Friday, June 20th, 2014

MAC Shadow over Instant Crush Nail Lacquer
MAC Shadow over Instant Crush Nail Lacquer

MAC Shadow Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer blackening top coat.” On the brush and in the bottle, it looks exactly as described: a sheer, black-tinted polish. I tried it over a few shades, but I honestly couldn’t really tell that it darkened any. In the photos, I went with a more medium shade, Instant Crush, and I left the middle finger without a top coat, but the difference is incredibly subtle. It would be more versatile if the effect at least darkened a half a shade to a full shade. The difference is slight enough that you’re hunting for it and hoping you see it. I don’t know of any dupes from products I’ve tried, though I’m sure there are top coats out there that may replicate the effect–feel free to share any finds you have!

MAC Texturize Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “clear leather effect top coat.” It takes down the glossiness of the underlying nail lacquer while adding a subtle texture (without being too rough), but it still has shine. There’s definitely a visible effect with one layer of Texturize applied over another shade (I used Sour Cherry). I tested this particular top coat for wear, and I had minimal tip wear after seven days (which is normal to me; almost nothing chips on me). I know there are a few leather top coats on the market, but I can’t recall trying one before, so I don’t have any dupes to suggest. As always, if you have one in mind, please share in the comments!

MAC Highlight Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer blue pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, shimmery top coat with a duochrome that goes from blue to violet. It applied fairly well, though it could have been more even overall (I tried it over Rebel). With the way the shimmer flashes and changes, any unevenness wasn’t too noticeable. The consistency was slightly thick but not goopy or too difficult to work with. I tested this one for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (again, almost nothing chips on me). I haven’t come across any top coats that are duochrome in nature, only more solid colors, so I’d love to hear any suggestions for similar products if you know of them.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer — Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer is a newly reformulated nail polish that features not just a new formula but a new design that is wider than MAC’s previous brush. The bottle itself has the same look and feel with a rubberized black cap and a clear glass bottle. MAC has decreased the price (but the size is the same, 0.34 fl. oz.) to $12.00. There will be 27 shades in total, all permanent, plus two top coats and one base coat. Full reviews, photos, swatches, and so on to come. Stay tuned!

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Nail Lacquer
MAC Nail Transformations Nail Lacquer

MAC Nail Transformations consists of six transforming top coats. They’re also promoting three nail lacquers with it (repromotes), and all shades are being added to the permanent range. In case you missed it, MAC has actually decreased the pricing on their lacquers to $12 (from $17!), and they have widened the brush. The bottle itself is the same style with a rubberized black cap, clear glass bottle, and 0.34 fl. oz. size. Today is a day of sneak peeks as I get everything written up and reviewed in full over the next few days :) The Nail Transformations’ shades launch online June 26th and at select locations July 2nd.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Nail Transformations Collection
MAC Nail Transformations Collection

M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer combines luscious colour with four high-gloss finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter. Featuring a brand new formula. Studio Nail Lacquer is fortified with conditioning vitamins E, C and B5, applying smoothly with a newly designed brush featuring flattened, streamlined fibres for effortless application. Classic M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer favourites like Rebel, Morange, and Mean and Green are a striking complement to the vivid coral of Only in Florida, the silver and pink glitter glitz of new Quick Million and the milky peach of Erogenous. New Matte Overlacquer lets you play with texture, taking your nails from glossy to matte in a single swipe. From trendy to timeless, and scorching to sweet, there’s a shade for every mood.

