I wish I had been able to share these shades with you before they sold out on MAC‘s website. All this moving stuff is slowing me down. I didn’t expect nail lacquers to be the only products from the Smoke Signals and Blue Storm collections to sell out (with the exception of one lipglass). Though considering how gorgeous they are, it’s not overly surprising.
Being the bargain hunter that I am I generally don’t look to MAC for my polish at $10/bottle but, I can’t resist a pretty color. Which is why I covet my bottles of Vin Goth, Blue Sprinkles, Rose Topping and Tiger Tiger. And why I have a drawer filled with blue, green and purple MAC shadows even though I rarely wear makeup other than my everyday neutral look.
I have to thank the lovely and generous Julia from All About The Pretty for offering to send her samples of these four new lacquers to me.
First up, the Blue Storm shades.
Whirlwind is glorious. Even more so in person. There is no way to capture this incredible shade and do it justice. If you can still find this at your local MAC counter, buy it!! Even if you don’t wear blues or greens, BUY IT!! It applies like a dream, has amazing shimmer and fire and is completely swoon-worthy.
Rainy Day is what I’d call a “great concept, poor execution”. A beautiful stormy blue-gray is right up my alley. But making it a metallic chrome instead of a shimmer like Whirlwind was a mistake in my opinion. The application and it’s finish filled with brush strokes disappointed me. This is a case where layering could save this beautious shade. I’ll have to play with some combos.
Now on to Smoke Signals.
When I first read that MAC was coming out with a black with red shimmer I thought here we go, they’re jumping on the Lubu Heels, RBL Revamp bandwagon. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. Why Wildfire is described as having red shimmer, I’ll never know. It’s actually a plum shimmer that turns this black based polish into a sexy deep purple on the nail.
Nocturnelle is a repromote that originally debuted with the Nocturnelle collection in October 2006, right in the middle of the black polish craze. For a black creme, Nocturnelle represents well. It’s highly pigmented, glossy and smooth. But, I couldn’t in good conscience tell you to go buy Nocturnelle when there are plenty of similar black cremes in your local drugstore that look just as nice. Unless you specifically want MAC’s formula, I say skip it.
Were any of you lucky enough to snag these beauties? Which ones are your favorites?