MAC for Gareth Pugh: Ascension Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as “grey with blue-violet reflective pearl.” It’s a murky grayish-green with a grayish-purple iridescence that comes together in a duochrome finish. The duochrome is definitely there, but I think some of the sheerness prevents it from really shining. When you look at the nails head-on, it is mostly a murky purple-gray, and then when you tilt and angle your nails, the murky green-gold comes through. It’s very, very similar to Wet ‘n’ Wild Grey’s Anatomy, which is a known dupe for the pricier Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game. MAC’s version is more pigmented than Grey’s Anatomy, where three coats was almost opaque, while there was still a lot of visible nail line at three coats with Grey’s Anatomy.

It’s only a smidgen less than regular MAC lacquers–0.34 oz. for $15.00 normally–although, I guess going from 10ml regularly to 9ml is a 10% decrease! The packaging is a heavy, square glass bottle with a glossy black cap. The bottle is rather large–larger than Deborah Lippmann–but the actual polish is just enclosed in a thicker glass surround.

I haven’t tested the Gareth Pugh polishes for wear, but I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear with MAC’s nail lacquers. The formula wasn’t too thick or thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail. It does have a more metallic finish, so you will see some brush strokes.

MAC Nail Lacquer Ascension
B
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
84%

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MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

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