Review & Swatches: MAC Nail Lacquers Collection

MAC Nail Lacquers Collection

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: July 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 10 new Nail Lacquers releasing with MAC’s upcoming Nail Laquers Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Skin (Cream): Light peach beige
  • Anti-Fashion (Frost): Mid-toned purple with pearlized pigments
  • Midnight Tryst (Frost): Dark cool grey steel with pearlized pigments
  • Coffee Break (Cream): Mid-tone cool taupe
  • Flaming Rose (Cream): True red
  • Delicate (Cream): Pale sheer ballet pink
  • Faint of Heart (Cream): Palest milky nude
  • Discotheque (Pearl): Super glitter silver
  • Screaming Bright (Pearl): Super glitter gold
  • Girl Trouble (Pearl): super glitter pink

The other colors included in this collection are re-promoted colors, many of which were just released with MAC’s Lips & Tips Collection. You can see those colors in the following posts: Set 1, Set 2, and Set 3.

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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: 8.5/10

Skin is a medium, slightly pinky-apricot nude with a cream finish. You will need to apply at least 2 coats of this color to get an even finish.

Anti-Fashion is a “dirty” (grey-based) plum with light purple micro-shimmer. You will most likely want to apply 2 coats to get a bolder color and even finish. For some reason, the brush applicator in this bottle was half as thin as the standard MAC brush. I think it was a 1-time defect, since none of the other brush applicators were off.

Midnight Tryst is a forest green silver with a molten-shimmer finish that looks best with more than 1 layer.

Coffee Break is a medium taupe with a cream finish that can be worn with a single coat but requires 2 to get an even finish.

Flaming Rose is a very bright, classic red with a cream finish. You only need to apply 1 layer for this color. It applies evenly and opaquely.

Delicate is a a very pale, milky pink that appears basically clear on your nails. You definitely need 2 coats to avoid a streaky finish.

Faint of Heart is a pale, milky white that only tints the nails slightly and requires 2-3 coats to get rid of the streaky finish.

Discotheque is a shimmery silver with a crazy glitter finish. You can wear this color with 1 or 2 layers. It looks fantastic either way.

Screaming Bright is a shimmery, pale, muted gold that also has a crazy glitter finish. You can wear this color with 1 or 2 layers. It looks fantastic either way.

Girl Trouble is a shimmery, silvery pink that leans on the rose side and has a crazy glitter finish. You can wear this color with 1 or 2 layers.

The pearl finish colors are my favorite: Discotheque, Screaming Bright, and Girl Trouble. They are very fun to wear and actually don’t take that much work to remove.

But I’m not that impressed with the rest of the colors. They aren’t particularly unique and they aren’t particularly long-wearing. Particularly when it comes to the 2 near-clear colors–Delicate and Faint of Heart. I cringe slightly at the thought of paying $16.00 for shades that almost don’t show up on the nails.

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.

The pearl finish colors can be worn with just a single layer, as well as Flaming Rose. The rest of the color need at least 2 coats.

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 Nail Lacquer in Skin

MAC Nail Lacquer in Skin

MAC Nail Lacquer in Skin Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Anti-Fashion

MAC Nail Lacquer in Anti-Fashion

MAC Nail Lacquer in Anti-Fashion Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Midnight Tryst

MAC Nail Lacquer in Midnight Tryst

MAC Nail Lacquer in Midnight Tryst Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break

MAC Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break

MAC Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose

MAC Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose

MAC Nail Lacquer in Flaming Rose Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Delicate

MAC Nail Lacquer in Delicate

MAC Nail Lacquer in Delicate Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Faint of Heart

MAC Nail Lacquer in Faint of Heart

MAC Nail Lacquer in Faint of Heart Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Discotheque

MAC Nail Lacquer in Discotheque

MAC Nail Lacquer in Discotheque Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Screaming Bright

MAC Nail Lacquer in Screaming Bright

MAC Nail Lacquer in Screaming Bright Applied

MAC Nail Lacquer in Girl Trouble

MAC Nail Lacquer in Girl Trouble

MAC Nail Lacquer in Girl Trouble Applied

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