MAC Riveting Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Studded Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection: Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Finally, there are three matte-finish nail polishes. They are: Wham, Bam, Glam (officially described as a matte cool dark taupe), Studded (officially described as a matte true silver with pearl), and Black Enough? (officially described as a matte black).

Surprisingly, it feels like MAC was late to the party on this. They do, normally, seem to be fairly timely with their trend-based products. The formula on these is too thick for my taste–they’re almost kind of goopy. You might need to thin these polishes down a bit to make them easier to use. Even though matte nails are kind of cool, I do find they accent any flaws you have in your nails (like I have some vertical ridges/lines on mine, shh). Like other matte lacquers, these dry incredibly fast, which is probably my favorite aspect of matte polishes in general!

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Wham, Bam, Glam is a dark taupe with a matte finish. Read the second paragraph in the post about texture/feel–it’s consistent across all three shades. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.
  • Studded is a silver shimmered gray with a matte finish, but it looks almost foiled or metallic, because of the shimmer. I liked this one out of the three, because it applied the best and looked the nicest afterward. It was still a bit thick in the formula, though. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.
  • Black Enough? is a rich matte black. Again, the formula was thick and the matte formula has a tendency to showcase imperfections in my nails. Two coats to get a fairly even look and feel.

Are you still feeling the matte look?

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Wham, Bam, Glam Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Studded Nail Lacquer

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Black Enough? Nail Lacquer

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Am I the only one who is in love with Wham, Bam, Glam?? I know matte emphasizes ridges but I just love this taupe colour. Christine, what other brands sell nail lacquer with this time of matte finish?

studded looks cool. i might get it. im a sucker for sparkles.lol i also love how the matte polishes dry quick too, but i think id still put a shiny topcoat over it anyway.

Those are TOO matte.
Like, flat. They remind me of when I used to paint my nails with white-out in elementary school.

I like mattes, just not FLAT. I think I prefer something that is a little bit satiny, or at least a matte with a subtle buffed appearance.

I am in love with the nail lacquers but apparently this collection was on just in the US 🙁
technical question as I am not much into nail polishes anyway… how come you start painting the nail so far from the bottom? just curious, cause most likely this is my ignorance showing 🙂 xx

It makes it easier to remove without getting any on the cuticle since I just do these for quick swatches to show color!

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