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. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Superior Sound (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Skinshow Glow (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Dance Flowers Dance (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (DC, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #9 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #8 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Cheeks (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Purity (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Petalette #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (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). bareMinerals Catch Me If (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dress Me Up (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Dolomites (Left) (DC, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (DC, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (DC, $39.00) is lighter (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). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (PiP, ) is 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. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Rose #1 (LE, ) is cooler (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). Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Feather Boa (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Strange (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Yogurt (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Be Sassy (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Daddy (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Exhibit (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Morganite (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #5 (PiP, ) is brighter (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). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Skipper (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Lancome London Is Callin' (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Pretty Vulgar Unruffled (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Ciate Toon Kisses (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Clubhouse (LE, $4.50) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Winter Wonder (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Breeze (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Countess (PiP, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Ombre Sculpting Powder (002) (PiP, ) is darker (80% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (DC, $6.00) is brighter (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. NABLA Cosmetics Circle (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Modern Icon (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Clubhouse (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (DC, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sorbet (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Big Moves (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bill (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop R and R (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Toon Kisses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Moulin Rouge (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Elemental #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #1 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Winter Wonder (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Matte Mauve (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Social (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Embrace (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Sundown (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Last Caress (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% 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. Huda Beauty Hot Mess (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Silk Street (PiP, $4.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Dedicated (P, $9.00) is lighter (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). Charlotte Tilbury Confident Eyes (Smoke) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia C4 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Figgy Pudding (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop The Sagittarius (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Mystere et Intensite #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M842 Wine (DC, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Exxxcess (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Risque (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Stuck On You (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Love Bite (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel Town (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (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). Urban Decay Punk (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Booville (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Cabernet (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Late Night Lingerie (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Revelry (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #3 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Editor (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Hickory (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Donut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Dusk (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (DC, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Atelier Wood Pink #5 (P, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% 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 (DC, $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). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sets the Mood (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (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. Sephora Hematite (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). 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). Lancome Purple Pageantry (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Knight (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Black #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Blasé (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #3 (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bad Influence (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop 101 (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Black Sands (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Well Past Midnight (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Panteon (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #4 (PiP, ) is 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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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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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 🙁 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. 🙁

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 🙂

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. 🙁 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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