Thursday, August 30th, 2012

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC & Carine Roitfeld: Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a dark, brown-based red with a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is much darker. China Glaze Velvet Bow is several shades darker. Essie Size Matters is lighter, less brown. China Glaze City Siren has less brown. MAC Sly as a Fox is browner. Chanel Rouge Fatal is a smidgen browner. Essie Limited Addiction is very comparable.

It is mostly opaque after two coats, but there’s a small level of translucency–almost because it doesn’t look quite even.  The consistency was thin but not watery; each coat seemed to deliver a fair amount of color payoff, but there was some streakiness that impaired the overall result.  I don’t have problems with the wear of MAC’s polish formula (I get a week with minor tip wear but no chipping), but a lot of the shades don’t have stellar formulas.

P.S. — I didn’t think MAC polish could get more expensive this year, but I was wrong.

The Glossover

LE
product

Underfire

B+
Not bad, not great--of course, at this price point, it really needs to be a top notch polish. The color is dupeable enough that there doesn't seem to be much reason to settle for an under-performing high-end shade.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer
MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $17.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is much darker. China Glaze Velvet Bow is several shades darker. Essie Size Matters is lighter, less brown. China Glaze City Siren has less brown. MAC Sly as a Fox is browner. Chanel Rouge Fatal is a smidgen browner. Essie Limited Addiction is very comparable.

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21 thoughts on “MAC Underfire Red Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Roxana

    jeez, this price is absurd! even for a limited-edition product, this is seriously pushing what’s plausible.

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

    Pfffffffffffffftttt. $17.50 for a common blood-red shade but of mediocre to poor quality?? And Limited Edition, no less??!! Pfftt. I have a ton of these. In the cheaper vein, let’s start with OPI’s Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ which I think is extremely close, and possibly an identical dupe: http://tinyurl.com/cfm3dox Sally Hansen has quite a few similar ones, too, which are somewhere in my red nail varnish bag. And in the more expensive vein, for .50 cents more, I’d much prefer the amazing quality of NARS’ nail varnish with Chinatown which is another almost identical dupe, imo: http://tinyurl.com/cjw4598 Chinatown is such an under-rated blood red, imo. MAC can go suck an egg.

  3. Eileen

    Uh it always happens to me when these vampy shades are NOT self leveling. I got Essie’s Masquerade Belle a while ago and the same thing happened. I would be happy if its not opaque but looking consistent, you know?

    • Maybe that’s what happened… it seemed streaky, yet it didn’t, but the formula was thin, so I didn’t think it was a problem with leveling out, LOL!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ann Marie annie

    I am SO GLAD I am SO OVER MAC. This ugly, weak nailpolish is $17.50. That is ridiculous and sad.

  5. For MAC this is so uninspiring. I bet I can find something in my drugstore nail polish stash that looks better.

  6. Ari

    So for $17, I could buy an under-performing polish in a colour I can find cheaper somewhere else.

    Or I could buy two albums from some band I really love.
    Or a couple of e-books from my favourite author.
    Or heck, a cheap pair of flats to run around town in. The kind that you buy for under $20, the kind that look really cute and fall apart within a few months.

    Or I could throw another $13 onto the table and pick up a Burberry lipstick in a colour that’s perfect for me and with a formula that loves my lips.

    We’re in the middle of a recession still. Why on earth would I drop $17 on something that’s not actually fantastic?

  7. What is MAC’s problem?
    It looks like they are sabotaging their own brand with this line.

  8. Dinitchka

    Perfect fall dark red. Too bad it’s a MAC product and too bad it’s quality is subpar!

    * I have been a MAC fan for a gazallion years but within the last 2 years I have become more and more disappointed in the line. I’m not sure what happened. Did they lose their edge? Did they lose their love for a fantastic quality product or is it that they just don’t give a damn anymore? I used to buy every single LE colletion. This year I have bought -0-. I am so looking forward to the MM collection. I hope it is not disappointing since I am a lover, fan and admirer of Ms. Monroe.

  9. Danielle

    I am so over MAC raising their prices just to put out suck crappy quality. I no longer get excited about their LE products are there are usually made from the cheapest quality they have to offer. I hope their marketing team are reading the blogs and sees that most loyal buyers are becoming disgusted!

  10. For $17.50, I’d rather get 2 China Glaze lacquers (full price at Sally’s) + 3 Wet n Wild or NYC polishes. You can keep the change!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jessica Jessica

    $17.50 for these poor performing MAC LE shades!!! No thanks, I’ll stick with my Cult nail polish and it’s 4free formula:)

  12. I think I actually cringed looking at these photos. For $17.50?! No way!

  13. The only MAC nailpolish I own is Sly as a Fox from the Tartan Tale collection, and I’m pretty sure it is the only one I will ever own. I love it, but I believe it was only $13, and probably better quality than what they’ve been putting out lately too.

    Seriously MAC: less quantity, more quality, TRY IT.

  14. Beautiful colour! I love it! I’m not going to buy it though, it’s way too expensive and there probably is a cheaper alternative available, maybe even with better quality. I’ve heard MAC nail polishes can be very disappointing.

  15. Ugh boo. I have to buy this.

    I collect limited edition MAC nail polishes with special packaging. And unfortunately, these colors are stupid but have special packaging.

    I use them but. I mean, how frustrating. The price going up every year makes me want to give up entirely. fijakljaljkflhj

    I was actually planning on buying Limited Addiction, but yeah I gues this will kill my lemming of that. So at least it’s not a color I’d dislike.

  16. You’re right, I think only hardcore MAC fans will buy this shade.

  17. Sanguine13

    There are a GAZILLION blood red shades on the market already for under $10. $17.50 USD is absurd for an average nail polish.

  18. Nic

    $17.50 for a third of an ounce, when there are tons of options for better polish at less than half that price? Are they nuts??

  19. Brittany

    Pretty red..but there are better dark reds like this one that have that creme/jelly look to it. The price just isn’t worth it.. especially when their formula hasn’t improved.