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

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red 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 lipstick was somewhat disappointing (even setting aside the drying factor of the finish), and there are just so many better matte reds out there. 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.

Nutcracker Rouge is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it was surprisingly less pigmented than most Retro Mattes I’ve tried. The texture was more velvety but thin, and it was a struggle to spread the color across the lips evenly. It felt clingy on the lips, and while most of the color hung around for a good six hours, some of the color had faded away more noticeably around the center of the mouth. The formula was drying on me after three hours of wear. MAC High Heels (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Trust Me (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Fighter (LE, $6.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $38.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Superbloom (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Clash (LE, $27.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Bonifacio (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Bachelorette (DC, $21.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Cruella (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Jungle Red (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Feels So Grand (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fashion Legacy is a bright, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth consistency that delivered even coverage. It was easy to apply and dried down in about a minute or less. The color wore well for seven and a half hours, but the formula was moderately drying after four hours of wear. ColourPop Lullaby (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Miss Argentina (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wild Ginger (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NARS Intrigue (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is brighter, better quality, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop First Class (LE, $6.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Succulent (LE, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Kismet (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Gold Blooded (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). MAC Von Teese (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Retro Matte Lip Kit

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick
MAC Nutcracker Rouge Lipstick

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Fashion Legacy Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
MAC Fashion Legacy 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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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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Hey Christine, do you know if they are going to sell the makeup bags separately? I have dupes for all the lipsticks in those kits but would LOVE to have that cute makeup bag! Btw, could you maybe take a photo with the bag and your hand so we can have an idea of the size of it?

Disappointing for matte lip lovers to have one shade be excellent and the other, so weak! (Luckily for me, matte lips are not my thing… )

The quality on the regular matte red shade is fairly abysmal. Yikes. I was in MAC earlier today doing the presale of the Copper Cheek duo, and 2 other items. Thank goodness this wasn’t anywhere close to being on my wishlist, as I have some great reds in my stash!

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