Review & Swatches: MAC Vera Nail Lacquers

MAC Vera Nail Lacquers

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $16.00

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

  • Midsummer’s Dream: Pale pink lilac (Creme)
  • Play Day: Pale milky coral (Creme)

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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: 8.25/10

Midsummer’s Dream is a very pale pink. It takes 3 coats to even out the finish.

Play Day is a pale, milky orange. I wouldn’t classify it as coral. You also need 3 coats of this color to even out the finish.

Both have creme finishes.

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: 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 Vera Nail Lacquers

MAC Vera Nail Lacquer in Midsummer’s Dream Swatch Applied

MAC Vera Nail Lacquer in Play Day Swatch Applied

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Vera Nail Lacquers

  1. Sthobbie says:

    Love the cute colors but I don’t really like the MAC varnish formulation

  2. Jenny says:

    Love Play Day for summer, Midsummer’s dream looks a bit too milky and washed out for me.

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