Welcome back, make-up-fiends! Or should I say «friends»? Today’s feature is going to be a LONG one, so lean back! As a beauty journalist and blogger, I seriously love October, because this is the month when all the beautiful holiday collections start arriving… both physically at my doorstep, and via press kits and previews. As I write, I’m looking at four different beauty Advent Calenders, and it’s not even Halloween yet!
While I wallow happily in pre-holiday beauty bliss, there are some collections that are so lovely that I can’t just sit around and wait for the launch event… and the MAC Holiday Collection 2017 is one of ’em!
«Find your rhythm. All eyes are on the cool kids, hanging out, swaying to the beat, showing off with a little festive flirtation. You’re the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, revelling in the new generation. The lights catch a crystal and glitter snowflake adornment.»
On November 2nd, the Holiday Make-Up Collection will be hitting counters here in Switzerland (and on the night before… pre-Christmas-Eve, if you will), MAC is hosting a big press and blogger launch here in Zurich, and YES, I’ll be taking you along for the ride via Instagram-Livestream, so make a note! It’ll be so much fun, discovering this glittery, shimmery collection live that I think we all need to collectively prep for it.
Which is why you’re about to get the entire, comprehensive and kind of exhaustive preview of ALL OF MAC’S HOLIDAY 2017 SPECIALS.
«All the bling you’ll ever need – everyone goes starstruck. See you on the dance floor.»
Here we go! The first part of the Christmas Collection is the Snow Ball Holiday Color Collection:
MAC Snow Ball Lipstick (in six shades), approx. US$ 18
from top left: Elle Belle, Holiday Crush and I’m Glistening and bottom from left: Rouge en Snow, Shimmer and Spice and Warm Ice
I can hardly wait to see the gorgeous packaging live. It looks like frosted gold!
MAC Snow Ball Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (in five shades), approx. US$ 20
This shimmery, almost holographic eye shadow looks beautiful, doesn’t it? This hue here is the pinky-gold Stylishly Merry…
…and here come the other four shades: Delicate Drift (light pink shimmer), Frostwinked (top, white with gold shimmer, as well as It’s Snowing (pinky-purple shimmer) and Starry Starry Nights (black with silver shimmer, bottom right).
If they’re even a bit similar to last year’s single eyeshadows in the Nutcracker Sweet collection, they’ll be great at doubling up as highlighters! I’m still using mine from last year almost daily!
For the… um, more dramatic amongst us, there’s also some limited edition holiday lashes to be had:
MAC Snow Ball Lash in Silver and Gold, approx. US$ 17 each
…and then there’s this beautiful highlighting powder (which’ll fly off the shelves, I’m sure):
MAC Snow Ball Face Powder in Happy Go Dazzlingly and Here Comes Joy, approx. US$ 34
This festive face powder has a subtle shimmer and works beautifully as a highlighter, too: On the top, the somewhat cooler gold-based Happy Go Dazzlingly, on the bottom, the rose gold Here Comes Joy, both featuring a gorgeous embossed snowflake! Aaaaahhh…
MAC Snow Ball Adornment in Festive Bling, approx. US$ 17
These tiny snowflake/crystal jewels are meant to be applied as, quite literally, BLING.
Frozen Bindi, anyone?
And now, we’re launching straight into the «why-oh-WHY-won’t-anyone-gift-me-these» Holiday Kits that make any MAC counter the ultimate go-to for wonderful Christmas gifts!
Here are all the MAC Snow Ball Holiday Kits 2017!
MAC Snow Ball So Obsessed Mini Lipstick Kit (with 10 of their bestselling shades), approx. US$ 70
‘NUFF SAID. I just can’t. Literally run, don’t walk to grab these babies!
MAC Snow Ball Eye Compact in Gold (top) und Rose Gold, approx. US$ 30 each
Sorry the press images don’t include closeups of the shades, but I’ll be sure to show you at the event. These two eye shadow palettes both look super-wearable, and I’m liking the double-ended eyeshadow brush that goes with them!
More highlights for eyes, courtesy of your MAC holiday experts?
MAC Snow Ball Eye Bag in Smoky Pink and Smoky Gold, approx. US$ 40 each
In the Smoky Pink Kit: Eye shadow duo in Ready to Party and Light of the Silvery Moon, MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack and Black Extreme Dimension Mascara…
and in the Smoky Gold Kit: Eye shadow duo in Just Gleaming and Snowdusk, MAC Photogravure Technakohl Liner (soft black with a brownish undertone) and the Black Extreme Dimension Mascara.
THERE ARE MORE PARTY BAGS COMING UP!
MAC Snow Ball Lip Bag in Nude and Red, approx. US$ 40 each
These crackled-metallic bags contain the perfect (full-sized) lip set: In the «Nude» version, with the Sending Love lipstick (pinky nude), Iced Dream Lipglass (nude pink with gold shimmer) and a Doubletime Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Pinky Brown.
