When I walked past the Mac counter on my way to work and eyed up the new Nutcracker collection I couldn’t resist. How dreamy, it really reminds me of the old Barbie and the nutcracker film I used to watch when I was younger and it gets me so excited for christmas. The gorgeous gold embroidery adds the perfect finishing touches and I was shocked at how affordable this range is – they’ve definitely hit the nail on the head when it comes to christmas gifts this year, I want it all!

The lipsticks are my favourite, I purchased the ‘Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag’ and you get this gorgeous bag and three lip products for a mere £28. Considering one lipstick is usually £15, I thought this was really quite a bargain. The gloss is in the shade ‘Tuned In’, the lipstick ‘Magic Spell’ and the liner ‘In Control’. As you can see by the swatches they’re a little darker than a usual nude but I am in love with them, the description ‘warm cocoa spice’ fits these shades perfectly. I barely ever wear gloss and I find myself popping this colour in my bag everyday lately. I love that this lippy is a Cremesheen too, I know a lot of people don’t prefer this but in my opinion the Cremesheen’s are a better lipstick than the matte’s, so it’s a thumbs up from me.

This was the product that convinced me to splurge if i’m honest, look at how beautiful it is! The rope detailing is so pretty and the swatches were super pigmented when I tried them in store before buying them.. (I didn’t actually buy them in store, if you buy online you get free delivery and a free sample so it makes sense not too). Anyway, the highlight is phenom. It’s a golden, glittery shade but it’s pretty subtle and not too in your face. However, the blush?! I’d love to know how i managed to swatch that in store because honestly there’s nothing to it. It takes a lot of effort to get any sort of product on your brush and payoff just isn’t really that noticeable. But considering the whole compact plus the pretty packaging is £29, I’m still happy paying for one good shade, at least.
Overall I’m loving this new collection and have you seen that rose gold eye pigment? I need to get my hands on it. If you’re struggling for christmas gifts this year I’d definitely recommend this collection, fairly cheap and they make gorgeous gifts.
Thanks for reading! J x 


  1. November 8, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    This is such a gorgeous collection, I need it all1

    Parie x

  2. November 8, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Ohh I love the look of this collection! Everything looks so stunning. Those lip swatches though xx

    Lauren |

    • November 11, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      That's what it reminded me of too! I love it! Xxx

    • November 11, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      They definitely would, they make great gifts! xo

  3. November 8, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    That face compact is absolutely gorgeous! I want something from this collection but I can't decide what haha. I used to watch the same Barbie movie and that's the first thing I thought of when I heard about this collection! x

    • November 11, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      The rose gold eye pigment.. is a dream!! xxx

  4. November 9, 2016 / 5:44 am

    These are gorgeous shades, beautiful nudes, and a really cohesive set! I love all the seasonal collections MAC does and how their packaging differs so greatly from collection to collection! Definitely going to have a shop for these!

  5. November 9, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    I never normally get excited about MAC limited edition collections but this one I need! I love the lip shades and the highlight palette is GORGEOUS x

    Always, Alice

  6. November 10, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Shame the blusher didn't work for you – on me it's like my perfect everyday nude blusher. I hadn't really considered the lip products but the lipstick and liner look so pretty!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • November 11, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Maybe I need to test it out a little more, I think it's because I'm used to my Nars Orgasm blush which is really pigmented. The lip products are gorgeous! Xxx

  7. November 12, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Love your pictures and this is an amazing collection and the shade of the lipstick is so pretty! And it was definitely a bargain!


  8. November 21, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos lovely, I love the look of the lip colour. I haven't been too keen on MAC collections lately but this one looks pretty excellent!

    http://www.Barely There | British-Korean Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  9. November 26, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I really didn't know there was a nutcracker collection and I love it. The nude bag is such a bargain, as you've said considering the price of a lipstick. Really good deal!
    Cristina, xo // My Cup of Tea

  10. November 30, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    So beautiful! I was after one of these gorgeous girst set but they're sold out everywhere!

    corrie |

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