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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “nude.” 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 Whim is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones paired with a cream finish and very, very fine pearl. It had semi-sheer coverage that didn’t appear streaky on the lips, but the milkier consistency caused the gloss to settle into every lip line. The gloss felt creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear over the two and a half hours it lasted. Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Happiness (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat (LE, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mein Herr (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pure Delight is a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and fine gold pearl. It seemed more washed out once I applied it to the lips, which is something that can happen as the gloss itself was semi-sheer and allowed for the natural lip color to come through. The color pulled into lip lines noticeably, though the more subdued color made it harder to notice from a normal viewing distance compared to Fashion Whim. This shade wore well for two and a half hours and was moisturizing. Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Chelsea Girls (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is brighter, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutty & Naughty is a soft, pinky plum with subtle, warm undertones and pink and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly, but it still had some color that settled into lip lines. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and comfortable to wear over the two and a half hours it lasted. Christian Louboutin Beaute Altareva (P, $85.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Chanel Innocent (14) (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Pretty Princess (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (DC, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Ciel Rose (449) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prancin’ Dancin’ is a soft, medium copper with warm, brown undertones and pink, gold, and silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage–mostly coverage by shimmer/sparkle–with a very high shine. The consistency was thick, tacky (I have no idea how this could be touted as non-tacky) but smooth. It wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Pale Moon (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Flash of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Water Deities (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Happiness (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Gilded (-, $16.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set
NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set

NARS Shadow Side Velvet Shadow Stick Set ($39.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three miniature sized twist-up cream eyeshadows and a miniature sized mascara. I haven’t had great luck with the Velvet Shadow Stick formula, as they are harder to blend and work with on the lid and have shorter-wear (five to six hours). They tend to work best for me as an eyeshadow base rather than as a standalone eyeshadow, though the shades that are closer to the skin tone and have some pearl are the easiest to use as-is. My experience with these three was consistent with past experience–shorter wear and harder to blend and even out on the skin.

Formula Overview

  • Velvet Shadow Stick: $28.00 for 0.05 oz. or $560.00/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $50.40 worth of cream eyeshadow, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $60.15

Lucid Dream is a light-medium, golden brown with warm, golden shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. The consistency was somewhat creamy with slight drag across the skin. It was blendable for a few seconds initially but then became harder to diffuse and even out. It started to crease after six hours of wear. Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Infinity (751) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Suspect (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Doe (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Gitte (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Real Surreal is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, brownish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, but it was creamy enough that it layered to opaque coverage in two to three passes. The consistency was fairly easy to maneuver around the curve of the lid, but it was hard to get soft, diffused edges, even when I used fingertips to blend. It lasted for five and a half hours before creasing on me. Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Garnet (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Higher Power (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS China Seas #2 (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chantecaille Starfish (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Scarlet (LE, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nunavut is a rich, deep purple with cooler undertones and a satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but the consistency was so creamy that the color tended to move around as I applied it, so it was hard to get an even layer of coverage. I had the best luck applying one layer, trying to even it out with my fingertip, and then applying another layer on top, but it still looked patchy in places. The color started to crease after five hours on me and migrated towards the corners of my eyes. Inglot #377 (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Set Shadow Side
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
70%
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NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette

NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette ($69.00 for 0.78 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and three blushes in the Dual-Intensity formula. The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheerer when applied dry and more opaque with a “high-impact finish” when used damp. The Dual-Intensity Blush formula is supposed to have a “high-impact” flush when used damp and a “natural-looking glow” when used dry. In general, regardless of whether it’s an eyeshadow or blush, they are sheer to semi-opaque with more of a frosted, shimmery finish when used dry, and then more opaque and more metallic when used damp. The blushes can be more difficult to blend and diffuse when used damp, but I don’t have that issue (or at least, not as often) with the eyeshadows applied with a damp brush–I expect this is partially due to how blush is often applied at sheerer coverage levels than eyesahdow, so it is more obvious when it is not diffusing as readily. Both formulas wear between six and nine hours for me.

