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MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light teal mint [with a cream finish].” It’s a pastel, bluish aqua with a cream finish. Cult Nails Manipulative is a couple of shades darker. Chanel Riva is bluer. Zoya Wednesday is several shades darker, slightly greener. MAC Mischievous Mint is greener but similar.

It’s a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula. The consistency was slightly watery, and the formula applied streaky from the first coat, but even a second coat applied with visible streaking. I even tried applying a few different ways and times, even trying three coats, but nothing made it look better (the swatches show two coats, for reference). The color coverage seemed like it would be mostly opaque if not for the streaks and watery patches. This polish did want to pool along the edges, so you really have to make sure to keep your fingertips level.

MAC Nail Lacquer Pistachio Crème
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
70%
Total

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MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer
MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a pale, pastel pink with a neutral-cool undertone and a creamy finish. MAC Delicate has barely-there shimmer, but it is similar. Cult Nails Enticing is slightly pinker and has white micro-shimmer. Nubar Pink Lily is a touch pinker but very close.

Streaks, ahoy! This was a troublemaker of a polish; it was all streaks and nothing but. Two coats and there was still so much visible streaking–it wasn’t just the first coat that was being difficult. The color coverage was semi-opaque, as the nail line still comes through quite a bit, even if you overlook the streaky application. It’s such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink–and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it’s not described as sheer.)  The consistency was just a bit watery but didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish with minor tip wear, which is the most consistent characteristic I’ve experienced with the polish.

MAC Nail Lacquer Confectionary
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
74%
Total

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer
MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer

MAC Bleu Velvet Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light periwinkle blue [with a cream finish].” It’s a dusty, bluish purple with a cream finish. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything that was all that close to this shade. Zoya Caitlin is much, much darker. Zoya Skylar is a bit bluer, sparkly, and several shades darker. Neither of those two really compare to this shade.

I like the colors MAC chooses for their nail lacquers, but I am, more often than not, incredibly disappointed by the quality and application of their formula–particularly because their price point is higher (it is more expensive than their regular lipstick and eyeshadow!). If you’re going to put a more premium price tag on your polish, you have to make sure your formula is on point. I think that the bristles MAC uses for their brushes are too sharp or large. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color coverage seems to be there–if it weren’t for the streakiness. I tried applying a thinner initial coat followed by a thicker second coat, but unfortunately, the thicker coat couldn’t cover all of the streakiness.

MAC Nail Lacquer Bleu Velvet
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
81%
Total

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Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “baby blue jelly with soft pink glitter in several shapes and sizes, with gold accents [with blue shimmer].” It’s a grayish, pale blue creamy jelly with small, pale gold glitter and then larger pink glitter in circular, hexagonal, and square shapes. I don’t have a dupe for this, and the only shade that it reminded me of was China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze which has a much whiter base color, more glitter, and very bright/colorful glitter at that.

I had some trouble getting this shade to apply evenly–the base color just looked patchy and uneven no matter how many attempts I made to get everything to play nicely together. I applied two coats of the polish alone, and it had semi-opaque color coverage with good glitter content that spread fairly evenly. It was just that bluish base color that didn’t want to cooperate. The consistency didn’t seem too thick or too thin either (a little thicker than the average polish but as thick as most jelly finishes are), but the problem persisted. Hare’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — They will be restocking their Etsy shop soon!

Hare Polish Rococo Grandeur Nail Lacquer

B-
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

MAC Baking Beauties Brushes Quick Review & Photos

MAC Baking Beauties Brushes
MAC Baking Beauties Brushes

MAC Baking Beauties Brushes include two styles: 252SE Large Shader Brush ($31.00) and 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($35.00). Now, the first thing I noticed was that both brushes are listed as SE and are printed with “SE” on the brushes themselves. This distinction is important or, at least, curious, because in the past, MAC has used “SH” to denote a short-handled brush that is still made in the same fashion as their full-sized brushes, while “SE” has been used to denote special edition brushes that are machine-made (as compared to handmade). The majority of the brush sets MAC puts (think Nordstrom’s anniversary sale and the holiday kits) are SE, and SE brushes can have great inconsistencies in quality–from density to the way the bristles are cut (and shaped) to quality of the bristles themselves.

I really hope that they are, in fact, made the same way the full-sized brushes are, because you’re paying the same price as you would be for the long-handled versions that are available permanently. (You can even purchase a short-handled version of the 129 brush, actually.) Both my full-size 252 and 129 were manufactured in Japan, as indicated by the imprinting on their handles, and I’ve had both for a few years now.  The handles of the SE brushes from Baking Beauties has “China” imprinted. Several of MAC’s more recently launched full-sized brushes have also been stamped with China, so MAC may have moved some of its production to China. There were some minor shape differences I noticed, but the density, fullness, softness (or lack thereof), and so forth were consistent with my full-sized versions.

The densities seemed about the same across these limited edition brushes and my full-sized ones. What I noticed was that my full-sized 129 brush had a more dome-like shape and wasn’t as wide as this 129SE, and then the 252SE had more of dome-like shape than my full-sized 252, which was slightly less curved on the edge.  The SE brushes are both very light, which is somewhat expected, given they have a lot less handle–but they did feel lighter than they looked.  I’m not in love with either brush, period, full-sized or not, because the 129 is one of MAC’s scratchier face brushes, and the 252 is really large. If you have normal or smaller eyes, it’s not the most versatile brush, and it can be a little scratchy at times.  I’d recommend MAC’s 116 instead of the 129 and MAC’s 242 in place of the 252.

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MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “warm beige.” It’s a golden beige with pale champagne sparkle and shimmer. I’m surprised MAC’s description didn’t mention any shimmer, pearl, or sparkle, because it is very sparkly. Urban Decay Space Cowboy is darker and more glittery. MAC Jaunty is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze is more peach-hued and frosted. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is a bit browner and less shimmery. MAC Pure Flash is lighter.

It applied with mostly opaque color, but the glittery particles tended to cling to the lid and give it a crinkled look. The texture is fairly smooth and even, and it didn’t feel as gritty as some of the other more glittery Paint Pots have. The good news is that there is minimal fall out–I do get some, but it is more minor than it is a big deal and happened towards the end of the wear (the last two to three hours). Mooncake wore for ten hours without fading, but there was some faint creasing and minor fall out. It’s one of the better more sparkly shades of Paint Pots, but it still has some issues. I think those who love the sparkly Paint Pots will likely love this one too, but if you weren’t a fan of them previously, I don’t think this is going to convert you.

P.S. — Baking Beauties is now up on MAC! 🙂

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Mooncake
Mooncake
Mooncake
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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