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MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four, miniature sized lipsticks–all shades from the permanent range. If you love your bolder shades, it’s a nice set–it might say “Red” but it is actually a mix of orange, red, burgundy, and berry. I’d say it’s more like a “bold” set than a red set.

The lipsticks come in a small box with a plastic, pull-out drawer. Each lipstick is 0.06 oz., so it’s 60% of the amount you get in a full-sized lipstick, and I think the value is there–it’s not a value-packed set, but you get more than you’re paying for and get four shades for a little more than the price of two. If you fall in love with one shade, you can repurchase it later as well, which is always nice. I didn’t have any issues using the minis directly from the tube, as sometimes minis can break more easily. The shades were very consistent with the individual permanent versions I have, and as I just swatched MAC’s permanent line a few months ago, the lip swatches and full face photos are from then (the swatches are of the actual minis).

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $40.80

Lady Danger is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy but did not feel slick or emollient, so there was little shine and a heavier feel overall. It applied fairly evenly, though I noticed a touch of color settling into lip lines. The color wore for six hours, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Devil (620) (P, $33.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $35.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Tomango (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legacy (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $36.00) is more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Quite the Standout (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Red is a bright, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff–you could see my lip freckle peeking through–and an even translucency, so the natural lip color will come through slightly, but it is still a more dramatic color on the lips. The consistency was a little stiff initially but became softer with use. It wore well for six hours, left a strong stain behind, and was a touch drying. Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is glossier (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (DC, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diva is a medium-dark burgundy with warm, red-brown undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, while the texture was lightly creamy with a light-medium weight to it–enough density that it covered well and felt smooth on the lips. It lasted for six hours, stained my lips noticeably, and was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Poison (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Mona (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rebel is a medium-dark berry with cooler, pink undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but the natural lip color will come through and have some impact on the overall tone of the lipstick. The texture was lightly creamy, thin but not uncomfortable, and lasted for six hours. It left behind a stain as well, and it felt a little hydrating. Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (DC, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Venom (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Quelle Surprise (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Afterdark (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Too Sexy (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Primrose (LE, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Brocade (P, $35.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Plum-brella (070) (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sly Ingenue (430) (P, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty #004 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit Red
Red
Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit ($55.00 for 0.46 oz.) includes a full-sized Mineralize Rich Lipstick, full-sized Mineralize Lipglass, and a miniature sized Mineralize Skinfinish. The lipstick and highlighter are both part of the permanent range, while the gloss is new and exclusive to the set. The kit comes with a large, zippered makeup “box” (less of a bag, more of a rectangular box where the top zips open). The glosss was the real miss in the kit, as it settled into lip lines, while the lipstick and highlighter worked fairly well.

Value

  • Mineralize Rich Lipstick: $25.00 for 0.14 oz.
  • Mineralize Glass: $25.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.
  • Mineralize Skinfinish: $33.00 for 0.35 oz. or $94.26/oz.
  • Set Values: $25.00 worth of lipstick, $25.00 worth of lipgloss, $11.55 worth of highlighter
  • Total Value: $61.55

Pure Pout is a subdued, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. The formula is supposed to have medium, buildable coverage with a hydrating feel that lasts six hours. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage with a soft, lightly creamy texture that felt emollient on but did not slide around as it was thinner overall. It wore well for three and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn. Bite Beauty Musk (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Woodrose (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Revolve Around Me (LE, $52.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Gillian (LE, $55.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $55.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pure Zen (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Oh Snap (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $50.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Jersey Rose (DC, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Ingenue (168) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (2016) (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Happiness is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and gold pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had sheer color coverage, which is as described, and it applied somewhat evenly–the issue I had was that the color settled into lip lines. The gloss was comfortable and hydrating for the two hours it lasted. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Double Happiness (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Telegenius (LE, $22.00)(90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Chloe (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Long Live the Night (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Water Deities (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Prancin' Dancin' (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Global Glow is a medium, golden bronze with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, thin, slightly dusty texture that blended out easily on the skin. It just barely emphasized my skin’s natural texture if worn at medium or higher coverage. It’s more of a highlighting bronzer on my skin tone, and when I wore it on my cheeks, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Honeychild (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
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MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four, miniature sized lipsticks–all shades from the permanent range. Of the three sets, “Pink” is a fairly apt description of these, as pink is a common thread either in overall hue or undertone across these shades, but you might also consider it a bright or bold-hued set as they’re all brighter, richer shades.

