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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. Burberry Bright Crimson (P, $34.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flocking Fabulous (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blossom Bright (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Postmodern (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Flowerscope (LE, $17.00) is glossier, cooler (90% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Mesmerizing Magenta (P, $7.99) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Plushest Punch (P, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (DC, $5.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is glossier, lighter (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. Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Fiery Fuchsia (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $55.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is cooler, lighter (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. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is warmer, brighter (95% similar). Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $17.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Justin (P, $35.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $23.00) is less pigmented, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Menace (DC, $22.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Troublemaker (P, $22.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Crush (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C208 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Jelly Donut (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter, 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 less glossy, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (P, $21.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Lychee (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Revlon Shameless (P, $8.99) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lower quality, less pigmented, more muted (90% similar). NARS Kate (P, $32.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is less glossy, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Grind (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is glossier, warmer, more muted (90% similar). NYX Twisted (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Susperia (P, $20.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Tabloid (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Men Love Mystery (P, $17.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (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%
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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). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (DC, $5.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Trust Me (P, $5.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC High Heels (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $37.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker (85% 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 glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is glossier, better quality, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $17.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Gold Blooded (P, $21.00) is glossier, more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Beauty Queen (P, $12.00) is cooler, darker (85% 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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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains two Pigments and two Glitters. I don’t think this set is worth it unless you’ll use the Glitters included. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it isn’t eye safe.

MAC Pigment is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with “rich colour” and a long-wearing formula. MAC’s Pigments have more to them that really helps the powder blend and bind together, so they can be used dry or damp but do not need a primer or mixing medium to function. I tend to get eight-hour wear with most shades, and most shades are medium to opaque dry and fully opaque damp. The more finely-milled, almost satin-like in feel, shades tend to be a bit sheerer overall.

MAC Glitter is supposed to have a “high-level sparkle effect” that can be used on face, body, and hair (but it “not recommended for use around eyes”) and “applied directly to the skin or combined with [other] products.” They really can’t be used on their own, because it is just loose glitter, so without using some other product, it gets everywhere and doesn’t stay where you’ve applied it. It can work using an adhesive base or primer (Too Faced Glitter Insurance, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, etc.). I don’t love that the Glitters are included in holiday kits, because they are listed as “not eye-safe.” I would rather four eye-safe Pigments. Since MAC did state that they can be applied directly to skin, I tested them on cheeks. The swatches are over Too Faced Glitter Insurance, which is an adhesive base.

Value

  • Pigment: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Glitter: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Set Values: $23.47 worth of Pigment, $17.60 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $41.07

* Note: Some pigments are sold as “Sized to Go,” which are priced at $10.00 for 0.09 oz. or $111.11/oz. I normally use the price per ounce of full sized products to determine value, but I wanted to point out that mini Pigments are also available (and are, oddly, a better value, by price per ounce, than full size).

English Gilt is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. It was really easy to work with on the lid, as the consistency was soft, smooth, and adhered well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. Dior Smoky Sequins #3 (LE) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Permanent Press #2 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Moonlight (P, $28.00) is more muted, less shimmery (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Chase (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is more muted, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Cognac (P) is darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Heritage Rouge is a deep plum with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium color coverage applied dry, which was buildable to more opaque coverage with two to three layers. When I applied it with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The powder had a soft, smooth texture that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. This shade is available individually. Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Rosette (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Porter (P, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Frock Talk (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). City Color Marsala (P, $6.99) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm undertones. It had light-to-medium sized glitters, and as a result, it really was only functional with an adhesive base or primer–it just sheered out and would move around on the skin otherwise. MAC Gilt Gourmet (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Golden Eyes (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous (P, $12.95) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Beach Baby (P, $12.95) is less shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reflects Rust is a bright, medium-dark reddish copper with warm, orange undertones and a mix of finer and moderately fine glitter and sparkle. The Reflects range is a more finely-milled type of glitter, so they are easier to use, particularly if your aim is more even, opaque coverage. It still needed an adhesive base to perform with any longevity, though. Huda Beauty Fling (LE) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Heartbreaker (P, $12.95) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Lit Cosmetics Glittergasm (P, $12.95) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Reigning Riches (LE, $21.00) is more muted, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Gold
Gold
Gold
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum 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 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.

Dancing Flowers is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which went on evenly for the most part. The consistency was firmer in the tube, but it had a more velvety, thin feel that helped it slide across lips with minimal drag. The formula felt a bit clingy, so it is best to exfoliate your lips prior to using one of these, and while it is long-wearing (six hours), it is drying. MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE, $17.00) is glossier, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Back Up (P, $5.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Friyay (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is glossier (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oh Lady is a muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff where the natural lip still peeks through (and will ultimately influence the color and tone of it if you have stronger color in your natural lips). The texture was a little thinner and runnier compared to other shades in the range. This shade wore for seven and a half hours and was moderately drying after five hours. Colour Pop Panda (P, $6.00) is glossier, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is glossier, cooler, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (P, $22.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (80% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is glossier, cooler, brighter (80% similar). Milani Embrace (LE, $8.99) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Viper (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Notion (P, $6.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Acid Wash (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kit Plum
Plum
Plum
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
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Oh Lady

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments & Glitter Kit ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three Pigments and one Glitter. Of the two sets available, this one is my preference as three of the four shades are Pigments, which make them more usable and versatile. MAC’s Glitter formula, while it might say it can be used alone, needs an adhesive companion product to function well, and it is not eye safe.

