Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores
Shade and finish, this limited-edition Nail Lacquer sums up the entire sub-culture mood of Gareth Pugh for M•A•C. The square glass bottle features the collection’s signature marque.
The Gareth Pugh collection comes with 3 nail lacquers, reviewed here:
- Inert (creme): Creamy mid-tone greyed nude
- Ascension (frost): Grey with blue violet reflective pearl
- Hyper (frost): Deep blue with violet pearl
Unlike MAC’s regular cylindrical bottles, these are squares with the featured Gareth Pugh “X” design on each face. The applicators are also shorter and have more conventional handles compared to the chubby, rubbery handles on other MAC polish applicators.
Inert is a pale grey with a creamy finish. Ascension is a sheer, multi-chromed blue/purple/grey with a frosty finish. Hyper is a rich violet that flashes blue with a shimmery finish.
Usually, I have to apply 2-3 coats of MAC polishes to get an even finish. With the Gareth Pugh lacquers, I only applied 1 coat of each color and got an even finish with good color. You can certainly build up the colors with more layers, but it’s also nice to know you can get away with just a single coat.
Inert is a great neutral color for everyday or work-wear. Ascension and Hyper are also interesting; between the 2, I would choose Hyper because it is a richer color.
These colors are very good quality, but they are also easily dupeable. Inert is close to MAC’s Oyster Shell. Ascension is close to “Let Me Go” by Sinful Colors and almost exactly the same as Wet n Wild’s Gray’s Anatomy. Hyper is somewhat similar to Nicole by OPI’s Listen to Your Momager.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
The more conventional handles on these polishes makes application more comfortable than with the regular MAC polishes. You also get a faster application with these colors because you only need a single coat.
Each jar has 0.30 fl oz of polish for $22. Normally, MAC polishes contain 0.34 fl oz and cost $15. Like I’ve said previously, you should expect to pay more for products from special edition collections like this one. But even the normally-priced and sized polishes are usually not worth the full cost. This is especially true for the Gareth Pugh polishes because they are easily replaced by much cheaper brands like Wet n Wild and Sinful Colors (which will cost only a couple dollars).
It’s a bit of a shame, because the high quality of these polishes gets somewhat overshadowed by the colors’ dupeability and the product’s high price.