MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright true orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a tangerine orange with warm, yellowy undertones and a cream finish. Dior Mango is brighter, while China Glaze Orange You Hot? is brighter and has faint shimmer. Zoya Arizona is very similar. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter and shimmery. China Glaze Papaya Punch is darker.

Riot Gear was only somewhat streaky on the first initial coat, but a second coat evened it out and covered any of the remaining streaks from the first coat.  It was the best of the four MAC polishes I swatched yesterday.  It was very nearly opaque after two coats, but at certain angles and when there was more light, there was a hint of visible nail line.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied without pooling along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chipping.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer
MAC Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

16 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
Deb Avatar

I love these Mac & Cheese colors, but I feel like this might be similar to Zoya Sharon, which I already have. At least Riot Gear didn’t have a disaster formula like the other MAC polishes! Thanks for sharing.

Marisa Avatar

This is a gorgeous shade, but when Zoya makes a dupe it’s hard to justify choosing MAC, I’ll just go with Zoya and get the beauty in a better formula for less. I just wish it was available in more places. :/

Julia Avatar

Such a pretty color! Did it dry fast? Sometimes I find that yellow and/or yellow-based colors take such a long time to dry! Have you ever encountered this issue with any of the nail polishes you tested, Christine?

Anna Avatar

This is gorgeous and I’m a Hayley Williams fan. However, I already have Zoya Arizona, so I think I’ll pick up the Daydreamer Eyeshadow instead

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!