Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Warm & Cozy Collection

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection: Round-up

OVERALL, Warm & Cozy is a nice collection to see in the dreary, cold winter season. It’s not my favorite launch ever, and if you aren’t into the shades, there’s not much to do about it. It’s like the lipsticks, lipglasses, and eyeshadows all mirror each other. This is a very warm collection, though I don’t think the majority runs so warm that cool-toned MAC fans will have any serious problems working with these products.

I haven’t had a chance to wear anything in a look yet (but I will, never fear!) since these just arrived this afternoon (yay overnight shipping!), but I’m a little worried that there’s not even variation–like one might look washed out if you just used these products together. Of course, that’s my goal, so definitely shall see…

When it comes to neutral eyeshadows, I’m going to hold MAC to a very high standard, because they have so many stunning neutrals in their permanent shade range. I think they’ve released better neutral shades in other limited edition collections, but moreover, I’d much rather put my money towards their permanent neutrals than the four released in this launch. They’re just okay; not terrible, but none of them really spoke to me. Chamomile seemed to be one shade that I could see picking up and using, because it has a satin finish, rather than a matte, yet it’s not too pale or chalky, so even medium to dark skin tones could use it.

The lipsticks and lipglasses were okay; I liked Siss and Warm Me Up the most out of all of the lip products. I think the lipglasses could have used a little more range, and part of me is just tired of seeing milky pinks… The tinted lip conditioners were lovely as always–in terms of the feel–but the germaphobe in me just wishes they would come in tubes instead! Both shades are wearable, give noticeable color, and work well for everyday wear.

I’m not sold, but I haven’t given up yet, on the mineralize skinfinishes this time around. By Candlelight really seems way too frosty to bear, while Comfort reads surprisingly orange (which isn’t a good look on me), but I’ll give them a chance. I do think mineralize skinfinish fans will like By Candlelight overall, even if it has an ultra frosty finish, when used with a lighter hand. Comfort is one of those shades best seen in person to determine whether it’s a must or not.

The shadesticks are nice, but they all run a bit heavy on the frost. I don’t mind shimmer or frost, but sometimes it can be too much and look garish. I think if layered with matte and satin finishes, these shadesticks could really deliver some lovely looks. I’d just be wary of using too many frost-finish eyeshadows alongside them!

The nail lacquers are interesting, but I think they’re both really a matter of personal preference. Neither formula was fussy to work with, and I think they gave a nice, opaque result.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Warm Me Up Lipstick, 2N Lipglass, Feelin’ Good Tinted Lip Conditioner, Cuddle Shadestick

Nice-to-haves: Siss Lipstick, Light That Fire Lipglass, 3N Lipglass, By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish, Close for Comfort Tinted Lip Conditioner, Chamomile Eyeshadow, Nurture Shadestick

Skip: Spiced Tea Lipstick, Mulled Cider Eyeshadow

Product-by-Product Reviews

What do you love? What do you hate? What are you picking up from Warm & Cozy?

P.S. – MAC also launched one new product (Mineralize All-Over Lotion), alongside Care Blend Essential Oils (2), and repromoted their Lip Conditioner Tube and Lip Conditioner Stick.  I will review both the lotion and the essential oils tomorrow or the next day, after I’ve had a chance to test them a little more thoroughly.  I also forgot to purchase the new mascara, so I won’t be able to review that for a week or so, sorry! :(

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62 thoughts on “MAC Warm & Cozy Collection: Round-up / Review

  1. Sarah M

    Many thanks Christine… for the swatches, review and recommendations & if I haven’t said so already, happy holidays!!! I hope Santa is good to you. :-P xxx

  2. Leigh

    Christine–
    Thanks so much!! I was in love with this collection, and thanks for the reviews. You’ve really helped me figure what’s worth it and what’s not. Your reviews and general info is so in depth, I just really appreciate all the effort you put in to it. Many thanks, happy holidays, and much love!

    Leigh

  3. kpenn09

    Thanks a lot, Christine! You’ve deterred me from quite a few products (thankfully!).

