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MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four, miniature sized lipsticks–all shades from the permanent range. This was the “weakest” of the three sets, as I had issues with color settling into lip lines with three of the four shades. I liked the variety in colors/tones in the set, and I liked that “nude” actually meant a greater variety of neutral shades instead of what is often seen as just light beige.

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

CrΓ¨me Cup is a light-medium pink with neutral- undertones and a glossy, luminous finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it pulled into lip lines and left “lines” if I pressed my lips together as the consistency was more emollient and slid around on the lips. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Angel (P, $19.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Last Call (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $19.50) is darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Clueless (P, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Heartless (P, $18.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC How Darling (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Long Legged & Fabulous (LE, $19.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Babetown (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Catty (LE, $19.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Pretty Social (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Austin (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Shimmy (LE, $6.50) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Sugarcane (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nouvelle Vogue is a medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly, though some of the color seemed to settle into lip lines initially. I don’t think it was too noticeable from a normal viewing distance, as I only noticed it when I edited the close-up photos. The consistency was velvety and glided on with ease, while it was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted. It felt a bit drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Almond Rose (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Fresh Cut (P, $6.50) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani I Am Fabulous (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop After Shock (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NYX Whipped Caviar (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (P, $19.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC You Wouldn't Get It (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $54.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Soft Core (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (LE, $6.50) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Kat Von D Mother (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C210 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Lust (LE, $8.99) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kinda Sexy is a medium-dark, pinky-peach with warm, brown undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, light-medium weight consistency that glided on without tugging, but it had a heavier look on the lips that emphasized lip lines a bit. Whenever I smiled, you could see the color gather in lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Parker (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Homeslice (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Dose of Colors Hey Girl (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass True Love Means (LE, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Sweet MamaStarrr (LE, $19.50) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Kiss (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $19.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop With the Band (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Maria Carla (LE, $27.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Eterea (166) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty Good Jujube (LE, ) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Naked Proof (LE, $19.50) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hollywood (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Raw Seduction (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury In Love with Olivia (P, $37.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Guerlain #01 (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Naked Coral (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Whirl is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, pink undertones and a warmer overall undertone paired with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly. The formula had a lightly creamy consistency that was comfortable to wear and use on the lips. On me, the lipstick wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop WYD (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bun Bun (LE, $18.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NARS Get It On (P, $26.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Girl Gang (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Hudson (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Staunch (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Waltz (LE, $12.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Fussy (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Tame (PiP, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop 951 (P, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Latte (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). Pat McGrath 1995 (P, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $19.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $19.50) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Burberry Nude (407) (P, $35.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick
MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick
MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick
MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick
MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick
MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

MAC Whirl Lipstick
MAC Whirl Lipstick

MAC Whirl Lipstick
MAC Whirl Lipstick

MAC Whirl Lipstick
MAC Whirl Lipstick

MAC Whirl Lipstick
MAC Whirl Lipstick

MAC Whirl Lipstick
MAC Whirl Lipstick

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hi Christine and everyone else! I took a little hiatus from makeup buying to get things in order. Got moved,new job, etc. Anyway I can’t decide on this set. I own 2 of the 4 . I really don’t no anyone to gift this to . It’s super cute though! Decisions, decisions… ?

Its me! Thank you. I’m sorry for kind of disappearing. I actually have been watching a lot of the post. And I tried to come in a few times but I totally forgot my password and couldn’t figure it out LOL . I have been super stressed out with our move and 2 house payments, job… Life. but I’m feeling good healthwise (knock on wood) Feeling really well! I’m glad to be back! Missed my beauty buddies! ?

Oh Nicole, so glad to hear you are alive and well! I had feared the worst. Wow, I can see why you’ve been so quiet –so many changes going on in your life! But glad you are feeling well, that’s most important. Well, if you can, drop us a note once in a while, the gang is still here πŸ™‚

Oh my goodness, Nicole, I wondered what happened to you! If I hadn’t had to retread back to look up MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick, I would’ve TOTALLY missed this post of yours! I’ve really missed you on here. But I’m relieved to hear that your health has been doing better? Or just stabilized? Welcome back!

Hey Nancy! I’m progressing health wise. I will always have ATN. But, after flying all over the country, I found a specialist here in Cincinnati who has been quite helpful to me. So, I’m progressing I guess. Mostly good days. But, still some bad. Not the life I knew. How are you??? I’ve been working ALOT with our move and Christmas! Hope your enjoying the warm AZ. weather!

I think these are interesting shades for a ‘nude’ set — there’s even one shade that I could actually wear! (Nouvelle Vogue) I think that Whirl looks great on you, Christine (everything looks good on you! wish I could manage that!) πŸ™‚

I like it exactly because it’s not a typical nude set! Real nudes wash me out. However I’m not sure I could pull off Whirl – it looks so nice on you, Christine, but I’m about two shades lighter and a bit pinker (I’d say I’m neutral undertones).

It is amazing how different Whirl looks on you compared to my daughter and myself. It looks really different on my daughter compared to me so that makes at least three different colors. It must be one of those colors that looks good on everyone!

Very nice set of shades, especially if one is wanting to experiment with different hues of nude! In this department, I’m *fairly* set. Have the Whirl dupe in Strip Me Down, and even though a different finish, Royally Riotous. I wish I could pull off lighter pink nudes like Creme Cup, but those aren’t so easy to do with my coloring. Nouvelle Vogue and Kinda Sexy would work, though.

Even with the lip-line problem, it’s a nice set, with pretty lipsticks. It’s nothing I’ll go for as I think only one of them would suit me, I might be able to use a second one, but that’s it.
You look really gorgeous in all of them.

Whirl is a total classic, in a league with Ruby Woo and Russian Red. Must be one of their bestsellers. Looks exemplary on you. Have to try it someday.

Hey Christine, I cannot find what blush you wore in these photos. Especially the photo with Whirl lipstick. Can you please let me know? Thanks!!

I may pick this up for my niece. I get her a MAC nude lippie set every holiday season. I’m going to check out the other sets as well. I think MAC has a nice nude lipgloss set too.

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