Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquers

MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquers

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $15.00 each

Company’s Description

Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Three long-wearing finishes – Cream, Sheer, and Frosted. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Go hi-lacquer!

This review is for the 3 Nail Lacquers included in MAC’s upcoming Daphne Guinness Collection. The colors are as follows:

  • Endless Night: Pale gray pink with iridescent pearl
  • Hyperion: Light gray blue-green
  • Blueblood: Deep eggplant

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Packaging: 8.5/10

These polishes come in standard glass MAC jars with rubbery-plastic twist-off caps. I think the design is a little funny (the jars narrow as you go top-to-bottom), but this is a completely personal preference, so I don’t consider that in determining a score. What I do consider is the bulkiness of the top, which is what you hold onto when you’re applying the polish. It’s wide, which makes it more awkward to hold onto when you’re applying.

Quality: 8/10

Endless Night is a sheer, light nude with light pink shimmers. This color needs at least 2 layers to even out the finish.

Hyperion is a very light mint. The formula was goopy–a quality I haven’t encountered before in MAC nail polishes. The consistency made application bumpy.

Blueblood is a very deep maroon–a deeper version of MAC’s Purple Majesty. We’ve seen this color plenty of times before.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

MAC’s polishes have a long plastic brush applicator. The applicator’s length gives you less control over the application than a shorter brush would. You need 2 coats of Endless Night and patience to work with Hyperion.

Price: 7/10

Standard MAC nail polishes used to be $14.00 each and still contain 0.34 fl oz. They now cost $15.00 each. I really feel like $14.00 is too much to pay for one nail polish, let alone $15.00. Even high-end nail polish companies like OPI, China Glaze, and Essie don’t charge that much for their nail polishes.

Final Grade


MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquers

MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquer: Endless Night (1 Coat)

MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquer: Hyperion (2 Coats)

MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquer: Blueblood (1 Coat)

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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Daphne Guinness Nail Lacquers

  1. Sadi says:

    Endless Night is my fav

  2. Lisa B. says:

    You know the other issue I have with MAC polishes is those rubbery tops pick up dust and dirt like nobody’s business…and these particular colors are pretty boring.

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