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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Swatches & Product Review: MAC Cool Heat Collection


This collection is hot in general because it features my favorite shades of blues and teals. If you don't have any of these colors (doesn't have to be MAC), then I suggest you pick up "Cool Heat", "Gulf Stream" and "Blue Flame". For you neutral loving gals, "Solar White" makes a great highlight color, and "Warming Trend" is a gorgeous light brown taupe looking color with frost that's just so pretty!

This collection fizzled for me just because I have similar colors already (but like I said it's HOT if you don't have any of these colors yet!)

I went with Anne, and we went to the Topanga Mall to peep the newest collection out, of course our "favorite" girl was working (she's not really our favorite! LOL) but this MUA is this Asian girl who gives the best customer service to those who are NOT Asian! She will ask everyone in the store if they need help BUT Asian girls! I am not even kidding, she does this every time and gives us dirty looks; and it's other Asian girls she does this to also. Ugh she's really annoying because she always helps people who came AFTER us (rolls eyes). Anyway! Moving on, LOL...

Just off the bat observations, "Cool Heat" reminded me of a cross between "Parrot" and "Steamy", so I passed even though it's a gorgeous color, it's because I haven't even come close to hitting the pan with "Steamy" OR "Parrot" so what makes me think I am going to even use this often??! "Blue Flame" is like "Deep Truth's" long lost twin, they look eerily similar except to me,"Deep Truth" had a bit more of that lovely shimmer to it, while "Blue Flame" had more subdued shimmer.

I love the frosty neutral of "Warming Trend" and I think paired with "Magnetic Fields" from the Neo Sci-Fi collection would be the perfect union! Can't wait to try it out! "Solar White" is a nice highlighting color, I am not really into overly shimmery white eyeshadows because they make me look weird, but this one is pretty. "Warm Chill" was my least favorite of the bunch, it didn't have that much pigmentation in my opinion and reminded me a lot of Milani's "Sea Angel" eyeshadow. I wanted the pro-pan refill of "Swimming" since I ran out, but they didn't have any more of the refills so I ended up getting the one in the pot. :(

I also bought a pro-pan refill of the "Flirt & Tease" blush. After seeing it on Mimi months and months ago because she looked ravishing with it on, I had to have this in my blush palette! (Some of you asked whether I am selling any palettes, and I am NOT, I sold them all already!)

Surprisingly, my prediction was that I would get most of the eyeshadows and the Slimshines, but I didn't like ANY of this collection's slimshines. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mac's Slimshines, however the colors in this collection were sorta bleh to me, so I passed (which is good for the wallet!), and instead I got a Slimshine in "Pleasing" from the permanent line which is super pretty! It's like a rose-fuchsia pink with subtle shimmer, I love it!

Here are pics!


Anne said...

thanks for waiting! and sorry for that brief stay. but yay! another MAC trip. only with you I can share the moment. haha. I know you're also sooo happy to see your BFF too. LOL.

btw, I hope you didnt get your pretty purse dirty with all the swatches in your hand.

ok... we still need to hit up the Pro store next time!

Nanzy said...

hi nessa! Nice haul & thx for the swatches and reviews. Pleasing looks really "pleasing" on you : )

MakeupByRenRen said...

u know...i definitely got all the eyeshadows, lol...i think i got really excited about the colors, yikes!

Anonymous said...

no offense, I'm asian too, but that story about the "favorite" SA who discriminates on asian customers is hilarious. i'm sorry, it must be frustrating, but i can't help but lol. but that's pretty messed up. =/ -Maha

Jnie said...

that mua is so much like one at my regular mac store. she would actually ignore you even if you look at her...and its not just me...
thanks for the review, it was really helpful

Tracy said...

although i don't buy mac, i still appreciate your swatches. :D

your encounter w/ your "fave" MUA reminds me of this one time i went into a bare minerals store. none of the employees there greeted me or anything, but when a blonde lady came in after me, they went over to her and began helping her right away. i hate being discriminated against! some women can be real b*tches. haha.

Tammy said...

Ohhhh!! Ahhh!! The blush looks so pretty!

Aya said...

Thank you for the swatches, we can always count on you for the latest! M.A.C BETTER be sellin' this collection online, 'cause some of the collections don't make it here to Japan. Anyhow, those colors would look great with your pretty complexion. Looking forward to the looks you create Ms. Vanessa!

Aya said...

Thank you for the swatches, we can always count on you for the latest! They BETTER be sellin' this collection online, 'cause some of their collections don't make it here to Japan. Those colors will look great on your pretty complexion...looking forward to the looks you create Ms. Vanessa!

Yellow Fever said...

thanks for the swatches vanessa- you're so sweet to do that! and I know what you mean about nasty MUAs-they make me want to drop a lot of cash in front of them lol

Jenny said...

lol! i go to the topanga MAC all the time too and I know exactly which asian MUA you're talking about! haha. I just thought she only acted nasty towards me ... i guess it's towards all asian ladies then lol what a hater. but anyways, thanks for your swatches! i purchased gulf stream and solar white and deep truth instead of blue flame~

d0rksta said...

aww you mentioned my name! Thank you, Vanessa! (:

I know the blush will look beautiful on you! I can always count on you for swatches on the new MAC collections. The colors are pretty! I will probably get them when I visit my family in California. We should meet up in LA. lol. Well, maybe. I might go, but not sure yet (:

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