Product Type: MAC makeup
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Mac Overlacquer Nail Varnish - Quality does not match the price tag!
MAC Overlacquer Nail Varnish
Member Name: debbie41176
MAC Overlacquer Nail Varnish
Advantages: Quick drying, and not too overpriced compared to other High End branded topcoats.
Disadvantages: Not very long lasting, not very high shine, and the brush is very cheap looking.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
I recently purchased this clear topcoat from MAC Online. I needed a new topcoat and MAC were offering a few mascara with every online purchase. Never one to pass up a freebie, I thought I'd try out MAC's topcoat and see what it was like. I figured that it would bound to be fine 'because it was MAC'. Oh, how naive!
WHAT MAC SAY
"A fast drying high gloss top coat that amplifies M·A·C Lacquer's high gloss finish while providing a protective coating against everyday wear and tear. Formulated with UV protection, helps reduce sun-related fading and discolouration. Colourless. Instantly guards your nail and manicure!"
PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE
If you purchase this from MAC, MAC's website, or a department store that supplies MAC (Debenhams or Selfridges) it will cost you £9 for the standard 10ml bottle.
You're probably not going to find a genuine version of this cheaper elsewhere so I'd recommend spending the full £9 if you want to try this.
The bottle comes in a black cardboard box with the details printed in white. There is a cut out at the front of the box so you can see what you're getting.
The lacquer itself is in a clear glass bottle with rounded matte black lid. The MAC logo is embossed on the glass. A sticker underneath will give you the product details.
When I received my MAC overlacquer I was disappointed to see that the bristles of the black brush were splaying out in all directions. I'm a huge fan of MAC cosmetics and have probably over 50 MAC bits and pieces in my makeup box. This is the first product that I felt was 'faulty' in some way.
I didn't send this back due to the time / effort involved. I figured I could put up with the brush issue because it's a clear polish and therefore I wouldn't need to be so precise with application.
I gave this top coat a try over two coats of a MAC nail polish (Ice Cream, which is a bright pink from MAC's Quite Cute collection). As I would usually, I let the two coats of pink dry before applying my topcoat.
Despite the 'faulty' brush, the polish applied reasonably well. The bottle is a decent shape so you can easily hold this in one hand when applying your topcoat. Had the brush not had the sticky out bristles, I still don't think it would be a top quality brush. It's quite cheap looking and not tapered or slanted as you may expect with a high end branded product.
The coat dried quickly so I was impressed here, not overly impressed because you can buy quick drying top coats on the high street for under a fiver!
What I really want from a good quality overlacquer / top coat, is longevity. I am usually busy with work and house work, so without a topcoat can end up with chipped polish after a day or so of wear.
I also look for a high shine. I first discovered my love of super high shine topcoats with Nail Inc's Albert Bridge. So for a topcoat to impress me I'd want it to be equally shiny!
MAC overlacquer did keep my polish unchipped for a day or so longer than if I hadn't been wearing any top coat at all. But not as long as with other topcoats (Albert Bridge for one!).
It did not have a high shine appearance at all so I'm very surprised that it boasts a 'high gloss finish'. It wouldn't say that it added any extra shine to my manicure.
I was quite disappointed with this overlacquer from MAC, and am surprised to see the rave reviews elsewhere!
The price is reasonable compared to some, but you can pick up a Nails Inc Albert Bridge Topcoat from ebay for about £4.99 posted (despite it having a slightly higher RRP).
If you're a MAC addict like myself, you'll probably end up trying this anyway, and like some other reviewers, might even like it!
If you're after a really good topcoat, I cannot recommend this one and would recommend going for a brand that specializes in nails rather than cosmetics in general (so Nails Inc or OPI would be good places to start looking).
MAC has some amazing ranges of cosmetics, and their pigments, lipsticks, brushes and blushes are top notch. Unfortunately I haven't been overly impressed with their nail products. Sorry MAC, I can't rate you highly on this occasion!
Summary: I can't recommend this overlacquer since I've tried so many better topcoats from other brands!