As I shared with you after my Fall & Holiday Nail Trend presentation at Nordstrom’s Pretty Party, one of the big trends for holiday is metallics along with classic creamy reds. MAC has certainly embraced this trend with their Holiday 2013 nail polish offerings.
The MAC Divine Night collection includes two metallics (one being matte) and the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection has one rich red in Rhianna’s signature color, RiRi Woo. I included one of the MAC Indulge shades as well since it’s still available and works so well for holiday.
Formula & Application
MAC Nail Lacquer is 4-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin). The tall cylindrical glass bottles are topped with a stocky round cap. Normally the caps are rubberized but in the case of Divine Night and RiRi Hearts MAC, they are smooth plastic.
Now maybe it’s just me but I swear the MAC brush is different. It’s still short and round but I feel like the bristles are more flexible. The stiff MAC bristles are something I’ve bitched about for years! Normally, they cause me to say that you have to use a light touch to avoid dragging and patchiness but I applied all four shades with normal pressure and they flowed LIKE A DREAM!
In terms of pigmentation, all four shades are packed with pigment and barely need two coats. In fact, Military, the lone matte, can be worn with one coat. Remember, mattes are meant to be worn without top coat and only applied over base coat if it is very, very dry.
MAC Fierce Entrance is a cool metallic foil bronze, if that’s even possible. A cool bronze? I know but bear with me. It’s not like a true warm bronze, in that it has this champagne shimmer and cool silvery base mixed with bronze flecks. It becomes this molten mixture of metals. Totally unique and utterly gorgeous.
MAC Military is a black based matte filled with silver flecks. The overall effect looks like graphite. This color was originally released in the Alice & Olivia collection and is near identical to Orly Iron Butterfly.
MAC RiRi Woo is a mid-toned cool red creme. You can see its cool berry undertone on the inner lip of the bottle but because RiRi Woo is so pigmented, it is nearly a one coat red. In comparison to past MAC reds, it’s a bit brighter than MAC Spirit of Truth and thought somewhat close to MAC Asiatique from the Dame Edna collection.
Since the MAC x Rihanna RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection is already online and coming to stores next week, I thought I’d share a few of my fave products from the collection.
You know how I love me an eye palette and the super sparkly yet velvety soft shadows in the 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow ($44) palette are made for a New Year’s Eve eye look.
Also, I declared the necessity of the MAC 217 brush in my MAC Makeup Wars post and this special Double-Ended Brush ($35) includes both a 217 Blending Brush and 239 Eye Shader Brush. Considering they cost $49 purchased individually, that’s a great deal.
Finally, if you didn’t pick up the MAC x Rhianna version of Ruby Woo, MAC RiRi Woo ($16.50), when it first launched, here’s your chance in special white and rose gold packaging. The matte berry-toned, MAC Pleasure Bomb ($16.50) lipstick is fantastic as well.
Bottom Line: MAC Fierce Entrance is a stunner. If you love metallics but find that most bronze shades are too warm for you, jump on this one. It’s GORGEOUS! Seriously the star of the show here. Since Military and Magnificent Feast have less expensive versions from Orly and China Glaze, respectively, I say save your cash. Collectors and fans of MAC’s limited edition packaging will want to jump on RiRi Woo in stores as it’s already sold out online.
MAC Indulge and Divine Night nail polishes are available at MAC counters nationwide and online at MACCosmetics.com, Nordstrom.com, and Macys.com. MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday is available at MACCosmetics.com and Nordstrom.com and is launching in store on December 12th. Most RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday items are sold out online but the shadow palette is still available. MAC nail polish retails for $16-17.50/ea for a .34oz bottle depending on the collection.
Thoughts on MAC’s holiday nail polish offerings? Are you as smitten with Fierce Entrance as I am? Do you plan to scoop up any of the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday items? I’m kind of lemming the rose gold makeup bag.
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