The value of the set is ridiculously good, period, but it’s particularly high for NARS, which doesn’t typically do truly value-packed palettes or sets. I think, perhaps, it’s the result of the Dual-Intensity range being rather pricey individually that they could only go so high before the palette reached a price point they did not feel their customer base would pay. Each eyeshadow in the palette is larger than a full-sized Dual Intensity Eyeshadow! If you like the colors, it’s worth checking out. I’m not in love with the shade range or how the blushes and eyeshadows coordinate with each other–the blushes seem like they’re too warm and could be more in a pink/plum/mauve family–I just felt like it looked a bit disjointed together. The quality is fairly consistent with my experience with the formula in full-sized shades, so if the color combination appeals to you, I’d definitely keep an eye out for it.

Minor quibble: why didn’t they give these individual shade names?! They did it for several other palettes this year!

Value

  • Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow: $29.00 for 0.05 oz. or $580.00/oz.
  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Set Value: $243.60 worth of eyeshadow, $77.14 worth of blush
  • Total Value: $320.74

Give In Take I is a dirty beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation both dry and damp, but the damp application made it apply more smoothly and amplified the sheen. The texture was soft, firmer in the pan but not stiff to work with, and applied well to bare skin. It lasted for seven hours (both dry and damp) on me before fading. Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Cream (21S) (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vex (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I542 Pinky Clay (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pearl Earring (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Indulge (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #2 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Ivory (04) (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Mother's Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take II is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, bluish tones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp yielded nearly opaque coverage. It was easier to diffuse and blend around the edges when I used it dry, but the coverage was hard to build up, so I had the best luck applying it damp initially and then using it dry to diffuse and soften the edges. It lasted for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Left) (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Gunmetal (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Showgirl (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Modern Mercury #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take III is a blackened teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It appeared more muted in color but had semi-opaque coverage when I applied it dry, and it lasted for eight hours. When I tried it damp, it was more intense and fully opaque, but it took extra effort to diffuse the edges, though it lasted for almost nine hours on me. Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rhinestone (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take IV is a bright beige with subtle, cooler undertones and a satin finish (even though it looked warmer in the pan). It was more muted and a lot less bright–looked almost faded–when I applied it dry, though it was still semi-opaque in coverage. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was brighter and looked starker against my skin tone with semi-opaque coverage. It was easier to use this one damp, though, as the texture was a bit firmer to work with in the pan, so having the dampness on the brush stretched the color out more. It lasted for seven and a half hours both dry and damp on me. Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Anastasia Blanc (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #5 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take V is a light-medium taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a gray overtone paired with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied dry, and the color itself was much warmer and lacked the gray overtone. If I used it with a damp brush, the color was more intense, grayer, and more opaque. I noticed fading after seven hours when I used it dry, and then after eight hours when I used it damp. Sephora Cashmere Coat (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Pecan Praline (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take VI is a deep, blackened brown with subtle, warmer, olive undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied dry, which looked more like a dark brown than a blackened brown, while damp application yielded rich, opaque color that was much deeper and darker. The consistency was soft, firm without being stiff, and blended out fairly well on the lid. It lasted for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. Too Faced Cup of Joe (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Lava Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beluga (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Infusion (P) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Vox (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Magique (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Earthy Scent (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Nude #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush I is a light, white gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had similar, medium, buildable coverage both dry and damp, but the damp application was definitely more intense with a smoother, but stronger, sheen. The consistency was smooth, a touch dry in a way, but it was blendable and did not appear dry on the skin. It lasted for eight hours both dry and damp on me. Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Perilune (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Electrify (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Glowing Still (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sunlight (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush II is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. The coverage with medium, buildable dry and then semi-opaque, buildable damp. It had a more obviously, pearlescent sheen when applied damp, but it was never flat even when applied dry. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and it did not emphasize my pores or skin’s natural texture. It wore well for seven hours dry and eight hours damp. MAC Highlighter (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Give In Take Blush III is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft, firm but blendable on the skin, and it was flattering on the skin and did not enhance pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had semi-sheer coverage dry and semi-opaque coverage damp, and it was buildable regardless of application method. On me, it lasted for eight hours both dry and damp. NARS Undefeated (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (Blush) (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette (Holiday 2016) Give In Take
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new. I verified the color consistency between the two versions of the Vamplify Lipgloss, and then I tested the lipstick and lip pencil for wear but did not retest the Vamplify Lipgloss for wear.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Tuned In is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). Cle de Peau Chenille (12) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Spell is a subdued, mauvey brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. The lipstick had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly. It had a Cremesheen finish, so it had a more luminous finish but a clingier feel overall. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In Control is a muted, medium-dark rosy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a waxy consistency that was easy enough to maneuver around the edges of the lips but did not work as well for filling in color, as it looked uneven and tugged quite a bit. Once on, the color lasted for eight hours, as described, but it was rather drying on its own. MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cranberry (DC, $17.50) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Bag Nude
Nude
Nude
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new (but it is a matte red, so it is definitely dupable). I verified the color consistency between the two repromotes but did not retest them for wear or re-swatch them, so the lip swatches and review are from the last time I wore them.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Suggestive is a bold, bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had good pigmentation, but there’s some translucency so the natural lip color will come through still. It applied really well with even coverage and never looked streaky and somehow managed not to slip into lip lines until after four to five hours of wear. The color lasted for five hours in all and was hydrating over time. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $52.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $52.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). MAC Gumdrop (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Candy Cane is a bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color that went on evenly, though the texture was a bit firmer in the tube, so it tugged slightly as I applied it and definitely needed more pressure to go on. The consistency was thinner and clung more to the lips, but it was still going strong after six hours of wear. The formula was somewhat drying over time. MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Anything Goes (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trust in Red is a slightly muted, medium pinky-red with cooler undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was drier and harder to apply to the lips evenly, so it was most comfortable used to line the lips rather than to fill them in. The color was similar to the last version I had, but the texture was drier. I did retest this one for wear, and it lasted for over eight hours but was drying. Urban Decay 69 (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.50)(100% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Wonderland (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cherry (P, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Bag Red
Red
Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
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MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four, miniature sized lipsticks–all shades from the permanent range. This was the “weakest” of the three sets, as I had issues with color settling into lip lines with three of the four shades. I liked the variety in colors/tones in the set, and I liked that “nude” actually meant a greater variety of neutral shades instead of what is often seen as just light beige.

