Sneak Peek: MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Cheek Palettes Photos & Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Face Palettes
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Face Palettes

Here’s a look at the three eyeshadow palettes and two blush duos from the upcoming MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection, which launches online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). I’ll do my best to get working on these and have reviews sooner rather than later, but I’ll definitely need your patience as I have about 45 (!!) palettes in the queue to review!

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Cool Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Enchanted Beauty Eyeshadow

MAC Enchanted Beauty Eyeshadow

MAC Performance Art Eyeshadow

MAC Performance Art Eyeshadow

MAC The Wrong Man Eyeshadow

MAC The Wrong Man Eyeshadow

MAC Marzipan Eyeshadow

MAC Marzipan Eyeshadow

MAC Quite Spoiled Eyeshadow

MAC Quite Spoiled Eyeshadow

MAC Absurdly Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Absurdly Pretty Eyeshadow

MAC Sugar Plum Eyeshadow

MAC Sugar Plum Eyeshadow

MAC Plum Darling Eyeshadow

MAC Plum Darling Eyeshadow

MAC Nutcracker Eyeshadow

MAC Nutcracker Eyeshadow


MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Smoky Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Too-dle-oo Eyeshadow

MAC Too-dle-oo Eyeshadow

MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Deception Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow

MAC Dewdrop Eyeshadow

MAC Dewdrop Eyeshadow

MAC Cake & Biscuits Eyeshadow

MAC Cake & Biscuits Eyeshadow

MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow

MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

MAC Licorice Lane Eyeshadow

MAC Licorice Lane Eyeshadow


MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Warm Eye Compact Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compact

MAC Filament Eyeshadow

MAC Filament Eyeshadow

MAC Whirling Eyeshadow

MAC Whirling Eyeshadow

MAC Era Eyeshadow

MAC Era Eyeshadow

MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow

MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow

MAC Unwind Eyeshadow

MAC Unwind Eyeshadow

MAC Lady Fingers Eyeshadow

MAC Lady Fingers Eyeshadow

MAC Twelve Chimes Eyeshadow

MAC Twelve Chimes Eyeshadow

MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow

MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow

MAC Beyond Gorgeous Eyeshadow

MAC Beyond Gorgeous Eyeshadow


MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Copper Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush


MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Peach Face Compact Nutcracker Sweet Face Compact

MAC Tutu Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Tutu Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Tutu Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

MAC At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush

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Omg 45?! ??
Good luck to review all of this.

Even though I already have too many buys planned, I secretly hope the cool eyeshadow palette will score good as there are really few good one realised!
I am already sure that people will go crazy with the highlighters!

Skipping the shadows, but…..Wow! Looks like Whisper of Gilt/Pleasure Model needs to be mine! I’ve heard so much about Whisper of Gilt, sure looks shimmery, and Pleasure Model looks absolutely gorgeous too. Can’t wait!

I love the paxkaging but am neutral on the palettes. Inconsistent opaqueness across the shades. The extra dimension skinfinish duos look lovely but I have dupes. Look forward to your review, Christine.

Is it me or does the quality of the shadows look a bit better than MAC’s been doing recently? The cool palette is on my list to pick up. I like the other two as well but can’t justify more warm shades as I wear them less often. Even the duos look lovely for those looking. I wish Whisper of Gilt was a stand alone bc I could easily wear and love the shade but Pleasure Model is just too coppery-bold for my skin tone.

Copper Face Duo for me, please! That is one very nice cheek pairing.
And then there’s the *usual* 8 pan holiday e/s palettes. I will wait and see whether any of them review well.

Great blog post and i love the swatches!!! I know that whisper of guilt is going to SELL out super fast and I have already put quite a dent in my funds for the items previously released this month…?? Anywho…I like to come and show you support.
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Agree with all who are loving Whisper of Gilt (as long as its not chunky glitter) and Pleasure Model looks good too. Like the idea of the Sweet Eye compact, in particular Dew Drop for the center of the lid, but only worth it if all the shadows test well.

Yes, the highlighters look promising. I used to love MAC holiday palettes, but over the years, it seems as if the quality just isn’t as good as it once was. I need to touch the eyeshadows first hand to commit $ to this batch. Thank you for always posting such detailed reviews. I rely on your opinion quite a bit!

I’m surprised mac can still make money in today’s industry where PIGMENTED EYESHADOWS are all the rage…. Goodness… Why can’t they get it together..i can’t tell the last time i bought something from a Mac counter. Honestly.

Christine, can we get the whole palette swatched at once like in a pic? Like all the shades in each palette beside each other on your arm? It provides perspective. Thank you so much doll. You are the best!

Tutu looks stunning in the swatch! I’ll have to swatch in person to see whether the blush is too light for me. Between these and the color collection, nothing else so far is calling me. I plan to grab a few pieces anyway. To satisfy my inner hoarder.

Christine, thank you for giving us a sneak peek. I’ll pass on the shadows, but Tutu & At Dusk is calling my name. Where should we send the caffeine to? LOL. Again thanks. I’ve come to rely on your reviews.

I really love the looks of the Peach face palette. The eye palettes aren’t fantastic, but not as disappointing as I thought they’d be. I think better than the last couple of years’ holiday offerings. I love the packaging on everything.

Not sure about the eyeshadow palettes. I kind of like the pink/cool one, but not all the shades seem good. It may all be about the value of the palettes contra singles.
I really love the Peach Faced Compact. I hope it will perform as good as I think it looks.

45 palettes God bless you, Christine. Holiday releases aren’t really my jam for some reason but Im liking the pink cheek duo. I don’t need it but if it gets an A I will consider 🙂

OMG! Good luck with that mountain of work. We’re thrilled by whatever you manage. The embossing is wonderful, nice echo of the braid/frog motif. Love the copper. The pink/gray palette has a nice selection of shades, though the swatches disappoint a tad. I might consider CCOing it, if it got there. Do any of the EL cos resort to PRC mfg for the holidays, as other brands do? C, you do not have to answer. Grab the remover. Omg, I can’t imagine what your face goes through. We all thank you a thousandfold.

I’m having such a hard time deciding which blush set I like better. On the one hand, I think the peach would suit my coloring better, but on the other hand, the Whisper of Gilt has so SO much love and hype around it.

Some of those shadows look almost painfully dry 🙁 The face compacts are interesting; I like the pretty embossed pattern, but will I buy? I don’t think so. I like the Magic Dust powders better, I think.

I’m here for the Copper Face Compact! The eyeshadow palettes don’t look too hot at all but it looks like MAC knocked it out the park with the face compacts. I’m definitely getting one!

The smokey palette looks warmer than the warm, and very appealing!! The Nordstrom anniversary palettes and sets were disappointing, maybe holiday will make up for that!

I didn’t purchase any of the eye shadows from Mac’s holiday collection, because I just feel like at this point, they really need to start improving their formula with all the great stuff out there now.. However, I keep seeing all the pictures of people creating pretty pink eye looks with this collection on instagram and I’m loving all the pink, burgundy and gold!! I am especially in love with that “absurdly pretty” shade from the cool eye palette.. trying to find a good dupe though.. would you say “simply marlena” from makeup geek is a good dupe or is this one more purple?

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