Sunday, February 5th, 2012

MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Vera: Nail Lacquers

This collection features two new and limited edition shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.). These shades include: Midsummer’s Dream (pale pink lilac) and Play Day (pale milky coral).

  • Midsummer’s Dream is a pale, milky pink with subtle cool undertones. It’s not quite opaque in two coats, but it’s more coverage than semi-sheer. It’s a little thick, and it is rather streaky on the initial coat. It’s very similar to China Galze Something Sweet. Nubar Pink Lily is warmer and brighter.
  • Play Day is a peachy orange with a cream finish. Like Midsummer’s Dream, it is a bit streaky and takes awhile to dry, and it will pull if you apply a second coat and it hasn’t had enough time to dry down. It’s not quite opaque after applying two coats of polish, so you may want to do three if you dislike visible nail line of any kind. Chanel Peche Nacree is lighter and pearled. Essie Haute as Hello is more coral. Essie Tart Deco is a few shades darker. Barielle Blossom is a little more coral and darker.

MAC nail lacquer usually leaves me underwhelmed. I haven’t had issues with wear, such as chipping, but not much does chip on me, so it’s rarely a problem. I tend to have difficult with the formula, though, which is terribly inconsistent. Sometimes it’s beautifully fluid and opaque, and other times, like here, it’s thick, halfway to goopy, and streaky. Funny enough, neither color description seemed to fit the actual shades.

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MAC Vera Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
Often, high-end brands put out some really complex, interesting colors, and while MAC can launch beautiful shades, they're not known for innovating in the nail category. Sometimes this innovation can forgive a less-than-stellar formula. Without it, it's just pricey, under-performing polish.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Midsummer's Dream Nail Lacquer
MAC Midsummer’s Dream Nail Lacquer

MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer
MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer

MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer
MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer

MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer
MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer

MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer
MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer

MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer
MAC Play Day Nail Lacquer

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20 thoughts on “MAC Vera Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    i like the colors :D too bad they aren’t better:(

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily emily o

    Wow! Streaky and really dupeable, and NARS can be had for less dosh then these online so…

  3. Lolly

    Thank you for your dupe suggestions for Midsummer’s Night Dream. I looked at other swatches on your site and across google of the suggestions you made and they look very similar. I can’t buy more makeup at this time (unfortunately) but I would love to have a nail polish in this color, so it’s great to have options that are not limited edition out there for a later time.
    Much appreciated!

  4. Kharina

    I agree that these are not excellent quality polishes for the price they run. I rather buy Zoya polishes which are WWAAAYYYY better! But for those that did like them, a little more work to make these polish better is to wear them. With white base polish underneath. I unfortunately do that with my streaky polishes but love the unique shade

  5. Tanyale

    I actually have on Something Sweet right now and I thought the same thing when I saw the first color. Thanks for the review. :)

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nicki Nicki

    Despite the streakiness though I really love the colors, especially of Play Day :)

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

    MAC has such beautiful colors but the quality does leave quite a lot to be desired. I’m willing to settle on a polish that’s of great quality even though it’s a similar shade and not considered a real dupe.

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

    I really like both colors, especially play day! So soft, but still spunky!

  9. Julia

    Is there an OPI dupe for Midsummer’s dream?

  10. Liz

    MAC Play Day is so cute. Thanks for the swatches,.

  11. Jillian

    Play Day looks extremely similar to Nails Inc. Wellington Square, and I have Something Sweet so I will have to pass on these.

  12. I actually fall in love with both of them!

  13. MORENA

    love this color. Im really feeling the warm colors.

  14. Both of these colours are really pretty – I’m gonna check them out!

  15. Ashley

    I had to do 4 coats until it looked good, but I love midsummer’s dream. I find grey-toned colours always look better on my olive skin, where warm neutrals make me look yellow.