You may have seen in my "What I Got For Christmas" video (see video here) that I received rather a lot of makeup and within that makeup were some items from the MAC Nutcracker Christmas or Holiday collection for 2016. One of the items I received from that collection is the Sweet Peach Face Compact, a stunning blush and highlight compact, I received so many requests to write a post on this compact and when I asked in my video people to let me know which items they would like to see in a blog post first, the Nutcracker items were one of the most popular, so today I am sharing my thoughts on the face compact with you.
The packaging of the whole collection was lovely, it was pink and purple striped with gold detail and gold MAC lettering, the box is so pretty and the compact inside looks exactly like the box. It is a sturdy plastic compact with the back and inside of the compact being black and with the striped detail on the lid with the gold which actually feels like ribbon/twine. Inside the compact are the blush and highlight both embossed with the same pattern as the box and compact, housed in the lid of the compact is a mirror which is almost the full size of the lid, it is a good sized mirror.
The Sweet Peach compact contains the extra dimension skin finish highlight in the shade Tutu and the extra dimension blush in the shade At Dusk, the palette was also available in another shade combination, that palette is the sweet copper palette, the highlight in that palette was Whisper Of Guilt and the blush was Pleasure Model.
The sweet peach face compact is absolutely stunning, I am a huge blush fan and have been for many years, I love blush and for years and years didn't wear it because I have rosy cheeks and I always thought wearing blush was wrong and feared it would make me look like I'd been either slapped or were the long lost twin of Aunt Sally (I'm showing my age now) but once I realised that blush actually complimented my makeup look and actually looked nice, I have always been a huge fan.
Highlight is also something that I shied away from and always used but always opted for a subtle highlight, last Christmas (2015) my friend bought me The Balm Mary Lou Manizer and I loved it and still do, since then I have embraced highlight and worn a more obvious highlight rather than a subtle one, I'm not saying I walk round looking like a glitter ball but I now enjoy wearing highlight and I don't shy away from it at all, I love it.
Extra Dimension Skin Finish - Tutu
Tutu is a bright, light beige highlight with warm peachy undertones, it has a metallic finish, is extremely pigmented and has an excellent colour payoff, it is so soft and smooth and it applies like a dream and lasts on my skin all day. Tutu doesn't accentuate my pores and gives the most stunning glow, I adore it. Tutu is a new colour and limited edition but knowing MAC and also knowing how popular the face compacts were and how fast they sold out, I think we can hope that MAC will add Tutu to it's permanent line in the not too distant future.
Extra Dimension Blush - At Dusk
At Dusk is a medium pink shade with warm undertones and has a satin finish so it has just the right amount of a sheen to it without it being shimmery, I do usually prefer a matte blush but I have been finding myself leaning towards a satin finish and At Dusk is stunning, it gives a beautiful flush to my cheeks and has a stunning subtle sheen that looks incredible paired with the highlight and lasts beautifully on my skin. At Dusk has been released previously but is limited edition within this collection but as with the highlight I think we may see it being released in the permanent line soon.
I am absolutely in love with this compact, both the blush and the highlight are stunning, both apply beautifully and last extremely well, they don't accentuate my pores and they compliment each other perfectly, they are both stunning shades and if MAC do bring these out into their permanent line, I would highly recommend you snap them up immediately.
MAC blush and highlighters are all beautiful and they last such a long time, it takes me a long time to hit pan on either product and although they are more expensive than some brands, they are worth it in my eyes, unfortunately I cannot leave you a link to the face compact as it is sold out everywhere online but if I do hear of MAC adding these shades to their permanent line (possibly with a different name) I will of course let you know as soon as I know. In the mean time, you can check out the MAC blushes and highlight that they do have in stock HERE.
Do you have this face compact or the Sweet Copper face compact? And do you have any items from the Nutcracker collection and what were your favourite items from the collection? Chat with me in the comments and let me know.
Thank you for reading, much love as always