MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “pink.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Fashion Scoop is a pale, light pink with a milky consistency and finish paired with fine pink pearl. The texture was smooth, creamy, and non-sticky, but it was a bit streaky and prone to gathering in lip lines. The wear was only two hours, though it was hydrating. LORAC True Beauty (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gal Friday (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Peach Fuzz (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (DC, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Revlon Bejeweled (DC, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Elegantly Elegant (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $18.50) is lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Moonglow (314) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Fu$$y (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Future Femme (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh Air (LE, $18.50) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charm is a bold, slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though I noticed some of the color still settled into lip lines. The overall richness of the color made it harder to see at a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing. MAC Twirling (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Ceaseless Energy (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Jouer Madison (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Spike (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Danceteria (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Scandal (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $18.50) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Dior Soho (888) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Pony Up (P, $6.00) is lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). MAC Saucy Little Thing (P, $18.50) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom (306) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twirling is a medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, but there was still some noticeable color in some of my lip lines (but far fewer than the other two shades). The gloss wore well for four hours, was comfortable to wear, and it felt hydrating. NARS Promise (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom (306) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $18.50) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Mississippi (LE, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS La Main Bleue (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC At Your Best You Are (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Nocturnal (P, $49.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Toasted Marshmallow (P, $5.99) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay After Dark (DC, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Saucy Little Thing (P, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Pony Up (P, $6.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Sephora Ruby (42) (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Sexual Content (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rags to Riches is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle. It added mostly warmth to my natural lip color and a medium level of coverage of shimmer/sparkle. It was easy to wear on its own but could be layered over other lip products, and the gloss didn’t seem to settle into my lip lines either. The texture was tacky, so despite being sheerer, it lasted for five hours on me. Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #502 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Secrets, Secrets (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay SPL (P, $20.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Divinity (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer St. Tropez (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Out for Glamour (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Feeling Fine (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pinkarat (P, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Snobby (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Purpurine (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hack (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Vaycray (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Fu$$y (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Pink Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Fashion Scoop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Charm Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Twirling Cremesheen Glass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass

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Makeup Look
On face:
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  • 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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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I really like the color of Charm, but I’m relieved that I do want every single lip kit that MAC is coming out with this holiday season, lol. Interesting that the size of the glosses is larger than standard. Rags to Riches looks like a great sparkly topper.

LOL!!! I meant to write that I’m relieved that I *don’t* want every single lip kit that MAC has come out with this holiday season! But I sure have a lot of *do* wants, so no wonder I slipped up!

They’re all pretty nice except for the first one. I’m pleased to see the cool leaning shades, though none of them are “I can’t live without”, as I have similar shades in my stash. However, as you pointed out, they are a good value even without the first shade.

Yep!!! This is the set I may just have to nab if the Nars Mind Games gets sold out before VIB part of the sale! May have to get this one anyway, because 3 out the 4 shades are really nice. ?

I like the Dazzleglass. The colours of the other glosses are very pretty, but the lipline issue is there, so I’ll pass on this. Pity, it is a nice set.

They look great on you, and eyes look stunning! I am going to get a set for me and a few for gifts. It would be great if MAC did their holiday discount again 🙂

I can’t wait for this collection to hit Australia, apparently on the 7th of November. I will be definitely purchasing this kit, as well as some single items. Thanks as always for the great work and providing me with all the info way before it hits our shores!

Thank you for your review as always Christine!
I was wondering if you take out the plastic divider would regular full size Mac lipglosses fit in the box (vertically) ?

I’m not sure – I recycled all of mine already or else I would check for you! 🙁

I think MAC lists the dimensions on their site, though, so you might be able to use those!

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