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Shiny glossy nails with MAC Lacquer
MAC Nail Lacquer
Member Name: Gemma_C
MAC Nail Lacquer
Date: 26/05/10, updated on 26/05/10 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Really decent brush, good range of shades, gorgeous glossy finish.
Disadvantages: Is a bit pricey but it really is worth the price tag.
After being fed up of cheap nail varnishes not doing a good job, I decided to purchase a one from MAC from their recent Liberty of London limited edition range and then a bit later I got a nice summery coral shade from the To the Beach range. MAC calls their nail varnishes, 'nail lacquer' and they come in a good variety of shades and finishes, which many new shades released when new ranges appear. They cost £8 for a 10ml bottle so are comparable to Nails Inc though probably just that little bit cheaper.
The Nail Lacquers come in their own little cardboard boxes with a small circle cut out at the front to show the colour of the lacquer inside. The shade name is often on a little sticker somewhere on the box too, which is usually the standard plain black and white packaging but this can vary if you purchase a limited edition lacquer from a special range. I love the size of the MAC Nail Lacquers, they are much bigger than the types of nail varnishes you might buy from brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline and it's good to see you do get quite a good amount for your money. The bottle is the same design as all nail varnishes in that the lid unscrews and has the brush attached, except with the MAC Nail Lacquers the lid is a good, large, thick feeling matte lid, which sounds daft but you really get a good grip on this lid compared to the small flimsy plastic lids on cheaper brands.
As an added bonus, MAC Nail Lacquers have a high gloss formula along with a no streaking finish. They also contain conditioners and UV protection to help stop your nails from drying out, which I must say I have noticed a slight difference using the MAC nail lacquers compared to cheaper brands, as my nails feel softer than normal.
Using this nail lacquer is quick and easy, yet gives excellent results. I find one coating is good enough for my nails, though I do often go for 2 coatings if I can be bothered! I find that applying 2 coats or one decent thick coat helps my varnish last a good couple of days chip free. It might not sound much, but when I use cheaper brands such as Barry M or Rimmel, I often chip the varnish within a few hours, never mind days! I love the finish that the MAC Lacquer gives too; it really does have a lovely gloss finish to it, as well as it being completely streak free like it promises.
I'm certainly no expert when it comes to applying varnish, I wish I could apply it perfectly, but at least using this varnish gives me more of a professional looking finish than a cheaper brand does. It gives a nice bold colour with only one coating, the shiny gloss finish on my nails is gorgeous, and it even lasts a good 2-3 days for me before the first chips begin to appear around the tops of my nails.
I love the 2 shades that I have been using, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy some more Nail Lacquer from MAC as I've found it to be a really decent nail varnish. The £8 price tag might be deemed too expensive for some, but you really do get a good sized bottle of varnish and considering you won't need to be topping up those chips or re-painting the whole of your nails as often as a cheaper varnish, I would say it's extremely worth it.
MAC products can be bought from a MAC counter or from their website at www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Summary: Glossy nails from MAC.