MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned gold with a pearly, slightly metallic, finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread evenly across the nail without a fuss. It dried down slightly faster than other shades in the range. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but they weren’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is more metallic. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It’s a glittering, white gold with larger multi-colored glitter. It was semi-sheer after two coats with noticeable translucency. It might be better as a top coat, though it’s almost too pigmented for that. Chanel Pearl Drop (LE, $27.00) was the closest I had in color, but it has such a different finish, so I wouldn’t consider them dupes.

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal green with pink multi-changing pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a plummy purple base with iridescent shimmer that shifts from bluish-teal to fiery pink-plum. It’s semi-opaque after two coats (it’s really a three-coater, if you want nice results). The shimmer/pearl disperses fairly evenly, and it dries down to a lightly glossy finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges or seem watery. Orly Galaxy Girl is very similar (thanks for the reminders!).

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MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer

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I’m not usually one for gold nails, but screaming bright is very nice. It’s paler and a little more antique (a bit greenish) in it’s finish. Golds than run with really strong gold tones look horrible against my skin.

MAC Formidable looks like a really unique color! I guess if you mix a bit of gold into something like Clinique black honey.. it might come close to this! Just thinking! 🙂

I LOVE Formidable. Hope it makes it to the UK! As for dupes, it reminded me of Illamasqua’s Canada exclusive Gothica.

The MAC looks a little thinner but also sparklier. Perhaps this will be a good dupe for those of who aren’t Canadian 😉

I believe that Orly’s Galaxy Girl is pretty close to Formidable. At least it was in the original Venomous Villains release 🙂

Silver Dew looks very pretty on you Christine!Both Sephora Formula X and L’oreal have shades/formulations that look super similar I find. You’re a very neat nail-painter!!Thnx for the swatches:)

So it’s not exactly a dupe but I was thinking that the ‘Formidable’ reminded me of your review of ‘Highlight’ when you put it over Heroin. I think I’d prefer to pay both of those and have the versatility and a bit more vibrancy.

These are really nice glitter nail polishes, not chunky at all. Also, I should mention that your application technique is really impressive.

Silver Dew is my favourite of these three, I think! I love ‘snowy’ nail polishes, somehow, especially if they sparkle! Formidable is very disappointing – it’s a great colour concept, and maybe it’d work for layering, but by itself it’s one of those awkwardly sheer shades that kind of has a subtle way of making nails look ‘dirty’ somehow. Maybe that’s not quite the right word, but there’s something about it that just doesn’t feel right!

Hi Christine! I have been seeing all of these reviews for nail lacquer, but I haven’t seen them on the website yet. Are these due to be released soon, are they permanent ? I love Formidable! Thanks! 🙂

Online July 3rd (North America), at all MAC locations on July 10th (North America); September 2014 (International). Permanent!

I’m definitely not floored by these polishes! I don’t mind Screaming Bright, but it’s the only one out of the bunch that I like. However, I think you could easily find a dupe for it elsewhere!

…whoops.

Sorry, MAC, I won’t be getting Formidable. I kinda forgot I already owned ORLY Galaxy Girl.

My polish stash is getting utterly ridiculous.

It does look nice! So, if Galaxy Girl is hard to find, I think Formidable would work out well.

Oh, dear. I like all three, will have to save all summer to be able to buy a lot of nail polishes in August – September when I hope they will be available here.
If I had to pick one it would be Formidable, it’s purpley (purply, purpely?) and I love purples!

Love “MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer”, this color mixed some bites of purple and blue, make me goes in love!

I always love nailpolish since 15 years maybe i’ll buy it a lot, but now i’m trying lots of new shades and textures, this market goes huge lately.

With love,
The pink lemonade

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