Hello from Shanghai!! I’m here on a work trip, it’s been a couple of years since I was last here, and I’m really loving it!! I never thought I’d say this, but I’m feeling the Christmas vibe here much more than back home in Singapore. Imagine traditional Christmas markets replete with Gluhwein, actual live Christmas trees lit up, and decorations galore nutcrackers included. And whilst we are on the topic of Nutcrackers, they always put me in a festive mood right away, just like the cheery pink and gold striped packaging on MAC’s Holiday 2016 collection. I knew right away that I wanted one (if not two) of those face compacts, and also received a couple of others from the Nutcracker Sweet collection, and thought I’d share them here with you.
Out of all the festive collections this year, I think the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection was the most adorable and festive of all. And out of all the wide spread of gift and color makeup options MAC offered, I was most drawn to the 2 limited edition blusher and highlighter face compacts.
Alas, as with all MAC special collections, they were sold out within minutes, and I had given up on trying to pursue them a long time ago. I managed to pick up the Peach Face Compact when I was in Hong Kong last month, and have not been able to get a hold of Copper (admittedly I was not trying very hard). But I did swatch both of them in the store, and I think Peach is a better match for my skin tone than Copper.
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Peach Face Compact comprises of At Dusk Extra Dimension Blush and Tutu Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighter. The blush shade At Dusk has been released before, but the highlighter Tutu is brand new. At Dusk is a warm-toned, muted dusky pink that felt reasonably soft to the touch, but firmer and not as pigmented as Tutu. Perhaps due to the warm and muted nature of the color, I had quite a bit of difficulty getting At Dusk to show up on my skin, and needed multiple swipes. It also fades within 6 hours, which is not the best I’ve tried. On the other hand, Tutu is incredibly pigmented for a highlighter, and wears beautifully and decently long.
There are several lipsticks in the Nutcracker Sweet collection, and the one I have here is called Saucy Little Darling*. It is a brightened pink that pulled cool-tone on me. I found it richly pigmented, with enough slip in it to apply easily without tugging, and had decent staying power. Saucy Little Darling had a satin finish, not too matte nor glossy. It is an interesting and fun pop of color for year-end parties, different from traditional reds!
MAC has released is a new eyeshadow single formula this season, beautifully named MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow. There are 6 limited edition shades, and the one that I have here is named Forward March*. To be honest, I did not find the new formula any different from past singles, and in fact I think there are better. But as far as warm, peachy golden eyeshadows with a touch of shimmer goes… Forward March is as good as any of them. It applies smoothly, with good pigmentation, and is a lovely easy to wear all-over shade that brightens up the lid as it goes. However, I did notice some fading towards the end of the day.
And here are the swatches all together for your reference:
I just wanted to point out that the At Dusk blush shade from the Peach Face Compact took multiple swipes to achieve, in contrast both Tutu highlighter and Forward March eyeshadow only took 2 swipes.
Finally, here is a simple makeup look featuring all the 3 items discussed here today. It is perhaps more muted than my usual makeup look, in fact I felt rather “naked” the entire day, but I suppose it is an easy dash-out-of-the-door routine, and could easily have been amped up with a couple more eyeshadow shades from my vast arsenal. The only thing I regret is the Peach Face Compact really did not show up on me at all.
Overall, I personally did not think any of these were truly remarkable, although the packaging makes them so covetable. Did you pick any of these up, and if so, what were your experiences? Were there any piece that was outstanding for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
This post featured a couple of items that were kindly provided for my consideration, as marked with (*). Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.