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MAC Cosmetics – Cool Heat Collection Review and Comparisons

OVERALL, Cool Heat is refreshing.  You have colors like Solar White and Warming Trend, which are easily suitable to anyone–neutral and color fans alike; but then you also have Warm Chill, which is a great introduction to color and Gulf Stream and Cool Heat for those who adore bright pops of color.  Climate Blue is a color that is both gorgeous and not one we see often–maybe once prior, if that.  I think I was most surprised by the slimshines, because they had much more color pay off than previous slimshines I’ve tried.  I also think that those who may find some of the eyeshadow colors too much, may find that the slimshines are much more up their alley.

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  • Solar White is a really pretty warmed up frosty white/highilghter kind of color, which is not nearly as close to Nylon or Phloof! as you’d imagine.  When you compare Nylon to Solar White, Solar White has more of a brown tinge to it rather than the yellow-gold that Nylon has.
  • Warming Trend is a smooth, buttery warm brown with gold sheen. If you’re a fan of Patina, Woodwinked, etc., this is definitely a shadow to consider.  On my hand, it’s not as easy to see, because my skintone is similar to it, but I can’t wait to use it in an actual look.
  • Warm Chill is a warmer minty green–it is not Juxt’s dupe, and I probably wouldn’t keep comparing the two.  They’re cousins at best.  Warm Chill has a lot of aqua to it, reminds me a bit of Aquavert (LE) with more green than aqua (Aquavert is more aqua than green).  The one I got a few days ago doesn’t give me the same level of payoff as the one in-store did (I don’t know if maybe I’m a heavy swatcher in-store vs. in-home).
  • Gulf Stream is a very pretty pop of teal that’s bright, but not over the top.  It actually reminds me a bit of Tease ‘n Teal (one of my favorite shadows by MAC) that came out in a holiday palette.  This is nothing like Shimmermoss (at least when I compared them on my skin tone), and the pay off is great.  The frost is low, so there is a lovely bit of sheen.  This one stands out a lot out of the seven.
  • Cool Heat is a velvety smooth blue with aqua undertones; it reminds me of Big T or A Bluer Blue, but perhaps with a better finish than Big T.  I did find this one a bit chalky, especially for a frost (I would have guessed a satin or velvet, actually).
  • Blue Flame is a gorgeous deep navy blue with nice sheen.  Yes, it is similar to Deep Truth–the difference is Blue Flame has more blue in it.  If you wanted to mix Freshwater with Deep Truth, you could get pretty close.  Those who have been unhappy with the finish/texture of Deep Truth may find Blue Flame easier to use (though I love Deep Truth and have no issues with it personally).
  • Climate Blue is a jeweltone color, very royal purple, with a little bit of shimmer.  This color is less like previous MAC colors, and the only one that I can recollect is actually Jeweltone, which was LE and released a couple of years ago or so.  With that said, it makes it one of the more unique colors out of the launch, and it is much harder to replicate using existing colors.  I don’t have problems with the texture, despite it being a bit chalky/soft, when I use it in actual looks.  It blends just fine for me!


  • Swelter is a reddish-pink, very fun and the brightest of the bunch.  I liked it for a really bold, summery lip; and I can always appreciate a slimshine with good color pay off.
  • By Degrees is a mauvey-pink color that’s more subdued than Swelter, but it still gives you a great amuont of color on lips.  It has this lovely golden sheen to it, too.
  • High 90s is my favorite, and I’m tempted to get a back-up of it, actually!  I’ll probably wait it out and hope that I can skip the backup, though.  Anyway, it is a great coral-pink with good color, but it isn’t over the top.  It makes the perfect summer lip for me.
  • Tropic Glow is a shimmery sheer pink, and compared to the previously mentioned three, it is much sheerer.  However, I don’t think it’s too sheer to the point where it wouldn’t give color to those with more pigmented lips.
  • Gentle Simmer is a sheer pale golden-pink color with subtle golden shimmer.  It is almost like a nude, but still with noticeable tones of pink and some gold sheen.  This would be great for those who like subtle lip color or as an everyday/on-the-go color.


  • Turquatic Heat is a very sophisticated scent–it reminds me of classy ladies having a luncheon together.  You can definitely note the amber and vanilla in it, especially once it dries down.  It is a scent I’d consider wearing myself, and I’m pretty picky with mine!
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Thank you so much, you are THE best! It is so good to have you!
I´m happy with my shadow choices and will also think about tropic glow and gentle simmer.

