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MAC Dame Enda Nail Polishes – Varicose Violet & Asiatique

By on January 13, 2009
in Big 3 Free, MAC, Purple, Red

Good morning kids! Or should I say possums? After all, we are discussing Dame Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphries). Famed Australian performer Dame Edna teamed up with MAC to create a signature line of makeup based on her campy, big ball of fabulous persona.

Does anyone else remember Dame Edna’s guest spot on Ally McBeal? She played a defendant, Claire Otoms, who ended up becoming a secretary at the firm. I was a big Ally McBeal fan back in the day and Dame Edna’s larger than life personality fit right in with that quirky, dancing baby show.

I love that for her MAC collection, they chose fun, cheeky names like Possum Nose Pink, Kanga Rouge and Varicose Violet to accompany the girly pink, purple and blue shades. And while MAC’s polish formula doesn’t always impress me, they certainly got it right this time.

Varicose Violet is a pink-lilac shimmer that has a blue tinged flash. It was opaque in three coats and glided on the nail. I’ll be honest, this color family just doesn’t work for me. It never has. As much as I love almost any purple shade I come across, these lighter lavendars and lilacs are too hard for me to pull off. It’s pretty, just not on me.

Asiatique is about as classic as red cremes can get. And you know what? It’s WAY pigmented. Like one coat was almost all I needed. I’ve said this before but I’ve always thought MAC’s strong suit in polish was shimmers and glitters in bright or vampy shades but Asiatique has definitely changed my mind. Bravo!

Seriously, how cute is the packaging? And that it matches the nail polish makes it even better. I wish the eye glass detail wasn’t a sticker but c’est la vie.

The Dame Edna polishes are Big 3 Free, retail for $11 and are available now at freestanding MAC stores, department store MAC counters and online at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The purple looks similiar to ChG Tantalize Me. Can you swatch them side by side?

    Good Post!

  2. Anna says:

    Thank you for swatches. I would like to ask does Varicos Violet look like Chanel Rodeo Drive or not at all?

  3. styrch says:

    Thanks for these! I appreciate getting to see them. Not sure either is for me though.

  4. Katee "e-polishblog" says:

    Thanks for posting these but for me they are just “meh”. But appreciate you swatching them!

  5. Brianne says:

    I agree with you on that lilac family – so pretty in the bottle but they look awful when I put them on!

    Lovin the Asiatique!

  6. CincyFan says:

    Anon #1 – sorry but I don’t have Tantalize Me anymore. It made my hands look alien-like so I gave it away. I believe it was a bit lighter than Varicose Violet

    Anna – You’re welcome. I compared VV to Rodeo Drive and RD is similar but it’s more opaque and doesn’t have the blue flash that VV does. It’s definitely a bolder, brighter shade than VV.

    Styrch – I’m glad I could help. You can’t love them all :)

    Kate – Sure thing. It seems like a lot of my readers have so many polishes, they only want the truly unique. With all the bottles I have, I totally get that.

    Brianne – It kills me. I get so excited about some of the lighter purples I find, only to have them look horrific on me.

  7. Raye says:

    I actually like them but when I went to the MAC site to check them out, they do not show the case as being part of the purchase. That’s part of the fun :) Will have to see what I can find.


  8. CincyFan says:

    Raye – I’m sorry, I guess I wasn’t very clear. What I meant is that the polish matches the packaging for the other products in the collection; the lipsticks, lipglosses, etc. That pic is of the eyeshadow trio, it’s not an item that comes with the nail polish.

  9. cartmanette says:

    From reading your review & the comments, I guess my kind of complexion is unusual (?), since these two colors look really good on me! I'm happy whenever a cool, bluish violet, lilac (etc.) nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow or liner is released, so I went out & got both "Dame Edna" polishes – and I love them both! I'd say that if you have a very cool undertone to your skin, whether it's dark or light, they'll both look good on you…

  10. Scandalous Beauty says:

    Bought Asiatique last week, and it is a gorgeous creamy red! I only like Cream polishes from MAC, and this is my favorite as of yet!! The rest of the collection was a bit of a bore, IMO.