MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer
MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a little plummy coloring and cream finish. It’s slightly cool-toned. MAC Girl About Town is brighter, pinker, less plum. MAC Toco Toucan is also brighter and pinker. Zoya Areej is similar but more plum in color, more subdued.
Embrace Me was opaque in two coats, but it was quite pigmented in a single coat. The consistency is on the thinner side, but it isn’t watery, so two coats is really necessary if you don’t use a ridge-filling base coat or if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth. Two coats also gives is a plusher look, as it does have a slightly glossy finish. I had no issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges when I applied it. I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it–what makes it almost like a plummy shade–is what makes it stand out from potential dupes. I usually see a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.