I absolutely adore this time of year. It’s just that little bit too soon to be thinking of Christmas per se, but it certainly is time to think about which limited edition Christmas sets and makeup items I want to curate for my collection. In all honesty, I have only got excited about two brands this year. One is the Too Faced Holiday collection, and I have been getting these sets each year for the last few years. The other is the Nutcracker Sweet from MAC. It’s been quite sometime that I’ve been inspired by a limited edition collection from MAC and I have been preferring to keep on top of my staple items rather than invest in limited editions. When I first saw the Nutcracker Sweet promotional images, I cannot deny that I was drawn to it, like a moth to flame.
The MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection is huge. It’s one of the most spread out collections that I have seen in a while, including kits and sets, compacts, single products for lips and eyes and several palettes. There were only two things that I wanted from the entire collection; the Rose pigment which is already part of the permanent range, and the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Sweet Copper Palette. Featuring two re-promoted shades, the palette holds Whisper of Gilt and I was majorly disappointed when I didn’t manage to get my hands on it the first time it came out as a limited edition. It also holds Pleasure Model blush which is just beautiful. Both powders are Extra Dimension shades, from the Skinfinish and Blush ranges.
Whisper of Gilt is one of those highlighter shades that I could match to several that I already own, but it just has that little something extra. More shimmery, lighter, more metallic. It’s amazing. A light medium gold, that shines quite brightly in the pan, with warm yellow undertones. I can see a slight orange tone to it when in the pan but this doesn’t translate when swatched. I have always applied my highlighter with a fan brush and it gives a light pretty sheen when applied this way, but a denser brush does give a deeper, more metallic finish. It’s very buildable without looking cakey and although it does slightly emphasise my pores on my cheeks, it can be forgiven for giving me that wet look highlighter look that I love.
Pleasure Model was a shade that I was slightly unsure of at first. Not only is it a colour that I probably wouldn’t select, but I did fear that it may be too dark for my skin tone. It’s actually quite deceiving, as it doesn’t translate onto the skin as it does in the pan. It’s a lot more muted on the skin, and although it is a coppery orange shade, it seems to sit really well on my medium beige skin tone and the warm undertones work really well with my own tones. A satin finish and a full coverage finish make Pleasure Model a great choice for the autumn/winter for a pop of seasonal colour.
The Nutcracker Sweet packaging is also one of beauty. Paying homage to the traditional Nutcracker, but with an updated whimsical feel in shades of pink, purple and gold, MAC has brought a magical land to life with the treats it has to offer. It’s like something from an Enid Blyton book, and I love it. The MAC Nutcracker Sweet Sweet Copper Palette recently sold out but it’s now back in stock, so don’t worry if you miss it. They are keeping supplies stocked up. For £29, it’s a perfect addition to any make up bag. Now, I must pick up my Rose pigment. And maybe Transparent Pink glitter whilst I’m there.