If you're looking for a something sweet for yourself or to gift to the makeup lover in your life, this year's Mac Nutcracker Sweet Collection is very tempting.

Mac Nutcracker Sweet Collection

Mac Nutcracker Sweet Collection

Pinks, purples and playfulness make up the Christmas collection from Mac this year, which is all about candy canes and sugarplum fairies.

The range is very feminine and can be very theatrical. There are bright pigments, lipsticks and eyeshadows in magenta, plum and lilac. We tested out two samples of the lipsticks – the creamy lilac coloured Kingdom of Sweets and the vivid matte red of So Good for You.

We can confirm: the lipsticks smell like sugar. They are intensely bright, and a welcome burst of colour from the typical berry and dark shades of winter. I think that those with a playful and confident nature will be able to pull them off. The more wearable elements of Nutcracker Sweet come in the face and eyeshadow compacts.

If you want a safe gift option for the Mac lover you know, there are many nudes, peaches and mauves among the more eccentric trove of hues. There’s going to be a shade that every woman will find that suits her in these kits.

There are two magic dust powders that provide dreamy soft pink and peach sheens. For the lady who loves brushes, there are three gift sets in whimsically patterned packaging that is a delight for travellers.

Got a sweet tooth? Here’s where to buy the collection:

While there are no Mac stores in Donegal, we can pick up the range in the nearest Debenhams in Derry and from Brown Thomas stores in Dublin and Galway. Both stores stock Mac for online purchasing too.