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

Crème Cup is a light-medium pink with neutral- undertones and a glossy, luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it pulled into lip lines and left “lines” if I pressed my lips together as the consistency was more emollient and slid around on the lips. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Angel (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Heartless (P, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Native (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Austin (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC How Darling (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Pretty Social (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Catty (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Long Legged & Fabulous (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $17.00) is darker, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Clueless (LE, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Shimmy (DC, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sugarcane (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nouvelle Vogue is a medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly, though some of the color seemed to settle into lip lines initially. I don’t think it was too noticeable from a normal viewing distance, as I only noticed it when I edited the close-up photos. The consistency was velvety and glided on with ease, while it was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted. It felt a bit drying after four hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Mother (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Lust (LE, $8.99) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kinda Sexy is a medium-dark, pinky-peach with warm, brown undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, light-medium weight consistency that glided on without tugging, but it had a heavier look on the lips that emphasized lip lines a bit. Whenever I smiled, you could see the color gather in lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Naked Proof (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Sentiment (DC, $34.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC So Vain (LE, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Miss Kensington (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). MAC Runway Hit (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Haze (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Whirl is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, pink undertones and a warmer overall undertone paired with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly. The formula had a lightly creamy consistency that was comfortable to wear and use on the lips. On me, the lipstick wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Velvet Teddy (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Uptight (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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