MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a fairly smooth, thinner texture that tended to emphasize the texture of my lips just slightly. It was applied evenly and lasted for hours–it was still going strong after six hours and left a stain behind when I removed it. The formula was slightly drying. Kat Von D Crush (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Shocking Pink (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #092 (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Both Cheeks (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #094 (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Ultra Loud (679) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoked Rose (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Yu (PiP, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Sweetener (LE, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Be Silly (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Fuchsia (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Michiyo (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Primrose Sun (RS419) (DC, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Goodie Bag (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Beauty Junkie (LE, $40.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale, milky pink with a strong, white base and subtle, cool undertones paired with a natural finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied more evenly than I anticipated, as these milkier shades tend to look very streaky. I had just a touch of color pull into lip lines, but it was barely noticeable and didn’t worsen much more over time. The consistency was lightly creamy with moderate slip and was comfortable to wear. It wore for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Smashbox Obvi (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Rose Lily (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Be Fabulous (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Liora (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, glossier (90% similar). MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Dewey Petal (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tease Me (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Playful Peony (975) (LE, $7.49) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warmer, pink udnertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips, but it wasn’t slippery, so it didn’t slide around on the lips easily. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and left behind a stain after I wore it for six hours. Make Up For Ever M502 (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Punk Couture (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Kirat (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Potent Fig (LE, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Epic (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Midnight Breeze (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Orchid (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soul Train (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Savvy (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Colour Pop Chaps (LE, $6.50) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and a natural finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied with smooth, even color. The consistency had light slip so that it glided on without tugging on the lips but didn’t slide or feather on me. I found the light sheen and emollient consistency to be more flattering on lips, as it didn’t emphasize my lip lines or settle into them. This shade stayed on nicely for five and a half hours and was a touch hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Flamingo (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Love at First Bite (LE, $20.00)(95% similar). Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Barely There (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild 15 Minutes Aflame (P, $0.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Camellia (229) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Flanelle (202) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain #77 (P, $33.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bling Ring (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Delight (069) (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC You're So Vain (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Shiseido Pink Flash (214) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced As If (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bitten (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (DC, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Bulgarian Rose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). Colour Pop Maui Wowie (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (P, $19.50) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC So Good For You Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque; it had an even translucency to it so that it looked rich and bold, but a hint of the natural lip color still came through. The texture was firmer, a little velvety in the tube, but it took more pressure to apply and tugged on the lips as I worked it across my lips. It felt thinner, somewhat clingy, and overall, moderately drying over time, but it lasted for over six hours and left a strong stain behind. MAC Pomegranate (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NYX Bloody Mary (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Psycho (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Amplify (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Solo (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $7.00) is brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Feisty (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (DC, $26.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain #518 (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D XO (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Blood (LE, $6.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Framboise Moi (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Pavlova (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

MAC So Good For You Lipstick

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

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Wow, so impressed a purple lipstick ( Leap of Delight) scored an A!! Yay! I’m checking my stash for dupes, and if nothing, will be on my buy list

Some shades are interesting but I’m not feeling them as we go into late fall/winter. I have dupes for the bright shades and a preference for a brighter plum, so this is a pass for me.

Thanks for the link, Christine! I guess there is a little bit of a difference, at least for purple lipstick lovers! I actually might like Leap of Delight better… even though I bought Hellebore after the MUA put it on me at the Nordstrom beauty trend event, lol.

The quality of these is very consistently good! Nice surprise there! Leap Of Delight and Saucy Little Miss are my favorites. I love how deep and rich this purple is, and without all the usual issues that tend to plague deep purple lipsticks. And Saucy Little Miss looks great for later on, in springtime. Leap Of Delight is the one I might have to grab!

Well done, MAC!
They managed to make a white based pink look good! I find that happens so rarely. Not that it’s a colour for me, but I still admire it.
All the others are ones I like for myself, I do have dupes for So Good for You, so I can ignore that when these hit the counters. Saucy Little Darling is a maybe, Leap of Delight is a must and Flamboyish a big want.
Can you tell I really like this part of the holiday LE’s 🙂

I really like So Good for You which is typical of my lipstick preferences but I have ordered Sour Cherry so don’t think I need it. I will see when I actually go to town to swatch.

Gorgeous shades, especially Saucy Little Darling. Kingdom of Sweets is oddly appealing for such a white-based, pale pink. I’m not sure why I like it more than other, similar shades, but I do.

I was so disappointed with the other collections this year (like the star trek one). But I love the christmas collection that they created and I’m so happy that they also have a pretty packaging 🙂

Christine, How would you compare Flamboyish to MAC Show Orchid or Kat Von D Sexer? They sort of look like a mix of the 2, as swatches/photographed… Absolutely gorgeous!

You look great in all of them. I personally loved the flamboyish and the saucy little darling colours, they look so flattering. By any chance is their carmine in those lip products?

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