I was passing by the MAC counter the other day and I was immediately drawn by the vibrant nutcracker holiday collection, that is currently on display.
I was really torn by this collection to be honest since I followed a few reviews on various social media platforms and most of them were not very positive.
Especially the eyeshadow palettes seemed to be heavily criticized in this collection but it was one of them, that actually caught my eye. Specifically, the Nutcracker Sweet Warm palette spoke to me with its warm yellow eye shadow (Lady Fingers).
So I decided to go for it and now I am the proud owner of this palette. I was quite worried to put this one to the test but when I did, I was pleasantly surprised.
The colors or at least most of them are a dream. I immediately noticed that you can SLOWLY build pigmentation so if you are a beginner or tend to have a heavy hand this is a great palette to have. I did see some light kick-off happening but nothing major and there was hardly any fallout. So why the negative reviews?? Yes, the colors might not have the strongest pigmentation but the colors are buildable, easy to blend and show off brighter when applied on top of a primer. (I used my Urban Decay one in Potion.)
The palette retails for 64.- CHF which is ridiculous since this palette retails for freaking 45.- Euros in Germany and 42.5o$ in the States. (MAC seriously can you do something about your pricing?)
The palette is housed in a beautiful plastic casing with a vibrant design. The case is sturdy and it does come with a good quality mirror and a decent brush. With this palette, you are getting 10 g / 0.03 US oz of product.
These 9 shadows are well curated and combine mat, satin and shimmer finishes. Particularly flattering for brown, gray or blue-purple eyes, this palette would particularly favor most skin tones apart from the very warm-toned ones.
All in all, I don’t regret my purchase and I would definitely recommend the palette for beginners and those that like to create more toned down natural looks. For deeper more night-time looks, you will just need to work with the shadows a bit more.
That’s it from my side for now.
Till next time,
xoxo from Thailand,