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. Dior Dulcinee #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Kitty Glitter (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Silver Dollar (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Iced (LE, $19.00) is cooler (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). Illamasqua Beguile (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). KVD Beauty Telepathy (DC, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Morning Ticket (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Ice (LE, ) is more shimmery (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). Dior Moonlight #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC High Concept (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tree Topper (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% 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 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #11 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Risky Richez (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Sediment to Be (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Desert Wind (28) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Moonlight #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Glam (321M) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moonlit Violet #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Gilty Pleasure (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Jude (394M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Spaced (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Titus (LE, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Halo (2) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Envie (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Juvenile (LE, $7.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. NARS Mahe #1 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty White Suede (Nordstrom) #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Bonifacio (DC, $25.00)(90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Plunge (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pineapple Cooler (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced New Romantic (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Poncho #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Champagne (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cliffside (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Golden Mink #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% 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). Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #4 (DC, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% 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). Makeup by Mario Bronzy Glam #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Come On (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Bossing It (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Lap of Lux (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Push-up (PiP, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Eclipse (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Bronze (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Persona Resilient (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Sunglow (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Ochre (61P) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Making Mischief (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Foxy (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Teak (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% 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. Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora David (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Get Lucky (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sage (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Citron (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Expose #3 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Golden Topaz (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). KVD Beauty Summerfly (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Gigabyte (PiP, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Kauai I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). ColourPop Astrology (LE, $7.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (03) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (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. Anastasia Cabana (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Totally Buggin' (LE, $4.50) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Viseart Saffron (Warm Mattes #4) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Edge (DC, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Token (DC, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Paper Tiger (P, $4.50) is brighter (90% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Mango (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Air Temple (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coral #7 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Desire (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Mochi (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cave of Wonders (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Dijon (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Tusk (228CM) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Wild Sky (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Calavera (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Little April Shower (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia E3 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 Modern Glamour #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Smoky Canvas #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% 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). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Architectonic #4 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Ciate Mecha (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). Sydney Grace Espresso (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE, )(100% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Flow (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Bali (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Night Vision (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Untamed (PiP, $5.99) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Boaz (Light) (PiP, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% 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. LORAC Navy #7 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Dark (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (DC, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Mustache (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Swept Up (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild My Glamour Squad #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Crave (PiP, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Eyeshadow #4 (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Self Portrait 2 #1 (DC, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

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Nancy T Avatar

Not perfect, but it does seem to look better in the quality dept. than the other 2. But still not something I’d get. Already have Woodwinked and dupes for some of the other shades. On an upside, this iteration of Filament does look considerably better than other holiday sets it’s shown up in! I never sweep Lustre’s on, though, except Aquadisiac. I press them onto my lid. Then they do look quite pretty as a microglitter spotlight effect. Usually mid lid.

Kristie Avatar

Twelve Chimes looks BEAUTIFUL, though I really don’t enjoy MAC’s shadow formula. It is too stiff and dry for my liking. Was hoping maybe their holiday palettes would be a step up in their usual performance, but I suppose not.

Claudia Avatar

I know MAC is a very popular brand, but their products have consistently not lived up to the hype and are very inconsistent, and so their products really don’t appeal to me! I feel like it’s a brand you had to grow up with to fully appreciate. I’m personally not a fan.

Primpcess Avatar

Could this be anymore boring???

Boring colours + bad reviews = easy pass!

And I feel like that goes for all the holiday palettes from Mac this year

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