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). 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). 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). Too Faced String of Lights (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Beguile (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D 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). MAC High Concept (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tree Topper (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Moonlight #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, 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). Dior Moonlight #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (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). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Juvenile (LE, $7.00) is warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Gilty Pleasure (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Titus (LE, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Halo (2) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Slate Bells Ring (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Drunk Text (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Sydney Grace Somber (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Huda Beauty Cashmere (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Flecks (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, 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. NARS Mahe #1 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Cliffside (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Golden Mink #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Champagne (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty White Suede (Nordstrom) #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Bonifacio (DC, $25.00)(90% similar). Too Faced Pineapple Cooler (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Plunge (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced New Romantic (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Stand-offish (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Belize (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #4 (DC, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Oaxaca (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Arena (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% 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). bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Bossing It (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze Eclipse (PiP, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Push-up (PiP, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Love Train (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Adorn (DC, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #9 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Singapore #3 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Influence (Lightbeam) (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Varis (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% 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). 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, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Summerfly (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora David (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop 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). MAC Vicuna (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Self-Made (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Sydney Grace Be the Sunshine (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Gigabyte (PiP, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Fool's Gold (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Light My World (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (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). Anastasia Edge (DC, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Totally Buggin' (LE, $4.50) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Viseart Saffron (Warm Mattes #4) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Coral #7 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Token (DC, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Paper Tiger (P, $4.50) is brighter (90% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Mango (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Mochi (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (DC, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Calavera (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia E3 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (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). Sydney Grace Haystack (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Sol (134CM) (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Buzz Kill (PiP, $4.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Rule the Roost (LE, $4.50) is darker, 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 Modern Glamour #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2015 (LE, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Smoky Canvas #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (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. Ciate Mecha (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). 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). MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Flow (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Quiet Revolution #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE, )(100% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Bali (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (PiP, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Jouer Ash Brown (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Untamed (PiP, $5.99) is darker (85% similar). Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer (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. Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #4 (DC, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Mustache (LE, $23.00) 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). 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 Eyeshadow #4 (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (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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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I hate that MAC doesn’t put more effort into their limited edition palettes. The color scheme of this palette is perfect but the quality isn’t worth the price. MAC needs to step it up asap and stop feeling the ball on their eyeshadow palettes. This is disappointing

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.

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.

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.

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

I notice you mention Lady Fingers is permanent. Where could I get it? It looks like such a lovely warm neutral shade

Hey Ginny!

That’s my mistake… I have no idea why it is marked permanent (same with Twelve Chimes) 🙁 They are LE to this palette! So sorry!

I’m so far behind, and working backwards, sorry for that.
This doesn’t look too bad, to be honest. I’ve been meaning to buy Woodwinked for years, but there are so many LEs I keep forgetting to get the permanent eyeshadows.
If I see this, I’ll swatch it, if it’s sold out it’s not going to bother me.

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