Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Even though there are definitely some products I like in this launch, there is no item that caught my eye more than Originality. If you like nail polish, you gotta get it!

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Brown Bag is a muted, darkened flesh-toned shade–nude, as they’d say–but it’s much darker than my skin tone (probably NC20/25 on my fingertips). Perhaps if you’re NC/NW35 or 40 it might be your perfect nude. Nonetheless, it’s a creamy nude with flecks of champagne shimmer strewn through it, and it goes opaque in two coats (and pictured with two).  But I gotta say, Brown Bag is a pain-in-the-behind to photograph!
  • Originality is a gorgeous, shimmering warmed-up bronze with copper flecks. This is truly a stunning shade–it’s almost metallic but not quite–it shimmers and dances. It goes opaque in just two coats (and the swatches are of two), dries to a slightly textured finish but it’s fairly smooth, but it removes easily.

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Originality Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Brown Bag Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Brown Bag Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Brown Bag Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Brown Bag Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Brown Bag Nail Lacquer

MAC Pret a Papier Collection

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57 thoughts on “MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hannah

    I was hoping Brown Bag was going to be darker, more chocolatey! Originality is sooo pretty!!

  2. I have to get Originality! A MAC MUA showed me this polish about 2 weeks ago and I was sold on it! Tomorrow as soon as the mall opens I am going to snag this color!

  3. j e n

    I love anything and everything that’s gold!! Originality is miiiine!!! ;)

  4. Nadine

    Love originality! Will need to pick that up although I hate mac polishes

  5. Tiffany

    I like the nice flecks in Brown Bag… :)

  6. Alexis

    Wow – I didn’t expect to like Brown Bag. I’m a NC42 so I wonder if this would give me “mannequin hands”

  7. Loving the first!! I think its the only thing I want from the collection.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    I really like Brown Bag…how does that compare to Abalone Shell from the Spring Color Forecast?

  9. Diana B

    I love the shimmer in Brown Bag

  10. Andrea

    Wow! Originality is so beautiful! I always liked the idea of gold polishes but have never seen one I loved (even Gold Lamme didn’t really woo me to be honest), but this one is perfect!!!!

  11. virgg

    ill kill for originality!!!

  12. LOVE Originality! The MAC website really needs to step their game up, I would have thought twice before buying Originality or Brown Bag based on their photographs.

    • cmferret

      yeah i agree, maybe the website can and should use temptalia.com and christines swatches in their pictures!

      • LOL! A girl can dream ;)

        Like I kind of get why they don’t… because it’s easier just to Photoshop the color on, but at the same time, they should have the ability to snap some photos of real-life crushed up shadow. It isn’t THAT time consuming or difficult! Even a relatively amateur photographer (which is giving myself a bit too much credit, lol!) can obtain something more color accurate than the Photoshop swatches!

  13. Originality looks just like the bronze that came out with the Style Warriors Collection. Csn’t remember the name, but its identical.

  14. rowan

    originality is fab

  15. Helena

    I really like the shimmer in brown Bag, but brown polish is really just a no-go for me…too bad :/

  16. Zee

    After seeing the photo of ‘originality’ on your nails I immediately text messaged my bf to head to MAC and pick it up for me tomorrow [I’m in the middle of final exams right now..no time to head anywhere but the library :(]. He just called me telling me he went there today and they let him purchase it a day early~ Wheee~

    Thanks for the swatches Christine!!

  17. SiaM

    I thought I wasn’t going to like Originality…but now I have to get it!!!! just got it….0_0

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle MichelleChefNYC

    OMG Originality is GORGEOUS! It looks like Amber Lights e/s for your nails!!!!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenni Jenni

    Originality vs. OPI’s Bling Dynasty?

  20. Tonni

    Originality is now on my must-have list and will definitely be making a stop at MAC tomorrow!

  21. Could you do a comparison of MAC Mercenary and Originality? Thanks!

  22. Like WOW. Originality is just like an amazingly beautiful gold sparkle/shimmer.

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

    Meh. Nail polish is the one area that I don’t spend a lot of money on. I don’t use it often enough to care if it’s high end or not.

  24. These polishes look nice and quite unique compared to other MAC polishes, but MAC polishes usually aren’t worth the money for me.
    I’m skipping these! :/

  25. Dawn

    Full marks for Originality, as they say lol. Absolutely love it, but can’t say the same about Brown Bag, even if it does have that little bit of shimmer in it that lifts it from the dull and boring

  26. Paper or plastic? ……..Paper Please! :)

  27. ak

    I love Brown Bag nail lacquer it would be GORGEOUS against me! But does the MAC brand really last a long time on acrylic nails if let’s say I brought it with me to the nail salon??

  28. Nice Colors… both… but i prefer the Originality :-)

    Thx for the Review

    LG

  29. Christina

    I love brown bag a lot more, actually!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kristina kristina

    What is the formula like on these polishes? MAC isn’t consistent with quality of formula. If it’s great then I am ordering these babies today. Brown Bag will look amazing with my NC44 skin tone!

  31. Heather H

    How does originality compare to mercenary from the style warriors collection?

  32. daphne

    I’m glad you referred to Brown Bag as “nude.” Too often the word “nude” is used just to connote lighter skintone colors, those of white people, without acknowledging the huge array of colors that could accurately be called “nude” or “fleshtone.” :)

    • Oh, happy to do so, lol! Nude to be is pretty much anything that would be a natural skin color. Plus, I mean, what’s nude to someone who’s NC55 is certainly quite a bit different to someone who’s NC15! But yay for being good :)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kristina kristina

      I agree wholeheartedly!

  33. Hmmmm I’d like to see how Originality compares to Mercenary from Style Warriors.

  34. THat first one is soooo nice. Almost looks like minx

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Aisha Aisha

    How well do these nail lacquers work on acrylic nails?

  36. Kathie

    I order Brown Bag but after seeing your swatch and seeing in the store, I want the other one too.

  37. lm

    So glad the majority seem to be more interested in the Originality.
    More Brown Bag for the rest of us! :-D

  38. Jessica

    any dupes for orginality??

  39. Danielle

    In the bottle, I absolutely adored these. Particularly Originality. However, after seeing the swatches, I’m rethinking this purchase…

    Maybe it would look nice on my toes?
    Bummer :(