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MAC Fafi Polishes

By on March 3, 2008
in MAC, Pink, Purple, Shimmer, Spring 2008

OK I’ll admit it, I didn’t have a clue who or what a Fafi was when I first heard rumors of this collection from MAC. I guess I’m old and out of touch that way. That doesn’t mean I didn’t drool over the collection anyway. I know people are waiting on pins and needles for the Heatherette collection. Some even skipping over Fafi to save money for it but I’m telling you, you’re missing out.

For those of you joining me in the Fafi-clueless realm, Fafi is a French graffiti artist who creates strong, sexy, playful female characters. She even gave singer Lily Allen the Fafinette treatment in the Mark Ronson video, Oh My God.

I was at my freestanding MAC store the day Fafi released and I went gaga over the Fafi Eyes 2 palette and Strawbaby lipstick. You know I’m a sucker for anything green so You’re Fresh (the light green shadow) had me at “Hello!” btw if you own Strawbaby, go pick up the new Viva Glam VI SE gloss. It looks phenom over it and you get to help an amazing cause in the process.

So now on to the polishes. MAC released two shades with the Fafi collection, Boom and Girls Will Be Girls. Unfortunately the MAC website is sold out of both lacquers so I suggest calling your local MAC counters to find them. Both polishes applied fairly well, I just had to really wipe my brush off to avoid pooling because the formula is a bit more fluid than I’m used to.

Girls Will Be Girls is a peachy pink due to the ribbons of gold shimmer running throughout. For those of you from the MUA nail board, it’s a very Nikki shade. With two coats it was almost entirely opaque but I could still see a bit of my tip color underneath. It dries to a semi-matte finish with no top coat applied.

Boom is described on the MAC website as an eggplant shade but to me it’s more of a deep fuchsia. I’ve heard comparisons to OPI’s Jewel of India mentioned but I don’t own that one to show you. The shimmer is apparent but not gaudy and the shade is so well pigmented. Even though it’s not the graple I anticipated, it’s still very pretty and wearable. I can already picture it as a pedi shade this summer.

Did anyone else run out and join the Fafi fever? What did you buy? What did you love?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    very pretty…..

    As for the make up part of it. I’ve toned down on spending on make-up.

    For some time now, all I wear is MAC’s NC 30 studio fix, Nars Orgasm blush and Maybelline’s lash stylist.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i purchased both blushes, eyeshadow quad 2(the same like u)nice vice paint pot, sugar trance lip gloss, and the three dolls. i did not purchase just because its mac or fafi, but because this was my first time buying blushes and everything else, i did not own makeup i not those colors. i also got the viva glam se lip gloss.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I bought both polishes as soon as I saw them! Awesome colours!

  4. "Tink" says:

    I really had no interest in the collection but I had thought about getting the polishes.
    Now seeing your pics I am a little more pushed to really consider them.

  5. ocelot1 says:

    i wasnt interested in affi at all, but ended up getting strawbaby. maybe ill get boom np, but the lemming is on and off….idk…

  6. Anonymous says:

    New to your site and LOVE it!! I ordered the Boom nail polish and it should be in tomorrow…very excited.

    I am going to swing by my MAC counter and check out the makeup (and try and pick up a Strawbaby).


  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey do you think you can get your hands on a bottle of Dior’s Poison Blue and give it a swatch?

  8. CincyFan says:

    Nice purchase Trica! I got that dolls as well. They’re so cute!

    Sorry Anon #5, I looked in my crystal ball and I see no Blue Poison in my future.

  9. Michelle says:

    super cute, I can’t wait to try them!

  10. Shefali says:

    I went NUTS on Fafi and I did buy Boom! I have Jewel of India and compared. Almost the same but Boom was a little more dark and had more of a purple undertone for me.

  11. Henna says:

    All I got was the Strawbaby… and I managed to get my hands on the very last lipstick. Love that colour!

  12. nilla cookie says:

    i LOVE Boom! It’s definitely up my alley and a really pretty color to wear for spring :)

    I didn’t know who Fafi was until I read about her on all the blogs. And I definitely went gaga over the collection – getting over half of it, I think!

    For those who don’t think it’s wearable, I’d ask you to reconsider. I wear fairly neutral colors and everything I purchased are items I’d wear over and over again – including Fafi Eyes 2 palette :)

  13. Amber says:

    I must have BOOM!

  14. Candice says:

    After seeing your post, I had to go out and buy Boom.. and I did. Can’t wait to try it!!!

    By the way, I’m new here and I am obsessed with your blog!

    Thanks for all your great tips!

  15. Food, she thought. says:

    I bought the darker pink lip gloss, gorgeous eye pallette 2, and am now regretting not having bought girls will be girls’! Wah!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I bought FAFI EYES 2, Rollickin’ Paint Pot, Fashion Frenzy Blush, and the High Top lipstick. The tutorials on youtube convinced me to buy it.

    ivygirlnyc (MUA)

  17. Kate says:

    Love your blog and as I was searching through your galleries I can’t get my mind off your MAC Boom swatch. Any chance you’ve come across a dupe for this? I love dark pinks, but I don’t know if I have anything like it… I’d love to know of something accessible to buy now.