MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains four miniature-sized Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which are supposed to have the color and “sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil.” The formula is also supposed to be hydrating. The texture of the formula is smooth, lightly creamy, and emollient, so it feels thinner and more balm-like on the lips, which makes for a hydrating formula overall, but it tends to have short wear time. Of all MAC’s lip kits, this one seems to be short on value, too.

Value

  • Patentpolish Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $31.50

Pleasure’s All Mine is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage (up to medium coverage) with a smooth, balm-like texture that was comfortable to wear, though it only lasted for two and a half hours. The color pulled into my lip lines, but the coverage was even. MAC Samantha Ravndahl (LE, $19.50) is more pigmented (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Short Affair (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $19.50) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $19.50) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey (PiP, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bamboo (P, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Babetown (LE, $19.50)(90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (DC, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Aloof (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Revved Up is a soft, light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and very fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly with only some visible color gathering in lip lines. The texture was smooth and comfortable to wear, while the color itself lasted for two hours on me. bareMinerals Kitty (PiP, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Colour Pop Atole (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $17.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC NUDE (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Interlude (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Peach-sicle (P, $19.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Julianne (LE, $36.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s Really Me is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a creamy sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but the more emollient consistency caused the product to settle into my lip lines. This shade lasted for two hours and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Fresh Brew (P, $19.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Birthday Suit (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (DC, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (DC, $8.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

French Kiss is a muted, medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a balmy, emollient consistency that glided across the lips with ease and left behind a moderate shine. This shade seemed to settle least into my lip lines, so it was more wearable on its own. The color wore for two hours, though, so it will need regular reapplication. Urban Decay 1993 (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Nice Cheeks (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Jouer Fifth Ave (P, $17.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (PiP, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Tame (PiP, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (LE, $30.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Joan (LE, $36.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $54.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Nude (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE, ) is lighter, more pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (DC, $8.99) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Spite (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Mocha Choco-lata (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bare Instinct (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Squad Goals (20) (P, $13.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Bun Bun (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Pat McGrath 1995 (P, $40.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Universal Appeal (P, $54.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (85% similar). NARS No Regrets (P, $26.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $37.00) is more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nude Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Pleasure's All Mine Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC It's Really Me Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish 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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Is it just me or are the last three almost dupes of each other? There’s just not a lot of difference between them to me, which is no bueno for a lip set. Meh. This is the third year in a row MAC has underwhelmed me with their holiday kits :(.

Thank goodness I’ve got dupes for the 2 shades that I look good in! Because, yeah, these are no bargain with $ per ounce. So I’m quite glad to have MAC Stately Shimmer and Revlon HD Smokey Topaz.

These pencils get low scores, but I really love them for a no-brainer natural lip. The formula lasts a decent amount of time on me too (about the same as mac lustre lipsticks). I can see why they’re not everyone’s cup of tea though.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!