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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 6 of the 16 Nail Lacquers releasing with MAC’s upcoming Lips & Tips Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Morange: Bright cream orange
- Spice: Mid-tone neutral nude
- Girl About Town: Bright blue fuchsia
- Russian Red: Mid-tone neutral red
- Rebel: Mid-tone cream plum
- Chestnut: Rich chocolate brown
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.
Morange is a vibrant orange with a hint of red undertones. The color dries well on the first coat, so you don’t have to apply multiple layers.
Spice is a soft nude with a hint of pink. This color is much lighter than Spice Lipstick and very near the color of Spice Lipglass. It applies beautifully and evenly on the first coat, so there’s no need to apply multiple layers unless you want to make the finish opaque (the first layer will be translucent).
Girl About Town is a bright fuchsia with hints of strawberry. I applied only 1 layer of this color because it went on evenly and opaquely.
Russian Red is a classic, rich red. I also applied only 1 layer of this color because it applied evenly and opaquely without needing more.
Rebel is a deep, berry-maroon. The unevenness isn’t too bad on the first layer and you’ll get a translucent finish. Most will likely apply 2 coats for a more even and opaque finish.
Chestnut is a deep chocolate brown. There is some streakiness on the first coat, but upon adding a second layer, you get an extremely dense and opaque color.
This is the best set of colors from the collection. Girl About Town and Russian Red perform fantastically with just 1 coat. Spice and Morange can also be used with just 1 coat for a translucent finish.
Russian Red, although not unique, is a beautiful red color. Spice is also a great neutral/nude that won’t wash out your skin or make your hands look sickly.
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.
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.