Tried and tested: MAC nail lacquer

I am nail varnish freak. I can’t help myself, and as a result I have canvas bags scattered around my living room fit to burst full of nail polishes. Every colour, and pretty much every brand. There was one brand missing from my collection though, and that was MAC.
Publish date:
August 20, 2012
mac, nail polish, beauty reviews, tried and tested

Though I love their make-up, (their foundation saved my life as a teen) I have never managed to get on with their nail polish. The few I have had came out streaky or seemed to chip quickly which I was less then I was happy with. If you spend the money you expect to get a product of decent quality.

Little bottles of happiness

Now they’ve changed their formula and developed a new permanent colour range I decided it was time to give them another try. They say their three new longwear finishes are ‘visibly different’ providing a 'no-streak/no-chip finish.'

We tested out three colours in two different finishes, being greedy I tried two.

Being indecisive and greedy I tested 'Steamy' and 'Screming Bright'

The first, ‘Steamy’ is a hot Barbie pink with a cream finish. The colour glides on smoothly and gives good coverage, two coats are definitely needed to make the shade really pop, but the colour is strong and bold. A perfect holiday shade, it would look great with a tan.

The second ‘Screaming bright’ is a shiny metallic gold in a pearl finish. It’s a gorgeous light gold shade unlike most metallic golds it doesn’t come out too orangy. The finish is lovely and I’ve had so many compliments on it. And the best part is you only need one coat. I did apply two but that’s more out of habit. Like I said, I’m a nail varnish freak, it’s always base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat. If I deviate from that process I feel uneasy.

Phoebe opted for 'Skin'

The final colour, ‘Skin’ is pretty self explanatory, it’s a flesh coloured tone for Adele style plastic mannequin effect nails, again in a cream finish. Being such a pale tone this does need a few coats, Phoebe tried this one and went for three.

The cream finish polishes dry with a gel-like smoothness and the best part is they all dry very quickly. We’re not talking a Rimmel 60-second jobby, but a whole lot faster then Chanel, which for me is a paint-your-nails-while-watching-a-movie situation.

I’d say on the whole we’re pretty impressed. The colours are fantastic, the quality is greatly improved, the packaging is sleek and cool and at £10 each they won’t break the bank.

All in all a pretty impressive 4 out of 5