Saturday, February 13th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Studded Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Finally, there are three matte-finish nail polishes. They are: Wham, Bam, Glam (officially described as a matte cool dark taupe), Studded (officially described as a matte true silver with pearl), and Black Enough? (officially described as a matte black).

Surprisingly, it feels like MAC was late to the party on this. They do, normally, seem to be fairly timely with their trend-based products. The formula on these is too thick for my taste–they’re almost kind of goopy. You might need to thin these polishes down a bit to make them easier to use. Even though matte nails are kind of cool, I do find they accent any flaws you have in your nails (like I have some vertical ridges/lines on mine, shh). Like other matte lacquers, these dry incredibly fast, which is probably my favorite aspect of matte polishes in general!

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

  • Wham, Bam, Glam is a dark taupe with a matte finish. Read the second paragraph in the post about texture/feel–it’s consistent across all three shades. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.
  • Studded is a silver shimmered gray with a matte finish, but it looks almost foiled or metallic, because of the shimmer. I liked this one out of the three, because it applied the best and looked the nicest afterward. It was still a bit thick in the formula, though. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.
  • Black Enough? is a rich matte black. Again, the formula was thick and the matte formula has a tendency to showcase imperfections in my nails. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.

Are you still feeling the matte look?

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Wham, Bam, Glam Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Studded Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Black Enough? Nail Lacquer

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37 thoughts on “MAC Riveting Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. denise

    very nice color payoff

  2. Emily

    You used the same picture for all three of the swatches. Just wanted to let you know!

  3. Jess

    thank god that nothing from this collection appeals to me lol
    “Studded” looks gorgeous,but im sure i have something similar to it already 😛

  4. Allie

    Studded looks great. The other two are kinda meh, done to death.

  5. Studded looks very nice!

  6. Teddy

    the taupe is really pretty!

  7. egon

    Wham, Bam, Glam has my name all over it =)

  8. Hannah

    im thinking about studded with a topcoat (defeats the point but…yeah)

  9. Anitacska

    Studded is pretty, but I’m not a nail polish person, and already have plenty of polishes for the 3 times a year that I actually wear some. :)

  10. rowan

    i want black enough badly!

  11. amy

    I am definitely getting studded!

  12. I like Studded but I can find something with a silver shimmered gray and use a matte top coat on it.

  13. Andrea

    Studded looks good!

  14. Studded is my favorite of these, but I like that they are all very matte!

  15. Penny

    I’m so disappointed that the nail polishes are matte. :( I guess some people like that look, but imho, hair and nails should always be shiny.

  16. LNU

    I like studded, but not a fan of the others!

  17. AnGeLwInGz

    Studded doesn’t look all that matte to me. I have a similar Chanel one (Kaleidoscope). In general I don’t like matte polishes.

  18. Samantha

    Am I the only one who is in love with Wham, Bam, Glam?? I know matte emphasizes ridges but I just love this taupe colour. Christine, what other brands sell nail lacquer with this time of matte finish?

  19. Kalee

    studded looks cool. i might get it. im a sucker for i also love how the matte polishes dry quick too, but i think id still put a shiny topcoat over it anyway.

  20. I think i’ll get Studded, but skip the other two for now.

  21. Ashley

    Those are TOO matte.
    Like, flat. They remind me of when I used to paint my nails with white-out in elementary school.

    I like mattes, just not FLAT. I think I prefer something that is a little bit satiny, or at least a matte with a subtle buffed appearance.

  22. cloudburst

    Not a fan of the mattes.

  23. Studded looks amazing!

  24. Trisha Mae!

    Studded looks ah-mazing.

  25. I actually like the matte ones. If you want to get rid of/hide the vertical ridges on ur nails try:,default,pd.html use it every other day as a treatment or underneathe your polish as a base, it hides my ridges perfectly. Also a good buffing would even them out.

  26. I like all 3 :) can’t wait to try these. As always, great pictures, thanks!

  27. Luisafer

    nope… guess not for me :(
    the one I liked Studded, that is pretty…

  28. Jessica

    i currently have studded on my nails, and i love it. it went on smoothly, and looks great.

  29. I am in love with the nail lacquers but apparently this collection was on just in the US :(
    technical question as I am not much into nail polishes anyway… how come you start painting the nail so far from the bottom? just curious, cause most likely this is my ignorance showing :) xx