MAC Cosmetics has launched their Holiday 2017 collection called Snowball, full of amazing new products and gift sets with a Limited Edition packaging. One of the products that I was most interested in is the MAC Snow Ball Face Bag Gold, which contains the very popular Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish. I was able to purchase the gift set and I’m going to show you all the products and if the highlighter is worth the hype.
The MAC Snow Ball Face Bag Gold comes in a transparent, plastic packaging that has a sketch of a snowflake on it. The packaging also shows all the information of the products it contains. It already looks so luxurious and it fits perfectly with the theme.
The bag has a nude shade, surrounded with stacked nude and silver sequins. It’s usable as a make-up bag but I think you can also use this as a clutch. The zipper handle has the MAC logo and a synthetic ball of hair.
The bag contains two products, the MAC 140SES Full Fan Brush and the Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish. The brush is also available in the Peach version of this set but Whisper of Gilt is exclusive to this one, so both are not available individually.
The MAC 140SES Full Fan Brush is a mini version of the MAC 140 Full Fan Brush, having a smaller handle but I do think that the brush itself is a similar size. I can’t compare though since I don’t own the full size brush. The handle comes in a Limited Edition rose gold shade. The brush is made of synthetic fibers, has a fanned out shape and feels very fluffy and super soft. I have used this brush to apply the highlighter with on my face, which you will see down below.
The MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish also comes in the Limited Edition Rose Gold packaging. The compact has a smooth surface but the texture seems like it has been cracked all over which gives it a beautiful multidimensional effect.
Pressing a button on the side of the compact reveals a mirror and the product. The Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish is pressed in a beautiful snowflake pattern. The compact contains 7.5 grams of product in total.
I would describe the shade MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish as a Champagne Gold. The product has a “hard pressed” formula so I had to swirl my finger a few times over for this swatch. The highlighter is very reflective and give an overall beaming and glowy effect without any chunky glitter.
Here’s a before/after picture using MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish. The only part that use the 140SES Full Fan Brush is on my cheekbones. Since it is quite big, I wasn’t able to use this on the smaller areas of the face, but I think the brush is best suitable for cheekbone and body highlighting. Also, because the highlighter is pressed hard in the pan, the brush doesn’t pick up as much product, giving a more subtle and diffused glow. I had to apply more of the product with my fingers because in pictures, highlight sometimes doesn’t show up as much but in real life, it does give a pretty and subtle look. I have tried the brush with other, softer pressed highlighters and it immediately picked up tons of product so the amount that is picked up is depended on the formula of the highlighter.
I love how the MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish looks on my face. The color is beautiful and I like that it has a buildable formula, because it also looks amazing when applied in a subtle way for a simple daytime look. My favorite type of highlighter is something that looks “glossy” and “dewy” and Whisper of Gilt is exactly what I’m looking for in a highlighter.
Overall, I think if MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish would be available separately, I would probably have bought it individually since I have other brushes that I prefer to apply highlighter. However, the bag looks beautiful and the brush is of great quality, so it’s not so bad to have these all together. Either way, I’m extremely happy to finally own Whisper of Gilt. I can definitely see why everyone is raving about it. The Limited Edition packaging makes it even more of a gem to own.
The MAC Snow Ball Face Bag Gold is available for €49,50 Euro at MACCosmetics.nl, Douglas.nl and at the MAC Cosmetics booths and stores. It is currently sold out online but I would definitely suggest to keep an eye out for restocks or use the “email me when available” or “make a reservation in your favorite store” option at the Douglas website.
Did you purchase anything from the MAC Snowball Collection?