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New from MAC – Light Affair & Dim The Lights

By on December 30, 2009
in Brown, MAC, Nude, Winter 2009
mac-dim-the-lights-light-affair MAC always finds a way to drag their fans out of the house the day after Christmas thanks to their post-holiday collections.  This year they launched Love Lace and Warm & Cozy both of which included new nail colors.

Love Lace with its focus on the dark smokey eye comes with the pale creamy Light Affair while Warm & Cozy has a very sitting by the fire with a cup of cocoa feel thanks to Dim The Lights.  Check them out after the jump!

Can I just say that for the first time I am IMPRESSED with the formula of a light polish from MAC.  I know!  I’m shocked too.  Normally they’re pretty thick, streaky and require three coats.  Not this time folks!  Light Affair went on creamy and perfect in two coats.  It’s still thick with pigmentation but it had a lot more flow than I’m used to.  Two thumbs up for that!  That goes for Dim The Lights as well.

Dim The Lights is a rich, warm chocolate.  More than other browns this one actually looks like a Hershey bar.  It’s not too red or too blackened.  A reader on Twitter asked for a new brown polish rec yesterday and without hesitation, I told her about this beauty.


In the bottle I thought OPI Suzi Says Da! would be a good match for Dim The Lights but Suzi’s berry base put the kibosh on that.  I included a comparison with Rich, Dark, Delicious from the Jin Soon collection just to show how much lighter Dim The Lights is.


Light Affair is a creamy, grayed pink “nude” type hue.  It’s like baby pink satin that’s been put through the wash too many times with dark colors and NOT on delicate (admit it, you don’t always follow the care instuctions).


I thought that Light Affair would be more grey based on the description from the MAC website so I’m showing it next to On The Prowl so you can see how NOT grey it is.  In fact, it’s almost a dead on dupe for Essie Body Language.  The main difference being polish texture.  Body Language is jelly-ish in application and more sheer.


The MAC Love Lace and Warm & Cozy collections are available now at and MAC counters nationwide.  MAC Nail Lacquers retail for$12/ea.

So who ran out on December 26th to pick up goodies from these collections?  Have you tried either of these polishes yet?  Thoughts?

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished to me by MAC Cosmetics.  For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. ChynnaBlue says:

    Thanks so much for swatching Dim the Lights. The swatch on the MAC really interested me and I’ve been hoping to see this one. Looks like it’s worth a trip to the MAC store to check out in person.

  2. Virginia says:

    I saw Light Affair yesterday at Macys and completely passed it up. Maybe it was the store lights but it looked more white than grey. It kind of reminded me of RBL Grunge (which I got in the sale) and it, sadly, didn’t look right with my skin tone.

  3. stubby says:

    i got light affair and i really like it!

  4. Amanda says:

    LOVE Light Affair. Probably because Body Language is one of my favs!!

  5. Aurora says:

    Eh, they’re okay. Glad to hear that the formula is improving, though! I wish MAC would come out with more than just a few polishes at a time like that.

  6. Leticia says:

    Beautiful colours! I’m usually a red girl but these colours are stunning. Wonder when they’ll be available in Australia?

    I discovered your website only yesterday and I love it!

  7. Laura says:

    I sort of like Light Affair, which is shocking because I’m a dark polish type of gal. Maybe I’ll give it or Body Language a try.

  8. Andi says:

    I like Dim the Lights but Light Affair is a definite pass for me. It would look terrible on me!

  9. Kara says:

    yum yum yum, Dim the Lights makes me hungry for chocolate. I like Light Affair too, but I’ll probably get the (cheaper) Body Language.

  10. Kelly says:

    Thanks for swatching Essie Body Language next to MAC Light Affair. I was just wondering which polish you would recommend the Essie or MAC one? MAC polishes have a bit of a bad rep so is this one any better?

  11. Nicole says:

    Light Affair looks more pink than Body Language to me but that could be lighting. Still very close lol. I love Dim the Lights! Such a gorgeous chocolate brown and those always seem so hard to find.

  12. I like Dim the Lights a lot, but Light Affair is a little boring to me. Very on trend though!

  13. Solveig says:

    They are both really pretty! Dim the Lights reminds me of Sephora Brownie.

  14. Catherine says:

    How much does MAC polish usually run? I don’t bother with MAC whenever I go make up shopping, but I love Light Affair.

  15. Janet says:

    I love your descriptions, and both polishes look great on you as always!

  16. Nono says:

    Wow, picked up old SH brown at DT, also some neutrals.

    These are really not worth the price.

  17. KarlaSugar says:

    Thank you SO much for swatching Dim the Lights next to Rich, Dark, Delicious! I really needed that.

    Although I confess it’s not helping me choose… I like both. >_<

  18. Lucy says:

    I have plenty of chocolate browns. I also just ordered the collection from Nubar with all the chocolate shades. Light Affair is a pretty shade. I’m sure I have plenty of shades like this.

  19. tigra1411 says:

    I was just painting my nails with Light Affair now… when suddenly desided to check your blog. And – I m surprised to see you review on it on the front page!
    I bought it by the way as substitute for Body langadge which takes 3 howrs to dry on me over NailTek II foundation…

  20. Alllison says:

    hell yes to light affair! without looking at your nails, it looked a big eggplanty, which I like, but doesn’t look the same on your nails.

  21. Meika says:

    I’m getting a mani tomorrow so now I have to decide between Dim the Lights and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud.

    Decisions decisions. Lol.

  22. Hannah says:

    I love them both! I looooove chocolate brown nails they look so good! I’m not sure how the lighter one would look on my skin tone, I have fair skin so I’m not sure if it will be too washed out. May give it a go!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I agree, chocolate brown looks so good on nails. I know some people think it looks poopy but I’m not in that camp. They have such a warm, fall feel

  23. Khabeer says:

    Just went out & bought Dim The Lights earlier today thanks to this blog. And I must say it looks fantastic! Just like I dipped my hands in chocolate & let it dry! Yum Yum!

  24. Laura says:

    I went to Trade Secret today in the hopes that I could find Essie Body Language but no dice. I couldn’t get the shade out of my head though, so I stopped by a MAC counter and they had one bottle of Light Affair left. I like how it looks on my very fair skin – it’s conservative, but feels edgier than a typical pink or red shade.

    Incidentally, Light Affair is listed as “sold out” on the MAC website.

  25. Sel says:

    Dim the Lights looks heavenly.