MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2012 Swatches & Review

MAC Glamour Daze for holiday 2012 includes four new nail lacquers. Three of the four are kind of sweet, feminine shades. And the other is the only absolute must have. For me anyway…

The formula went from horrible to pretty good. The more MAC lacquer I swatch the more I realize just how bad the creme formula is from them. Their cremes are nearly always thick, sticky and streaky. But the foils and shimmers tend to be SO much better! Not sure how this happens and why they can’t fix it, but I really think they need to start figuring it out. Especially if they are going to keep raising the prices…More on that below.

MAC Endless Night
Endless Night

Endless Night is a pale shimmery greyish pink with iridescent pink shimmer. This one is extremely sheer, and even after three coats you can see my nail line. It’s also a bit streaky. Nothing really very interesting I don’t think.

MAC In The Limelight
In The Limelight

In The Limelight is a really pretty pale mint green creme. Well ok, it’s pretty in the bottle but not so much on me. And the formula was…TERRIBLE. Super thick, very streaky and sticky, and I needed three coats to cover my nails.

MAC Girl Trouble
Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble is a pink foil. This one has a really great formula. Applied evenly and smoothly and I only needed two coats. I don’t love the shade really, but it’s a good polish overall.

MAC Everything That Glitters
Everything That Glitters

Everything That Glitters is a black with multi-colored micro-glitter. This is the only one I feel is really interesting and had a good formula. I love how dark black the base is (I only needed two coats) and I love all the sparkly glitter, which is mostly pink, blue and gold.

Overall: As mentioned, I think Everything That Glitters is by far the best one, but Girl Trouble is also good. I would skip the other two because of the formula.

So have you noticed how with nearly every collection it seems like they’re raising the prices of their nail lacquer? I remember when they were $9.00!! Honestly I don’t think most of them are worth the price they are charging now. These are $17.50 and only 0.34 oz. I *think* they may be slightly higher because it’s a limited edition holiday collection, but they have still gone up a lot in recent years. You can get some amazing polish for that price (or MUCH less) with MORE in the bottle. For the most part I don’t think they are coming up with enough ground-breaking shades to justify the pricing now. And they certainly don’t have a perfect formula with some of the finishes. I think they should still be in the $8-9 range for what you get.

Availability: MAC.

Pricing: $17.50 for 0.34 oz.

What do you think about these shades and the pricing?


Note: MAC is not cruelty free.

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  • November 5, 2012

    Everything That Glitters is lovely, but I’d rather buy Butter London The Black Night which looks very similar to me – cheaper, and probably a better formula too!
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    • November 5, 2012

      The formula isn’t that great on The Black Night, but it’s still cheaper! Another choice to look at now is Zoya’s Storm which is only $8!

      The nail polishes kind of sum up my feelings toward MAC lady: products that you don’t know whether they’re going to be good or bad but charging you more and more all the same. :(

      • November 5, 2012

        Zoya Storm was the best purchase I’ve made in a loooooong time. LOVE

  • November 5, 2012

    No thanks! 😀
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    • November 5, 2012

      I think like Mina. Too pricey for me and I don’t want to pay that amount and be struggling with the formula.
      I’m so glad Kelly posted this! Since Kelly posted the preview I wanted to do the nail look the model was wearing, so looked for -no dupes but- close relatives and … well you can see for yourselves 😉

  • November 5, 2012

    I bought Everything That Glitters. I love how sparkly it is!
    The other shades are pretty too but not that unique I’d need them from MAC…
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  • November 5, 2012

    I have The Black Knight, so I don’t need All That Glitters, and I’ll skip on the rest. Plus, not being cruelty and a ridiculous price…no thanks!!! Thanks for the honest review!

  • November 5, 2012

    I really like Everything that glitters but I’m not that sure I want to pay that much for it actually…

  • November 5, 2012

    Hmm. You’d think MAC could pull together the resources to put out a decent polish. I hear far more negative things about their polishes than positive!

  • November 5, 2012

    I like Girl Problems, but not for $17.50.