The lipsticks come in a small box with a plastic, pull-out drawer. Each lipstick is 0.06 oz., so it’s 60% of the amount you get in a full-sized lipstick, and I think the value is there–it’s not a value-packed set, but you get more than you’re paying for and get four shades for a little more than the price of two. If you fall in love with one shade, you can repurchase it later as well, which is always nice. I didn’t have any issues using the minis directly from the tube, as sometimes minis can break more easily. The shades were very consistent with the individual permanent versions I have, and as I just swatched MAC’s permanent line a few months ago, the lip swatches and full face photos are from then (the swatches are of the actual minis).

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $40.80

Impassioned is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a lightly creamy finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy with a lightweight feel on the lips that didn’t slide around but didn’t cling either. It wore well for five and a half hours and was a touch hydrating but not by much. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blossom Bright (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flocking Fabulous (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Postmodern (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Flowerscope (LE, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Gracy (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $55.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Clinique Plushest Punch (P, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Mesmerizing Magenta (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Wonder (LE) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Red Balloon (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dangerously Red is a deep pink with subtle, cooler pink undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, and it applied decently, but it could have sat better on the lips as it tended to emphasize lip lines slightly. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug on the lips during application. The color wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was a bit drying. Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $55.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girl About Town is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very, very fine violet pearl. It had mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a lightly emollient consistency that glided across lips without tugging. The formula delivered even coverage that lasted for five hours, which left a stain behind and felt a bit moisturizing. Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Menace (DC, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C208 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Crush (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Troublemaker (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Justin (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Heroine is a slightly brighter, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly creamy consistency that didn’t tug on the lips but does cling noticeably on (though it did not feel too clingy or drying). It wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, but it felt a touch drying toward the end of wear. Dior Superstitious Matte (789) (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Vibrant Violet (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is more muted, less pigmented, lower quality (90% similar). Revlon Shameless (P, $8.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Lychee (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Grind (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Kate (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NYX Twisted (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is more muted, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Buxom Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Tabloid (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Susperia (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Men Love Mystery (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit ($45.00 for 0.59 oz.) includes a full sized lipstick, liquid lipstick, and mascara. In this set, the lipstick is a new, limited edition shade, while the liquid lipstick is part of the permanent range, which I tested and reviewed last year (please note, I did not retest or retake swatch photos, but I did compare swatches to ensure color accuracy between the two). The lipstick was somewhat disappointing (even setting aside the drying factor of the finish), and there are just so many better matte reds out there. The Retro Matte lipstick and liquid lipstick formulas tend to be drying, though they are often very long-wearing and pigmented, so they’re both formulas with trade-offs. Some love the long-wearing power of the Retro Matte ranges, while others prefer reapplication with a more comfortable formula.

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz.
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: $21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $61.00*

* Note: if you do not use the mascara or the makeup bag, the value to you would only be $38.00.

Nutcracker Rouge is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it was surprisingly less pigmented than most Retro Mattes I’ve tried. The texture was more velvety but thin, and it was a struggle to spread the color across the lips evenly. It felt clingy on the lips, and while most of the color hung around for a good six hours, some of the color had faded away more noticeably around the center of the mouth. The formula was drying on me after three hours of wear. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $36.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC High Heels (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fashion Legacy is a bright, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth consistency that delivered even coverage. It was easy to apply and dried down in about a minute or less. The color wore well for seven and a half hours, but the formula was moderately drying after four hours of wear. MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is brighter, better quality, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Gold Blooded (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kit Red
Red
Red
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains two Pigments and two Glitters. I don’t think this set is worth it unless you’ll use the Glitters included. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it isn’t eye safe.

