MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit
MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit

MAC Red Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four, miniature sized lipsticks–all shades from the permanent range. If you love your bolder shades, it’s a nice set–it might say “Red” but it is actually a mix of orange, red, burgundy, and berry. I’d say it’s more like a “bold” set than a red set.

The lipsticks come in a small box with a plastic, pull-out drawer. Each lipstick is 0.06 oz., so it’s 60% of the amount you get in a full-sized lipstick, and I think the value is there–it’s not a value-packed set, but you get more than you’re paying for and get four shades for a little more than the price of two. If you fall in love with one shade, you can repurchase it later as well, which is always nice. I didn’t have any issues using the minis directly from the tube, as sometimes minis can break more easily. The shades were very consistent with the individual permanent versions I have, and as I just swatched MAC’s permanent line a few months ago, the lip swatches and full face photos are from then (the swatches are of the actual minis).

Value

  • Lipstick: $17.00 for 0.10 oz. or $170.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $40.80

Lady Danger is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy but did not feel slick or emollient, so there was little shine and a heavier feel overall. It applied fairly evenly, though I noticed a touch of color settling into lip lines. The color wore for six hours, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dose of Colors Hot Fire (LE, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $54.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 (LE, $17.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Quite the Standout (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legacy (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wild Ginger (P, $54.00) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Red is a bright, medium-dark pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff–you could see my lip freckle peeking through–and an even translucency, so the natural lip color will come through slightly, but it is still a more dramatic color on the lips. The consistency was a little stiff initially but became softer with use. It wore well for six hours, left a strong stain behind, and was a touch drying. MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Raspberry Red (401) (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Memoire (224) (P, $37.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $37.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $17.50)(90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Diva is a medium-dark burgundy with warm, red-brown undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, while the texture was lightly creamy with a light-medium weight to it–enough density that it covered well and felt smooth on the lips. It lasted for six hours, stained my lips noticeably, and was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $17.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $17.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.50) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Shiseido Curious Cassis (RD620) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.50) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rebel is a medium-dark berry with cooler, pink undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, but the natural lip color will come through and have some impact on the overall tone of the lipstick. The texture was lightly creamy, thin but not uncomfortable, and lasted for six hours. It left behind a stain as well, and it felt a little hydrating. Givenchy Purple Fiction (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ingrid (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Afterdark (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Venom (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (DC, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Quelle Surprise (LE, $17.50) is cooler (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Hourglass Protector (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $54.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sly Ingenue (430) (P, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Brocade (P, $37.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Primrose (LE, $17.50) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Too Sexy (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Guerlain Plum-brella (070) (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Red
Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Lady Danger
Lady Danger
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Red
MAC Red
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Diva
Diva
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Rebel
Rebel
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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