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, $20.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Short Affair (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Soft Savour (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (DC, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (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). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey (PiP, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bamboo (P, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Babetown (LE, $20.00)(90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $20.00) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Aloof (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Voodoo Lily (DC, $28.00) is 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). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sydney Grace Chloe (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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). Fenty Beauty Makeout Break (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). ColourPop Atole (LE, $6.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Revlon Bare Affair (P, $8.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC NUDE (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Sally Soft Honey (112) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Still (62) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% 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, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Kiddo (LE, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Deco-a-Go-Go (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (DC, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Birthday Suit (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (DC, $8.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Hourglass Cameo (P, $49.00)(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). Chanel Nude (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Tame (DC, $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). Fenty Beauty Cocoa Drizzle (P, $18.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). bareMinerals Honeybun (PiP, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Devore (P, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE, ) is lighter, more pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Squad Goals (20) (P, $13.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (DC, $8.99) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Spite (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Mocha Choco-lata (P, $29.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Bare Instinct (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Universal Appeal (P, $55.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Bun Bun (LE, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). Pat McGrath 1995 (P, $38.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). NARS No Regrets (P, $26.00) is darker, 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
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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.

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