MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

Three Nail Lacquers for Style Seekers

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquers ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) come in three shades: Gadabout Girl (blackened plum), Mean & Green (purple with teal multi-changing pearl), and Styleseeker (duochrome orange-red). Quick note: the press release indicates these are $16, and normal polish price is $16 at MAC, but online, these three are listed at $15.

Gadabout Girl is a deep blackened burgundy with a hint of purple. The color wasn’t completely opaque after two coats, mostly because it had some streakiness, so the color just wasn’t even everywhere. As you can see, there’s no real visible nail line, but it’s not opaque. The formula was thin. China Glaze Urban Night is lighter, more eggplant-purple. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is redder/browner in tone. Rescue Beauty Lounge Moulin Rouge is very similar but applies more opaque. Deborah Lipmann Single Ladies is redder. MAC Blueblood was rather close. China Glaze Velvet Bow is redder. Urban Decay Wrecked is a smidgen redder. MAC Purple Majesty is very similar. Zoya Anja is rather close. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is also quite similar.

Mean & Green has a murky blackened olive base color with green and purple sparkle/micro-glitter. It has a duochrome, so it flashes from pink-purple to olive-green.  This shade was originally released with Venomous Villains (which is the bottle I swatched here), and it has since been added to the permanent range. It wasn’t quite opaque after two coats. Orly Space Cadet is exactly the same.

Styleseeker is a rich orange-red with metallic threads of ruby shimmer. The duochrome on this is very subtle, and that’s partially because the colors are just so similar that it’s hard to see. It’s no Bad Fairy. There are some noticeable brush strokes, but they’re subtle, and it was opaque after two coats. It has a longer drying time. Nubar Bronzo is darker. I think Nubar might have a dupe of this, as they have several duochromes, but I wasn’t able to remember/find the shade that I’m thinking of.

Mean & Green is now part of the permanent range, so you don’t have to rush out to get it. Gadabout Girl seems extremely dupeable, so it’s not a shade that seems worth dealing with a thin formula for. Styleseeker was the best overall and the shade I couldn’t think of a great dupe for.  I typically get a week of wear with no chipping and just minor tip wear with MAC’s formula.  MAC’s polishes are more expensive than they seem they should be (for a mid-end brand), especially since you only get 0.34 fl. oz.

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
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MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer
MAC Gadabout Girl Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer
MAC Mean & Green Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer
MAC Styleseeker Nail Lacquer

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About the Reviewer

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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Thank you for the swatches Christine. When I saw the swatch for styleseeker it rang a bell for me. I wonder how it compares to the fall 2012 OPI Danke-Shiny Red. They look pretty darn close but it’s so hard to tell on the moniter. Your pics are always fantastic! Other sites sometimes their cameras don’t pick up the colors or their lighting is different from yours so it’s hard for me to tell. I’ve never had a problem choosing a polish from your swatches~ always true photos!

Thank you so much, Katherine!

I think Orly’s fall collection has something similar, but I haven’t swatched it yet so I’m not sure – and if nail polish brands are true to form, I wouldn’t be surprised if OPI’s was close, too!

Love It or Leave It is only on review posts, and I saw it on all of the posts for past couple of days when I just checked except one that wasn’t categorized right. Do you share an IP? If so, then it is one vote per IP!

Hi Christine: It’s very weird because this is a review post and I do not see the Love it or Leave it buttons at all. I usually see them whether or not I have already voted. I do not share my IP. In this case, and the one yesterday, I see the stats on the voting, but the actual buttons are not on my screen whatsoever. Bizarre!

Well, definiteley I prefer the Orly fall collection and the amazing Germany collection from OPI. I do love M.A.C except for their nail polishes which are often dupable and not to pretty in fact.

Yay! The polish I was thinking about did well! But now that I see the swatch I’m leaning towards not getting it.

I thought the duochrome would be more apparent, but I really can’t see it and it’s not good if I can’t see a duochrome in a closeup photo because then I question being able to see it in real life.

Ah well, thank you for the swatches. They’re helpful as always.

Hi Rachel!

Did you read the beginning of the post? I covered this – here it is copied & pasted for you: “Quick note: the press release indicates these are $16, and normal polish price is $16 at MAC, but online, these three are listed at $15.” Hope that helps! 🙂

Gadabout Girl reminds me of Essie’s Carry On and Wicked. Carry On is a bit more purple, and Wicked is a bit redder. But really, there are a gazillion vampy red/burgundy polishes out there.

Thanks for your swatches as always. I am pretty sure that “Deutsch you want me Baby” by OPI is a dupe to styleseeker. But I know you do no longer review Opis…

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