Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light teal mint [with a cream finish].” It’s a pastel, bluish aqua with a cream finish. Cult Nails Manipulative is a couple of shades darker. Chanel Riva is bluer. Zoya Wednesday is several shades darker, slightly greener. MAC Mischievous Mint is greener but similar.

It’s a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula. The consistency was slightly watery, and the formula applied streaky from the first coat, but even a second coat applied with visible streaking. I even tried applying a few different ways and times, even trying three coats, but nothing made it look better (the swatches show two coats, for reference). The color coverage seemed like it would be mostly opaque if not for the streaks and watery patches. This polish did want to pool along the edges, so you really have to make sure to keep your fingertips level.

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Pistachio Crème

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It's a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

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MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $16.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Cult Nails Manipulative is a couple of shades darker. Chanel Riva is bluer. Zoya Wednesday is several shades darker, slightly greener. MAC Mischievous Mint is greener but similar.

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24 thoughts on “MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Yellowlantern

    Orly Jealous Much might be similar to this. Maybe greener/dustier.

  2. Lynn

    Too bad. The color is great, but the streaks are obvious.

  3. Amber J

    Very pretty color. That stinks that it’s so streaky!

  4. Avatar of Alannah AlannahRose

    I don’t really care about the formula, to be honest… nobody looks at my nails that closely! It’s a pretty colour but I feel like it’s not that unique. I’m still tempted though!

  5. Pretty color – too bad the application was bad.

  6. I definitely wasn’t expecting that color from the name haha. Meh

  7. Dormouse

    For anyone who likes these light, pastel white-based colors – L’Oreal’s Versailles Romance (for spring or summer 2013) line has six beautiful shades. In the US, $5.99 each. I’ve tried a few of them, and I think the formula is excellent. No, I don’t work for L’oreal, either.

  8. Ana

    Does the online release date apply to macys.com too? Or do I have to wait till the release date for in store to pick it up at macys.com? Thaks in advance.

  9. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    dang….I really liked this color. Thanks for saving me $16!!

  10. What a shame about the formula because I really like the color.

  11. Avatar of Wenz Wenz

    I wish I knew who was buying MAC nail polish for them to justify continuing production…….JEEZ

  12. Avatar of Lynette Lyn

    That looks awful! No one can complain about the application because you always apply flawlessly! Such a shame since the color is beautiful.

  13. Alice

    My annoyance at the crappy formula for the price is overshadowed by my annoyance at the fact they named it Pistachio Creme when it is in no way pistachio colored whatsoever. On that merit alone I wasn’t going to get it, but with the streaky formula on top? I don’t think so!

  14. VickyM

    Wow, terrible formula, since I can actually see the streaks, this is a nice color but with such a horrible formula not worth it for me.

  15. Avatar of Terri Terri

    Pretty color, streaky mess. Oh wait, this is MAC lacquer. What else should I expect. Give it up MAC if you can’t do it right!

  16. Emily

    This colour looks almost identical to an old Sally Hansen Insta-dri colour I have (can’t remember the name) that was opaque in 1 coat and cost about $3. I’ve never gotten the hype with MAC polish. I’ve tried a couple and found they left a lot to be desired, especially for the price, and especially because they’re almost all easily dupeable.

  17. kerry

    Loreal has a new color pistachio dream LE versailles collection…5.99 fyi

  18. Such a pretty color, but I wish it wasn’t so sheer/streaky

  19. xxicah

    I completely agree with you!

  20. Sandra

    Been looking for a color similar to this and everything was sold out except this… They had two bottles left at Nordstrom and I just got one despite them being gone forever (according to sales lady). The formula is streaky but I really like the color and am hoping it gives me that trendy look with out wearing clothes this color :)

  21. Avatar of Elísabet Elísabet Ormslev

    I disagree with this review. I ordered mine online and it was totally fine. No streaking, even color..
    I absolutely love the color as well but I do think the name of it is sort of misleading. I thought that it would be more green.