Saturday, June 28th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Instant Crush, Saint Germain, Snob

MAC Instant Crush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage after two coats were applied, but the first coat was slightly streaky. Thankfully, the second coat helped to even everything out, so the end result was smooth and even. MAC Please Me (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Comic Cute (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Angel (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Saint Germain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage after two coats of polish. The consistency was slightly thick but not troublesome to work with. The initial coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat evened and smoothed everything out for better end results. Cult Nails Falling Hard (LE, $12.00) is similar. Illamasqua Harem (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Vagabondage (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pinkly Fresh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Cascade Cool (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Snob Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish applied evenly and smoothly. The reformulation is warmer, more neutral, in color. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted, grayer. NARS Trouville (LE, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned gold with a pearly, slightly metallic, finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread evenly across the nail without a fuss. It dried down slightly faster than other shades in the range. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but they weren’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is more metallic. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It’s a glittering, white gold with larger multi-colored glitter. It was semi-sheer after two coats with noticeable translucency. It might be better as a top coat, though it’s almost too pigmented for that. Chanel Pearl Drop (LE, $27.00) was the closest I had in color, but it has such a different finish, so I wouldn’t consider them dupes.

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal green with pink multi-changing pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a plummy purple base with iridescent shimmer that shifts from bluish-teal to fiery pink-plum. It’s semi-opaque after two coats (it’s really a three-coater, if you want nice results). The shimmer/pearl disperses fairly evenly, and it dries down to a lightly glossy finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges or seem watery. Orly Galaxy Girl is very similar (thanks for the reminders!).

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Impassioned, Only in Florida, Erogenous

MAC Impassioned Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright warm pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, orange-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a high-shine finish. MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Tom Ford Beauty Coral Beach (03) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) was ever-so-slightly pinker in the original form. Chanel Lilis (647) (LE, $27.00) is similar. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Only in Florida Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone orange coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, orange-coral (leans very orange, just a little pink/red in it) with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and applied evenly and smoothly with two coats, but the initial coat was slightly streaky. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t pool along the edges at least. I tested this shade for wear, and it lasted for seven days and had minor tip wear. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fiestaware (LE, $16.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Erogenous Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light milky peach [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It had almost full color coverage after two coats–a little visible nail line at certain angles/lighting situations–and it applied surprisingly evenly, but it wasn’t perfect application–slightly streaky. This shade showed minor tip wear after seven days of wear. MAC Skin (LE, $16.00) is darker. Zoya Chantal (P, $9.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) is more white-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Only in Florida

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes
NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes

Here are the last three shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the other posts, check here and here. 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.

NARS Dark Room Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue denim.” It’s a muted, navy blue with a cream finish. There’s a slight warmth to it (though it is a cool-toned color) compared to a true blue polish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it wasn’t watery or streaky. Application was pretty easy as the color didn’t bubble or pool along the edges, and it was opaque after two coats. I did have noticeable staining after swatching this, so I would recommend a good base coat to prevent staining of the natural nail during wear. Chanel Magic (LE, $27.00) is slightly lighter. NARS Superstar (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Natty (P, $9.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Shutter Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sea green.” It’s a blackened green–there is just a tint of green, but it is a very dark shade that looks nearly black in some lighting. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was similar to Dark Room as it was slightly thin but not problematic for application. I would also recommend using a good base coat to prevent possible staining from wearing this shade. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00)is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Wrong Turn Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “graphite.” It’s a dark, slightly metallic gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It was nearly opaque after one coat, but two coats were still needed for full color coverage. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and was easy to apply. It dried down faster than other shades in the collection, due to the more metallic-like finish. Once dry, it had almost no visible brush strokes. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is darker, more matte. Zoya Tao (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is the brand’s latest nail polish formula that is supposed to be brand new. The bottle looks the same as before with a black, rubberized cap and clear glass bottle in a cylindrical shape. MAC has widened the brush that uses what seems like (at least to me) finer strands, because I definitely noticed an improvement in application across the board. I didn’t have any wear issues with MAC’s formula in the past, but the polishes often looked streaky and uneven, and the bristles of the brush just seemed too sharply cut or too thick, contributing to streakiness. The brush is wider but not too wide; it fits well on the nail, even my pinky nail, and you can press and flatten it across the nail so that it splays out and you can get almost coverage across the entire nail in one stroke. (This, of course, will vary depending on the width of your nail bed.) I’ve tested seven shades for wear, and they all lasted seven days with minor tip wear for me, which is the norm for me–almost nothing chips on me.

MAC Rebel Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone rich plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned berry purple with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin. The consistency was easy to work with, and I didn’t have issues with the polish streaking or pooling along the edges. In the previous formula, Rebel was somewhat streaky, so there was a definite improvement here (which I owe a lot to the brush, as it is wider, better cut, and seems to use much finer strands). MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker, warmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sour Cherry Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but in brighter lighting, there was a very faint hint of visible nail line. The finish came across as almost a jelly-cream hybrid that leaned towards cream. It applied beautifully, though, and it dried down to a smooth, even, high-shine finish. This shade wore well for seven days and had only minor tip wear. Revlon Bordeaux (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Throb (P, $17.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shirelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “classic bright red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium, brightened red with subtle cool undertones and a cream finish. It’s fully opaque in two coats (almost in one!). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied without streaking or pooling along the edges. NARS Lost Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (P, $23.00) is similar. Cult Nails Evil Queen (P, $12.00) is more neutral. Zoya Sooki (P, $9.00) Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes
NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes

Here are three more shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the first three, check this post. 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.

NARS Anarchy Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “angora.” It’s a light, buttery beige with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. For this type of color, it applied quite well, but there was slight streakiness, even after two coats, though the color was opaque in general after two coats. The consistency leaned on the thicker side but didn’t pool along the edges of the nail. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gold Viper Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light-medium, muted tarnished gold with a metallic finish. It had very lightly visible brush strokes, but the wider brush helped apply them in a straight line, rather than have them look wobbly. The polish had good coverage and was opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats for swatches. The formula on this shade dried down fairly quickly. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is more gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Insidious Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black bronze.” It’s a deep, dark olive brown with murky gold and bronze pearl. It was intensely pigmented and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I applied two for swatches. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied beautifully and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edge of the nails. I don’t think this looks like NARS Mash, which is much greener, less olive/brown, but it was a shade I had in mind initially. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Czarina Gold (LE, $24.00) has larger shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is greener. China Glaze Midtown Magic (LE, $7.50) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Insidious

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10/10

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