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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.30 oz.) includes a full-size lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, and Lip Pencil. The Vamplify and Lip Pencil are repromotes, while the lipstick is new. I verified the color consistency between the two versions of the Vamplify Lipgloss, and then I tested the lipstick and lip pencil for wear but did not retest the Vamplify Lipgloss for wear.

Value

  • Vamplify Lipgloss: $20.00 for 0.16 oz. or $125.00/oz.
  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Pro Longwear Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.04 oz. or $525.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $58.00

Tuned In is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm gold pearl. It had mostly opaque coverage, while the consistency was very smooth and lightweight. The color applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as it wore on. For me, this gloss stayed on well for five hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NYX Chocolate Crepe (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Chenille (12) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Liqueur (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Spell is a subdued, mauvey brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. The lipstick had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly. It had a Cremesheen finish, so it had a more luminous finish but a clingier feel overall. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Lawbreaker (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Squad Goals (20) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $19.50) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Smoked Almond (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $19.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Throwin' Suede (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Tres Chic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Cognac (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Broken (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Rock it (LE, $19.50) is lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Monica (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Amulet (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Rose Clay (525) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

In Control is a muted, medium-dark rosy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a waxy consistency that was easy enough to maneuver around the edges of the lips but did not work as well for filling in color, as it looked uneven and tugged quite a bit. Once on, the color lasted for eight hours, as described, but it was rather drying on its own. Urban Decay Manic (P, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Cranberry (DC, $17.50) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Magic Spell Lipstick
MAC Magic Spell Lipstick

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss
MAC Tuned In Vamplify Lipgloss

MAC In Control Lip Pencil
MAC In Control Lip Pencil

MAC In Control Lip Pencil
MAC In Control Lip Pencil

MAC In Control Lip Pencil
MAC In Control Lip Pencil

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush
  • MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
On eyes:
  • MAC English Gilt Pigment
  • MAC Stardream Pigment
  • MAC Handsome Prince Pigment
  • MAC Heritage Rouge Pigment
  • MAC Sugar Rush Pigment
  • Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner

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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Actually, I wasn’t interested in this set at all. I tend to prefer more berry/red/burgundy tones but these are pulling a little mauve and I think I could wear that. I know I have said this before but I really like all the MAC lip pencils that I have and I have quite a few. When I use them alone I either top with a gloss or I put gloss on first and then the pencil. They don’t tug on my lips and they wear really well for me so I think I will try this set as well as the red set.

This is the set I got, I’m actually wearing it today, and love all 3 products! My lips aren’t as pigmented, so these pull more brown on me, but they are MLBB nude shades that don’t make me look dead (yay!). I already have the Vamplify gloss in Tuned In, so this is a backup, wish they would just make it permanent. And Magic Spell lipstick is really pretty. I only use the lip liner In Control to outline my lips (never to fill in), and it’s nice and smooth. Very happy with this set!

Out of all their holiday lip sets reviewed so far, this is the one I am just loving! Having had a chance to see and swatch it myself, I knew that I loved the lipstick and the Vamplify. Your review sealed it for me! Getting if I can!

Chrstine – your swatches have just convinced me that I need multiples of this set 😉 I have this on my wishlist, but Im hoping for a Black Friday deal like last year (I think it was 15% off) which would justify buying 2 or more ;-P

This set is quite nice. It might work for me, I do have a problem with nudes. I must try it when it arrives.
You have two different eye makups, I can’t see that you listed it for the second one, whatever it is it’s so lovely.

Yeah, some of these sets are jumbled up because they’re from different days or something from somewhat recently (I didn’t reswatch) 🙁

I’m really interested in this set! I am concerned they may be too dark and brown for my skintone. Will have to try in store.

Definitely getting this set! Although Cremesheen isn’t my favourite MAC lipstick formula, the Magic Spell shade is beautiful. I’ll make it work 😉

Christine, do you know if Magic Spell is going to be part of the pemanent line? I tested the colors at Nordstrom and the lipstick is just beautiful, loved it! I never use liner or gloss but I want to buy that set just for the lipstick.

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