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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in warmer hues. MAC’s eyeshadow palettes for the holidays definitely leave something to be desired, and unfortunately, this was a continuation on that theme. There are better neutral palettes available, even MAC’s 15-pan pre-made neutral palettes are better.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact

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MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

Smoky Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral eyeshadow palette with nine shades. There are some nicer shades in the palette, but there are also some real misses, and at this price point, that makes it far less enticing. There are better neutral palettes out there, especially of the warm-toned variety.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact Smoky Eye Compact
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in “cool” hues, which was comprised mostly of pinks with a couple of grays and mauves. It’s not the worst palette I’ve seen from MAC, but it’s not a good palette at this price point either.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40
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MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

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MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Soft Frost

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a cool, icy lavender with a violet sheen.

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula now features four, permanent shades, and the formula is supposed to be a highlighter that “lasts up to ten hours” with “prismatic reflections.” Soft Frost had semi-sheer, buildable color–up to medium coverage–with a very fine, pearlescent sheen. It was one of the sheerer Extra Dimension Skinfinishes I’ve come across, and the consistency was much firmer in the pan as well. It has a subtle shift from a tinted white to a more noticeable violet sheen, depending on the angle. Despite the firmer texture, it still blended out well on the skin and wasn’t a real challenge to use, as long as the sheerer coverage is desired. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost
Soft Frost
Soft Frost
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Elegantly Elegant (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more pigmented (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). Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ceaseless Energy (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Scandal (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Danceteria (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (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. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS La Main Bleue (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Toasted Marshmallow (P, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay After Dark (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Ruby (42) (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, brighter (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). bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Feeling Fine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #502 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Purpurine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Out for Glamour (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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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. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dream Daze (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Austin (P, $35.00) is 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 darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Chanel Interlude (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (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 darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (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 darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (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. bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter, more pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is more pigmented, warmer (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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