MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact ($35.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a powder highlighter and blush. Both shades are repromotes, though Whisper of Gilt is one of those shades that many wanted to make a return. The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are supposed to have 10-hour wear, while the Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have six-hour wear.

Whisper of Gilt is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency; it actually felt smoother and less dry to the touch compared to the standalone version I have from the last release. The powder blended out better, and it was easier to get sheerer coverage, especially as I could use fan and feathery brushes with ease with the finer texture. The finish was more metallic when applied at medium or higher coverage, and it started to emphasize pores just slightly when worn at semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Rosy Cheer (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop On the Loose (PiP, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flicker (Top) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Gold Bullion (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Always One Jump Ahead (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Dior Midnight Wish (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $47.00)(100% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Boomin' (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Hot and Heavy (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Fuego (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Molten Gold (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Oh, Darling! (P, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lovegasm Highlight (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Gold (300) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Huda Beauty Maldives (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC TheBlonds (LE, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pleasure Model is a medium-dark, coppery orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The pigmentation was great–full coverage–while the texture was smooth but firmer, so it was easier to control the intensity if you wanted sheerer coverage. It applied well to bare skin, as the finish became more satin-like as I blended and worked the product on my cheeks. The finish was natural and did not emphasize pores. On me, the blush wore for seven and a half hours before fading. This shade is a repromote, and it seemed slightly more muted this time around but overall similar in color and tone. Milani Bronze Burst (P, $13.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Give It Away (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Flesh Beauty Glaze (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Bronze (Right) (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hooked (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Burnt Coral (390) (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams (P, $13.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Dance Flowers Dance Eyeshadow
  • MAC Forward March Eyeshadow
  • MAC Pretty Dainty Eyeshadow
  • MAC Rabblerouser Eyeshadow
  • MAC Dark Lullaby Eyeshadow
  • Sephroa Cookie Crunch Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick

About the 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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They’re versatile! I also liked that Pleasure Model has more of a satin sheen – so it can be worn easily on its own or worn with Whisper of Gilt, too.

It should be as far as I understand – it is a regular MAC holiday launch so it should be available just about everywhere MAC is sold.

Oh dear, I already have 3 dupes for Whisper of Gilt, but I still want it, curious to see what all the fuss is about. And I have no dupes for Pleasure Model, so yay, I can justify getting this! Pleasure Model looks like a great terracotta shade for me

STUNNING!!! This duo is simply perfect for a softly-lit bronzed cheek look that isn’t too orange or too yellow-brown. It’s just right. Getting!

Nice duo, but wisper of gilt deserved it own packaging, not just being put there in a duo, it is one of the most sought after highlighters ever to make this kind of comeback ?

I agree with you Karla, I would have loved it done in its own packaging as well! I still am going to buy this, but I think most people would have preferred it as a stand alone product!

This combo is way too warm for me but the products look amazing. I still feel like Laura Geller Gilded Honey is a close even permanent product dupe for Whisper of Gilt even on my skin tone. 😉

I have 4 Whisper of Gilt dupes not including Kiko’s Water Eyeshadow 208. Please convince me that I don’t need to buy the real thing just because it’s finally available!?!?

I’m no fan of MAC, but with a great rating, the gorgeous colours, embossing and cute packing, and extremely affordable price point, it’s a total purchase for me.

Really beautiful colors and I don’t have either. I think the highlight may be too dark for my pale skin but my daughter is darker than I so think it will be great for her.

Really pretty. I’m not sure how these colours would suit me, but I will find out. I just have to be quite pale going to the counter, and I might look really odd leaving. I might of course look glowy and quite radiant leaving. Either way, I must give it a try.

I already own Pleasure Model from the original release in 2013 and I own Oh Darling which I hardly reach for. I’m hitting pan on Pleasure Model and wish they released it alone and not with the highlighter. Unfortunately this will be a pass for me because I don’t want to buy the compact just for the blush 🙁

Hi Christine,

Thanks for this great review…this so pretty and I am glad the reviews were good. I will me adding this to my collection. Did you also do a review on the other face compact as well? I must have missed that one.

I’ve been wanting to try Whisper of Gilt for a few years and i know that it was in a stand alone and highly desired. I was able to get it on pre-order and am really excited. I do wish that it was a stand alone this year and had it’s own unique packaging instead of the same as the Christmas collection. I am truly excited to get this even with my remarks I am fair/light skin tone so I don’t know if it will work for me or not. If not after seeing it in person I will gift it, I am just excited that I was able to get one. It looks lovely on you and the swatches are gorgeous too! As always thank you for your wonderful reviews I always refer your reviews as golden!

I love this one! That highlighter is so warm and gorgeous, and I really like that the blush has a satin finish. They both look lovely together, but could just as easily be worn separately, which is always a plus!

I ordered two of these from my closest MAC store and one of the peach compact. These are the only things I preordered bc they’re a must-have!!! 😀 Im sooooo happy they rated so well they’re gorgeous and I love all 4 shades!!!

Christine, this looks beautiful on you and thank you so much for the review!

I already have dupes for both–Laura Geller Gilded Honey and MAC Make You Mine blush, so how come I still REALLY want this?!!!!!

Based on your review, it looks like Make You Mine is a bit darker, cooler and less shimmery than Pleasure Model. I wear Make You Mine and Gilded Honey frequently, but always wish that Make You Mine was a bit warmer so maybe I CAN rationalize purchasing this–lol!

Do you think Make You Mine and Pleasure Model are different enough, or am I just wishful thinking??????

I think they’re similar enough where you don’t NEED it for sure, and Gilded Honey really is similar to Whisper of Gilt, IMO!

Christine, I see multi color shimmer/glitter particles in the bottom part of the Whisper of Gilt swatch. Does Whisper of Gilt have multi color shimmer/glitter in it or is that fallout from some other product?

I received this compact yesterday and I swatched the whisper of gilt next to oh darling from last year and I don’t see a difference. I’m curious if it’s the same as the original release of wog which I don’t own.

Christine, your eyeshadows look amazing might I add. I was so excited to see live swatches that I forgot to say this in my first comment. I love your blending and your eyes are very pretty.

I think you can, but if you normally find gold too dark, then I’m not sure you’d feel differently about this as it is pretty gold!

Oh crap, I bought it immediatly after it released but it seems quite dark. Do you think it’ll work for my skin? I’m porcelain in too faced born this way

I’m desperate for this but it’s sold out everywhere in the UK!! P.S is anyone else getting a LOT of ‘naughty’ pop ups on here lately?? Everything I click takes me to porn, just in the last week or so!! it’s only happening on Temptalia so I know it’s not just me!!

Hi Charlotte,

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