MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new, limited edition powder eyeshadow formula that will be available in six shades. They are part of the Nutcracker Sweet holiday color collection, which will be online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). There was nothing that struck me as particularly new or different about these from more shimmery eyeshadows. The texture was a bit softer and dustier in the pan compared to MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula with some shades being dusty enough to sheer out easily or shimmer separate from the base color. The six shades were fairly pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours on me.

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl over a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which did sheer out somewhat due to the dustier, thinner consistency. The color applied better by patting it onto the lid rather than sweeping to get better coverage initially. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Sweet Lust (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente #1 (Eye Color) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Raya (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Looking Glass (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel City Lights #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Show Boat (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Aim High (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Cheeks (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly drier, looser texture that took a little more effort to blend and diffuse along the edges on bare skin (but I expect over primer for it not to be an issue at all). The color wore well for eight hours on me. Smashbox Eggplant (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Passion (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Jardins de Lumieres #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Big (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer. The shimmer tended to pull away from the base as I blended the color on the lid, so it had a smoother, more satiny finish in practice than it appeared in the pan. It had good color payoff, though, and it was easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Grounded (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Rise and Shine (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Lueurs Ambrees #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Kuala Lumpur I (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Light Bronze (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cutoffs (P, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bellini (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Shine (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black with warmer, olive undertones and gold and silver sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkles didn’t translate onto the lid noticeably, as they did not bind with the base, so they would blend away or get trapped in the bristles of the brush before getting onto the lid. The texture was drier, dusty, and thin, which made it hard to apply evenly. It was difficult to blend without the color appearing patchy on bare skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Melange (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cursed (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was hard to build up and prone to sheering out. I also felt like it faded within a few minutes of application. This is a shade I would want to use over a colored base (or a white base) to help amplify the color and make it appear less faded. It wore well for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sushi Flower (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #10 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Be Our Guest (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Carefree (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #3 (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Jelly Bean (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rabblerouser (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (DC, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Dior Capital of Light #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and sat better on the skin than Pretty Dainty as the texture was firmer, less dusty, but it wasn’t difficult to work with or blend out. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Fuchsia Fury (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Domination (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop My Milkshake (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Gabriella (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Neon Orange #8 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop For Shore (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Watermelon (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Unleashed (P, $9.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Seas the Day (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

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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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It’s a shame that some of these shadows were a bit of a flop, but Dark Lullaby is still quite pretty. I usually don’t mind having to use primer, so I might have to check that one out.

I wonder why the price is so high for these? At first i thought maybe they were a different formula like lasts years holiday shadows. From your description and the swatches they look like the regular eyeshadows. I’m lost lol!

They didn’t seem different to me! My only guess was maybe a special pearl or something. The price might be wrong in the release, so I can email to double check!

With so many holiday offerings, including within this collection, lots of options for better performing products…although your eye look is lovely as usual, Christine.

$23 for a single shadow that’s so-so quality and only .04 oz? Uh no thanks. I see a number of MUFE Artist singles listed as dupes, and those are only $21, much better quality, and are 07 oz. And if I buy 2 or 3 MUFE dupes in a custom pan, I get a discount. I’m not seeing anything “magical” about these MAC shadows.

Yes, I know Fotos Y Recuerdos and Pretty Dainty don’t have the best grades. There is just something about both that love. Probably that even though they are brighter pink eyeshadows, they can be sheered out enough to not make me look like I’ve got an eye infection or cried for an hour, LoL!
Conversely, I have been known to rock an insanely BRIGHT pink infused eye look, ie; my FB profile pic.

I’m not impressed, but I might get Rabblerouser it’s a nice pink, I quite like to mix pinks with a lot of more neutral colours, just for fun. I wish Dark Lullaby had performed better, it’s a lovely colour.

None of these is calling my name, but pinks are not especially flattering eyeshadow colors for me! Pink works better on my cheeks or lips…

Aww! I know pink eyeshadows can be hard to wear for some 🙁 It took me awhile to figure out how to wear it without looking like I was crying!

I actually do better with the crazy bright pinks than with subtler pinks — but already have a couple of them!

I guess, too, having rosacea, I’m wary of putting too much pink on my face, so have to consider blush and lip colors carefully when I’m wearing pink eyeshadow. Just stick to more of a contour/bronzer + highlight effect on the cheeks, maybe wear a taupe or gray lipstick.

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