MAC Pigment is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with “rich colour” and a long-wearing formula. MAC’s Pigments have more to them that really helps the powder blend and bind together, so they can be used dry or damp but do not need a primer or mixing medium to function. I tend to get eight-hour wear with most shades, and most shades are medium to opaque dry and fully opaque damp. The more finely-milled, almost satin-like in feel, shades tend to be a bit sheerer overall.

MAC Glitter is supposed to have a “high-level sparkle effect” that can be used on face, body, and hair (but it “not recommended for use around eyes”) and “applied directly to the skin or combined with [other] products.” They really can’t be used on their own, because it is just loose glitter, so without using some other product, it gets everywhere and doesn’t stay where you’ve applied it. It can work using an adhesive base or primer (Too Faced Glitter Insurance, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, etc.). I don’t love that the Glitters are included in holiday kits, because they are listed as “not eye-safe.” I would rather four eye-safe Pigments. Since MAC did state that they can be applied directly to skin, I tested them on cheeks. The swatches are over Too Faced Glitter Insurance, which is an adhesive base.

Value

  • Pigment: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Glitter: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Set Values: $23.47 worth of Pigment, $17.60 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $41.07

* Note: Some pigments are sold as “Sized to Go,” which are priced at $10.00 for 0.09 oz. or $111.11/oz. I normally use the price per ounce of full sized products to determine value, but I wanted to point out that mini Pigments are also available (and are, oddly, a better value, by price per ounce, than full size).

English Gilt is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. It was really easy to work with on the lid, as the consistency was soft, smooth, and adhered well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Chase (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Cognac (P) is darker (80% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted (80% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Heritage Rouge is a deep plum with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium color coverage applied dry, which was buildable to more opaque coverage with two to three layers. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The powder had a soft, smooth texture that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. This shade is available individually. Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Porter (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). City Color Marsala (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm undertones. It had light-to-medium sized glitters, and as a result, it really was only functional with an adhesive base or primer–it just sheered out and would move around on the skin otherwise. Milani Golden Eyes (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gilt Gourmet (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Beach Baby (P, $12.95) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reflects Rust is a bright, medium-dark reddish copper with warm, orange undertones and a mix of finer and moderately fine glitter and sparkle. The Reflects range is a more finely-milled type of glitter, so they are easier to use, particularly if your aim is more even, opaque coverage. It still needed an adhesive base to perform with any longevity, though. Huda Beauty Fling (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Glittergasm (P, $12.95) is cooler (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Heartbreaker (P, $12.95) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Reigning Riches (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Gold
Gold
Gold
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit ($45.00 for 0.59 oz.) includes a full sized lipstick, liquid lipstick, and mascara. In this set, the lipstick is a new, limited edition shade, while the liquid lipstick is part of the permanent range, which I tested and reviewed last year (please note, I did not retest or retake swatch photos, but I did compare swatches to ensure color accuracy between the two). The Retro Matte lipstick and liquid lipstick formulas tend to be drying, though they are often very long-wearing and pigmented, so they’re both formulas with trade-offs. Some love the long-wearing power of the Retro Matte ranges, while others prefer reapplication with a more comfortable formula.

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz.
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: $21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $61.00*

* Note: if you do not use the mascara or the makeup bag, the value to you would only be $38.00.

Dancing Flowers is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which went on evenly for the most part. The consistency was firmer in the tube, but it had a more velvety, thin feel that helped it slide across lips with minimal drag. The formula felt a bit clingy, so it is best to exfoliate your lips prior to using one of these, and while it is long-wearing (six hours), it is drying. MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Back Up (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oh Lady is a muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff where the natural lip still peeks through (and will ultimately influence the color and tone of it if you have stronger color in your natural lips). The texture was a little thinner and runnier compared to other shades in the range. This shade wore for seven and a half hours and was moderately drying after five hours. Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Panda (P, $6.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (P, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Colour Pop Viper (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Embrace (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Notion (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kit Plum
Plum
Plum
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
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