Review & Swatches: Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquers

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquers

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $16.00

Company’s Description

Sweet. Spicy. Not yet dishy enough? Add a dash of Nail Lacquer! Deliciously shaded in bright acid green, aqua and coral.

This review is for the 3 new Nail Lacquers releasing with MAC’s upcoming Shop MAC / Cook MAC Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Al Fredo (Creme): Bright acid green
  • Salad Dressed (Creme): Mid-tone dirty aqua
  • Kid (Creme): Orange Coral


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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.

The outer box packaging is decorated with a retro plaid design.

Quality: 8.5/10

Al Fredo is an almost neon lime yellow. You need to apply at least 3 coats to get rid of the patchy finish.

Salad Dressed is a muted teal. It requires 2 coats or more to obtain a smooth finish.

Kid is a coral-toned red. The great thing about Kid is it applies evenly with a single coat. So you actually get a translucent finish without any patchiness. Alternatively, you can apply another coat to make the coverage opaque.

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.

You need to spend more time working with Al Fredo than you would most other polishes.

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

81/100

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer Box Packaging

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquers

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Al Fredo

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Al Fredo Swatch Applied

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Salad Dressed

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Salad Dressed Swatch Applied

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Kid

Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquer in Kid Swatch Applied


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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: Shop MAC / Cook MAC Nail Lacquers

  1. Yoli says:

    I had high hopes for Alfredo! Total let down! :o(

  2. Jenny says:

    The teal is disappointly streaky, love Kid but it looks easily dupable.

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