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

NARS Nail Polish
NARS x 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Polish

NARS has collaborated with 3.1 Phillip Lim to create nine shades of limited edition nail polishes. Each will retail for $20.00 and be available July 15th at NARS, August 1st at other retailers and department stores. Full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, etc. are coming soon but for now, enjoy this sneak peek! :)

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer
MAC Skin Nail Lacquer

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peach beige [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $16.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was just slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges or take too long to dry (about average). It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, but the major issue with this shade was the streaky application and end result. I hoped that it would self-level, but no such luck, so it looked a bit patchy and streaky in places. MAC makes this type of color over and over again, but I rarely have great success with the formula. The bristles of the brush seem too sharp or harshly cut so they make it difficult to get really even, smooth color. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s formula, which is normal for me for most formulas.

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 19th, 2014

MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer
MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer

MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude shade with slight pearl.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and soft gold pearl. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is darker, more opaque. Cult Nails Evolution (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) is opaque. Zoya Chantal (P, $9.00) is opaque, yellower. Dior Blossom (132) (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I wish MAC included “sheer” in their description for this particular shade, as it is semi-opaque after two coats with noticeable translucency throughout the nail as well as visible nail line. It seems like it’s possible that this was intentional, but with some of their other sheer polishes, they have called it out in the description (and here, they didn’t). The application was challenging, as it was streaky and didn’t apply evenly. The consistency didn’t seem too thick or too thin, but it was still problematic to apply. This shade is from MAC x Maleficent but is still available. I typically get seven days of wear out of MAC’s formula, but very little chips on me, so be sure to take that with several grains of salt!

The Glossover

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Uninvited

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Neptune Nail Lacquer
MAC Neptune Nail Lacquer

MAC Neptune Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “tarnished gold.” It’s a medium-dark, frosted aged gold with yellowy undertones and a green-ish/brown sheen. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Old Gold pigment in nail polish form. It had fully opaque color in two coats, and it applied evenly and had very minimal brush strokes. Revlon Rose Gold (LE, $8.49) is much more muted. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) has larger shimmer, different finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shimmerfish Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling aluminum.” It’s an almost warm-toned silver with copper flecks of sparkle. It had a very metallic, high-shine finish that was reflective and satin at the dry down. It had full color coverage with two coats of polish, and it applied evenly and didn’t pool along the edges. The visible brush strokes were very minimal, which was a surprise. MAC Sinfully Sweet (LE, $16.00) has a yellower base. Zoya Jules (P, $9.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Submerged Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark teal chrome.” It’s a medium-dark, navy blue with a teal micro-shimmer and flash. This one didn’t apply as nicely as the other two, as there were visible brush strokes and some unevenness, though the color coverage was opaque after two coats. Color Club First Looks (P) is much darker. China Glaze Deviantly Daring (LE, $7.50) is darker, more teal. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Neptune

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Shimmerfish

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Submerged

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat
Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear top coat infused with petal pink glitter particles in assorted shapes and sizes.” It’s a mixture of small and medium uneven bits of pink-tinged white glittery bits and then large flower-shaped glitters in a clear base. I don’t know of any dupes, but if you have any ideas, I’ve love to hear them!

I applied one coat of Cherry Blossom over Dior Front Row (769), except for my thumbnail, which I applied two coats of Cherry Blossom alone. The good news is that it doesn’t feel like a fishing expedition to get the larger flower-shaped glitters onto the nail, as I averaged one per nail without trying, but they do require some careful application and tend to apply best by patting the brush against the nail, rather than sweeping it across the nail like a regular polish. The smaller bits of glitter apply fine either way, and there’s good density in a single coat. It dries down pretty quickly, and the consistency was surprisingly not too thick or too thin. The flower-shaped glitters do not always lay flatly against the nail, due the curve of my natural nail and the size of the glitters, but they don’t seem to curl. Since they don’t lay flat, though, you need at least one layer of very thick top coat to help them flatten and smooth out, or else they will catch and lift up from the nail. It’s interesting, and I don’t have anything like it, but it’ll require some extra patience and doesn’t wear as long or as well as other glitter top coats.

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Cherry Blossom

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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