Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Dangerously Fun Nail Lacquer
MAC Dangerously Fun Nail Lacquer

MAC Apres Chic: Dangerously Fun

MAC Dangerously Fun Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “berry-toned blue red.” It’s a deep red with a cream finish. It’s almost the same as China Glaze Merry Berry. China Glaze Winter Berry is a touch lighter. Essie Size Matters is a bit more berry-hued. China Glaze City Siren is darker.

This shade had a beautiful, flowing consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin. It yielded full, opaque color coverage after two coats, and it was fairly pigmented in one coat as well. I didn’t have problems with bubbling, streaking, or the polish pooling along the edges. It had a nice, shiny dry down, too. MAC polish typically lasts a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Dangerously Fun

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Excellent formula and color coverage--it's just one of those shades that is great to have on hand but many versions are available.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer
MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer

MAC Strength: Triumphant Nail Lacquer

MAC Triumphant Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a hint of gray, and it has a cream finish. Dior Exquis is darker and has shimmer. NARS Bad Influence is much darker and grayer–more of a taupe. Chanel Khaki Rose seemed the clsoest, though it’s a bit darker.

The formula on Triumphant, was a triumph! over Muscle Tone.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it covered evenly and easily, while the polish flowed across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  It was fully opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a slight natural sheen.  I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s polishes; no chipping and just minor tip wear.

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Triumphant

A
Great color coverage, excellent formula and flow, and no streaking at all make Triumphant a worthwhile nude to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer
MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Strength: Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer

MAC Muscle Tone Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale neutral nude.” It’s a light beige with mostly neutral undertones but perhaps leans a little warm when I see it against my skin tone. It has a cream finish. MAC Sandpiper is sheerer but similar. Essie Brooch the Subject is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is darker.

This polish didn’t want to apply well at all. I tried three different applications, and the third attempt still came out streaky, uneven, and all-around poorly!  MAC definitely has a stiffer/sharper brush that seems to make their pale creams more prone to streaking.  Even when I layered a really thick second coat on top and tried to minimize how many passes of the brush I used, I couldn’t get it to level and even out. The consistency of the polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t seem so thick that it was going to be problematic (though it was).

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Muscle Tone

D+
This polish didn't want to apply well at all. I tried three different applications, and the third attempt still came out streaky, uneven, and all-around poorly!

Product

4.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

MAC Blue Gaze Nail Lacquer
MAC Blue Gaze Nail Lacquer

Is It Blue or Is It Purple?

MAC Blue Gaze Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark periwinkle.” It’s a bluish purple with a cream finish. At a glance, it’s indigo, and when you look more closely, there’s a definite, strong blueness to the color. SpaRitual blue Moon is a touch purpler and has shimmer. MAC Breezy Blue is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is bluer.

It’s one of two shades from MAC Taste Temptation. The other shade is still listed as “coming soon!” online, so I was not able to purchase it yet.  Blue Gaze was so easy to work with; I didn’t experience any streaking (which is something I experience more often than average with MAC’s formula), and the pigmentation was incredible.  It was mostly opaque after one coat, but I did use two for the swatches.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail and never pooled along the edges of the nail.  I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s nail lacquer formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — At a glance, would you call it blue… or purple? If you had to pick one?

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Blue Gaze

A
Blue Gaze is a beautifully pigmented cream polish that applied easily and without trouble.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

MAC Grey Friday Nail Lacquer
MAC Grey Friday Nail Lacquer

Thank Goodness for Grey Friday

MAC Grey Friday Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black matte with silver suede pearl.” It’s a charcoal black with multi-sized silver shimmer and micro-shimmer. The finish is not quite matte, but it’s not glossy. It has that suede-like finish MAC was hinting at. China Glaze Stone Cold has less shimmer. MAC Military is similar but more matte and has less shimmer. Nubar Midnight is the closest, as it has a higher shimmer content than the other two shades I mentioned, but it, too, has more of a matte finish.

This polish was actually very, very good. It was fully opaque in two coats, though almost opaque in a single one, and flowed beautifully across the nail. The consistency was just right without being thick or thin, and I didn’t have any trouble with streaking, bubbling, or polish pooling on the edges. It was, quite frankly, one of the best consistencies I’ve seen MAC put out. It wore seven days on me without chipping, but I will be the first to point out that very nearly nothing chips on me. I had minor tip wear, a little more than average, but not by much.

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Grey Friday

A
It was, quite frankly, one of the best consistencies I've seen MAC put out. The interesting finish added to its appeal and made it more unique among potential dupes.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, October 26th, 2012

MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer
MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer

A Grab Bag of Holiday Polish

MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Endless Night (pale grey pink with iridescent pearl), Everything That Glitters (black with super multidimensional glitter), Girl Trouble (super glitter pink), and In the Limelight (mid-tone creamy mint).  Because of the white-colored labeling (instead of black), MAC has tacked on $1.50 to the cost of each polish.

Endless Night is a cool-toned, light-medium beige with iridescent pink micro-shimmer. It’s not quite opaque after two coats.  The consistently was a little watery. MAC Quiet Time is darker, no shimmer. Essie Topless & Barefoot is just a smidgen lighter, has no shimmer, and leans slightly pink. Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude would be similar, though it’s a bit darker–it has the same pink shimmer.

Everything That Glitters is a dark black with multi-colored micro-glitter–lots of blue, pink, and green predominantly. It’s opaque after two coats, and the glitter particles disperse evenly. It is very similar to Butter London The Black Knight from what I can tell.

Girl Trouble is a metallic, cool-toned pink with silver micro-glitter. It is part of the permanent range. The consistency was a little watery. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it dried down faster than the other three shades. China Glaze Encouragement is similar in color but not metallic. NARS Night Rider is darker.

In the Limelight is a cool-toned, mint green with a cream finish. This was very, very streaky. After I applied one coat, I attempted to apply a second coat, and it was a big mess. The only way I could get it to look half-decent was to glob on a second coat and maneuver my hands by waving them around to get the polish to level out without using the brush.   Illamasqua Nomad is much darker, greener. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is greener. Zoya Wednesday is darker. MAC Mischievous Mint is very similar.

Everything That Glitters was the best performing shade, because it was opaque after two coats, and the consistently wasn’t too thick or thin, so it applied evenly.  Endless Night is a little sheer, and with this kind of color, some might prefer it that way.  Girl Trouble will drag if you move too quickly on a second coat, and it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like.  In the Limelight was a nightmare to apply, and in order to get even results, it took over an hour before I could really move my hands, and even then, I took a smudged off a chunk of it just by lightly brushing another finger against it.  It doesn’t level well, so be very, very careful when you apply your second coat.

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MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquer Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B
In the Limelight is the big loser here, because of the thicker consistency and streaky performance. Everything That Glitters was the easiest to work with out of this bunch.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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