Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright true orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a tangerine orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. Dior Mango is brighter, while China Glaze Orange You Hot? is brighter and has faint shimmer. Zoya Arizona is very similar. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter and shimmery. China Glaze Papaya Punch is darker.

Riot Gear was only somewhat streaky on the first initial coat, but a second coat evened it out and covered any of the remaining streaks from the first coat.  It was the best of the four MAC polishes I swatched yesterday.  It was very nearly opaque after two coats, but at certain angles and when there was more light, there was a hint of visible nail line.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied without pooling along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chipping.

The Glossover

LE
product

Riot Gear

B+
It's one of the better polishes that I've swatched from the recent collections, though it is not without its downsides. At this price point, it should be better.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $16.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Dior Mango is brighter, while China Glaze Orange You Hot? is brighter and has faint shimmer. Zoya Arizona is very similar. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter and shimmery. China Glaze Papaya Punch is darker.

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16 thoughts on “MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Angelica

    Your ring is so beautiful Christine! And that colour is so pretty!

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

    I love these Mac & Cheese colors, but I feel like this might be similar to Zoya Sharon, which I already have. At least Riot Gear didn’t have a disaster formula like the other MAC polishes! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marisa Marisa

    This is a gorgeous shade, but when Zoya makes a dupe it’s hard to justify choosing MAC, I’ll just go with Zoya and get the beauty in a better formula for less. I just wish it was available in more places. :/

  4. Such a pretty color! Did it dry fast? Sometimes I find that yellow and/or yellow-based colors take such a long time to dry! Have you ever encountered this issue with any of the nail polishes you tested, Christine?

  5. I love the way this looks. Can’t wait to get mine.

  6. I love this shade! The color is gorgeous. Definitely purchasing it. Thanks for this review!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Anna Anna

    This is gorgeous and I’m a Hayley Williams fan. However, I already have Zoya Arizona, so I think I’ll pick up the Daydreamer Eyeshadow instead

  8. I love this color… not so much on nails, but in general

  9. I absolutely love this color, but I wish the formula was better!

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

    This looks like a shiny dupe for Illamasqua’s “Optimist”, which is a rubber finish. (Seriously one of my favorite colors!)

  11. Nicky

    Which collection please ?