MAC for Gareth Pugh: Ascension Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as “grey with blue-violet reflective pearl.” It’s a murky grayish-green with a grayish-purple iridescence that comes together in a duochrome finish. The duochrome is definitely there, but I think some of the sheerness prevents it from really shining. When you look at the nails head-on, it is mostly a murky purple-gray, and then when you tilt and angle your nails, the murky green-gold comes through. It’s very, very similar to Wet ‘n’ Wild Grey’s Anatomy, which is a known dupe for the pricier Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game. MAC’s version is more pigmented than Grey’s Anatomy, where three coats was almost opaque, while there was still a lot of visible nail line at three coats with Grey’s Anatomy.

It’s only a smidgen less than regular MAC lacquers–0.34 oz. for $15.00 normally–although, I guess going from 10ml regularly to 9ml is a 10% decrease! The packaging is a heavy, square glass bottle with a glossy black cap. The bottle is rather large–larger than Deborah Lippmann–but the actual polish is just enclosed in a thicker glass surround.

I haven’t tested the Gareth Pugh polishes for wear, but I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear with MAC’s nail lacquers. The formula wasn’t too thick or thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail. It does have a more metallic finish, so you will see some brush strokes.

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer

MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer
MAC Ascension Nail Lacquer


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FadBurger Avatar

How disappointing, I was hoping it’d be much more different :(. There was also a similar $OPI shade for the Glee collection, and the Katy Perry for OPI collection had one too :/ boooooring.

Ani_BEE Avatar

I own Grey’s Anatomy because the shade reminds me of an old Cabbodel Platinum I loved. I’m still tempted to pick this up since the ticker formula is a nice feature (but the $28(?) CAN price tag makes me cringe)

Claire Avatar

I’ve become a real sucker for nail polishes lately and this looks amazing in the bottle. Not so much on the nail, but it could make for an interesting layering shade! I think the polishes are the thing I’m most excited for in this collection, so I’ll more than likely pick them all up!

UrbanBeautiful Avatar

woooooah 😀 kewl :)))
i wish i could fiiiiiinally stop biting my nails :((( but i just cant… i have so many polishes… and there are so many that i want, but my nails are just to short and ugly for me to do anything with them. and i just cant get myself to stop :((((
aww so beautiful, i would buy it, but then again, it would just lye around. 🙁

Julia Avatar

TWENTY-THREE DOLLARS? Ugh. I know, couture collection, Gareth Pugh, cool packaging, blah blah blah, but Dior is $22/.33 oz. Chanel is $25/.4 oz. This is more expensive than both. I have a ton of polish so the size isn’t a big deal to me but the high price is a huge, huge turn-off. Especially $23, it’s like a number pulled out of thin air. $20? Okay. But those extra three dollars? Noooooooo. If you really want to treat yourself you can get the Lippmann and save $7! As it is I already have Grey’s Anatomy, so I’ll grit my teeth at the ugly bottle and save my $23 for something else.

Hillary Avatar

This looks SO similar to OPI’s by Katy Perry Not Like the Movies. The only thing is OPI’s seems to be a little darker, but still it’s the same duochrome colors. Does it not??

Caitlin Avatar

I first thought about Gray’s Anatomy. If you don’t want to splurge on MAC’s nail polish just put a white nail polish under 2 coats of NYC’s and it goes opaque! 🙂

Donalene Avatar

I really can’t wait to try it! It’s different. So many brands are getting to be so alike it’s ridiculous. I own hundreds of colors and obviously alot are alike-but I’m in the business so you need a shade different here and there. It’s cool!

Miriam Avatar

I love wet n wild grey’s anatomy. I bought drug store nail polish after almost 4 years and I can’t believe how much wear time I got out of a $2 polish (6 days to be exact). In the past I bought MAC nail polishes but they always end up chipping in a day so as much as I think the packaging is beautiful, I’d skip this and settle for Grey’s Anatomy any day. Nonetheless, it’s still a beautiful color but definitely not unique.

Kendal Avatar

There is NO WAY in sweet Jesus I am paying $28 CAN for that nail polish!!! It looks exactly like SOPI Mash-Up, OPI Not like the Movies and a $2 dollar polish: WetnWild Grays Anatomy!!! SOOOOOOOO unoriginal and disappointing!!!!

Christine O Avatar

hmmmm, I have both Beetle and Space Cadet and I thought Space Cadet looked pretty close but it is a bit darker. I just bought my SC so maybe a different batch makes the difference, I don’t know? I far more trust your opinion than mine… Your the makeup expert. Thanks for the reply though.

BethM Avatar

This is really pretty. I might try to find the Deborah Lippman version of this color, as I don’t have any DL polishes yet.

I’m not planning on buying anything else from this collection, though, so if I can’t find the DL version, I may cave and just get this one.

Michelle Avatar

If there are people living in Holland/Germany/Swiss/Belgium,… and your drugstore carries Catrice
This colour is just like Catrice’s Iron Mermaiden and it’s only EUR 2,49!!!

Michelle Avatar

Looks nice on the nails, but so much better in the bottle. Not worth the price tag…especially if Wet n Wild has a dupe, even if it’s not as opaque.

Noni Avatar

LAME! Chanel-peridot is similar and way prettier!! for that price? Another reason why I don’t use MAC, there are better brands on everything MAC does. Price is a concern? I’D rather drugstore brands over MAC anyday!!!

busted Avatar

W&W Gray’s Anatomy was totally opaque for me in 3 coats. For the price of this one you can buy a WHOLE DOZEN W&W-GA at any drugstore, pass them out to your friends and have a big matchy-match manicure party! woohoo!*:•;°:•°:°•:*•*:•*°°

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