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MAC Winter Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Ice Parade: Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool 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: Phloof! (frosted off white), Brun (muted blackish-brown), Quarry (soft muted plum-brown), Dance in the Dark (black-brown), Mocha (soft plum pink), Hot Gossip (mid-tone pinky plum), and Emancipation (light pink). 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).

  • Phloof! is a pinked beige with a frosted finish; it has good color payoff and a smooth, soft texture. It has a frost finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Brun is a dark, cool-toned brown with a hint of gray and a subtle sheen in its finish. The pigmentation is nice and the texture is soft overall. It has a satin finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Quarry is a rosy mauve with a matte finish. It’s a bit dry and almost powdery with so-so color payoff. It has a matte finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Dance in the Dark is a purple-tinted brown-black with a satin finish. The color payoff is below average, and the texture is stiff and dry, which contributes to the uneven color application. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is very similar but more pigmented.
  • Mocha is a brightened pink plum with a matte finish. It has a matte finish and is part of the permanent range. The color payoff is really nice, and I swear, this seems more vibrant than the permanent version (but I don’t currently own the permanent version to compare).
  • Hot Gossip is a plum-tinted pink with a frosted finish and mostly opaque color coverage. It has a cremesheen finish and is part of the permanent range.
  • Emancipation is a pink-beige with soft white shimmer that yields semi-opaque color coverage. It’s a milkier-looking gloss, so it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines. It is a repromote. It’s similar to Feelign Dreamy, Runway Fave, and Bare Nesceessities.

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,聽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!).

MAC Winter Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Cool Fabulously Festive Face Kit

MAC Phloof! Eyeshadow

MAC Brun Eyeshadow

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Mocha Blush

MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick

MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick

MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick

MAC Emancipation Lipglass

MAC Emancipation Lipglass

MAC Emancipation Lipglass


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Mariella Avatar

Well, I already have Brun, Phloof and Quarry and I was so disappointed in the Tartan Tales blush kit with a similar “construction” to this one. I got it because it had Dame blush in it but that version of Dame is crappy like you wouldn’t believe – NO colour comes off on my finger, my brush – nada! I finally had to “rough it up”, first with the roughest brush I have and then with a finger nail. So I am skeptical about the “quality” in some of these kits compared to their permanent versions. If the quality is there on all of these, then it does seem like a good value and a great travel/weekend away kit and I love the look of the lipstick.

Angelic Mariposa 聘痰獭訙痰台虅品 Avatar

I’m disappointed to see that there are so many permanent shades in all of these palettes. I was hoping the Sultry eye would be good but I basically have all of those shades and the one I don’t have seems not to be worth it. I don’t see much imagination in this collection.

Hilary鈾 Avatar

OMG this is gorgeous!! I like everything except the lipglass lol I wonder how much this will cost in Italy… mmm probably around 60 euros? I think I’ve found my perfect Christmas gift 馃檪

Sarah Avatar

After the disappointing reviews of the Ice Parade eyeshadow palettes yesterday I am to happy to see this one paying off(even if most of the colours are permenant), fingers crossed the Warm Fabulously Festive kit will be as good! Adding this one to my swatch list :). Thanks.

Julia Avatar

I was considering getting this kit because quarry and brun are two of my go-to colors for and everyday eye, and so I thought this would be a good set to be able to throw in my suitcase for travel. However, it looks like the quality is off – my quarry is not at all powdery and is crazy-pigmented. And it is disappointing to see that the one LE e/s is a dud!

And seriously? What the what is up with the brushes? That 129 literally looks like something from the dollar store in your photos!

Alicia Avatar

Hot Gossip looks so much better on you than it does on me. I returned it and got Craving which I like so much more. I’ve been to 2 Mac counters in my area and it seems like they are short on lipstick. They were out of Sweetie and Syrup which were the 2 colours that I wanted to check out.

Thanks for the review. This reminds me of one of Clinique’s offerings.

Georgina Avatar

I’m wearing Mocha blush today from the permanent range and it looks nothing like your swatch! While your swatch is quite red and vibrant, mine seems a deeper shade and more muted.

Thanks for your reviews. I’m not in love with what I’ve seen of the holiday collection and am quite disappointed! Sad. I usually look forward to this release every year!

Laura Avatar

Ive just dug out my pan of Mocha blush and mine looks nothing like that swatch! Mine is much more muted and more brownish/plum tones rather than the bright pink in Christine’s swatch. Wonder why it’s so different. I much prefer the colour of my old pan x

Aly Avatar

I checked it out at the store today. It is much less red than the swatch. Which is good haha I’m way too light to wear that dark of a color! Mocha will look amazing with those eyeshadows(:

Aly Avatar

Does the top of the pallette have the snowglobe like the eyeshadow palettes? Sorry if you said that in the description, I only read skimmed it to find out if they were all permenant. I can’t believe you get all this stuff with this kit! I love it(:

Aly Avatar

Definitely a must have for me then(: I was so disappointed that the pallettes with the six eyeshadows in them were pretty crappy because I wanted the snowglobe lol 馃槢 even though nobody else really loved the snowglobe top.. but these face kits are really pretty nice! I am also kind of thinking about getting the sultry lip bag.. It kind of looked brown on me haha but I like it with my hair (which is rare because I accidentally died it red haha but now it’s washing out a bit so it’s this weird reddy brown)

DevilishDoll Avatar

I actually have a lot of items that look very pretty in online swatches but looked a horrid brown on me and in the container, Hot Gossip, Aristo Cat, Courting Lilac and Lightly Ripe lipsticks, On A Mission Blush, etc…at first I thought maybe my skintone was doing something to them until I looked at the actual product in good lighting and it still looked brown. So Idk what causes it…maybe I get bad batches.

Kris Avatar

Hi Christine,

I read about another face kit: Exclusive festive frost face kit.
Have your heard about this one? I’m so looking forward to seeing swatches because this kit looks so appealing to me 馃檪

Thanks so much!
Best, Kris

L Avatar

The blush and lipstick are really pretty. Thankfully they are part of the permanent collection.

Is it wrong that I love the cool festive kit more when I’m warm-toned? :-p

L铆ria Avatar

hmm, I wont be buying these kits either just because the permanent shades dont match the ones sold individually. I don’t own quarry or brun, and this would be a good deal if the quality was the same but it seems to me that the single shadows are different and better. I don’t trust mac anymore…

phuongk Avatar

hi christine, can you do a picture of the lipgloss layered on top of the lipstick for us? since the gloss is so light, i’d prob only use it layered on the lipstick.

Christine Avatar

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! 馃檪 I just can’t do it all – so sorry!

phuongk Avatar

No biggie! I completely understand. I’m already very grateful that you do so many swatches. Just thought I’d ask, since it never hurts to. 馃檪

Emily Avatar

I own the permanent Mocha blush and mine is not that vibrant at all. I also own Fleur Power (another pink matte) and this new Mocha is swatching quite similar to that instead! haha Bad quality control at MAC?

Grace Avatar

Is there any reason why Emancipation is a COMPLETELY different color from its Wonder Woman release? Not a color I’m interested in anyway, but I find it so strange and irritating and a color is passed off as something it’s not. MAC shouldn’t use the same name for two entirely different products. Has anyone else noticed?

heather Avatar

hot gossip really does look gorgeous on you! i was *so* happy to snag this set when i did…brushes aside, the color selections were pretty easy to work with and the cost breakdown was pretty awesome, too.

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