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Erogenous Light milky peach (Cream)
  • Only in Florida Midtone orange coral (Cream)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Cream)
  • Shirelle Classic bright red (Cream)
  • Flaming Rose True red (Cream)
  • Sour Cherry Dark berry red (Cream)
  • Delicate Pale sheer ballet pink (Cream)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Cream)
  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Cream)
  • Instant Crush Bright coral (Cream)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Cream)
  • Rebel Midtone rich plum (Cream)
  • Skin Light peach beige (Cream)
  • Quiet Time Beige nude (Cream)
  • Coffee Break Midtone cool taupe (Cream)
  • Anti-Fashion Midtone dirty purple with pearl (Frost)
  • Nocturnelle Rich true black (Cream)
  • Soiree SParkly light bronze gold (Pearl)
  • Quick Million Gold glitter with large particle pink glitter (Glitter)
  • Silver Dew Gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter (Glitter)
  • Screaming Bright Super glitter gold (Pearl)
  • Girl Trouble Super glitter pink (Pearl)
  • Mean & Green Purple with teal multi-changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Rain of Flowers Deep violet with pink and blue pearl (Pearl)
  • FormidableTeal green with pink multi-changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Tropical Black with rainbow multi-pearl (Glitter)
  • Overlacquer Clear gel-like texture top coat
  • Matte Overlacquer Matte top coat effect (Matte)
  • Underlacquer Gel-like texture base coat

Availability: Online July 3rd (North America), at all MAC locations on July 10th (North America); September 2014 (International)

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

MAC Nail Transformations Collection
MAC Nail Transformations Collection

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Texturize Clear leather effect top coat
  • Shadow Sheer blackening top coat
  • Pink Pearl Sheer pink pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
  • Green Pearl Sheer green pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
  • Gold Pearl Sheer gold pearl transformer (Liquid Pigment)
  • Highlight Sheer blue pearl transformer
  • Skin Light peach beige (Creme)
  • Rebel Midtonal cream plum (Creme)
  • Quiet Time Beige nude (Creme)

Availability: Online June 26th (North America), at select locations on July 2nd (North America); at select locations July 2014 (International)

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

MAC Mineralize Update
MAC Mineralize Update

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Smutty Green Cream/warm green/black veining (Repromote)
  • Young Punk Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (Repromote)
  • Gilt by Association Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (Repromote)
  • Blue Flame Mineralize black with blue pearl (Repromote)
  • Cinderfella Mineralize black with silver pearl (Repromote)

Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Joy & Laughter Dirty pink with hot pink and charcoal grey veining/icy pink (Repromote)
  • Love Connection Pale beige with gold and blue veining/warm gold mono (Repromote)
  • Spiced Metal Pale pink/metal bronze (New)
  • Dual Rays Pink/gold (New)
  • Ever Amethyst Soft violet/deep violet (New)

Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($22.00) (Permanent)

  • Fog & Mist Soft pearly white/pale icy blue/charcoal grey/sparkling black (New)
  • Golden Hours Copper bronze/golden brown/soft golden peach/pale yellow gold (Repromote)
  • Pink Sensibilities Pinky brown/chocolate brown/yellow pink/icy blue pink (Repromote)
  • Great Beyond Deep blue/dusky plum/icy white lilac/soft mauve brown (Repromote)
  • In the Meadow Icy shimmering white/dirty olive green/golden mint green/pale yellow (Repromote)

Mineralize Blush ($27.00) (Permanent)

  • New Romance Peach (New)
  • Just a Wisp Pale pink (New)
  • Dainty Light yellow pink with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Gentle Raspberry with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Warm Soul Mid-tone beige with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Gleeful Deep dirty blue pink with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Love Joy Warm mid-tone brown with gold pearl (Repromote)
  • Love Thing Dirty burgundy with gold pearl (Repromote)

Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00) (Permanent)

  • Lightscapade Soft candlelight beige with multidimensional shimmer (Repromote)
  • Global Glow Neutral tan with silver sheen (Repromote)
  • Soft & Gentle Gilded peach bronze (Repromote)
  • Cheeky Bronze Soft coral with golden shimmer (Repromote)
  • Gold Deposit Soft reflective golden bronze (Repromote)

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($32.00) (Permanent)

  • Light
  • Light Plus
  • Medium
  • Medium Golden
  • Medium Plus
  • Medium Tan
  • Medium Dark
  • Medium Deep
  • Dark
  • Dark Golden
  • Dark Deep
  • Dark Deepest
  • Dark Tan
  • Give Me Sun! (Repromote)
  • Sun Power (Repromote)

Availability: Now at counters and stores, including online at Nordstrom

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