One of the products from the MAC Snowball Holiday Collection that initially didn’t catch my attention at all is the MAC Snowball Eye Palette. It just didn’t really look that special or amazing to me, which is why I had no intentions buying it, but after seeing a look someone created with this palette I was sold and ended up buying it anyway. So, that’s what happened and after using it for a while I think it’s about time for me to review this little guy. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about this palette, make sure you continue reading!
First things first, packaging. The MAC Snowball Eye Palette comes, just like all other Snowball products, in a see-through plastic box. Inside the box is the palette which has a very pretty, shiny outside. This version of the palette is silver, the other palette in the collection has a gold outside. On the lid you’ll find a small silver piece of metal that says ‘MAC’, but aside from that the palette doesn’t have much going on on the outside. They kept it very simple. When it comes to shape, this palette is quite slim and thin. I like that because this makes it so much more convenient for on the go, and if the extra space isn’t needed for the product, then I’d rather have a smaller palette.
Inside the palette you’ll find a mirror. It isn’t as big as the lid, but it’s a pretty decent mirror which could perfectly be used to do your makeup in. Aside from that it also comes with six different shadows, including two very shimmery shadows from the Dazzle Shadow range. Lastly this palette also comes with one double-ended brush.
MAC Snowball Eye Palette in Rose Gold – €35
So, let’s take a look inside shall we? The pictures are a little crappy, I know, but I’m so busy at the moment I can hardly find the time to properly photograph my products which is why sometimes they end up looking a little more crappy than I would want them to look. Anyway, let’s just ignore the fact that the pictures aren’t great and start talking about what’s really important here: the actual product.
Okay, like I said the palette comes with six different shades of eyeshadow. We have a very pretty vanilla colour with a slight sheen to it, this one is perfect to highlight the brow bone with. Next to that is a mid-brown transition shade with a bit of a pink tone to it. I like using this in the crease as a transition colour. Then we have one of the Dazzle Shadows, a very pretty cool champagne shade. This is perfect for creating a sparkling effect all over the lid or in the inner corners. Next to that is the other Dazzle Shadow in a very warm golden colour, I love using this all over the lid as well. Next to that is a warm reddish brown shade with a nice sheen to it and lastly we have an even deeper dark brown shade which also has a bit of a reddish tone to it, but isn’t as red as the shade next to it.
Overall this palette comes with a good mix of shades, you get a little bit of everything. What I like is that even though you only have six shadows, you can go a lot of ways with this palette. It’s a very versatile little palette.
When it comes to quality I’m not disappointed. I have to admit that in the past I haven’t been the biggest fan of MAC eyeshadows. I never really thought they had that wow-factor to them. They are okay, but they aren’t impressively good. However, these shadows really changed my mind. I was pleasantly surprised when I first swatched them, but also when I started working with them.
Before we get into the swatches and things like that, let’s first talk texture. In general these six shadows have really nice textures. The four non-Dazzle Shadow eyeshadows have this very smooth and silky texture. They feel very rich and luxurious and you can tell that when you swatch them. They go onto the skin very evenly and very smoothly. They feel very nice and buttery.
I was a little hesitant about the Dazzle Shadows because they seemed to be almost pure glitter, but in fact those work really nice as well. They also applied very smoothly, they are also very easy to work with and to my surprise they apply very evenly as well on the lid. It’s not like you end up with a bunch of glitter on one area and nothing on the rest.
Pigmentation wise these shadows aren’t disappointing either. Look at how pigmented they all are. And of course shadows do come off more pigmented when you swatch them using your fingers because this way you apply more pressure, but on the eye they are just as pigmented. These shadows are so rich and so full of pigment, there is no need at all to build them up. Because of that they aren’t just easy to work with but also very quick since it does save a lot of time if you don’t have to go in and re-apply a shadow about a million times.
But pigmentation isn’t the most important part in my opinion. What is very important is how the shadows blend. Some shadows tend to blend away very easily, others are a pain to blend. Even though these shadows are very pigmented they are blendable. I wouldn’t say they are a dream to blend, especially when you apply a lot of the darker shades you do have to work for it, but it’s not like they are a pain to blend. They blend okay!
Overall I’m a big fan of the MAC Snowball Eye Palette in Rose Gold. I really like the variety of shades that come in this palette, you do only get six shadows but you can go so many ways with just these six shadows which makes this a very powerful palette in my opinion. I also like that these are shades that I’d usually never really gravitate towards, but now that I have it I have discovered that these are shades that actually look pretty decent on me.
I’m also deeply impressed by the quality of this palette. In the past MAC eyeshadows have never really impressed me all that much, but these shadows are all amazing, every single on of the six. They have a great, smooth and rich texture, the pigmentation is just impressive and they are very nice and easy to work with. I do have to admit that I have seen shadows that are a little more easy to blend than these, but in general I think these shadows are very high quality and definitely worth the money!
Having discussed the palette in detail let’s quickly go over the brush as well, since that comes inside the palette as well. I have to admit that I don’t have too much experience with MAC brushes, I only have one eyeshadow brush, the 217, and one face brush from MAC, but that’s okay. That does make it for exciting to try out some new MAC brushes.
This is a dual-ended brush that comes with the MAC 547SE and the MAC 546SE brush. The design of the brush is a little different than usual because it’s dual ended and because it’s inside this palette. One of the main difference between this brush and a regular MAC brush is that the pencil itself is father flat inside of round. It’s also very, very lightweight which does make it feel a little cheap so that’s not my favourite thing about them. I do like the glittery silver parts but aside from that I do think that the design of this brush is fairly disappointing.
By the way, I don’t think these brushes are available separately, or at least I couldn’t find any of them online, so if you are very interested in this brush you do have to buy the entire set including the palette.
Moving on to the brush itself. The 547SE is the Flat Shader Brush and it’s made out of black synthetic hair. I do not like the way it feels and looks. It looks and feels very cheap in my opinion and it’s also quite a stiff brush. It is nice to use in combination with very glittery eyeshadows like the Dazzle Shadows inside this palette, but aside from using it for that purpose this definitely isn’t a brush I’ll be using a lot.
On the other side of the brush we have the 546SE which is the Fluff Eye Brush. This one is a little more fluffy than the Flat Shader Brush but I still think it’s not the nicest quality. I feel like the hairs aren’t that soft, there aren’t enough hairs for it to really work and it’s too small. I really wanted to be more excited about this brush but I can’t help but not like it. It’s just really obvious that this is a very cheaply made brush and I do think that that’s very disappointing.
Overall I think that the quality of this brush is just bad. It doesn’t even come close to the quality of the eyeshadow palette at all and that’s very disappointing in my opinion. I wish they did a better job on that!
Overall I do really like this MAC Snowball Eye Palette in Rose Gold. I think it’s a very pretty palette that comes with six gorgeous colours and I’m very impressed by the quality of it. Aside from that I think that the packaging looks very pretty which is a plus too and I like that it comes with a mirror on the inside. The brush that comes with it is a bit disappointing, so if you are buying this for the brush I highly recommend keeping your money on the bank instead of spending it on this, but if you’re interested in the shadows I do recommend getting it. It’s a gorgeous palette!
That’s about it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and be sure to let me know what you think of this MAC Snowball Eye Palette and also let me know if you got anything from the Snowball Collection!