Review & Swatches: MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquers (Part 1)

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquers

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $14.50

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 5 of the 16 Nail Lacquers releasing with MAC’s upcoming Lips & Tips Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Saint Germain: Light cool pink
  • Myth: Light neutral nude
  • Angel: Light warm pink
  • Razzledazzler: Light cream peach
  • Snob: Light neutral pink

You can also view the reviews for Parts 2 and 3 here and here.

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: 8.5/10

Saint Germain is a bright, milky pink that reminds me of MAC’s Viva Glam Gaga and Pink Friday lipsticks. This color was of particularly poor quality, requiring 3-4 coats before the streaky finish goes away.

Myth is a translucent, pale nude color that also requires at least 2 coats to even out the finish. The color doesn’t have the yellow undertone that its lipstick counter-part does.

Angel is a warm-toned, medium pink. The color is not milky like Saint Germain. You can wear a single coat for a translucent finish or 2 coats for an opaque finish. Either way, the coat will be even.

Razzledazzler is a creamy peach. This is the most unique color of this set but it does require 2 coats to get a smooth finish.

Snob is a paler version of Angel and is slightly more pink and less rose-toned. Like Angel, you can wear a single or 2 coats for a translucent or opaque finish.

Ease of Use: 9/10

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.

Saint Germain is the most difficult to work with, requiring more layers than a good quality polish should.

Price: 6/10

Standard MAC nail polishes used to be $14.00 each and still contain 0.34 fl oz. They now cost $15.00 $16.00 each. I think this is a close-to-absurd price to pay for a single nail polish. Even high-end nail polish companies like OPI, China Glaze, and Essie don’t charge that much for their nail polishes.

Final Grade

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquers

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquer in Saint Germain Applied (3 Coats)

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquer in Myth Applied (2 Coats)

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquer in Angel Applied (2 Coats)

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquer in Razzledazzler Applied (2 Coats)

MAC Lips & Tips Nail Lacquer in Snob Applied (2 Coats)

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