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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 Nude Patentpolish Kit

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

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

Value

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

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

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

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

French Kiss is a muted, medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a balmy, emollient consistency that glided across the lips with ease and left behind a moderate shine. This shade seemed to settle least into my lip lines, so it was more wearable on its own. The color wore for two hours, though, so it will need regular reapplication. MAC Nice Cheeks (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Nude (P, $37.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is glossier, more pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is glossier, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bare Instinct (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is warmer, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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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
Red
Red
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
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MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours
MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

There are three shades of MAC x Helmut Newton Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that will be available online on October 27th. While I have found MAC’s liquid lipstick to be inconsistent, I actually felt like the three shades in the collection were improved with respect to the formulation itself compared to the permanent range of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. The formula seemed more pigmented, smoother, and the dry down was more forgiving as my lips “cracked” less. It wasn’t any less drying than the past, but at least it looked more even and nice on the lips. All three shades wore really, really long–they were still going after eight hours of wear–but were moderately drying.

High Heels is a medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good–not quite opaque but very close to it–and delivered smooth, even coverage in a single layer. It was still going strong after eight hours of wear, but it was drying on me. Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Silhouette (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is cooler, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chateau M is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing lip lines or streaking. The consistency was thin, spreadable, and easy to work with on the lips. It lasted for over eight hours and was drying over time. Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Self Portrait is a deep burgundy with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly even application, though of the three, this one had room for improvement. The consistency was thin, a little more watery compared to the other two shades, but it spread across the lips and self-leveled as it dried down. Like the other shades, the liquid lipstick wore for over eight hours but was drying. MAC Fallen Angel (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Uniformly Fabulous (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour High Heels
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Chateau M
Chateau M
Chateau M
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Self Portrait
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC x Helmut Newton Point 'n' Shoot Eyeshadow Quad
MAC x Helmut Newton Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Point ‘n’ Shoot Eyeshadow Quad ($32.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four neutral shades–yellowy beige, grayish taupe, brownish taupe, and deep black. The first three shades were nice–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing–but the last shade was very difficult to blend out as it was a much firmer, stiffer product in the pan.

Real Fantasy is a light, buttery yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too powdery. It blended out easily on the skin, and it wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Entomology (P)(100% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $10.00)(100% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE)(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Summer Breeze (LE) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Custard (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Damned (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hard Currency is a medium-dark gray-leaning taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a touch dusty, but it was blendable, didn’t sheer out too readily, and didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Clinique Portobello (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Smudge (P, $8.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Influential is a dark taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was firmer in the pan, which made it harder to work with and blend out on the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Point ‘n’ Shoot is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones paired with a matte finish. While it wasn’t Carbon, it was still Carbon-like: stiff in the pan and difficult to use–the color skipped and dragged, turned patchy when blended, and took a lot of effort just to manipulate into something decent. I had the best luck using a very feathery brush and lightly tapping it into the crease and then using Influential to soften and blend the edges. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Black Coffee (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is better quality, cooler, darker (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Huda Beauty Black Truffle (LE) is warmer, less pigmented, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Eyeshadow Quad Point 'n' Shoot
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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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. Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat (LE, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Happiness (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (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). NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer (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). MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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
Nude
Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
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