MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact Review, Photos, Swatches

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

Enchanted Beauty is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty and drier consistency that sheered out moderately. The color wore well for seven hours on me. bareMinerals Merry (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Superior Sound (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Skinshow Glow (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Golden Flurry (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Cheeks (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Petalette #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (DC, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Purity (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Performance Art is a mute,d medium-dark mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and gold sparkle. It had sheer coverage with a very dry, loose texture where the sparkle separated from the base color. This shade had fallout and lasted for six hours. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (90% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Dolomites (Left) (DC, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Winter Dream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC After Dusk (PiP, $17.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Ultraviolet (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Wrong Man is a light pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque, while the powder felt firmer in the pan but not too stiff. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Blackbird Cosmetics Immortals (DC, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Feather Boa (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Bouthan #1 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Strange (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Yogurt (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Be Sassy (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Morganite (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Exhibit (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marzipan is a muted, medium mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was a touch dusty, while the coverage was mostly opaque and fairly blendable. It started to fade after six and a half hours on me. NYX Undress Me (P, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Overcast (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Skipper (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Lancome London Is Callin' (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Pretty Vulgar Unruffled (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Winter Wonder (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Clubhouse (LE, $4.50) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Breeze (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Ciate Toon Kisses (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Countess (PiP, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is brighter (80% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (002) (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quite Spoiled is a muted, medium pinky-mauve with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation was good, and the consistency was firm but smooth and blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Modern Icon (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Circle (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Bill (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Last Caress (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Clubhouse (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Dior Matte Mauve (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Countess (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Moulin Rouge (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Sundown (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Ciate Toon Kisses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Heather Grey (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Rose Bud (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Lullaby (PiP, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Winter Wonder (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Amethyst #2 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #1 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Absurdly Pretty is a brighter, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color darkened a lot when it was applied to bare skin (and moderately darkened over a primer) compared to the color it appeared in the pan. It had good color payoff, though the consistency was firmer and took extra maneuvering to diffuse and blend out on the skin. This shade lasted for eight hours. Makeup Geek Dedicated (P, $9.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Silk Street (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Going Steady (P, $4.50) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Funtasy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Ladyship (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Sagittarius (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Mystere et Intensite #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Risque (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (DC, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Confident Eyes (Smoke) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Figgy Pudding (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Rosette (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Paranormal (LE, $25.00) is more muted (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Secret Garden Rendezvous #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Orchid (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Love Bite (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum is a deep taupe with purplish tones and a matte finish. The texture was a touch dusty, though it had good pigmentation and applied, blended, and was easy to work with on the lid. It wore well for eight hours. Huda Beauty Mauve #7 (PiP, ) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Booville (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Punk (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Late Night Lingerie (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #3 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Editor (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Dusk (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Hickory (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #5 (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (DC, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum Darling is a blackened purple with silver sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage with a drier, firmer texture that was very hard to apply to the skin. Even over primer, it was a struggle to work with. The color lasted for about five hours, from what little adhered to the lid to begin with. It was a Lustre finish, which is supposed to be sheerer, though. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Interference (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Runs the Show (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Uninhibited #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Graphite (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Furtif (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Moonrise (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Palatable (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Graphite Glam (LE, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a dark, grayish black with a satin sheen. The texture was very firm and stiff in the pan, which led to unevenness and patchiness when blended. It had so-so pigmentation, which was buildable. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Black Market (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Hematite (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Lancome Purple Pageantry (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Black #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop BlasΓ© (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #3 (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop 101 (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bad Influence (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Black Sands (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Well Past Midnight (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #10 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Enchanted Beauty Eyeshadow

MAC Enchanted Beauty Eyeshadow

MAC Performance Art Eyeshadow

MAC Performance Art Eyeshadow

MAC The Wrong Man Eyeshadow

MAC The Wrong Man Eyeshadow

MAC Marzipan Eyeshadow

MAC Marzipan Eyeshadow

MAC Quite Spoiled Eyeshadow

MAC Quite Spoiled Eyeshadow

MAC Absurdly Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Absurdly Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Sugar Plum Eyeshadow

MAC Sugar Plum Eyeshadow

MAC Plum Darling Eyeshadow

MAC Plum Darling Eyeshadow

MAC Nutcracker Eyeshadow

MAC Nutcracker Eyeshadow

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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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I swatched this in store and wasn’t impressed, could hardly get any pigment out of the shades. I predict this shadow kit (as well as the others in this collection) will be heavily discounted later.

I feel like MAC’s eyeshadows can get really bad over time after a few people swatch them (they seem more susceptible to hardening from oils), too.

A tiresome lament from me but these are SO not my colours even if they were A+ rated. I’d look like some albino rabbit or like someone with a serious eye/skin condition. Plum Darling and Nutcracker look like wearable shades but, oh, the swatch of Plum Darling πŸ™ and the ratings for both…sad all ’round.

I bought this along with the smoky one. I agree, not too great. I used it for the first time yesterday and my eyes looked like I was just tired and I used primer. The colors just seemed to blend into one. I presaled this and some other items form the collection. I’m not sure I would be comfortable returning it. I may just sell it on Poshmark. It’s a bit of a hassle. But, better than dust. πŸ™

Aw, I think you should return it if it is not living up to quality standards! It’s not as if you don’t shop and keep plenty of product πŸ™‚

Your right. I have it boxed up to go back next time I’m at the mall. I’ll likely wait to see how the smoky one does because I got that one as well. That’s I get for listening to the sales associates telling me it’s going to sell out right away ! I should’ve invested in the Victoria Beckham stuff instead now I’m totally regretting not buying any of that ! ?

Yiiiiiikes. The performance of the shadows–and, in my opinion, the color selection–looks infinitely more like a drugstore palette than MAC! Definitely skipping out on most of the holiday collection and this palette is no exception.

I won’t lose any sleep over this one, as even if it had been a better palette the shades themselves wouldn’t have work so well on me except for Absurdly Pretty, Quite Spoiled and Sugar Plum. And if the 2 darkest shades had been excellent, too.

I was completely set on buying this compact until I swatched it in store and left disappointed. The mattes are just so chalky and don’t show up on my skin at all! I’m a NW10-13 and they just blend in. πŸ™ I didn’t even swatch the sparkles after that but I guess I didn’t miss out on too much. I’m glad I saved some money, at least!

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