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

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “red.” 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

Galaxy Rose is a muted, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on fairly evenly, but some of the color emphasized in lip lines as it gathered there. The color wore for three and a half hours and was moisturizing. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Berry Good (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Horizon (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Kiss, Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gumdrop is a bright pinky-red with fine pink and ruby red pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time. LORAC Red Rose (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown After Party (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Fuchsia Fiesta (22) (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC It's Just Candy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00)(85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Harpers (766) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay 69 (DC, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Erotic (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Courting Chic is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and copper and gold flecks of shimmer. It had medium coverage, but it applied unevenly and had a tendency to darken every lip line I had (and then some!). This would be prettier over a more opaque lipstick, particularly pinks and reds. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Restless (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hell Bound (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Daydream (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ride My Sleigh (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (DC, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Saucey (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Chene Rouge (212) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Lancome Rouge Magma (05) (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Plum Fun (LE, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Phiff is a translucent beige with silver and gold sparkle. It was really sheer but had “semi-sheer” coverage in the way of sparkle, but it was one of the least sparkly Dazzleglasses launched. I think this would have made more sense if it was actually more red-toned or had more red-hued sparkle. The consistency was thicker, tacky, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (DC, $19.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop New Day (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rollergirl (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Moth to Flame (PiP, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Steph (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Gumdrop Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

MAC Phiff Dazzleglass

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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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Thankfully I have a good enough dupe for Galaxy Rose.
I wish Courting Chic had done better and didn’t have a tendency to darken liplines because it would definitely make mine stand out more. I do have Bobbi Brown’s Black Ruby on my to try list though.

I think courting chic is slightly gritty on the lips as it wears too. I haven’t layered it over lipstick yet, maybe that’ll lessen that feel.

Galaxy Rose and Gumdrop are gorgeous! And super wearable, too.?
But Phiff is nothing like any Dazzleglass I’ve ever seen. It just *lacks* the level of glitz I’m looking for in a DG. ?

I like Gumdrop. The other ones aren’t for me, though I would have loved Courting Chic if it haden’t misbehaved so badly.

Phiff would probably be really pretty over a red (or really any non-sparkly) lipstick—I’ll have to try that with mine, at least. And thanks for the tip about Courting Chic and wearing it over a lipstick as well!

Super tempted by this set! I love these lipgloss sets, and I’m always like “ooooohhhh” over Galaxy Rose. Probably really don’t need more lipgloss though!! I rarely wear it anymore, I like longer wearing colour these days.

Ahh! If you aren’t wearing gloss much, I’d wait. You could at least keep waiting and see if it’s around in a month or two 🙂

I’m so glad you confirmed that these glosses are full sized. I was looking at the number and comparing it to the full size and thought I was going insane! They couldn’t possibly fit all that product in a tube half the size, but I guess they figured out a way.

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