MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50 for 0.27 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows in warmer hues. MAC’s eyeshadow palettes for the holidays definitely leave something to be desired, and unfortunately, this was a continuation on that theme. There are better neutral palettes available, even MAC’s 15-pan pre-made neutral palettes are better.

Value

  • Eyeshadow: $16.00 for 0.05 oz. or $320.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $86.40

Filament is a light silver with neutral undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer coverage, and it was a Lustre finish, which is supposed to be sheerer. The texture was dry, chunky, and prone to sheering out and falling out during application. I found that most of the fallout occurred during application, rather than during wear as there was little in the way of sparkles actually on the lid after blending it. It lasted for six hours on me. Urban Decay Iced (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Silver Dollar (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Kitty Glitter (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Electric Illumination (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced String of Lights (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Ice (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Beguile (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Whirling is a medium golden taupe with warm undertones and a sparkly, gold glitter finish. It had sheer coverage with a chunky, glittery texture that felt dry where the glitter separated from the base color. This was a Lustre finish, which is supposed to be sheerer, so the sheerness was not a surprise (neither was the texture, as most Lustres suffer from the same dryness). On me, it started to fade after six hours of wear. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Huda Beauty Cashmere (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Era is a soft, golden brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a fairly soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft int he pan, which yielded opaque color coverage. The color wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Lost for Words (P, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Bonifacio (LE, $25.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Plunge (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Champagne (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced New Romantic (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Cliffside (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Oaxaca (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Satisfaction (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #4 (P, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Arena (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Woodwinked is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the consistency was soft, lightly dense, and smooth. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Bobbi Brown Tiki (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bossing It (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dear Diary (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Adorn (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Push-up (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Merci (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Copper Pearl (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Morphe Queen (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unwind is a dirty, medium gold with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was just a touch powdery. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Summerfly (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Expose #3 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora David (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Penny (LE, $19.00)(85% similar). MAC Beaded (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (03) (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Provence Upon a Time (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Rocket Girl (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lady Fingers is a bright, medium yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, and the eyeshadow was thin, lightly dusty, but it adhered fairly evenly to bare skin, though I would recommend applying it over a primer. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Warm Mattes #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Edge (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Paper Tiger (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Calavera (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Sol (134CM) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twelve Chimes is a dark gray with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was firm and stiffer in the pan, and it was actually not the same gritty, drier texture that I’d expect of a Lustre finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, which was more coverage than most Lustres (which are designed as sheer). It was very difficult to blend out the color, as it looked uneven due to the stiffer texture. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Graphite Glam (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2015 (LE, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Jardins de Lumieres #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Showstopper is medium-dark taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the more pigmented versions of this shade that I’ve come across, though it was not fully pigmented. The texture was a bit softer and more blendable, too, but it wasn’t an easy eyeshadow to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Architectonic #4 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE, )(100% similar). NARS Bali (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Dipped in Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Jouer Ash Brown (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beyond Gorgeous is a dark black with flecks of micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a firm, drier texture that skipped and dragged as I applied it to the lid. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. NARS Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Mustache (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Navy #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Dark (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Swept Up (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 2 #1 (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Filament
Filament
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total
Whirling
Whirling
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total
Era
Era
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Woodwinked
Woodwinked
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Unwind
Unwind
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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