssss!!!! And the packaging is amazing! The photos really bring out the glitter and the glam!

    • BeautyLookBook November 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      It’s all in the packaging!