Each time MAC releases a new collection everyone goes wild waiting for it. The color palettes are always well thought out and beautifully executed. The MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday 2016 makeup collection is no exception to this. There are a wide variety of these makeup items, kits and tools many of which are limited editions that are being advertised in a very Nutcracker reminiscent dream like room and made up models.
The shades of pink and purple that adorn the set in both polka dots and stripes are a great way to redo monochromatic without the loss of flair. The palettes however are anything but monochromatic with so many shades and additional shimmers available that it is no wonder it was so highly anticipated. The MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday 2016 makeup collection launches at the end of October 2016 and internationally in early November 2016 at MAC counters, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.
MAC Lipstick ($18.00) (Limited Edition)
With five different shades that have interesting names, each of these limited edition lipsticks contains a high level of drama that range from hot deep pinks to deep purple. Some of the lipsticks are matte, some with a light sheen and all of them are beautiful.
• Kingdom of Sweets – soft, milky pink (Cremesheen)
• Flamboyish – hot deep pink (Matte)
• Saucy Little Darling – deep coral red (Amplificied)
• So Good For You Furiously Festive – intense cool red (Matte)
• Leap of Delight – deep plum purple (Matte)
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00) (Limited Edition)
The magic dust eyeshadows are the perfect limited edition options for the holiday season. There are shimmery pinks, black with sparkling gold in it and light soft colors. The drama that can be created in your makeup with these shades of eyeshadow is not just ideal, but exceptional.
• Dance Flowers Dance – light pink
• Pretty Dainty – pink coral shimmer
• Rabblerouser – bright intense pink
• Forward March – peachy gold shimmer
• Dark Lullaby – midnight purple
• Mustache – black with gold sparkle
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($16.50) (Limited Edition)
The Kohl Black eyeliner in Feline is richly dark and one of the popular staples offered by MAC. The Feline eyeliner is smooth and ultra pigmented and one of the best opaque black eyeliners around.
MAC Eye Kohl (16.50) (Limited Edition)
Colorful eyeliner is not a new thing, but it is certainly gaining popularity, so MAC decided to provide several different eyeliners like a deep purple and a shimmering golden brown.
• Prunella – purple
• Powersurge – bronzed brown with golden shimmer
MAC Pigment ($22.00) (Limited Edition)
Pigments are far and away one of the best tools for anyone doing their makeup. They have several different uses and can be done to each individual’s specifications. Thanks to the reliability and popularity of certain colors, Rose and Process Magenta are now available.
• Rose – rose with copper sparkle
• Process Magenta – bright magenta
MAC Magic Dust Powder ($28.00) (Limited Edition)
Magic Dust Powder is not an exaggeration with the use of a soft pink and golden pearled peach that are more than just beautiful powders. With fun names like Yum Yum Yum and Sweet Vision, they are beautiful and enjoyable from the first time they are opened.
• Yum Yum Yum – soft pink with gold pearl
• Sweet Vision – pinky peach with gold pearl
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag ($39.50) (Limited Edition)
Red lips are not often described as sweet, but in this case, the Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag delivers a long lasting, blueish red that is intense and bright. The whole kit is included, the necessary Pro Longwear lip pencil and Vamplify gloss, as well as a lipstick in Candy Cane.
• Vamplify in Suggestive – intense blue-red
• Lipstick in Candy Cane – intense blue-red
• Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust In Red – bright cool red cream
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag ($39.50) (Limited Edition)
Think of the Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag as the magic behind a perfect nude lip. Everything you could need is included from the Pro Longwear lip pencil to the lipstick and Vamplify lip-gloss, one of MAC’s well-known products.
• Vamplify in Tuned In – mid-tone rosy nude
• Lipstick in Magic Spell – mid-tone mauve nude
• Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control – brown mauve
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact ($39.50) (Limited Edition)
The Nutcracker Sweet Warm Eye Compact is as stylish as everything else in the Nutcracker collection. The inside is shiny and new, has that fresh smooth look that makeup artists and makeup lovers dream about even after they have begun using the compact. The colors are fantastic and range from a tantalizing black with gold shimmer and even a soft brown as well. As always the compact includes a dual ended brush for easy application on the go.
• Showstopper – deep blackened brown (matte)
• Twelve Chimes – metallic deep cool brown (lustre)
• Beyond Gorgeous – black with gold pearl (veluxe pearl)
• Unwind – dirty olive (veluxe pearl)
• Lady Fingers – true gold (matte)
• Era – soft golden beige with shimmer (satin)
• Woodwinked – warm antique gold (veluxe pearl)
• Filament – platinum silver (lustre)
• Whirling – metallic silver beige (lustre)
• 214/213 Dual-Ended Brush
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact ($39.50) (Limited Edition)
This is another great eye compact, this time in cool colors for the ideal shimmering or matte looks you want with colors like Nutcracker, a beautiful satin finished dark purple and Quite Spoiled, a muted mid tone lilac with a satin finish. As with all of MAC compacts the dual ended 214/213 brush and stunningly stylish finish of the compact are great in keeping with the Nutcracker theme. The 9 included shades are perfectly coordinated as always.