MAC Pigment is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with “rich colour” and a long-wearing formula. MAC’s Pigments have more to them that really helps the powder blend and bind together, so they can be used dry or damp but do not need a primer or mixing medium to function. I tend to get eight-hour wear with most shades, and most shades are medium to opaque dry and fully opaque damp. The more finely-milled, almost satin-like in feel, shades tend to be a bit sheerer overall.

MAC Glitter is supposed to have a “high-level sparkle effect” that can be used on face, body, and hair (but it “not recommended for use around eyes”) and “applied directly to the skin or combined with [other] products.” They really can’t be used on their own, because it is just loose glitter, so without using some other product, it gets everywhere and doesn’t stay where you’ve applied it. It can work using an adhesive base or primer (Too Faced Glitter Insurance, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, etc.). I don’t love that the Glitters are included in holiday kits, because they are listed as “not eye-safe.” I would rather four eye-safe Pigments. Since MAC did state that they can be applied directly to skin, I tested them on cheeks. The swatches are over Too Faced Glitter Insurance, which is an adhesive base.

Value

  • Pigment: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Glitter: $22.00 for 0.15 oz. or $146.67/oz.
  • Set Values: $35.20 worth of Pigment, $8.80 worth of Glitter
  • Total Value: $44.00

* Note: Some pigments are sold as “Sized to Go,” which are priced at $10.00 for 0.09 oz. or $111.11/oz. I normally use the price per ounce of full sized products to determine value, but I wanted to point out that mini Pigments are also available (and are, oddly, a better value, by price per ounce, than full size).

Sugar Rush is a light beige with warmer undertones and iridescent opal shimmer that gave it a cooler overtone. It had very sheer coverage dry, and it was semi-opaque when I tried using it damp. The consistency was incredibly finely-milled and silky, which I think made it prone to sheering out. It was better as an inner tear duct/corner highlighter or dusted over the tops of cheeks as a highlighter rather than an all-over lid shade. It lasted seven hours on the lid/seven and a half hours on the cheeks (as a highlighter). Colour Pop Acorn (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Topless (LE, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Opal (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Phloof! (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clinique Jammin' #1 (P, $15.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Onai (DC, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is warmer, more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stardream is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was darker, brighter, and fully opaque when applied damp. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and easy to apply to the skin as it covered evenly and did not sheer out too readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Cleo (P, $6.99) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). The Estee Edit Swerve (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). The Estee Edit Ray (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Pure Ganache (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Your Majesty (LE, $6.99) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Handsome Prince is a rich, medium-dark reddish brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and it tended to have a more luminous finish as it was worked on the skin. It had medium, buildable coverage; the dry application was closer to medium, while the damp application was fully opaque. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Fez (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Romantico (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Caramelized (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (P) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Softened Up (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is more muted (90% similar). Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Dart (P) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Off Duty (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (85% similar). Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE)(85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reigning Riches is a muted, medium-dark red with warmer, coppery undertones in a small-to-medium particle size. It is not an ultra-fine glitter, but it is not large, chunky glitter either. It does not work without an adhesive base, as used on its own, it sheered away easily, did not stay where it was applied, and had virtually no real wear. Used with an adhesive base, I found it performed as most glitters do over that base–minimal fall out, mostly even coverage. Lit Cosmetics Heartbreaker (P, $12.95) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Solar Flare (P, $12.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Reflects Rust (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigments & Glitter Kit Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Mineralize Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink 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 highlighter is the best part of the set, which can be purchased individually (but in full size); the lipstick and lipgloss are misses for me.

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

Be Fabulous is a light pink with cool, blue 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 color payoff that applied evenly but had a tendency to settle into lip lines. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, thin without being clingy or dry, and comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours (but not the six promised) it lasted. The formula felt slightly hydrating overall. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Obvi (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Rose Lily (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $37.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Dreaminess (P, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jude (DC, $35.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) (LE, $7.49) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (LE, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Kingdom of Sweets (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Candeur (P, $37.00) is cooler, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Elegantly Elegant is a light-medium pastel pink with a creamy finish and very fine white pearl. It’s supposed to be a sheer formula with “modern shine.” It had semi-opaque coverage that didn’t look streaky in terms of application, but the color emphasized every single lip line I had on my lips, so it still looked streaky and uneven at a glance. The texture was smooth, lightweight, mostly non-tacky, and comfortable to wear. It lasted for three hours on me. MAC Pure Fiction (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Such Sweeties (LE, $20.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Look Who's Here (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Scoop (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Patentpink (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lightscapade is a very light, gold-tinted white with a luminous finish. The Mineralize Skinfinish formula is supposed to have a “velvety soft” feel and a “radiant finish” with “sheer coverage.” It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dusty or powdery in the pan. The powder blended out easily on the skin, and it gave an ethereal glow to the skin that did not emphasize my pores or the natural texture of my skin. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00)(90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kit Pink
Pink
Pink
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
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