MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016

Hello and happy Tuesday!

Today I have the much anticipated MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 collection! Nutcracker Sweet features a huge variety of eye shadow compacts, Magic Dust powders and eye shades, lipsticks, pigments, eye liners, face compacts, lip kits, eye kits, brush kits, etc. Everything is in festive plum, pink, black and gold packaging with stars, polka dots, stripes or a harlequin pattern.

I have a ton to cover here so let’s dig in!


Eye Shadow Compact ($39.50)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact

Smoky Eye Compact ($39.50)


Too-dle-oo, Deception, Sweet Dreams, Kid, Dewdrop (over primer)

Too-dle-oo is a light pink frost.

Deception is a medium taupe frost.

Sweet Dreams is a light taupe matte.

Kid is a light clay veluxe.

Dewdrop is a light apricot lustre.


Cake & Biscuits, Swiss Chocolate, Dance In The Dark, Licorice Lane (over primer)

Cake & Biscuits is a warm toned light brown matte.

Swiss Chocolate is a warm chocolate matte.

Dance In The Dark is a dark grey matte.

Licorice Lane is a black matte.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact

Warm Eye Compact ($39.50)


Filament, Whirling, Era, Woodwinked, Unwind (over primer)

Filament is a light shimmery white/silver lustre.

Whirling is a light pewter lustre.

Era is a light taupe satin.

Woodwinked is a medium coppery veluxe pearl.

Unwind is a medium gold veluxe pearl.


Lady Fingers, Twelve Chimes, Showstopper, Beyond Gorgeous (over primer)

Lady Fingers is a yellow/gold matte.

Twelve Chimes is a deep charcoal grey lustre.

Showstopper is a deep matte grey.

Beyond Gorgeous is a dark black with silver veluxe pearl.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Powder

Magic Dust Powder Yum Yum Yum ($28.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Powder

Magic Dust Powder Sweet Vision ($28.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact

Peach Face Compact ($35.00)


Yum Yum Yum, Sweet Vision, Tutu, At Dusk

Yum Yum Yum is a candy-colored pink with soft gold pearl.

Sweet Vision is a peachy/gold with pearly sheen.

Tutu is a frosty pale pink/white.

At Dusk is a light, dusty rose matte with slight sheen.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eye Shadow

Magic Dust Eye Shadow ($19.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pigment

Pigment Rose ($22.00)


Forward March, Dark Lullaby, Mustache, Rose (over primer)

Forward March is a peachy/gold shimmer.

Dark Lullaby is a deep purple pearl.

Mustache is a dark black with gold sparkles.

Rose is a rose pink with copper sparkle.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum RetroMatte Kit

Plum RetroMatte Kit ($45.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retromatte Kit

Plum RetroMatte Kit

Sorry I forgot to swatch these shades except on my lips!

Dancing Flowers Lipstick is a plum/wine retro matte.

Oh, Lady Retromatte Liquid Lipcolour is a deep wine purple.

Upward Black Mascara is a Black.

MAC Lipstick Dancing Flowers

Dancing Flowers

MAC RetroMatte Liquid Lipcolor Oh, Lady

Oh, Lady

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick

Lipstick ($18.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick

Flamboyish, So Good For You, Leap Of Delight

Flamboyish is a bright pink matte.

So Good For You is a bright cool-toned red matte.

Leap Of Delight is a deep plum purple matte.




So Good For You


Leap of Delight

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lipstick Kit

Red Lipstick Kit ($35.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lipstick Kit

Red Lipstick Kit ($35.00)


Lady Danger, M.A.C. Red, Diva, Rebel

Lady Danger is a bright coral-red matte.

M.A.C. Red is a vivid blue-based red satin.

Diva is a deep burgundy matte.

Rebel is a medium cream plum satin.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Patentpolish Kit

Pink Patentpolish Kit ($35.00)

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Pink Patentpolish Kit

Pink Patentpolish Kit ($35.00)


Patentpink, Fearless, Hopelessly Devoted, Ruby

Patentpink is a light pink/lavender.

Fearless is a light pink.

Hopelessly Devoted is a bright fuchsia.

Ruby is a deep red.

Whew ok that’s a lot of stuff! Let’s talk about my favorites from all this first.

The Magic Dust Powders, Magic Dust Eye Shadows and the Lipsticks are all really good. The Magic Dust items are very soft and super pigmented. Sweet Vision Powder is just gorgeous and the shadows are all incredibly pretty as well. The Lipsticks are super pigmented as well and in bright, intense colors. I think the Lip Kits are a good choice if you don’t often wear, say, red lipstick, or you just want to try out a few in a smaller size. My one complaint about the Lip Kits is they were kind of hard to get out of the packaging.

Rose Pigment is another favorite, which is kind if surprising for me because I’m not really a huge fan of “messy” shadows. But this rose/gold/peachy color is so gorgeous. I also am really liking the Peach Face Compact with shades Tutu and At Dusk. First off it’s just adorable to look at but the colors are really good as well and good for my fair skin tone.

The Eye Shadow Compacts are just ok in my opinion. They are pretty and have a nice variety of shades inside (and come with a dual-ended brush) however they aren’t super pigmented or very soft. Some of the mattes inside them especially felt kind of hard and were chalky. MAC seriously needs to up the ante with their matte shadows – I seem to have problems constantly with their formula. I do find that they are much better than a lot of the quads I have reviewed in years past.

If you like the sheer-ish balm-like formula of their Patentpolish Pencils you may like the Patentpolish Kits. I do like the colors in the pink one which I tried.

The Mineralize Brush Kit includes the 188 (small duo fibre), 159 (duo fibre), 287 (duo fibre eye shadow), and 283/286 (duo fibre small eye shadow/duo fibre tapered blending) brushes. They feel and seem to work as good as the larger sized brushes, which is good because sometimes their smaller brushes feel cheaper. These feel really nice.

And finally the Retromatte Kit in Plum that I got includes a RetroMatte Liquid Lipcolour, a Lipstick and the Upward Lash Mascara in Upward Black. I like everything in this kit and the bag is super cute and very roomy.

You can find MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 on their site now!

Do you see anything here that you are interested in buying?


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Written by Kelly
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