Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet cream.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a cream finish. MAC In the Dark… Purple is darker, redder (better match for Heroine, actually). OCC Pansy is much pinker. Zoya Kieko is darker. Zoya Perrie is a bit lighter and more lavender.

While it’s not muted, it’s not a bold/bright shade either. It doesn’t match the Heroine lip products at all–it is purpler and lighter. Based on the collection, everything seems like it’s supposed to match (and the descriptions are fairly uniform across the products), but this one definitely stood out–and that may be to your liking (or not). It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t seem to cause problems during application other than being mindful of how much product is on the brush. I actually felt like this had a cream-jelly hybrid of a finish, because it had a slight squishy look to it after I applied the two coats.

The Glossover

LE
product

Heroine

A-
If you wanted the color to match the lipstick, you're out of luck. If you prefer lighter purples, you may still like it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
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MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
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MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $16.00 (coming soon).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC In the Dark... Purple is darker, redder (better match for Heroine, actually). OCC Pansy is much pinker. Zoya Kieko is darker. Zoya Perrie is a bit lighter and more lavender.

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12 thoughts on “MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Pretty! Unlike the lipstick, I would wear this.

  2. jaime

    That is gorgeous and I am a sucker for purples. Although I had sworn off MAC polishes your review is really about to sway me. Hmm…

  3. Eve

    Maura and Jancyn are the two I’ll have to try, in spite of the low application vote. Love those bright colors on my toes!

  4. Love the polish, hate the lip products.

  5. Katie

    Does the pinky swatch only have one coat? For some reason it seems lighter.

  6. Christine

    How would you compare this to Jo’Mina from Illamasqua. They look so alike and I already have Jo’Mina. Wondering if it is worth it to get Heroine as well.

  7. I feel that OPI’s Do You Lilac It? is quite similar to this, except it’s slightly darker when it dries. I was disappointed with the OPI shade it because I wanted it to be lighter, like this shade!

  8. Yellowlantern

    This looks comparable to Zoya Malia. I like this color for spring.

  9. I love this one too! But I have Zoya’s Perrie so I might not get this.

  10. Gigie

    This looks a lot like “Iris I was thinner” by OPI for Sephora. Only “Iris…” is a cream polish, and it costs $9.50 for .5 ounce of polish.