    I expected to love everything in this collection, but I think I’ve boiled it down to:
    - all 4 shadesticks
    - Warm Me Up lipstick
    - Dim the Lights nailpolish (maybe the other one, too, depending on how it fares with my skintone)

    Yay for Christmas money! Hope everyone has a great holiday :)

  4. Wilcoa

    Thanks for the reviews Christine. There are a few things from the collection – one of the lippies, TLC, and e/s – but truthfully it’ll be nice to pack away the cheque book overall after all the holiday shopping lol. Now onto saving for a couple of those collections coming up in the new year :P

    Happy holidays!

  5. Paige

    Ths whole collection sounded a lot better then it ended up being.

  6. Heatherette87

    I plan on getting warm me up lipstick, both tlc’s, and light that fire lipglass.

  7. amy

    Warm and Cozy is a pretty and (safe) collection and I like it better than Love Lace. The colours are pretty and I think it is a great way for a beginner collector to get some neutrals as the all the products’ colours are compatible with each other. I picked up a few items last week during the early launch in Vancouver. I like Nurture Shadestick and By Candlelight MSF. I don’t find By Candlelight too frosty at all but maybe because I am a bit darker than you and the frostiness is not noticable as much.

  8. yvette

    it does seem rather boring… a little bobbi brown!

    • Wendy

      I’m with you there Yvette. I have very cool colouring and nothing here appeals at all. Still, looking on the bright side, I guess that means I can save now and spend more on the Spring collections :)

  9. Christine – Thanks SO much for all the hard work and info! Your site such and AMAZING resource!

    Dusty’s final thought on the collection though: “While these are all super-pretty, I buy MAC so that I can make people look like drag queens from Neptune, Warm & Cozy.” LOL!

    Seriously though… Ho-ho-holy crap you are AWESOME for all the work you put into this site. Thanks so much :) Happy holidays!

    • My pleasure!

      HAHAHA. Love it. Happy holidays, Dusty :) Thanks for ALL of your support!

      • Of course, I meant to say… “Drag queens from Neptune, NOT ‘Warm & Cozy’.”

        I should refrain from thinking I’m funny in the wee hours of the morning when I should be sleeping ;)

        Either way, I’m glad you laughed and the thank you was sincere :) LOL!

        Dusty

  10. egon

    thanks Christine I always love Ur round-up reviews =)

  11. Thank you for those excellent reviews, Christine. It was very pleasant to read them and check swatches even if I suspected from the beginning I would skip this collection: I’m really not into warm tones. I picked a brown Shiseido quatuor some years ago, and although the colors are attractive, it’s still almost untouched. For some reason, I find it a tad difficult to use brown and orange on a fair skin with pink undertones and all brownish shadows don’t flatter grey green eyes.

    I’ll be curious to read your lotion review, though!

    Happy Holidays to you. :)

    • No problem! I LOVE ME some warm colors, but this wasn’t the best. I was kind of hoping for another Neo Sci Fi type of a launch, but nope, that wasn’t it here.

      Happy holidays!

  12. Joanne

    I’m grabbing 2N lipglass, Warm Me Up l/s, shadestick in Nurture, and both tinted lip conditioners.

    I was excited about the MSF By Candlelight until I saw the swatches–looked too frosty, IMO!

    I’m also skipping on all the e/s because I think there are better permanent ones.

  13. Avatar of Amber Amber

    Merry Christmas Christine! Thank you so much for your reviews and swatches – so helpful! I have already purchased 2N, Feeling Dreamy and Light That Fire lipglasses and By Candlelight MSF – just waiting for everything to be delivered! So excited! I still want the TLC’s and the Chamomile shadow but that will be for an after Christmas order.

  14. Thanks for the review Christine, this collection might be a skip for me. I can usually wear all colours (I’m light medium and neutral toned), but I prefer cool tones. Also, I do agree, MAC has better neutrals in their perm line

  15. Avatar of Rebecca verybecca

    I’m all over Relaxed and Nurture shadesticks!

