Review & Swatches: MAC Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers

MAC Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: January 5, 2012

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 limited-edition Nail Lacquers releasing with MAC’s upcoming Iris Apfel Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Oriele Orange: Bright orange coral
  • Toco Toucan: Bright blue-fuchsia
  • Sandpiper: Creamy pale stone beige

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: 9/10

Oriele Orange is a vibrant orange with an almost undetectable hint of coral. The polish needs 2 coats to even the color. This color has a juicy finish.

Toco Toucan is a bright, cool-toned, blue-based fuchsia with a juicy finish. I only needed to apply 1 coat of this color, but you can apply 2 to ensure a completely even finish.

Sandpiper is a very sheer, beige nude color. A single coat looks almost clear; 2 coats will bring out the transparent beige color.

These polishes are of good quality, but no one color is unique. For example, Oriele Orange is very close to Avon’s Coral Bikini and Toco Toucan is close to Avon’s Strawberry.

Ease of Use: 9.25/10

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.

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 Iris Apfel Nail Lacquer Swatch: Oriele Orange (2 Coats)

MAC Iris Apfel Nail Lacquer Swatch: Toco Toucan (1 Coat)

MAC Iris Apfel Nail Lacquer Swatch: Sandpiper (2 Coats)

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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers

  1. Sarah L. says:

    I love the 2 bright orange and pink colours- the finishes are really nice and juicy, but I agree with what you said about the colours not being remarkably unique.

    Also I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year, Allura! 😀 I just got back from my family trip and I pretty much went to check your blog straight away hehehe. (:


  2. Sthobbie says:

    I love the juicy finish! But the white one looks way to streaky

  3. Lisa B. says:

    Well, I do really like the “juicy” finish of Toco Toucan…it’s almost jellyish…but there are just too many colors like it for me to seriously consider buying it.

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