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MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with strong, warm red undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and I didn’t have any issues with application–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Libertango (LE, $19.00) is similar. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is also redder, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean plum [with a Cream finish].” It’s a cool-toned, muted berry with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied easily, though the consistency was slightly thin. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Vice (LE, $17.00) has a rubber finish. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is similar. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light, subtly warm-toned beige with a cream finish. It was a little streaky, and it wasn’t fully opaque after two coats, though it is one of the better light beige polishes I’ve tried by MAC (they seem to like this type of shade!). Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) is less orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer
MAC Bougainvillea Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer
MAC Dayflower Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer
MAC Thimbleweed Nail Lacquer

Nail Lacquer
MAC
$16.00/0.34 oz.

86%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Is it just me? I’ve never seen bougainvillea in that shade of orange. Almost all the vines/flowers I’ve ever seen have been sort of magenta/orchid (y’know, “colour of the year”) or fuchsia in colour. Do they actually grow in this vibrant orange shade?

Oh boy, your hands and nails look like that of a hand model’s!! and the lacquers are making me drool ,especially the orange one !

The caps are cool, and the colours are quite nice. I like Dayflower best (although I think it might be quite close to an OPi polish I have…)

I really like bougainvillea, but am a bit apprehensive about trying out Mac nail polish since I’ve heard so many bad things about the formula. Although, you did give it a fairly good rating. Too bad most of the dupes are LE. Christine, can you recommend an orange polish? Or perhaps post a top 10 like you’ve been doing with the lipsticks, if you haven’t done so already? Thanks! πŸ™‚

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