MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes a full-sized eyeshadow, cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.  The three color products coordinated well together, but the Pro Longwear Paint Pot left something to be desired with regards to pigmentation and blendability, as it had a lot of slip, which gave it sheerer, uneven coverage in practice.

Value

  • Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: $20.00 for 0.04 oz.
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot: $22.00 for 0.17 oz.
  • Technakohl Liner: $18.00 for 0.012 oz.
  • Mascara: $23.00 for 0.28 oz.
  • Total Value: $83.00

Fathoms Deep is a muted, dark purple with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque coverage dry, though it wasn’t quite as deep, and it wore well for six hours. Applied damp, it was fully opaque and wore well for eight hours. Sydney Grace Inertia (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #25 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (DC, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). Pat McGrath Blitz Amethyst (PiP, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Vamp (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sly Girl (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Bae (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tide 'n' Seek (Magic in Your Eyes) (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Rushed (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2018 #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Saint Germain (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC leap #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dream Scene is a light-medium, silvery blue with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was just so-so, which I expect is a result of the really emollient, thinner consistency, so it was very prone to sheering out and looking somewhat uneven. It was best as a sheerer wash of color or used as a base underneath powder eyeshadows. On its own, the color wore well for 12 hours, which is great wear but shy of the 15 hours claimed. Fenty Beauty Muva's Boy (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Silver (20) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Freestyler (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Shellshock (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Bassline (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Abstract (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Graphblack is a medium-dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was soft enough to glide across the lash line without tugging, but it is not so creamy that it slides around. The eyeliner wore for eight hours on me. MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00)(100% similar). NARS Via Veneto (PiP, $24.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00)(100% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (01) (P, $11.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Black (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Engraved (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Point Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (PiP, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood (Matte) (PiP, ) is less glossy (95% similar). ColourPop Swerve (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona Black (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Haus Labs Black Onyx Matte (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dream Scene Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Graphblack Technakohl
MAC Graphblack Technakohl

MAC Graphblack Technakohl
MAC Graphblack Technakohl

MAC Graphblack Technakohl
MAC Graphblack Technakohl

18 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
Monica Avatar

Just wanted to let you know some of the Tarte blush palette got mixed in with these images.

I wanted Fathoms Deep when it came out. I think this will be a great way to get it in a set. even if I don’t love everything. It’s a great value.

kjh Avatar

This is an excellent review with which to rule in or out. Have liked/considered fathoms deep, and am very surprised there is no UD dupe…figured I’d have it! As to the paint pot, ‘course you’ve given us other options. Only 1 dupe and shell shocked looks blatantly, in-your-face silver on me, with none of the bluey/lilacy subtleties. Kind of wish you’d done a look,but you have enough to do, and are doing it wonderfully and informatively, as usual.

Mariella Avatar

Really?? I think that the one I wanted really badly but which wasn’t rereleased with the Extra Dimension permanent shadows (or maybe it was another shade….now I’m confused and have to take a look at my wish list).

Mariella Avatar

Okay – it’s Soul Serenade that I really want and which wasn’t brought back…THAT’s the one, and why they didn’t bring it back is beyond me because it is soooo beautiful. But Fathoms Deep (which I think I prefer to Grand Galaxy) is also on my list but at least I can get it as a single, since I don’t want anything else in this kit.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!