Hi Christine! Thanks for your review! I went out early to check out the collection – I was too excited to wait for swatches 🙂 I ended up with a substantial haul – Solar White, Cool Heat, Climate Blue and Blue Flame eyeshadows, Swelter Slimshine and Turquatic Heat. I loved everything! I stayed away from the greens because I have green eyes and don’t like how greens look on me, but they were stunning. The blues/purples are gorgeous together – Ive already started playing with them! All of the Slimshines were pretty – Swelter is a gorgeous pop of red. Tropic Glow is pretty too, but so close to Party Mate that I passed on it. Didn’t love the other colors on me, so I passed. I haven’t ever tried MAC fragrance, but read a glowing review of Turquatic Heat in Lucky, so I was compelled to spritz it on. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it, so decided to think on it. As my stash was being rung up, I sniffed my wrist again and WOW! Fell in love and snagged a bottle. Thank goodness for the 15% off discount!

Hey Meagan! LOL, I couldn’t wait for anything myself, I always have to go straight away.

Thank you for sharing your review with us 🙂 I’m glad you found some good choices!

thank you Christine……I’m so excited!!! I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait till saturday. The slimshines look a lot better than I thought!

I finally decided on what I want.
Solar White, Warm Chill, Gulf Stream, Cool Heat, Climate Blue, Blue Flame, Swelter, Gentle Simmer and Tropic Glow.
I might end up getting Warming Trend too just to have the whole eyeshadow lot. This can just be an early birthday present to myself.

warm trend gave my skin a glow (when I swatched it)..it kind of remind me of time and space…yeah ..so I didn’t get it..might go back and get it though lol …thanks for the review..I put swatches on your forum 🙂

Nah, Rollickin’ is a light-medium teal, but Warm Chill is quite green & Gulf Stream is much darker.

High 90s is less red than Rozz Revival (at least on me…). Maybe Rozz Revival is like Swelter!

Not really – I mean, they’re both highlighters, so IMO, you can live without one or the other. I found Phloof to be whiter/frostier.

I love this collection! I think gulf stream and waternymph are almost identical and warm chill is a lot like mood ring (heatherette) except shows some gold…

Hey Abby! They are close from swatches I’ve seen – unfortunately I don’t own it anymore so it’s had to tell!

Hey Christine! The eyeshadows are gorgeous, I picked them all up today along with High 90’s. Every single color was right up my alley which, I knew they would be. Before I swatched the colors, I really had my doubts about Climate Blue because I automatically regonized that chalky texture. But, I was pleasantly suprised, wow, huh?! The looks are amazing with these colors combinations! I’m very happy MAC is starting to bring somemore “green” shades in the collection.

Hey Steph! Glad to see I’m not the only one who bought all seven shadows, lol!

Climate Blue may have a chalky texture when swatched, but when you go to use it, it works out quite nicely – I haven’t had trouble with it!

Wow, you are quick! One busy little MACaholic, that’s for sure. Thanks so much for these detailed reviews and for the pictures! I checked out the collection today and your pictures are definitely true-to-life. They will help so many people pick and choose what they want from the collection (or convince them to get them ALL… !)

thanks for the reviews i finally made up my mind on what to get haha shadows all the way i dont need one of the slimshines i prefer macs regular lipstick line anyway oh and i have tons of dazzleglasses

Hit up my MAC store first thing this morning, coupon in hand. I was mostly looking at the slimshines, the e/s colors were a little bright for me. I tried all the Slimshines on and ended up buying three- Swelter, High 90’s and Tropic Glow. I found that By Degrees just didn’t give me enough color. I may go back for Warming Trend e/s though, after I left I thought “Should have bought that.” Thanks for all the swatches and descriptions, they really helped me narrow down what I wanted since I was short on time.

I got all 7 shadows. I have to say that Climate Blue seemed chalky on my hand, but I used it over a creme shadow & the blue really popped, it’s gorgeous and not overly bright. I wore it with Warming Trend (as a base) & Solar White (highlight)and I think it looked pretty hot!

Cool Heat is similar to Big T, but it’s bluer, whereas Big T is more green. It could be a dupe for sure, but I bought it anyways 🙂

Oh, wow! But yes, I agree that Climate Blue may not swatch great, it’s amazing when you actually apply it to the eyes.

I agree with your comment on Warm Chill, it seemed to have better pay off in the store when I swatched it there – but maybe it’s one of those shadows you have to get rid of the first layer for it to go on more intensely. I think I remember Nanogold being the same.

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