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MAC Glitter and Limelight

For my last mani of the week, I have my very first MAC polishes, Everything that Glitters and In the Limelight. This duo makes up half of the 4-polish MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquer Collection released in October for the holiday 2012 season. I'll show you the other two shades, Endless Night and Girl Trouble, in a future post. I had super high expectations considering the price tag of these babies and I REALLY wanted to love them. But in the end I was disappointed. Let's get to the mani and you'll read why...

MAC All that Glitters and In the Limelight (work / play / polish)

MAC describes Everything that Glitters as a "black with super, multi-dimensional glitter". I like the color spectrum of the glitter... a very cool and edgy combination. It looks similar to Butter London The Black Knight (which I have, but haven't tried). I wasn't sure how this would apply and I was short on time so I started with a thin coat of Zoya Raven (black) as a base. The Everything that Glitters formula was what you would expect from a glitter-packed polish...a little thick. But it was easy to maneuver, opaque in two coats and surprisingly not too topcoat hungry.

MAC All that Glitters and In the Limelight (work / play / polish)

MAC calls In the Limelight a "mid-tone creamy mint." It's on the cool side - actually similar to the soft green pastels we're seeing in the Spring 2013 collections. This one was a challenge. It was streaky on the first coat, and thick and clumpy on the second. I used a coat of Seche Vite and waited a good 20 minutes before taping off the "V" and yet it still was gooey!

MAC All that Glitters and In the Limelight (work / play / polish)

But on the positive side, I really like the design and color combo of this mani. For the "V", I cut a triangle out of tape and placed it pointing towards the cuticle. Then I used two additional pieces of tape and placed them below and parallel to each side of the triangle...creating a thicker "V". I polished one generous coat of Everything that Glitters and immediately removed the tape. I finished with two coats of Seche Vite on every nail.

As I mentioned, these are some pricey polishes! At $17.50 each, they're a  $1.50 more than the normal MAC nail lacquer price tag because of the limited edition Glamour Daze packaging! Say what?! It's not fair to generalize my non-positive experience across the entire MAC polish line - but to me it's a no brainer to spend $8 or even $14 for a Zoya or Butter London that chances are great I will love. If I want to splurge on an expensive polish, I'll get a Chanel or Dior. Fortunately, I recently got my MAC PRO card, so the tab wasn't as steep. I know there are lot of MAC loyalists out there, so maybe I don't appreciate their lacquers in the context of their entire line.

Anyone else tried MAC polishes? What do you think? Please don't hesitate to let us all know if you've had a different (better) experience!