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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.

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9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
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Longevity
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Application
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “red.” 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

Galaxy Rose is a muted, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on fairly evenly, but some of the color emphasized in lip lines as it gathered there. The color wore for three and a half hours and was moisturizing. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). MAC Kiss, Kiss (LE, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gumdrop is a bright pinky-red with fine pink and ruby red pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00)(85% similar). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Dior Rose Harpers (766) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Fuchsia Fiesta (22) (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Courting Chic is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and copper and gold flecks of shimmer. It had medium coverage, but it applied unevenly and had a tendency to darken every lip line I had (and then some!). This would be prettier over a more opaque lipstick, particularly pinks and reds. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry (P, $38.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Chanel Daydream (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Plum Fun (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Lancome Rouge Magma (05) (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Chene Rouge (212) (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Phiff is a translucent beige with silver and gold sparkle. It was really sheer but had “semi-sheer” coverage in the way of sparkle, but it was one of the least sparkly Dazzleglasses launched. I think this would have made more sense if it was actually more red-toned or had more red-hued sparkle. The consistency was thicker, tacky, and lasted for four hours on me. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rollergirl (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Red
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8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
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Application
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NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit
NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit

NARS Non-Fiction Touch-Up Kit ($65.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes a palette with two blushes and a pressed setting powder, plus a miniature-sized lipgloss and mascara. I wish they had opted for a third blush rather than the pressed powder, because the texture of the powder felt like cardboard–it was stiff, dry, and did absolutely nothing on the skin because next to no product came off of the pan to begin with. The blushes were decent, and if you aren’t too concerned about intensity levels dry vs. damp, they’re pretty easy to use and work together well. The gloss had good coverage and didn’t appear streaky, but it pulled into lip lines quite a bit. This was definitely one of the less impressive offerings from NARS for this holiday season.

Formula Overview

  • Dual-Intensity Blush: $45.00 for 0.21 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Pressed Powder: $37.00 for 0.24 oz. or $154.17/oz.
  • Lipgloss: $26.00 for 0.18 oz. or $144.44/oz.
  • Mascara: $26.00 for 0.32 oz. or $81.25/oz.
  • Set Value: $43.86 worth of blush, $12.33 worth of pressed powder, $17.33 worth of lipgloss, $9.75 worth of mascara
  • Total Value: $83.27

Noctum is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or the look of my pores. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry, which wore for seven hours before fading, and it had more visible shimmer particles. When I used it damp, the finish had more of a smooth sheen than visible bits of shimmer, and it had more medium to full coverage that wore for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Authentic (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Bombshell (P, $7.50) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vu is a light-medium coral with warm, peach undertones and a metallic sheen. It was less shimmery and a bit more subdued when applied dry, whereas damp application was more metallic and brighter on the skin. The dry application was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque with seven hour wear, while the damp application was mostly opaque and lasted for closer to eight hours. The damp application did emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Opal (P, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Menage a Trois (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Miss Cupcake (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Who's Your Poppy (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Stila Peach Shimmer (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Rose Gold (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chelsea Girls is a muted, medium pink-coral with a milkier, creamier finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and didn’t look streaky, but the color pulled into lip lines immediately. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was a touch hydrating. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Goals (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Delight (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Visionary (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Anything But Demure (LE, $20.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light-Reflecting Setting Powder Pressed is a translucent pressed setting powder, and by itranslucent, it actually ended up being invisible–there was just no product that would come off the pan’s surface, as it was so firm and stiff. It felt incredibly dry, smooth, but noisy as I ran my brush or finger across the surface… yet no product transferred. I tried to swatch it, even jabbing at it to loosen product, and nothing appeared on my skin. This doesn’t function at all, not even remotely. This is one of the very few, possibly only, instances where I couldn’t even manipulate the product to make it work (scraping off product and so forth). I haven’t tried this in years, but when it first launched, I didn’t have an issue getting it onto the skin, though the standalone version was very finnicky with respect to hardening/darkening if any oils/liquid touched it.

NARS Touch Up Kit (Holiday 2016) Non-Fiction
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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. MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat (LE, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Happiness (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mein Herr (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is warmer (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). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Chelsea Girls (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is warmer, more pigmented, brighter (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 cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Pretty Princess (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (DC, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Dior Ciel Rose (449) (P, $35.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) (P, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (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 Social Light (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pale Moon (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flash of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Water Deities (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) 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
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Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
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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 less pigmented, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, less shimmery (85% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $5.99) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Chenille (12) (P, $48.00) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is warmer, darker (85% 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. Urban Decay Lawbreaker (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Rock it (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $17.00) is darker, more shimmery (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 cooler, brighter (85% similar). MAC Cranberry (DC, $17.50) is cooler, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (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%
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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 Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $52.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $52.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gumdrop (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is glossier, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter (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). Makeup Geek Feisty (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Anything Goes (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 Wonderland (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $20.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Cherry (P, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) 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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