• Enchanted Beauty – pale pink shimmer (lustre)
• Absurdly Pretty – matte raspberry (matte)
• Plum Darling – metallic charcoal plum (lustre)
• Performance Art – mauve with silver pearl (lustre)
• Nutcracker – deep blackened purple (satin)
• The Wrong Man – pale cool pink (satin)
• Sugar Plum – dirty grape (matte)
• Marzipan – muted plummy taupe (matte)
• Quite Spoiled – muted mid-tone lilac (satin)
• 214/213 Dual-Ended Brush
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact ($39.50) (Limited Edition)
MAC creates eye compacts that are like oxygen for makeup artists and makeup lovers alike. The Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact is another perfect example of the beautiful array of shades included, and the nearly limitless amount of smokey-eyed looks that can be created from just this compact and your imagination alone. As with all of their eye compacts a dual ended brush is included and the eyeshadows range from mattes to frosts, a veluxe and a lustre option. All beautiful, smooth, soft and well pigmented!
• Licorice Lane – deep blackened brown (matte)
• Dance In The Dark – deep cool brown (matte)
• Too-dle-oo – light beige shimmer (frost)
• Kid – beige cashmere (veluxe)
• Dewdrop – bright apricot (lustre)
• Cake & Biscuits – soft peachy brown (matte)
• Swiss Chocolate – muted reddish-brown (matte)
• Deception – cool medium brown (frost)
• Sweet Dreams – warm mid-tone stone (matte)
• 214/213 Dual-Ended Brush
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
The Nutcracker Suite of products by MAC includes the Sweet Peach Face Compact, perfectly coordinated with a pearlescent pale pink skin finish and a warm blush.
• Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Tutu – whitish pink pearl
• Extra Dimension Blush in At Dusk – warm rose
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
The Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact is a true gift of shimmers and warm colors designed to boost your natural beauty and accentuate your designed look. The warm peachy brown and shimmering gold powders are perfect for accentuating rather than overpowering.
• Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt – pale gold shimmer
• Extra Dimension Blush in Pleasure Model – peachy brown
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Eye Bag ($42.50) (Limited Edition)
The sweep plum eye bag has a smooth outward finish and a perfectly coordinated appearance with golden rope, pink polka dots and plum background. The liner is a rich purple and the false lash mascara included adds a lot more flutter and whimsy to the looks created with the items in the Sweet Plum Eye Bag.
• Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Smoky Mauve – pinkish muted mauve
• Technakohl Liner in Purple Dash – intense aubergine
• Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink – muted grey-purple
• False Lashes Mascara in False Black – black
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Bag ($42.50) (Limited Edition)
The Sweet Smoky Eye Bag has everything needed to bring the drama from one corner of the eye to the other. The eyeliner and mascara are smooth, rich, graphic black that provide the perfect defining boost to the eyeshadows and eye shape.
• Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Fathoms Deep – deep blue
• Technakohl Liner in Graphblack – rich graphic black
• Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Dream Scene – frosted cool grey
• False Lashes Mascara in False Black – black
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Viva Glamorous ($32.00) (Limited Edition)
Nutcracker Sweet Viva Glamourous are two different options for lips, a stunningly dramatic matte plum lipstick and a lightweight shimmering pink. The plum is the VIVA GLAM Ariana Grande Lipstick and the shimmering lip-gloss is VIVA GLAM Ariana Grande Lipglass.
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Viva Glam Lip Compact ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
This lip compact offers everything you could want ready to go. There is a shimmering satin finished pink, a matte finished and very special red and a lustrous, shimmering plum. This is a great little compact that has a great mirror and set up to preserve the lipsticks in the compact without worrying about too many smudges on the flip up mirror. The case is as gorgeous as the rest of the collection covered in stars and the signature colors for the Nutcracker collection.
• VIVA GLAM I – intense brownish blue-red (matte)
• VIVA GLAM II – muted pink-beige with shimmer (satin)
• VIVA GLAM VI – terracotta-plum with pearl (lustre)
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
MAC is all about meeting needs and they have certainly done so with the Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit that contains the 167 Face Blender Brush, the 217 Blending Brush and the 266 Small Angle Brush.
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50) (Limited Edition)
The Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit has several eyeshadow brushes, a very soft tapered blender brush, blush brush, and duo fibre brush. It’s a great on the go kit, or general use kit.
• 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush
• 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush
• 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush
• 283 Duo Fibre Small Eye Shadow
• 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
Nutcracker Sweet Basic Brush Kit ($52.50) (Limited Edition)
All looks can be accomplished with practice and great tools and MAC is happy to provide them, in a beautiful kit to house them in. The brushes themselves are beautiful and coordinate with the cases very well. The included brushes are:
• 190 Foundation Brush
• 129 Powder/Blush Brush
• 213 Fluff Brush
• 209 Eye Liner Brush
• 316 Lip Brush
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Contour Brush Kit ($52.50) (Limited Edition)
Contouring has been ‘in’ for a while now. The best-contoured looks are done with great tools. The Nutcracker Sweet Contour Brush Kit includes everything you’ll need to do that. You can do any contour you like with the included:
• 168 Large Angled Contour Brush
• 193 Angled Foundation Brush
• 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush
• 212 Flat Definer Brush
• 204 Lash Brush
The MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday 2016 makeup collection also includes lip-gloss kits in different shades, Retro Matte lipstick kits and Patentpolish kits, so everyone is sure to find something appealing to their senses.
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