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MAC Nail Trend FW09 by Jin Soon

By on July 1, 2009
in Fall 2009, Green, MAC, Purple, Red with 15 Comments
BACKSTAGE AND FRONT ROW, NAIL TREND HAS ARRIVED! More than a colour statement, an of-the-moment approach that dazzles with innovation and style.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the rumors that MAC is releasing a collection of six creme nail lacquers created by renowned nail artist Jin Soon. I met Jin last fall at her UES spa and she hinted at a future brand collaboration but wasn’t able to release details since it was still in the planning stages. Well, all I can say is BRAVO Jin!

As a leading nail artist in the fashion and beauty industry, Jin has worked with top fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta, Derek Lam and Doo.Ri, as well as famed photographers Steven Meisel, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz. She is a master at nail art (see March’s Teen Vogue) and a lover of editorial nail colors. When we met we discussed our mutual love of green and wow did she bring it to this collection. There are two, count them TWO, gorgeous greens in Nail Trend. Check them out!


I got my first peek at the collection backstage at the Doo.Ri show during NY Fashion Week. Jin was applying Beyond Jealous, a blackened teal creme, to the models’ nails. You know I flipped for it, right? If left alone too long, I may have been tempted to snag a bottle for myself.

The deep green was chosen by the designer to work with the romantic, gothic look that makeup artist Tom Pecheux created using a palette of white, black and gray MAC products.

When asked about the inspiration for the colors Jin said, “My husband is an architect, and I am constantly drawing inspiration and colour ideas from his creations. I also have tons of exposure to fashion trends through my work at the fashion shows and on magazine shoots. I wanted to create colours that were not only incredibly fashion-forward and edgy, with an editorial feel to them but also were totally wearable for the everyday women. I love all of the colours but am especially excited about the green hues: Dry Martini and Beyond Jealous. I think come Fall ‘09, green is going to be THE colour.” We are so on the same wavelength because I couldn’t agree more!

I had the opportunity to test a few of the colors prior to launch and while some MAC colors give me application issues, the three I tried were fab. I’ve always said that MAC does dark and shimmery shades best and these are no exception. All three are well pigmented and applied with no streaking. Only Dry Martini required three coats.

Dry Martini – is a deep olive that leans towards brown, like a dark army camouflage green. It’s edgy and funky and a nice change from the more emerald/forest shades we’ve seen in seasons past. In case you’re wondering, and I’m sure you are, it’s much darker and more browned than last fall’s RBL No More War.
Dance All Night‘s brick red hue reminds me of one of my all time fave OPI reds, That’s An “EL” Of A Color, minus the golden shimmer. It’s rich, warm and very fall.
For Fun is just that, a spunky, bright red-grape. It’s a bit more red based looking in person but I just couldn’t capture it dead on.


The entire Nail Trend lineup includes:
Cool Reserve – DIRTY GREY LAVENDER
For Fun – RICH CLEAN PURPLE
Dance All Night – BRICK RED
Dry Martini - KHAKI OLIVE GREEN
Rich, Dark, Delicious – RICH BLACKENED BROWN
Beyond Jealous – BLACKENED BLUE GREEN

The MAC Nail Trend collection by Jin Soon launches on August 27th and the polishes retail for $12/ea. You can buy them online at MACCosmetics.com and at MAC counters nationwide.

You know I’ll be first in line to pick up bottles of the rest of these colors. I can’t even think about Beyond Jealous and Cool Reserve not being in my life. Which ones will you be adding to your collection?

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  1. csarah718 says:

    I need all but 1 not feeling the "dance all night" as much. Im sooo excited for these. Thanks for the great post and swatches…..

  2. Stef says:

    All I could think when I saw the swatches was, "Oh no, no, NOOOOO!" These colors just aren't speaking to me in a good way.

  3. Vampy Varnish says:

    Ditto to what csarah718 said, all but Dance All Night. Dirty Martini is most excellent!

  4. Lucy says:

    I love the greens! Especially the khaki one. Oh please don't let them be limited editions! They are just beautiful. I've heard a rumor about BB Couture polishes. They are having a new collection coming out soon. One of the new shades is called Throb. Sounds exciting doesn't it. I can't wait for them. I love their polishes. Poison Ivy is one of my top three polishes.

  5. Wavycats says:

    When I saw the pic of Dirty Martini I gave a little gasp! It's definitely going to be mine.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love beyond jealous and cool reserve. Can't wait!

  7. Anonymous says:

    For Fun will be mine!!! Thanks for the swatches!

  8. Milan Angel says:

    I'll take all except for the brick red and the brown one. I can't wait!

  9. Alannah says:

    I'll have to see the red & purple polishes in person, but I need the rest!! How exciting!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Are these highly pigmented, do you know? I'm getting fed up with polishes that need three coats to achieve bottle color when there are so many brands out there that give you bottle color in one swipe! Please say yes, so I can go buy me some Dirty Martini!

  11. All Lacquered Up says:

    csarah718 – you're so welcome. i don't own a lot of brick red cremes so this one really appealed to me

    Stef – at least your wallet will be saying "yes, yes, yessss" :)

    VampyVarnish – I'll definitely be buying them all.

    Lucy – Unfortunately they are limited. So you'll have to buy early or order online. They usually launch online a day or two early.

    Wavycats – I was giddy when I saw it too.

    Anon – I'm with you. I can't wait to see Cool Reserve in person.

    Anon#2 – You're so very welcome

    Milan Angel – I'm hoping the brown will be nice and chocolaty. I'm reserving judgment til I see it.

    Alannah – I know. I'm so excited for Jin. What a great pairing.

    Anon – As I said in the post, Dirty Martini took 3 coats and the rest were only two. I can't speak for the other colors since I haven't used them.

  12. Mc Huggs (George :) says:

    Hi Michelle:

    I envy your visit backstage at MAC. Even the nail art poster is awesome. Yes, I love that olive green "Dirty Martini" it's such a must have…The model wearing "Beyond Jealous" is right, her nails I imagine are making many other women jealous of the color, lol.

    That purple shade of "Dance all Night" is driving me wild with such excitement and joy and even the deep dark red of "Dance All Night" looks so gorgeous when you are wearing them all.

    Just so gorgeous.

    (((((Love Michelle)))))

    Mc Huggs :)

    PS You should check out my latest blog entry. It features your friend Kelly of "Vampire Varnish" and the feature she did all about "Teal Toes" raising awareness for ovarian cancer.

  13. Rachel says:

    I'm so glad to hear these aren't streaky! I'll definitely need Dirty Martini and Beyond Jealous. How does Beyond Jealous compare with RBL Teal by the way?

  14. Midnight Cowgirl says:

    I really like Dirty Martini. What a great color for fall.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Do you know how Dirty Martini compares to Swamp Thing by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics?

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