Thursday, October 27th, 2011

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Ice Parade: Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit ($59.50) includes a palette with four eyeshadows and blush, along with a metallic, silver bag that also holds a lipstick, lipglass, and three miniature-sized brushes. MAC describes the shades, officially, as: Golden Flurry (beige with sparkle), Soft Brown (soft golden peach brown), Omega (soft muted beige-taupe), Carbon (black), Seasonal Appeal (orange brown), Mellowarm (peach), and Join the Party (pale peach). The brushes included are the 129SE, 266SE, and 275SE. The eyeshadows weigh 0.22 oz. while the blush weighs 0.18 oz. (basically, everything is full-sized).

  • Golden Flurry is a white with iridiescent pink shimmer. The color payoff is low–it’s sheer and sparkly, but it is prone to fall out. This has a lustre finish. Bare Escentuals Muse is more pigmented and less iridescent. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is a touch pinker.
  • Soft Brown is a medium brown with red-orange undertones and a matte finish. It has nice color payoff and a smooth, soft feel. This has a matte finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Omega is a lightened taupe with subtle beige-yellow tones and a matte finish. The pigmentation is nice, and it has the texture soft. This has a matte finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Carbon is a medium-dark black with brown undertones. It’s a little dry and stiff to work with but it does work better applied with a brush on the lid, though it can be a touch chalky. This has a matte finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Seasonal Appeal is a brownish peach with a soft, pearly sheen. This has a satin finish. The pigmentation is good, but it is a more orange-toned blush, so it may not work on really cool-toned complexions.
  • Mellowarm is an orange-coral with a hint of red with a frosted shimmer. It has mostly opaque color coverage. This has a frost finish. CoverGirl Rapture is less red. Milani Coral Bora Bora is pinker.
  • Join the Party is a peach-tinted beige with soft, white shimmer. It’s creamy and milky, so it does settle into lip lines, but the color coverage is semi-opaque. It’s similar to MAC Lust.

Of all of the holiday offerings, the Fabulously Festive Face Kits are the best bang-for-your-buck item and tend to be higher quality overall (maybe that has something to do with the inclusion of mostly permanent products?). Between the eyeshadows, blush, and lip products, you more than get what you spend back, so the subpar brushes are a bonus.

I did not and refuse to purchase any brush kits (for confirmation as to why, see Dusty’s review), but the brushes included in the Face Kits are disappointing. I found both the blush and eye brushes to be scratchy and lacked the density and precise shape of their full-sized counterparts. I had a ton of shedding and dye bleeding with the 129SE (and the full-sized 129 is one of the scratchier MAC brushes, so imagine this one!).

The Glossover


Warm Fabulously Festive

The Fabulously Festive Face Kits are the star products from the holiday collection, because the quality is there overall and as a bonus, they're a good value!











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MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Golden Flurry Eyeshadow

MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow

MAC Omega Eyeshadow

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

MAC Seasonal Appeal Blush

MAC Mellowarm Lipstick

MAC Mellowarm Lipstick

MAC Mellowarm Lipstick

MAC Join the Party Lipglass

MAC Join the Party Lipglass

MAC Join the Party Lipglass

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MAC Cosmetics, October 27th, $59.50.

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See individual shade dupes for limited edition shades.

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28 thoughts on “MAC Warm Fabulously Festive Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. zuhaCheema

    Great Swatches.. Quick Question.. Which one would you recommend if i had to get one?.. I am around NW 25..

  2. May I have all of them!!

  3. catrienna

    great review. are u going to review the set that’s exclusive to nordstrom? thanks

  4. Hannah

    That’s too bad that MAC’s holiday collection isn’t too great. I do like the white packaging, but the quality of their products are more important to me. I have heard from a MAC MUA that their travel size brushes or non-full size brushes are not hand made. I remember purchasing a set last year, and compared them to my full size brushes and their was a huge difference. So I exchanged them for a few full sized brushes. I’d rather save and spend my money on better quality brushes, then buy a kit and hate the brushes in them.

  5. Alya

    LOVE it, the eyeshadow shades looks really amazing..

  6. Nar

    I know you’re very busy, but if you have some time would you mind swatching the gloss over the lipstick for both of these? I’m just curious how they look together.

    • No, sorry – I’m done testing and reviewing MAC’s holiday collection. These are all the swatches I planned to post. I think all in all, I did over a dozen swatches for just these kits/sets – if I started doing combinations, my lips would fall off! I just can’t do it all – so sorry!

  7. I really love this set.

  8. These are such a good value to give as gifts. Most of the ladies in my life own a lot of MAC already though, and I wouldn’t want to give them duplicates of products they already have!

  9. MichelleChefNYC

    I really wish the lip products and blush in this kit were available individually… I already have 3 of the 4 eyeshadows from the palette, so I really can’t justify purchasing this at full price… maybe when it ends up at the corporate store 30% cheaper, these holiday palettes always do…

  10. Pip

    Don’t suppose anyone knows how much this’ll be in New Zealand?

  11. L.

    I really love the colors and I’ll buy this palette for sure 😀
    And it’s sooo cheap comparing to the original price. In Europe you pay for eyeshadow refills 13€ (4×13 = 52€), blush 21,5€, lipstick 18€, lipgloss 14,5€ which makes a total amount of 106€ (price for brushes and bag not included).

    106€ are 150$ btw 😉

  12. Hilary♥

    This is a little too orange for me although the colors are quite pretty – I like Wintercool better.

  13. Jennifer Moreno

    How does Mellowarm compare to MAC Thrills?

  14. Lauren

    Did you get a chance to try the holiday brush sets? I really wanted to try the 239 and it is now in one of the brush sets…do you think the sets are worth it, if you’ve tried them? Thnaks!

  15. Victoria

    PLEASE RESPOND! …Im NW20…but I’m more neutral than pure pink undertones…and my hair is like a natural midtone gold..I LOVE coral-y and warm colors even though I am more cool…do you think this would be too much for me? Like too warm…Because I love both sets equally…but this one just a tiny bit more!!!…Ugh!

  16. Eliza

    I just got the kit today! What kind of combo would you do with the eyeshadows?