MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit ($45.00 for 0.59 oz.) includes a full sized lipstick, liquid lipstick, and mascara. In this set, the lipstick is a new, limited edition shade, while the liquid lipstick is part of the permanent range, which I tested and reviewed last year (please note, I did not retest or retake swatch photos, but I did compare swatches to ensure color accuracy between the two). The Retro Matte lipstick and liquid lipstick formulas tend to be drying, though they are often very long-wearing and pigmented, so they’re both formulas with trade-offs. Some love the long-wearing power of the Retro Matte ranges, while others prefer reapplication with a more comfortable formula.

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz.
  • Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour: $21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $61.00*

* Note: if you do not use the mascara or the makeup bag, the value to you would only be $38.00.

Dancing Flowers is a medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which went on evenly for the most part. The consistency was firmer in the tube, but it had a more velvety, thin feel that helped it slide across lips with minimal drag. The formula felt a bit clingy, so it is best to exfoliate your lips prior to using one of these, and while it is long-wearing (six hours), it is drying. MAC Hey, Boy, Hey! (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). ColourPop Back Up (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Tender Love (55) (P, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Sweet Stuff (LE, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Darling Be Daring (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Passion (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Candy Stripper (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #090 (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Vinyl Dream (P, $30.00) is more muted, glossier (85% similar). Anastasia Madison (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur (Left) (LE, ) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Pat McGrath Antidote (LE, $38.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Sephora Very Vintage (87) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Crank (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $20.00) is glossier (85% similar). Tarte Friyay (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oh Lady is a muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff where the natural lip still peeks through (and will ultimately influence the color and tone of it if you have stronger color in your natural lips). The texture was a little thinner and runnier compared to other shades in the range. This shade wore for seven and a half hours and was moderately drying after five hours. Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Panda (P, $7.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Darling (LE, $7.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fallen Angel (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Alchemist (P, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M501 (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (DC, $7.49) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Milani Embrace (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Viper (P, $6.50) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Bad Habit (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Notion (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Muted Fuchsia (124) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick
MAC Dancing Flowers Lipstick

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • MAC Pleasure Modele 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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Love these plum/berry colors!! And they go so well with the packaging too. BTW, great eye look with the blue shadow-so eye brightening, will need it for Monday mornings 🙂

I love the colors, but not the matte finish! That’s OK, though, there’s already a lot of products from this release that I do like!

While the regular Retro Matte lipstick, Dancing Flowers is super nice looking, I would likely not use the accompanying Oh, Lady. Not getting. But I wish that lipstick was sold separately!

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