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MAC Hello Kitty Nail Lacquers

By on January 26, 2009
in Big 3 Free, Gray, MAC, Pink, Spring 2009

mac, hello kitty, nail lacquer, nail polish, nail varnish, nail color, nail colour, on the prowl, something about pinkWho’s ready for an early peek at the MAC Hello Kitty nail polishes? You know, I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of you were unaware of the MAC/Hello Kitty collaboration when I previewed it a couple weeks ago. The last thing I want is to inundate you with info you’ve seen a million times before. So I’m really excited to be able to give you an advanced look at the nail lacquers before they hit shelves on February 12th.

For this collection, MAC is debuting two new creme polishes and bringing back Vestral White (creme) from last holiday’s Antiquitease collection. Unfortunately, I gifted Vestral White away so I don’t have it to show you but it’s a true, opaque white. And how utterly cute are those bottles? I’m beyond happy that MAC FINALLY adorned the nail lacquer bottles to match a collection.

What impressed me most about the two new shades is their opacity. They’re both highly pigmented which is fantastic though that raised the viscosity. I ended up needing three coats only to even out the surface because the formula doesn’t do so on its own.

Note: I received sample bottles without the Hello Kitty logo.

On The Prowl has got to be the truest gray I’ve found. Not too cool, not too warm. There’s no blue or brown in its base. If you’re looking for the perfect gray creme, this is it. And before you ask, NO, I don’t think the gray trend is over. I’m still loving it and will be wearing On The Prowl in the coming months.
As you can see, On The Prowl falls somewhere between Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle and China Glaze Recycle on the gray scale. Though the RBL’s base is more blue while Recycle’s is brown.

Something About Pink is the perfect complement to the Hello Kitty collection’s girlish side. It’s exactly what I would expect to counter the grittier feel of On The Prowl. Something About Pink is a cool toned hot pink that looks even more vibrant in person. The finish is uber-glossy and would make an excellent pedicure shade for summer.
Going through my stash, I discovered that I own way more hot pinks that I thought. That was unexpected. Though I don’t have anything that matches Something About Pink dead on but I did find some close calls. OPI I’m Indi-a Mood For Love and NARS Schiap are both a tinge darker but tonally very similar.

The MAC Hello Kitty collection will be available online at on February 10th and hits MAC Counters on February 12th. I know I’ll be online to get a HK adorned On The Prowl and some other goodies. What will you be buying? In case you haven’t seen the rest of the collection, my buddy Jamie was at the preview last November and has additional product images on The Beauty Life.

images: and All Lacquered Up

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  1. BeautyBug says:

    The gray trend will never be over!

  2. The Vogue Society says:

    I love both….I cant wait for this collection!

  3. Steph says:

    The gray is ultra fab! Can’t wait for the HK release! Thanks for the great swatches.

  4. Lina-Elvira says:

    These are both lovely, I have bookmarked my calendar for their release :D I am so excited about this collaboration, and not just with the nail polishes (although they are important!)

    Thanks for the scoop, I am so excited!!

  5. Down Comforter says:

    The pink is fun, but I’m still not sure about gray polish. I think you may need a certain skintone for it to look right.

  6. CincyFan says:

    BeautyBug – From your lips to the trend god’s ears. :)

    The Vogue Society – I’ve been so excited for this collection, ever since I caught wind of it many months ago. My poor wallet.

    Steph – Thanks! It’s one of the best grays I’ve found

    Lina-Elvira – I’m going to be stalking the MAC website like a crazy person. :)

    Down Comforter – I understand. Gray isn’t a crowd pleaser but I was so excited for something different that this past season of gray goodness really worked for me.

  7. Alishia says:

    I absolutely LUB that grey – any ideas on how much? I hope it’s not terrible, since I might have to get it. Hopefully, it won’t be a terribly limited item, where I cannot find it again…. ever. Thanks.

  8. CincyFan says:

    Alishia – Oh shoot! I knew I forgot something. The polishes retail for $11/ea. I’m sure there will be plenty of stock when the collection releases but I wouldn’t count on them being around too long. Anything with the Hello Kitty logo will probably go fast.

  9. lunaysol says:

    I’m totally getting On the Prowl. That is a gorgeous shade of gray. Do you think that would work for us darker toned gals? I also like that shade of China Glaze in the comparison pic. I might have to head on over to Sally Beauty!

  10. lucy says:

    the 12th is my birthday, and i will definitely be looking for something about pink to celebrate!

  11. rmcandlelight says:

    your swatch looks so much different (on the prowl) than in the hello kitty bottle. Is your picture accurate? Its still beautiful. I already have both of carolyn new york gray polishes. Can you do a comparison with these against on the prowl? I just want to make sure they aren’t too simular. The packaging is too cute.

  12. CincyFan says:

    Lunaysol – You know, I’m not sure. I think most colors work on darker skintones. I would probably opt for something darker or lighter though, like China glaze Recycle or Carolyn New York Handball Courts.

    Lucy – Happy early birthday!!! Well the 12th will certainly be a great day for you. The Hello Kitty launch and a day all about you :)

    RMCandlelight – Yes my picture is accurate. One of the main reasons I started this site is because promo images from brands are often misleading. Even seeing the bottles in person can be misleading because the polish often looks very different on the nail. I compared On The Prowl to both the CNY’s and they’re very different. Handball Courts is much much lighter and Hangin On The Stoop is a close dupe to China Glaze Recycle.

  13. shuzluva says:

    Michelle, I am so excited for this collection that I have an appointment with MAC on Friday 2/13. I will definitely be buying OTP, it’s so beautiful, and the packaging is delightful! Thanks for the original heads-up. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, because unless it’s right in front of my face I unfortunately am under a beauty rock.

  14. Georgia says:

    I can’t wait for this collection. The polishes, the shadow pallets, they all look beautiful.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love On The Prowl, but wanted to know if it looks like Milani Day Dreaming. Does anyone know? Thanks!

  16. TLM says:

    Glad I did not get Concrete Jungle… I like the other two much better. Look at all the $$ I saved!! ;) I never heard about this line from MAC, and now it’s gone! Why?? Couldn’t they at least keep these colors in their regular collection, even if they don’t have the Hello Kitty label??

  17. Martina says:

    Ich lese deinen Blog nun doch schon eine ganze Zeit aber irgendwie hab ich nie einen Kommentar zu deinen Artikeln hinterlassen. Wollte jetzt aber endlich mal ein Lob aussprechen, sind richtig gute Artikel welche du hier jedes mal postest. Ich hoffe es kommen noch einige weitere so tolle Artikel.

  18. Julia says:

    I can’t believe I missed the Hello Kitty collection! That pink is gorgeous.