The MAC for Gareth Pugh collection features three new nail lacquers in super cool packaging.
The bottles are a thick square glass with rounded corners. The caps are a glossy black. They remind me a lot of the Estee Lauder “ice cube” bottles actually. All four corners have an “X” on them and cut through it you can see the polish inside. Each bottle is 0.30 oz.
The colors look very duo-chromatic in the bottles, but sadly they didn’t wind up that way on the nail.
Ascension is a frosty greyish violet color. Most of what you see is the dusty violet, but you do get flashes of a greenish grey when you turn your hands, but it’s pretty subtle. Not what I was hoping for from what I saw in the bottle. The finish is a metallic frost, but only very slightly brush-stroke-y. Overall I say not worth the price for this one. This was three coats for maximum coverage as it’s on the sheer side.
Hyper is a deep navy blue frost. This one also looked extremely cool in the bottle showing heavy purple and green flashes of color. But on the nail it’s pretty much undetectable. This color shows as a deep shimmery navy blue, and putting the fact that it doesn’t really look like a duo-chrome aside, it’s a gorgeous color. I probably would have bought this one as is because it’s really a buttery gorgeous blue. The formula was excellent, really opaque and I only needed two coats. But perhaps it’s not all that unique, except for the bottle it comes in.
Hmmm, are these worth $23.00 each? Not really. The bottles are absolutely gorgeous and I felt the need to own at least one of them. But I REALLY wish the colors looked on the nail as they do in the bottle. I do really like Hyper, but am less than thrilled with Ascension.
Pricing: $23.00 each.
What do you think about these? Would you bite the bullet on one of them for the packaging?