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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%
Total
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C+

Happiness

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Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set

Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set
Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set

Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set ($42.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a set of eight miniature sized Lip Paints, which are like a liquid lipstick that doesn’t quite dry down and has more of a velvety finish–more like a satin than a matte. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “non-drying,” and long-wearing. In my experience, this formula never fully dries down, but they are more comfortable to wear as they are not as drying as traditional liquid lipstick; they have a tendency to get more and more matte as the color wears down, but it is a rather pigmented product that it still lasted for four to seven hours on me. The formula has a mint scent but no taste to me.

I was really surprised–really, shocked–at the absence of value in this kit, because of all things Tarte does… is put out value-packed kits and palettes. If you’re someone who doesn’t care about the amount of product in a tube but prefers more variety in color, then there may still be value to you, as you’ll get eight shades for a little more than the cost of two full-sized products. I also found that the applicator of the minis to be rougher and less well-made, so they felt scratchy when used on the lips. As far as quality of the shades went, they were good overall, and I hope Tarte will add some of these to their existing range.

Value

  • Creamy Matte Lip Paint: $20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. or $100.00/fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $27.00

Candy is a medium-dark, peachy-brown with strong, warm orange undertones and a satin sheen. It opaque color coverage, but the thinner, more watery consistency gravitated toward my lip lines. It was easy to apply, and the coverage was even, though. On me, the color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Pinch (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pander Me (LE, $17.00)(85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Public Display (Lip Color) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pecan (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Glamour Era (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC It's Really Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a natural sheen. The texture was thinner with a more watery feel going on, though it “dried” down to something that didn’t slide around as much after about thirty minutes of wear. It had excellent pigmentation, but the color did sink into lip lines, which became more noticeable after two hours of wear. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Latte is a deep, caramelized brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was thicker than the previous two and more consistent with the formula as a whole. The color spread well across the lips and didn’t appear streaky. I found the texture to still emphasize lip lines just a touch, though it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It wore well for six hours and was a bit drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Coffee Addiction (P, $7.49) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Paramount (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Nighthawk (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tabla (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mani is a medium, rosy plum with warmer undertones and a creamy finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied with smooth, even coverage without issue. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight, emollient initially but dried to a more velvety feel on the lips. There was some slip and slide of the color, which seemed to disappear after the third hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.
Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Red Queen (RD716) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Show It Off (Lip Color) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashton (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Calypso (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hot Tahiti (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brick-o-la (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Perf is a medium-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was more watery and thinner, so while it applied evenly, it slid around on the lips a lot, so it was more of a high-maintenance product. It had semi-opaque color coverage that wore for five hours on me. It was somewhat drying. MAC Private Party (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Mauve It (P, $7.49) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Plumful (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Captive (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Ladyflower (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Spicy is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It was fully opaque, while the texture was light-to-medium in weight, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the lips. This shade wore well for six hours and was a bit drying after four hours of wear. Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Flamenco (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). NARS Provocative Red (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Juicy is a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly, and it did not appear to show “lines” if I pressed my lips together. This shade was thicker, more mousse-like in the tube, but it spread well and didn’t look or feel heavy on the lips. On me, it lasted for over six hours and left a stain behind, but it was somewhat drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Soul is a deep, reddish burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it applied terribly–streaky, patchy, and gritty color settled into lip lines as the texture was thicker, mousse-like, but it also seemed to have unmixed powder in it. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was drying over time. Tom Ford Beauty Nicholas (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cordovan (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Eugenie (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dark Side (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Media (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Deluxe Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Set Limitless Lippies
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Blacquer & Bad Behavior Le Marc Lip Crème

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented–one of the most pigmented shades in the range that I’ve tried–with a creamy, easy-to-apply texture that glided over the lips and spread the color evenly across the lips. It wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a bit drying after four hours of wear. MAC Stallion (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C604 (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Naughty (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC In the Spirit (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightly creamy, light-medium in weight, and didn’t drag or tug on the lips. The color wore well for seven hours, left a slight stain behind, and was a touch drying after four hours of wear. Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bowl Me Over (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

The formula claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” In general, the Le Marc Lip Creme formula is creamy and glides on easily with good pigmentation (most of the time), but I have not found the formula to be hydrating–at times, even a bit drying–and while the wear is longer than average, it is more likely between four and eight hours, depending on the shade. It also has a sweet, floral scent.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Blacquer (000)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Bad Behavior
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Bite Beauty Rose Gold/Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Rose Gold/Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Rose Gold/Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Rose Gold/Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a well-paired set of shades, as it creates a warm, rosy lip that can be shimmery or satin-like, depending on whether you layer the two shades. I liked both shades, and I felt Fig was consistent with the permanent version I had in wear and color.

Each of the Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos includes one shimmery shade and one cream shade. The cream shade is part of the permanent range of Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Per the brand’s description, the shimmery shade is supposed to be a “foiled top coat,” though you can wear either shade on its own. I love that Bite has really affordable options during the holidays; I think these are a great way to try the brand’s Amuse Bouche formula, but they’re fitting with the holiday season in a fun, practical way. I had no issues with stability of the smaller-sized lipsticks when applying directly from the tube either, which can be an issue with minis.

Value

  • Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $26.00 for 0.15 oz. or $173.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $17.33

Rose Gold had a soft, rose-tinted translucent base with copper, flecks of pink, and gold shimmer that gave it a metallic finish overall. The consistency felt surprisingly smooth despite having a distinct shimmer and metallic sheen on the lips. The formula was thinner but did not feel drying over time, which is something I’ve typically experienced, so that was a nice surprise! The shimmer covered evenly, so it was possible to wear it on its own. It had semi-sheer, moderately buildable coverage, which made it work well as a top coat over Fig (or any other shade). It wore well for four hours on its own, and I didn’t notice any shimmer/sparkle migrate beyond my lips over time. MAC Gel (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Private Life (01) (LE, $53.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fig is a light-medium, rosy pink with warmer, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, though it slightly emphasized my lip lines as some color settled there after an hour or so of wear. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Slowburn (246) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Only You (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Chum (LE, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo Rose Gold/Fig
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Fig

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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). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is more muted, less pigmented, lower quality (90% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is cooler (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). 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 Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% 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 Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% 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). 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%
Total
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