Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer
MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer

MAC & Beth Ditto: Nail Lacquers

MAC & Beth Ditto have teamed up to create a collection that features four shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.), and these shades are: Life and Beth (milky peach), Near Beth Experience (light yellow), Nocturnelle (black), and Vagabondage (mid-tone lavender).

  • Life and Beth is a peach orange with a cream finish. It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but it’s very, very thick and streaky, so it takes forever to dry, which can result in drag at the bottom if you apply the second coat too early. I found that the second coat, despite trying to do a thicker one, still applied streaky in places. Chanel June is darker. Chanel Peche Nacree is pinker. China Glaze Peachykeen is slightly darker.
  • Near Beth Experience is a green-tinged yellow with a cream finish. This shade was very streaky as well–it also had a similar thickness as that of Life and Beth but slightly less thick, yet it ended up applying worse. It was streaky on both the first and second coat, so it wasn’t totally opaque after two coats and had a really uneven, gloppy look. It also took a long time to dry. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is darker and greener. China Glaze Lemon Fizz is the closest, but it’s a little yellower.
  • Nocturnelle is a black cream and part of the permanent range. I reviewed it here.
  • Vagabondage is a pink-lavender with a cream finish. It’s almost opaque after two coats. This was the better performing of the three I tested from the launch (I did not purchase Nocturnelle specifically from this launch), as it wasn’t overly thick, though still on the thicker side. It had some streaking on the first coat. MAC Saint Germain is very similar, perhaps a smidgen brighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a bit darker.

Nocturnelle, though I did not purchase it from this launch, has typically been a thinner polish that applies fairly evenly. It’s expensive for just a black cream, but it doesn’t have major issues like the new shades from the launch.  I don’t know why nail polish continues to be a category where MAC struggles; it’s like they consistently struggle. Perhaps it’s because they try to do tougher colors (pastels and pale shades like Life and Beth and Near Beth Experience can be tricky), but you can only get so many props for originality. The quality of the three new (and limited edition) shades isn’t there.

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MAC & Beth Ditto: Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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The quality of the three new (and limited edition) shades isn't there. I absolutely would not recommend these polishes, based on the lower quality and high price tag.

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5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer
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MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer
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MAC Life and Beth Nail Lacquer
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MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer
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MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer
MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer

MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer
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MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer
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MAC Near Beth Experience Nail Lacquer
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MAC Vagabondage Nail Lacquer
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18 thoughts on “MAC & Beth Ditto: Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. viciadinhamake

    São lindos! =D

  2. corallista

    I like the pastel soft colors, its too bad the formula is poor! 

  3. I thought these were going to be so pretty, but I’m always disappointed by MAC polishes. Guess it’s a good thing I never buy them! LOL!

  4. AlexisArcher

    Dang it… the yellow shade is so gorgeous in the bottle. Sigh.

    • Avatar of Nikita kitalovessm

       @AlexisArcher I have a Nails Inc. color that is similar (if not identical) to the yellow shade called “Notting Hill Carnival”.  It’s $9.50 at Sephora, if you think it’s worth checking out.  

  5. zainab

    It’s a pity these are over-priced and under-performing, because the colours would almost tempt me to wear nail polish. It’s kind of frustrating when MAC goes ahead and releases something that’s obviously not of great quality, particularly if they’re tying it to the name of a celebrity with a large fanbase. 

  6. You can totally see the streaks in the pictures. So not worth the $16 MAC is asking for. I’ll pass!

  7. Loraine

    Life and Beth looks like a mini foundation bottle:) haha

  8. StephanieT

    I loved the colors! Too bad the quality isn’t very good! This is exactly why I come on temptalia! Thanks again Christine!

  9. Christina Amourr

    You are the best beauty blogger ever!!!

  10. Falon Lorene Figueroa

    Send samples out..itd be great ;)

  11. Shweta Ahuja

    HEY Christine it is out of way actually but i like you and i think u r best plz answer my question i wanna buy any of the 1is ravishing and other option is gil by guerlain g i wanna buy good coral this weekend pllz suggest i find them similar in your reviews

  12. Beth Mars

    just to let you know this collection is already out in th uk i just checked :)

  13. Avatar of Anita 360anita

    I LOVE the first two colors, too bad they’re not good quality :c

  14. Brittany

    I have peachykeen and Lemon Fizz, they both look like great dupes of the peach and yellow but better formula.

  15. Paula

    China glaze has these exact colors and the formula is MUCH better!

  16. apatel02

    is life as beth similar to illamasquas purity? x