Review & Swatches: MAC Glamour Daze Collection for Holiday 2012

Well hello, lovelies! I’m in full holiday swing around here, and with so many gorgeous color stories emerging for the season—it’s easy to see why. When the MAC Glamour Daze Collection arrived, it was hard to contain myself, because you know how I am about pinks and purples. This collection of girlie hues is really complemented by the addition of Extra Dimension Eyeshadows and Skinfinishes; both of which I think steal the show!

MAC Glamour Daze Collection for Holiday 2012

The collection is dressed in glossy black packaging this year for holiday, with white lettering. I know there have been some questions as to why there isn’t limited edition packaging this year, but I have to say that I actually like the simplicity and overall sleekness of it. Well played, MAC!

This post is very image heavy, so if you’re ready—let’s dive right in…

Glamour Daze contains eight eyeshadow shades, four of which are not pictured. This is my introduction to the Extra Dimension formula, and I already have to say—it’s one of my favorite eyeshadow textures of all time! They’re very velvety, almost creamy to the touch, and are super smooth without any dragging. The pigment payoff is great, and when worn with primer, these stay all day for me without issue. I just really like the overall effect these give on my eyelids, a somewhat glowy finish—and they’re buildable—with the ability to be used wet or dry. They’re somewhat frosty, but not too frosty due to how finely milled they are.

  • Ready to Party — slightly iridescent pale lilac
  • A Natural Flirt — slightly iridescent peachy nude
  • Stylishly Merry — medium dusty violet
  • Tall, Dark & Handsome — charcoal pearl

Ready to Party

A Natural Flirt

Stylishly Merry

Tall, Dark & Handsome

A Natural Flirt, Ready To Party, Stylishly Merry, and Tall, Dark & Handsome

There are four Kohl Power Eye Pencils in the collection, two of which are not pictured. These aren’t super intense, but have a pretty effect since the shades are somewhat “blackened”. While these aren’t the smoothest eyeliner pencils I’ve ever used, they’re not bad for being pencils—but they’re not as smooth as something like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. If you prefer that eyeliner texture over others, these may not be for you as these aren’t as soft. The good news is, these don’t skip, drag, or tug on me, but they do start to fade as the day wears on. That aside, I’ve found that Orpheus is a shade I’ve come to really love. I’ve worn it quite a bit in the past week, and I’ve received several compliments—so I’m sticking with it.

  • Raven — blackened aubergine pearl
  • Orpheus — blackened gold pearl

Raven, Orpheus

MAC Fluidline in Feminine Edge

There are three Fluidline shades in the collection, one of which is a pink shade called Feminine Edge. Due to my fair skin, this didn’t show up a lot, but I could catch some pinky-mauve shimmer which lends a dazzling effect to the eyes. Due to the twinkle, this isn’t something I can wear very frequently, but it is very pretty for a holiday party! While not pictured, I do recommend checking out the remaining two shades; Catch My Eye (taupe-grey dazzle pearl), and Little Black Bow (charcoal dazzle pearl) as they’re both gorgeous.

Feminine Edge

Feminine Edge

MAC Lipglass in Talk Softly to Me and Flight of Fancy

There are five Lipglass shades in Glamour Daze, two of which are pictured. Both of these are pretty in concept, but both of them also settled into my lip lines due to their pigmentation. Talk to Me Softly is creamy peachy-pink, and Flight of Fancy is a rich purple shimmer. I find that these are best worn over a lipstick, as they settle less into lip lines and lend some dimension to a flat lip shade.

Talk Softly to Me, Flight of Fancy

Talk Softly to Me

Flight of Fancy

Beauty, Dramatic Encounter

Of the five lipsticks, I tried two of them. Beauty is a pale pink glaze with a slightly frosted finish, and Dramatic Encounter is an amplified deep purple. While neither of these shades were for me on a personal level, I did like the texture of the lipsticks, especially Beauty. It was creamy, despite its frosty finish, and gave surprisingly great coverage given its pale shade. If you’re going for the darker shade, Dramatic Encounter, I definitely recommend the use of a lip liner since it had a tendency to travel.

Beauty, Dramatic Encounter

Beauty, Dramatic Encounter


Dramatic Encounter

Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt

If you could only purchase one of the products in this collection, please let it be one of the Extra Dimension Skinfinish shades! They both lend a healthy sheen to the skin (I’m wearing Whisper of Gilt in the last photo, but check out Superb here), and are just the finishing touch to any complexion products! Whisper of Gilt is a soft golden shade, and Superb is a peachy-pink nude shade. The idea with these is not to build color up, but to lightly kiss the skin with them to highlight—and I think both of them can work for any skin tone since they’re neither too yellow or too pink. If you’re looking for that little extra something to make your skin look healthy and bright, choose an Extra Dimension Skinfinish! And then, be prepared for people to tell you how great your skin looks because it’s so radiant.

Whisper of Gilt

Whisper of Gilt

Blush in I’m the One

Last but not least, is one of the three powder blush shades, in I’m the One. This is a medium blue-toned pink with a satin finish. It seems very bright, but is actually super wearable (and looks great with a Skinfinish on top). For being a satin, this is pretty pigmented, but still blendable.

I’m the One

I’m the One

Quick & easy Glamour Daze Look…

Wearing: A Natural Flirt Extra Dimension Eyeshadow, Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Orpheus Kohl Power Eye Pencil, I’m the One Satin Blush, Talk to Me Softly Lipglass

Looking for the nail lacquers from the Glamour Daze Collection? You’ll find the review and swatches here.

Bottom Line…

The Extra Dimension Eyeshadows and Skinfinish shades are not to be missed!

Price & Availability…

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow—$19.50, Fluidline—$16.50, Powder Blush—$22, Extra Dimension Skinfinish—$29, Lipstick—$16.50, Lipglass—$16.50, Kohl Power Eye Pencil—$16.50; and MAC locations nationwide.

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  • Krystal Caracol

    I am loving the look you created here! The shadows look so pretty!

  • Amber

    Thanks so much, Krystal! I’m all about simplicity :)

  • Celine Anne

    I’m really drawn to that Tall, Dark and Handsome shade. Seems like it would be great for a smokey eye. Those purple shades seem to suit your skin tone. I’ve tried purples before, but they were too much for me. I went and bought a Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick in a rich raspberry shade that really did, so I’m set that way for the holidays. That’s a popular shade for the holidays isn’t it?

  • Amber

    Ooh! Sounds pretty :)