Holiday makeup collections are my jam. Every time the holiday season comes around, makeup brands go crazy with special edition packaging and makeup collections for Christmas and gift-giving. I love to gather up as many as I can. This year, the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection really caught my attention.An in depth review with swatches of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection for the upcoming Christmas season.

I purchased some of the MAC holiday collection last year, and while I like it, I thought there could have been more pizzaz to it. The packaging this year… all the heart eyes. I picked up a few pieces from this collection and wanted to give you a run down of the formulas, the quality, and whether or not they are worth the money.

MAC Holiday Collection

Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lipstick KitAn in depth review with swatches of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection for the upcoming Christmas season.

If you know me at all, you know that I am a lipstick junkie. So, of course, I had to pick up the lipsticks in this collection. The first kit is the nude/toffee shades with two pinks, a nude, and then a deeper toffee shade. It retails for $35. The lipsticks are mini shades, but they will still last for quite a while. It is an excellent mix of pinkish nudes, tan nudes, and light/dark nudes so that it is suitable for every skin tone. The shades include (in photo below from left to right):

  • Kinda Sexy: a medium pinky-peach with warm, brown undertones (swatched far left)
  • Whirl: muted, medium-deep brown with pink undertones
  • Creme Cup: a light blue-toned pink
  • Nouvelle Vouge: a medium, rosy pink with neutral undertones and a satin finish

There is also a kit with deeper, darker shades called the Nutcracker Sweet Red Mini Lipstick Kit. I am more of a nudes type when it comes to everyday lipsticks, so I went with the nude shades.3984851_fpx-tif

I purchased the red kit as well to split apart and give as gifts, so I won’t do any swatches of those. The con I have with these kits is that none of the shades are special to this collection. They are all lipsticks that can be bought in MAC’s permanent line.

Nutcracker Sweet Peace Face CompactAn in depth review with swatches of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection for the upcoming Christmas season.

This is a beautiful blush and highlighter compact. It retails for $35 and it is worth it in terms of formula and packaging. The blush is an extra dimension blush in a light rosy-peach shade. The highlight is an extra dimension skin finish (one of my favorite formulas) in a pearlescent champagne with pinky/peach undertones. It is a gorgeous color and both of the formulas are amazing on this.img_6410

The one con that I have is that, especially for the blush, if you are darker then I am (I am light-medium complected), I would say that this is going to be too light to show up on you. I have to really pack it on in order to get a nice color pay off. But, if you are my skin tone or more fair, this will be beautiful on you. The highlight will show up on any skin tone, and I don’t think it would really be too light unless you have a deep skin tone. Then I would say it could be used as an eyeshadow.

Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments and Glitter Kit

3984983_fpx-tifMAC pigments and glitters are some of my favorites. I absolutely love the way that they wear on the eyes. I still have my pigments from last year’s kit, and have hardly made a dent in them although I have used them countless times. Again, this retails for $35 and is absolutely worth it. The pigments include:

  • A white glitter with gold reflects.
  • A tan/gold
  • A red
  • A cranberry/fuschia

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kitimg_6425

This kit retails for $35, like the rest of the kits above. All of the brushes in here are mini size, although they are the same quality of bristles as the full size brushes. This kit includes:

  • 167 Face Blender Brush
  • 217 Blending Brush
  • 266 Small Angle Brush
  • Striped pouch

This was the one product that I received from this kit that I am hesitant to recommend. I think the 217 blending brush is a must have, but this one is harder to work with because it is a mini size. I feel like it is slightly flatter than the original brush, and this is the same for the 167 Face Blender Brush. I would say go and purchases one of these brushes (the 217 or the 167) in full size rather than purchasing this kit.

Overall, MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection was a win for me this year. I love the colors they put together and the packaging sold me completely!

What collections are on your wish list this year? What are you picking up from the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection? Make sure to subscribe below for the huge holiday surprises that are coming up! 

*Cheers to the holiday cheer that makeup collections bring*

joanna at motherhood and merlot


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