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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in “cool” hues, which was comprised mostly of pinks with a couple of grays and mauves. It’s not the worst palette I’ve seen from MAC, but it’s not a good palette at this price point either.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40
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MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson & Jussie Smollett for 2017

MAC Viva Glam Collection for 2017
MAC Viva Glam Collection for 2017

Vibrate with confidence and panache! Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett are the latest faces of our #VIVAGLAM campaign! Since 1994, every cent from the selling price of M·A·C #VIVAGLAM Lipstick and Lipglass has gone toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Coming soon! #VIVAGLAM

Availability

February 2017

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Soft Frost

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a cool, icy lavender with a violet sheen.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Soft Frost had semi-sheer, buildable color–up to medium coverage–with a very fine, pearlescent sheen. It was one of the sheerer Extra Dimension Skinfinishes I’ve come across, and the consistency was much firmer in the pan as well. It has a subtle shift from a tinted white to a more noticeable violet sheen, depending on the angle. Despite the firmer texture, it still blended out well on the skin and wasn’t a real challenge to use, as long as the sheerer coverage is desired. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost
Soft Frost
Soft Frost
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
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MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

01/06

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Double-Gleam

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades–yay! (Finally!) According to MAC, it’s a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Double-Gleam was richly pigmented but could easily be sheered out or used with a less dense brush for a more moderate glow. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, so it was easy to apply and work with on the face to highlight on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and so forth. The shimmer in Double-Gleam seemed finer and smoother compared to past iterations in this formula, and I think it ended up being more forgiving on the skin overall. It has a much stronger sheen to it, so when worn at full coverage, it did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours on me.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Double-Gleam
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “pink.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Fashion Scoop is a pale, light pink with a milky consistency and finish paired with fine pink pearl. The texture was smooth, creamy, and non-sticky, but it was a bit streaky and prone to gathering in lip lines. The wear was only two hours, though it was hydrating. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Peach Fuzz (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker (P, $4.49) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Elegantly Elegant (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charm is a bold, slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though I noticed some of the color still settled into lip lines. The overall richness of the color made it harder to see at a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. MAC Twirling (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ceaseless Energy (P, $24.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Danceteria (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Scandal (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twirling is a medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, but there was still some noticeable color in some of my lip lines (but far fewer than the other two shades). The gloss wore well for four hours, was comfortable to wear, and it felt hydrating. Urban Decay After Dark (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Toasted Marshmallow (P, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS La Main Bleue (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Ruby (42) (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rags to Riches is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. It added mostly warmth to my natural lip color and a medium level of coverage of shimmer/sparkle. It was easy to wear on its own but could be layered over other lip products, and the gloss didn’t seem to settle into my lip lines either. The texture was tacky, so despite being sheerer, it lasted for five hours on me. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #502 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Feeling Fine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Out for Glamour (LE, $20.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Hack (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Purpurine (LE, $15.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains four miniature-sized Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which are supposed to have the color and “sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil.” The formula is also supposed to be hydrating. The texture of the formula is smooth, lightly creamy, and emollient, so it feels thinner and more balm-like on the lips, which makes for a hydrating formula overall, but it tends to have short wear time. Of all MAC’s lip kits, this one seems to be short on value, too.

Value

  • Patentpolish Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $31.50

Pleasure’s All Mine is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage (up to medium coverage) with a smooth, balm-like texture that was comfortable to wear, though it only lasted for two and a half hours. The color pulled into my lip lines, but the coverage was even. Urban Decay Morning After (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $17.00) is lower quality, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $37.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). MAC Dream Daze (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Austin (P, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Revved Up is a soft, light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and very fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly with only some visible color gathering in lip lines. The texture was smooth and comfortable to wear, while the color itself lasted for two hours on me. bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is more pigmented, darker (95% similar). Chanel Interlude (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is more pigmented, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is glossier, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Peach-sicle (P, $19.00) is glossier, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s Really Me is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a creamy sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but the more emollient consistency caused the product to settle into my lip lines. This shade lasted for two hours and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Fresh Brew (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented, darker (80% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

French Kiss is a muted, medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a balmy, emollient consistency that glided across the lips with ease and left behind a moderate shine. This shade seemed to settle least into my lip lines, so it was more wearable on its own. The color wore for two hours, though, so it will need regular reapplication. bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is glossier, more pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is glossier, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is warmer, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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