For me, the red version’s much more exciting – with a Hooray for Holiday lipstick (matte, intense red), Joy to Enjoy Lipglass (deep red) and a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss me Quick, a yellow-based red.
THERE’S MORE TO COME. I WANT YOU TO KNOW ALL YOUR OPTIONS FOR YOUR WISH LIST!
MAC Snow Ball Mini Lip Gloss Kit in (from top) Nude, Pink or Rose – approx. US$ 30 each
Ooh, this metallic disco bag is my favorite! Each one contains three Cremesheen Glass glosses in mini versions (sorry, I’m not going to list each and every shade)…
MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit (in four different versions), approx. US$ 30 each
The sequinned bag contains three miniature MAC lipsticks in four different color families: Cool, Pink (pictured above, with the Shades Teasemaker, Lovebuddy and Dangerously Red), Warm and Rose… Here in Switzerland, the Rose version will be an online exclusive – and sorry, the images for them weren’t included in the press kit!
One of the biggest highlights in any MAC holiday collection? The limited-edition brush sets!
What’s not to love here? High quality brushes that will last for years, in special (non-black-handled) finishes. The perfect present for one’s self, cough cough!
MAC Snow Ball Brush Kit Basic (Silver), approx. US$ 50
Contains: Powder Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, All-Over Shadow Brush, Smudging Liner Brush and Brow Groomer
MAC Snow Ball Brush Kit Advanced (Gold), approx. US$ 50
With: Angled Powder Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Angled Large Shadow Brush, Angled Small Shadow Brush and Bent Pointed Liner Brush
For on-the-go touchups, there’s also a chic mini brush set (I’ve got a set especially for travelling!):
MAC Snow Ball Brush Kit Mini, approx. US$ 30
With: Full Powder Brush, Rounded Shadow Brush und Angled Liner Brush in a metallic bag with a fluffy pompom. WISH LIST! Do I need to bookmark this page for my husband? Will YOU tell him, please?
These somewhat professional kits are a fab gift idea for real make-up junkies who love trying new things:
MAC Snow Ball Pigment & Glitter Kit in Gold or Pink, approx. US$ 30 each
Both versions contain three mini-version of the ready-to-play MAC Pigments, Glitter and Sparkles (which you can mix into nail polish, gloss or liquid highlighter).
MAC Snow Ball Mascara Kit, US$ 30
Contains: To-Go sizes of False Black False Lashes Mascara, False Lashes Maximizer and Clear Brow Set…
And finishing up, there are four make-up kids for real make-up fans, with some limited-edition treats at great prices:
MAC Snow Ball Face Bag in Peach oder Gold, approx. US$ 50 each*
*these may be Europe exclusives… I’m not quite sure yet!
The Peach version contains the Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish in pink-based peach, whereas the Gold version has a Whisper of Gild Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder in a beautifully wearable, cool gold. Both sets come with the versatile Synthetic Full Fan Brush, for perfect application and blending.
These kits are pretty fab, too:
MAC Snow Ball Eye & Lip Bag in Pink or Rose Gold, approx. US$ 40 each (in Switzerland, they’ll be exclusively available at the MAC Stores in Zürich and Lucerne!)
Contents: Lip Gloss, a gllittery Dazzleliner Eyeliner and a Foiled Shadow with a super-intense metallic finish.
WE’RE NEARLY THERE! HANG IN THERE, TOOTS!
MAC Show Ball Shadescents Kit in Candy Yum-Yum, Crème d’Nude und Ruby Woo, approx. US$ 30 each – available at select counters only
Awww, aren’t these tiny drawstring pouches the JAM? They contain a miniature rollerball of three of MAC’s (pretty intense) signature scents, plus the lipstick shade that inspired them. Love!
AND WE DID IT.
This post has totally taken it out of me! To be honest, I’m writing this up in our vacation home in the «Val Müstair», in one of the most remote, alpine corners of Switzerland, where my family’s currently on a mini-break: My husband’s out mountain biking and the girls (teenagers) are upstairs watching Netflix and preparing themselves for an iminent mom-yell on my part going «We’re heading out for A NATURE WALK!».
Which they’ll actually do, but all three of us will be documenting it our respective Instagram accounts. Modern parenting!
So, in closing: THe MAC Holiday Collection «Snow Ball» will be released on November , 2017 here in Switzerland… and experience shows that a lot of the most desirable kits are sold out pretty quickly. So if you have a favorite here, be sure to set a reminder to head out to a counter (or hit up the online shop).
As soon as the products are live online, I’ll be linking them up here – and on November 1st, 2017 you can join my livestream on Instagram (16:00h CET) and see the collection live at the MAC store in Zurich!
For now, sunny greetings from the Swiss alps and have a great day!
The MAC Snowball Holiday 2017 will be launching on November 2nd at all MAC counters and in the online shop… limited edition, as always!