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. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #25 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (DC, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Blitz Amethyst (PiP, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Nashville (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Vamp (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sly Girl (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bae (P, $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). Sydney Grace Rushed (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2018 #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tide 'n' Seek (Magic in Your Eyes) (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (DC, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (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. Colour Pop 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). 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 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Buxom Chihuahua (P, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Abstract (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (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). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Superfly (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Inmortal (P, $19.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Stila Stingray (PiP, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora All Black Everything (P, $14.00) is lighter (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). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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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

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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.

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.

I know, right? I guess the upside is they DO work together as a set… but you really don’t *need* a base under Fathoms Deep either.

Because I have always wanted Fathoms Deep, and that both the liner and this particular mascara are really good, I may just have to get this! Or *finally* just the FD single EDS.

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).

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.

Fathoms Deep is such a beautiful eyeshadow. I have it, so I’ll not get this set. The value is really very good though.

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