  16. Sharon

    Thank you for the swatches christine! I was so excited about this collection. I live for warm neutrals and I was certain I was going to get backups of modelette e/s. After reading your review the only thing I’m still considering is warmed msf and even that isn’t getting much consideration. I have warm deposit and brunette and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn them. I don’t want to miss out on warmed as msf aren’t repromoted often but I’m probably never going to use it. I hope you have a fantastic holiday :)

    • No problem, Sharon! :)

      Ohh, the MSF craze! It’s similar to Warmed MSF, if you’ve seen it. It’s just too orange-y for me, I guess. I don’t like the way some of the darker and warmer MSFs look on me — they just look dirty :(

      Modelette is pretty, and it’s very soft on. I hope you’ll still check it out :)

  17. Christina

    I was uber excited about this entire collection, but I am really disappointed now that I’ve seen the real life products. It’s all a bit too orange-y for me. I probably won’t be getting anything. Especially because my heart is set on some Chanel products!!!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Christine!!!

  18. Megan

    I am not impressed with this collection:( I was excited when I first heard about it but now that I’ve seen it…nothing interest me. Its good though cause I can save money!

  19. Myra

    The lipglasses remind me of the Naked Honey collection.

  20. Avatar of Sonia sonia

    Hello Christine, thank you so much for all the information!!! I was crazy about the shadesticks…but now I see they’re too frost -y!
    Happy Hollidays and big hugs from all your fans from Brazil (including me!!!)!

  21. Jennifer

    I think I’m not too excited over this collection because I have plenty of neutral colors and I’m not in the mood atm to add more, right now I’m really into bright colors. Your review and swatches were very helpful though, I really appreciate it! :)

  22. i’ll probably get MAC Warm Me Up lipstick (since i love Brave New Bronze),both TLCs and maybe the 2N lipglass if it’s not so pale peach..

  23. Honeysuckle Rose

    Not a good collection but i’m going to pick up 3N

  24. DemoiselleB

    I am so looking forward to this collection. I love the lipsticks! Does anyone know when it’s released in Germany, or know where I can find that information?
    Thanks a lot!!!
    xx

  25. hey gal, i’m so late to discover your fab blog! too bad just placed my order yesterday.. i’m gonna bookmark you for future buys!

    Love your lip swatches!

  26. Brenda

    I did not buy ONE single thing from this collection. I was so interested from the pictures, but the swatches you put up had me narrow things down, then when I stopped into the PRO store, I really didn’t like any of the e/s textures and found the colours not very unique.
    I am pretty disappointed. Warm Me Up is darker than I’m comfortable wearing for everyday and that was really the only thing I’m still considering.
    I DID buy three MUFE shadows, Benefit Boiiing concealer, MAC PRO Shaping Powder in Emphasize, Shy Girl l/s and Golden Olive pigment (they still have the 7.5g containers!!! online it’s the 4.3g now :(

    I really hope All Ages is a better collection, I’m really a fan of natural colours. I’m so sad about Warm and Cozy.

  27. Sarah C

    I got all eyeshadows except for Embark because I already have it. I also got the Cuddle shadestick. I considered the Relaxed shadestick as well, but the girl at the store actually talked me out of it because it is identical to gentle lentil! I like all colors I got so far. All are very pretty.

    • Interesting! I haven’t seen Gentle Lentil in sometime… gonna have to swatch it. I remember it being more cool-toned, so it’s time to jog my memory, lol!

  28. monique r.

    Wow! I’m surprised to read you didn’t like modelette more. Maybe it’s just my olive skintone—but it works beautifully as a subtle neutral base…especially if you are trying to do one of the modern “bare eye” looks. I still fantasize about the Nude collection- this is similar but just not the same level of greatness.

  29. Steffi

    Do you have a review of the oils up yet? :)

  30. Rebecca

    Hi Christine, I was wondering you got a chance to review the Care Blends Essential Oils from this collection?I was really curious about them but did not know what any on thought about them who actually tried them out. Thankyou for your wonderful website your hard work is truly appreciated,Happy new Year,=) Rebecca

  31. Rebecca

    oh duh I am sorry I just noticed you all ready commented on this,thankyou again

  32. Laura

    Does anyone know why both my MAC store and MAC counter had brun with the collection and not embark? When I commented about it the girl at the store said there round up showed the collection with brun. I was so confused.