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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). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $54.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 (LE, $19.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Aries (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Legacy (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop First Class (LE, $6.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (95% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (DC, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $19.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (DC, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $19.50) is darker, more muted (95% 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, $19.50) is lighter (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). Colour Pop On Display (P, $7.00) is more muted, warmer (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). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $19.50) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Jingle (LE, $5.50) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $37.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $19.50)(90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $19.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $19.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Glam (DC, $19.50) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Kinky (LE, $19.50) 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 Dreaming of You (LE, $19.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $19.50) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Nightberry (201) (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Vampira (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $19.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $19.50) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Shiseido Curious Cassis (RD620) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bohemian (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% 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, $18.00) 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, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Venom (DC, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Quelle Surprise (LE, $19.50) is cooler (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Protector (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Brocade (P, $37.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Primrose (LE, $19.50) is more muted, warmer (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). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (DC, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Too Sexy (LE, $5.50) is less glossy (90% similar). Guerlain Plum-brella (070) (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (DC, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kit $35.00/0.24 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Those look lovely! Christine, is there a way to search our “vanity” list on temptalia against a product to see whether we have the dupes in our stash? That would be super helpful if that were possible. I loved putting all my products in the “vanity”. Thanks for this great resource.

I really like this set! I’ve been wanting Rebel for a while, and I think both MAC Red and Diva (did a couple of the photos of it get mislabeled ‘Kinda Sexy’?) will look good on me. Lady Danger is the only one that will probably be challenging for me to wear, but it’s always good to experiment!

Very pretty colors. I have dupes for all except Lady Danger as I don’t wear orange based reds. I have too pale a complexion with cool undertones. I think I am going to save my money and get the Marc Jacobs mini set instead. Thank you, Christine.

Having full-sized tubes of Diva and Lady Danger, and close dupes of both remaining shades, it’s a nope for me. But if one doesn’t have many MAC lipsticks or many red lipsticks, this would be a great way to test them out!
I am beginning to believe that I have too many lipsticks at this point. Very little is unique enough anymore. Scary and embarrassing! ?

Best lipstick set ever πŸ™‚
I have, and love all of them, Rebel most of all. I think Rebel is one of my all time favourite lip colours.
Not getting this set, of course πŸ˜€
I’m up very late, and am beginning to feel a bit silly. Maybe I should just stop writing,

With my lipsticks at times aging more quickly than I am, these cover a lot of ground. I’d wear all of them, and they serve as good replacements. Always had a yen for Diva and Lady Danger. Like the container aspect, too. Probably in.

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