Sunday, November 20th, 2011

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone greyed nude” with a cream finish. It’s a neutral light-medium gray with a cream finish. It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but the consistency of the formula is on the thicker side. It’s not quite goopy or gloppy, but it’s just a few steps before it. China Glaze Pelican Grey is similar but a little grayer and has shimmer. Zoya’s Dove is also grayer but has a cream finish.

Just to reiterate, this comes in a square glass bottle compared to MAC’s rounded jar, and the cap is a glossy black rather than a rubberized black. These are slightly smaller (0.30 vs. 0.34 fl. oz.) and $8.00 more because of the “couture” aspect of the launch. Though I have not tested the polishes specifically from this collection, MAC’s nail lacquer formula generally wears for a week with minor tip wear but no chips.

The Glossover

LE
product

Inert

A-
The formula could be thinner--it's a bit too thick, so it is easy to apply too much product on each nail. It does have good pigmentation, though. It's not exactly the same as other shades I have seen, but it seems dupeable enough.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
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MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
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MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics stores and maccosmetics.com, November 23rd, $23.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

China Glaze Pelican Grey is similar but a little grayer and has shimmer. Zoya's Dove is also grayer but has a cream finish.

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23 thoughts on “MAC Inert Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Chynna

    Thanks for swatching these polishes. You just saved me loads of money. :0)

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katherine Katherine

    That’s a very interesting color.

  3. L

    Pretty, but I already have Pelican Gray…

  4. Niceasdoxie

    It seems to be an amazing color!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of amanda amanda

    How close is this to the polish that came out with surf baby sorry I can’t remember the name and I don’t own it? Thank you

  6. Olga

    Reminds me of lighter version Zoya Dove

  7. Olga

    Oops. Just noticed u have that mentioned under dupes :)

  8. Ruth

    I’ve been waiting for these swatches, thanks! I am actually really happy this one is simple as I can skip it and get others

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Vicky vicky

    The color is so blah.

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    wow, i like it

  11. It looks great on your nails, was that just two coats?

    Samantha

  12. The packaging is really neat! and the color is really amazing… I’ve seen a lot of grays in my lifetime, so I have to think twice before purchasing this.

  13. This nail lacquer also reminds me of OPI’s Skull & Glossbones.

  14. Nothing spectacular to justify the price tag.

  15. Ria

    I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this, so sorry if they have, but doesn’t the bottle look very similar to Estee Lauder’s nail varnish bottles, just with a different coloured lid and the black square design? The Lauder bottles contain 9ml of product. Although I could be wrong!

  16. Saffy

    Essie Master Plan is very close to this colour as well, though it’s a bit grayer.

  17. M.

    Very pretty and clean-looking on you.

  18. dom

    lovely color! somehow though i thought it would have a more pearly sheen when i saw it in the bottle.

  19. sara

    Looks very similar to oyster shell Mac just released.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tarah Tarah

    O.P.I
    Moon Over Mumbai
    x3 coats

  21. Gorgeous! I just bought it today but I didn’t try it on before buying it since I just painted my nails today and didn’t want to ruin my manicure :P