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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 lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Kiss, Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (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 Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Fuchsia Fiesta (22) (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00)(85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Harpers (766) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter, 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 Sultana (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Chanel Daydream (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Plum Fun (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Chene Rouge (212) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (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. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rollergirl (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (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%
Total
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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. Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Silhouette (DC, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Just Add Romance (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Leading Lady Red (LE, $18.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (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. MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). 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 High Drama (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Drop Dead Red (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% 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. Tarte Free Spirit (LE)(100% similar). Sephora Whitewashed (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Kat Von D Entomology (P)(100% similar). Urban Decay Pre-Game (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #2 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Big Baby (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Moulder (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #1 (P) is lighter (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). Clinique Portobello (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Base) (P) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bedrock (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Smudge (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (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. MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Downtown (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mystery (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). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P) is darker, cooler, better quality (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Black Truffle (LE) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (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. Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Happiness (LE, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Moroccan Heat (LE, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Perfect Nude (04) (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Lit (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lap Dog (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mein Herr (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

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

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

Value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Value

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

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

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

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

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