MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer
MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Comic Cute (bright coral), Double Trouble (deep navy), Past Curfew (deep berry), and Pep Pep Pep (light peach nude). As an important note: they do NOT have any designs on the actual bottle; the caps are white but that’s it (promo images showed Betty/Veronica on the glass itself). I purchased these, so it’s not a problem with an early run or anything like that.
Comic Cute is a pop of medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick. MAC Please Me is a touch darker. OCC Extravaganza is darker and has shimmer.
Double Trouble is a deep, dark, navy blue with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some underlying translucency. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it was a bit streaky when I first applied it. shu uemura Bleu Splendor is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter. ORLY La Playa is very similar.
Past Curfew is a darkened red with hints of berry and pink in it with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was the best-applying shade out of the four. China Glaze Merry Berry is redder. MAC Dangerously Fun is much redder. Dior Graphic Berry is very similar. Essie Size Matters is also very comparable.
Pep Pep Pep is a pale peach with a cream finish. It was somewhat opaque after two coats, but it was a little streaky and uneven. The consistency was very thick and almost gloppy. MAC Life & Beth is just a touch darker.
MAC’s brush continues to be problematic and exacerbate any formula issues a shade has, because the bristles are very roughly cut and stiff. Two of the bottles had some splayed bristles as well. At $17.50 (and for 0.34 fl. oz.!), you can’t have those kinds of issues! I know–broken record–but the price point of MAC’s polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there. The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with MAC’s formula, which is the most consistent thing about them.