MAC Warm & Cozy Collection: Shadesticks Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Shadesticks:
Relaxed, Warm & Cozy, Nurture, Cuddle

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection: Shadesticks

MAC is definitely bringing back shadesticks with a vengeance, don’t you think? With five limited edition shades from Sugarsweet and four new (but still limited edition) shades from Warm & Cozy, it makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing more of these in 2010.

  • Relaxed is a deep, chocolate bronze with a soft frost finish. It has the least frosty finish out of the four, but it’s still noticeably shimmery and has that frost edge associated with frost textures. I thought this was the most pigmented and smoothest of the bunch as well.
  • Warm & Cozy is a burnt copper shade with sparkly glitter particles. I actually felt like this had a very chunky, gritty texture–it wasn’t a winner for me. Shadesticks should be smooth, and I didn’t find that this one was nearly as smooth as I’d expect. It felt like a lustre eyeshadow almost, with the way the glitter flecks were so obvious.
  • Nurture is a pink champagne with a neutral feel. It’s not a bright, nor pastel, pink and it looks very fleshy-pink-beige in a way. It has the same frost finish appearance as the other shadesticks in the launch.
  • Cuddle is a frosty white-gold with yellow daffodil feel. It definitely has a frost finish, and since it is so light, yet covers well, it would make an excellent base as well.

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MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Shadesticks: Relaxed, Warm & Cozy, Nurture, Cuddle

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Shadesticks:
Relaxed, Warm & Cozy,
Nurture, Cuddle

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Shadesticks: Cuddle,
Nurture

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Shadesticks: Warm & Cozy, Relaxed

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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Baselight might be a potential dupe for Cuddle. Quite Natural and Constructvist had a baby with lots of frost and it was named Relaxed. I don’t feel like Nurture or Warm & Cozy have any dupes from paints or paint pots, though.

IMO, not at all… Beige-ing is really kind of flat, whereas Cuddle is bright, Nurture is way pink in comparison. Both Cuddle and Nurture are really, really frosty. Cuddle would be the closest, but it’s closer to Lemon Chiffon from Sugarsweet.

Relaxed is so pretty! But Nurture is more versatile because I can definitely see that being a quick all-over color for a day I’m late getting out the door.

Did you decide not to give a rating to the MAC launch products? I can see why you’d do it that but I just wanted to clarify if that is intentional.

Yes, it’s intentional. I don’t really like giving multiple products/shades ratings, particularly when they’re all over the map (which is often what MAC is like). It’s like… one lipstick is this finish, another lipstick is this finish, so it’s hard (and not as useful) to give a universal grade that’s supposed to apply to all of them. Like Warm & Cozy shadestick is pretty subpar in texture, but the other three were fine, so I don’t know how one would give a grade for all four together.

Yeah, that totally makes sense to me! It would be a giant pain to give a rating to each individual color and I think just your summary gives a good impression. Maybe an overall rating for the collection? But, then you’d have to create a new system, probably, so that is sort of a pain. You do a great job with your collection roundup posts 🙂

That’s so weird – all of the ones I’ve purchased recently have felt creamy, definitely not flaky or dry! I think some of my older ones (I believe I only have one or two) are definitely drier… but that could be from time, too.

You could try using a blow dryer to heat it up so it’s creamier.

Hi Christine, would these crease if worn alone without a powder shadow on top? paintpots melt on me but I never had a shadestick so I’m tempted >> Greasepaint sticks were great though =)

If paint pots melt, these probably would… If you have a store near you, I’d try it & return it if it didn’t work for you 🙂

We don’t have a makeup return policy were I live =( in fact i always envy U (in a good way )here in the US for being able to do so =p here if U buy it U keep it unless it’s defective which makes me wonder where does all the used MU go to? do they like sell it to other people?!!

“Cuddle” ROCKS in person – I thought it was a shade that had to be seen to truely appreciate it! I got to play around with these tonight and I liked all of them except “Nuture” – And only because it reminded me too much of “Beijing.” Sort of a light, neutral color that I would only use as an eyeshadow base (I have enough of those!)

I was COMPLETELY confused though, because when I went to the MAC Pro site to place my order, I noticed the swatches were mixed up for these! Bah! I love MAC but I have noticed many an error on their Pro site over the last several months (it took them DAYS to finally admit that there was more than just one color of the pressed powder from the Baroque Boudoir collection!)

Cuddle is nice, and I think it’s a really good color because you can use it as a base and it’ll help make colors pop. I’ve done darker bases, but I do find they tend to eat color more than enhance it, so darker shades like Warm & Cozy and Relaxed are less useful to me!

LOL, please! They’re not going to admit a mistake, LOL.

Cuddle and Nurture are very pretty, but I have no idea what you do with shadesticks. I normally just use a colourless base (like UDPP), so to use such pretty colours under shadows seems like a crime, lol. But I don’t wear cream shadows alone normally. So I guess I might give them a miss…

LOL! Aw, they do make fun bases, and colored bases can really change-up the look of the shadows you put on top 🙂 Like Cuddle just brightens everything!

Christine, what mac eyeshadow do you think looks like Nurtue?
Its already sold at at the store I got to, and I have a feeling it will be for a while. Dupe for something else? Thanks

Hi Christine!

Merry Christmas to you and yours and Happy Birthday to Mellan!!

Did any of these remind you of shade sticks from Sugarsweet? I know you already said something about Cuddle but what about the rest of them? Thanks!

I loved cuddle immediately – reminded me so much of Dreammaker, one of my all time faves 🙂 Although when I tried it at home the drag was so bad that the tip fell off by the time I was working on the second eye. Guess I just have to get used to using it, but so far I’m loving it!

Hmmm.. these remind of the sugarsweet shadesticks.
Cuddle is Lemon Chiffon
Nuture is Butternutty
Warm & Cozy is Penny..
The only original looking one is Relaxed, since it’s obvious nothing like Cakeshop or Red Velvet..
What do you think Christine? If I have the Sugarsweet ones should I skip on these?

Nah, I don’t really think they’re that similar. If you use your Sugarsweet ones a lot, I’d say they’re worth it… but if you hardly use them, no.

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