Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Strength: Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale neutral nude.” It’s a light beige with mostly neutral undertones but perhaps leans a little warm when I see it against my skin tone. It has a cream finish. MAC Sandpiper is sheerer but similar. Essie Brooch the Subject is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is darker.

This polish didn’t want to apply well at all. I tried three different applications, and the third attempt still came out streaky, uneven, and all-around poorly!  MAC definitely has a stiffer/sharper brush that seems to make their pale creams more prone to streaking.  Even when I layered a really thick second coat on top and tried to minimize how many passes of the brush I used, I couldn’t get it to level and even out. The consistency of the polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t seem so thick that it was going to be problematic (though it was).

The Glossover

LE
product

Muscle Tone

D+
This polish didn't want to apply well at all. I tried three different applications, and the third attempt still came out streaky, uneven, and all-around poorly!

Product

4.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

Results
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Dupes
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MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $16.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Sandpiper is sheerer but similar. Essie Brooch the Subject is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is darker.

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6 thoughts on “MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Mo

    That’s a really nice shade.

  2. I like the shade, but after reading how tough it is too apply, I’ll pass :-(

  3. Avatar of Sally Sally

    What a shame, because the color is great!

  4. It’s too bad about the application, I do love the color.

  5. Yazmin

    Regardless of the review, im still going to buy it, its such a pretty colour!

  6. Avatar of Elizabeth Elizabeth Cunningham

    It has often occurred to me as I’ve struggled with one difficult nail lacquer or another, “A person could get stinking rich selling texture modifiers for nail polish.” Imagine adding a tiny smidge of something from a dropper to a polish like this one, and Bingo! the streaks go away, application is smooth, color is unchanged, dry time is fast. They sell stuff to thicken or thin motor oil, why not nail polish? LOL!