MAC has two and a half post-holiday collections this year (all releasing December 26): Warm & Cozy (a large, predominantly warm color collection with some skincare components), Love Lace (a smaller, primarily cool color collection), and In the Studio (the launch of MAC’s new mascara, Studio Fix).
First: the powders. There are four Warm and Cozy eyeshadows ($14.50), three limited edition shades and one repromote from the permanent line. Chamomile, Modelette, and Mulled Cider are all Satins, but they perform more like MatteÂ²s (smooth, pigmented, matte finish). Embark, the permanent shade, is a regular Matte finish, and it’s chalky.
I love these colors, but they definitely remind me of Cargo’s Essential Eye Palettes.
There are also two new Mineralize Skinfinish (MSFs, $27). Peach-tan Comfort will be a highlighter for darker skintones (what do you think, could it be a bronzer for light-to-medium folks?). By Candlelight is a pink-gold highlighter similar to Porcelain Pink, but perhaps a little more emphatic. More pigmented, more sparkly, a little more frosty — if you thought Porcelain Pink was a tad too subtle, try By Candlelight. (Just for fun: By Candlelight looks maybe slightly more beige than Bobbi Brown’s Nectar Shimmerbrick, which looks a bit more pink, I think.)
There are two Warm & Cozy nail polishes ($12): sheer peach Blissed Out and dark chocolate Dim the Lights (which reminds me of Rich, Dark Delicious from MAC’s Nail Trend collection with Jin Soon Choi).
There are four new shadesticks ($16.50): Nurture, Relaxed, Cuddle, and Warm & Cozy.
There are also three lipsticks ($14): Spiced Tea (Glaze), Warm Me Up (Amplified Creme), and a repromote of the permanent Siss (Satin).
And four Lipglasses ($14): 2N and 3N are repromotes from the N Collection; Feeling Dreamy and Light That Fire! are new.
There are also two Warm & Cozy Tinted Lip Conditioners ($14.50) — and Feelin’ Good was the only piece of the collection my counter hadn’t received. I tried a few other counters, but I just couldn’t track down that second shade.
I have to say though, I loved Close for Comfort. It felt creamier than previous TLCs. The shade was very natural (super subtle) on my lips: barely a hint of color.
But wait, there’s more! The Tinted Lip Conditioners segue nicely into the skincare component of Warm & Cozy. The collection also includes:
- a repromote of MAC’s regular lip conditioner (in a stick, like Chapstick), $13.50
- a repromote of MAC’s regular lip conditioner (in a tube), $13.50
- the new! permanent! Mineralize All-Over Lotion ($29.50). I am dying to try this. It’s for face AND body, unscented, with consideration for sensitive skin. I tried a little bit on my hands after swatching, and it dried down in about a minute — which is exactly what I want if I’m going to apply during the day and keep typing. (I didn’t find that the Naked Honey products — or for that matter, L’Occitane’s hand cream — met this standard.)
- For those who like their lotion scented, the collection also includes Care Blends Essential Oils, in Sweet Orange + Lavender and Grapefruit + Chamomile ($19.50 each). You could add a drop of these to your Mineralize All-Over Lotion, use them alone, or even mix them into makeup (to make it more emollient).