This week MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection (swatches & photos) was launched in Romania and I went to the store to swatch all the products and get a piece of this collection.
The nail lacquers were the first products I tested but on the display there were only 4 out of 5 shades launched in this collection so the new Rich Rich Rich glitter gold shade was missing. Due to the special packaging with Marilyn Monroe photos these nail lacquers are a little bit more expensive ($17.50 – 75.00 Lei) than the permanent shades ($16.50 – 65.00 Lei) but if you want you can choose to buy Flaming Rose and Vintage Vamp in their regular packaging later on since they are part of the permanent collection.
MAC Vintage Vamp nail lacquer is a rich deep wine with red and burgundy undertones and a creamy finish. Two coats were not enough to get an even color because this polish is so streaky and even though is a dark shade it was not fully opaque. There are a lot of similar shades out there which can deliver a full opacity and an excellent application without being streaky. I worn the polish for about 4 days without a top coat but on the second day the color started fading from my tips but without chipping and on the fourth day was almost impossible to keep in on my nails.
MAC Stage Red is a dark berry red with a cream finish. The application went without pooling, streaking or bubbling and the color is really opaque after the coats. The formula is thin, not very thick or watery just perfect for an easy application. After four days of wearing Stage Red without a top coat the color was still vibrant and kept a decent amount of shine but the tips were starting to show off so this was the end.
MAC Flaming Rose polish is described as a true red but I find it to be more of a medium red with a creamy finish. The formula was similar with Stage Red nail polish and the color was opaque in two coats delivering a decent shiny effect. The application went well without problems and due to thin polish formula it dried down very fast. I wear on me for about 4 days without a top coat but it started fading on the tips on the second day.
MAC Kid Orange lacquer is a repromote and is a bright coral with red undertones. It has a cream finish but not the same as the previous two colors described because I felt it a little bit jelly even though the formula was the same. It looks almost opaque in two coats but if you want you add a third coat. It wear on me decently for two days and after started to fade noticeably at the ends while on the third day only 2/3 of the color was left on my nails. I tested this color without a top coat but still only 2 days of color are not enough for a polish with this price.
Overall most of these lacquers have a good formula and two of them are opaque in two coats while other are almost opaque. Vintage Vamp could improve its formula and work a bit on the color opacity. Talking about long-lasting nail polishes I would say these are fit to enter this category because after two days the polish starts fading but if you wear them with a top coat probably you can get up to 4 days of decent color.
Enjoy more photos…
From left to right: Vintage Vamp, Stage Red, Flaming Rose, Kid Orange – one coat
MAC nail lacquers in two coats
MAC nail lacquers after 4 days – without a top coat
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