MAC Gold Pearl, Green Pearl, Pink Pearl Top Coat Nail Lacquers

MAC Gold Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer gold pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered polish with a warm, yellow-tinged base and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It makes nails look almost metallic, because the shimmer is quite fine and creates “threads” of shimmer that are somewhat visible (depends on the angle). The consistency is slightly thick but manageable during application. I tried one coat over Impassioned, which is a bright coral, and it warmed it up, lightened the color, and added shimmer. The way the two worked together was nice–it didn’t look like an overlay of shimmer, it was as if the two were really one, which is a great effect. It’s not much of a duochrome, as it is just gold and golder, though it almost looks a bit like a duochrome in the bottle.

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MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Top Coat Gold Pearl
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polish

This July, NARS is releasing a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim (official info here). With these, NARS has introduced a wider brush (compared to the last polish I tried from NARS, which was in April), though the bottle size and shape have stayed the same. The bottles for this collection have the designer’s logo printed on the front as well. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

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NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish Hell-Bent
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
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Chanel Secret, Atmosphere, Orage Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Secret (625) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, softened, peach-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats of polish, but some visible nail line is apparent. Application is trickier, as the formula is streaky; the first coat was quite streaky, and I used a second, slightly thicker, coat and very lightly dragged it across the surface of the nail to try to minimize streakiness, but there were still some troublesome areas. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Essie Brooch the Subject (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Secret (625)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%
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MAC Shadow, Highlight, Texturize Top Coat Nail Lacquers

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!

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MAC Shadow over Instant Crush Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Top Coat Shadow
B
Product
6
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
83%
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Sneak Peek: MAC Studio Nail Lacquers Photos & Swatches

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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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer

Sneak Peek: MAC Nail Transformations Nail Lacquers Photos & Swatches

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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MAC Nail Lacquer