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). ColourPop 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, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown After Party (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Lisa Eldridge Ribbon (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (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). 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, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC It's Just Candy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Roll Out (P, $8.00) is darker, 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). Hourglass Icon (P, $49.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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, $21.00) 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, $21.00) 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, $21.00) 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). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop 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). ColourPop Steph (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Buff (P, $57.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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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Aj Avatar

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.

Jade Avatar

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.

Sara Avatar

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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