  • November 5, 2012

    Girl Problems reminds me of Butter London Lillibet’s Jubilee. In the Limelight seems so common and way out of place for a holiday collection. Endless Night is pretty but why do I seem to remember a similar color from them in the not so distant past? Reminds me also of Cruisin Nude Cult Nails. Everything that Glitters is the most intriguing one, you are right. But not that unique. I would rather splurge on something similar but more unique like Estee Lauder Tempestuous instead. Funny how you mention vintage MAC nail colors. In those little square bottles… they seemed to have more edgy choices back then. Oh I sometimes long for the good old days of Hard Candy and Revlon Streetwear, OPI duochromes and early MACs. They were great back then- they should resurrect some of their old colors.

  • November 5, 2012

    For that kind of money, I’d much rather have something from Rescue Beauty Lounge.
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  • November 5, 2012

    Everything That Glitters look very nice!

  • November 5, 2012

    Boo disappointed :(

  • November 5, 2012

    Endless Night looks like a poorly done rip-off of Cult Nails Cruisin Nude.

  • November 5, 2012

    Average color, below average performance…high price…no thanks.
    Never did get all the hype over MAC anyway….ok, maybe Dazzleglass lip gloss but other than that, I can pretty much by pass MAC.

  • November 5, 2012

    They are overpriced! These colors have been done before.You could probably get a dupe cheaper!
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  • November 5, 2012

    The pink foil and black multi-glitter are definitely beautiful but not for that price and lack of quality. Boo!

  • November 5, 2012

    The black multi-glitter is lovely, but not at that price point–eek!
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  • November 5, 2012

    I do like Endless Night. Shame it’s streaky, but I’ve heard alot of MAC polishes are like that, which sucks for the price.

  • November 5, 2012

    I like In the Limelight, but I’m not paying $17.50 for a subpar formula. Julie G has a similar shade for $3.99.

    I’m more than happy spending $8 for the quality and originality of Zoya.

  • November 5, 2012

    none of the shades really spoke to me besides the mint green, but i have the wet n wild one (and the consistently is porbably a lot better)

  • November 5, 2012

    I agree, the black one does look cool. If I remember correctly, I believe it may be similar to OPI… may be totally off though

  • November 5, 2012

    the First and the second are my favourites. Mint <3

  • November 5, 2012

    Wow, that price point is CRAZY!!! Like you said, the only interesting one is Everything that Glitters. Even then, it looks rather similar to Butter LONDON’s Black Knight. No thanks, I’ll hold on to my $. Thanks for the review!

  • November 5, 2012

    I don’t think any of those colors are anything that wows me. My favorite is the black one with the glitter, but lots of other brands make a shade similar to it, and probably for a better price like you said.

    I’d have to say the thing that disappoints me the most about MAC, and the reason I don’t buy their products, is because they aren’t cruelty free. I don’t believe it is very expensive to switch to something else and not test on animals. As far as I know, I won’t buy from any brand that tests on animals, and I wouldn’t even use a MAC product if someone handed me one for free. Maybe if they change their ways, I would be more willing to try their stuff, but as an animal lover it appalls me.

  • November 5, 2012

    With the new OPI Skyfall collection out, who would even consider buying any of these for double the price?

  • November 6, 2012

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one disappointed in MAC’s formula. I’ve tried several of their nail lacquers and they are horrible! Back to store they went. I would rather spend my $$ on a brand with a good formula. Thanks for the honest review!

  • November 6, 2012

    Everything That Glitters is pretty but the others are boring!

  • November 6, 2012

    I like the 2 that you do but that pricing is beyond ridiculous! No way I would pay that for their polishes.
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  • November 7, 2012

    Everything that Glitters is gorgeous but I’d never pay $17.50 for it!
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  • November 7, 2012

    I was actually really looking forward to seeing the swatches of these, as they look really great, but now I’m a bit mwah! about them. I do love Everything That Glitters, I might see if I can get it on ebay though, as a bit out of my price range.