Nailed!: MAC’s Nail Trend F/W ’09 Collection

Like most die-hard beauty junkies, I’m a fiend for MAC Cosmetics makeup: from powders to lip glosses, lipsticks, eye shadows, cheek colors, and much more. I do, however, have mixed feelings about MAC’s nail lacquers. Perhaps because I’m admittedly finnicky, I’m never quite as satisfied with their polishes as I am with those produced by nail specialists like, say, Zoya Nail Polish or Essie. But I do appreciate that MAC’s team of makeup gurus acknowledges the importance of nail color in creating complete looks — after all, women want gorgeous, innovative color down to the tips of their toes (literally and figuratively).
Since MAC isn’t particularly well-known for its polishes, I was surprised to discover the company had  teamed up with nail artist Jin Soon Choi (who has tended to the dainty hands of runway models walking the catwalks for Oscar de la Renta, Doo.ri, Derek Lam and Matthew Williamson, and who has worked alongside celebrity photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and Irving Penn) to develop a small collection of fashion-forward nail polish hues for the Fall/Winter 2009 season.

MAC’s Nail Trend F/W ’09 collection consists of six moody, brooding, and slightly mysterious hues: Cool Reserve, a lavender-tinged gray shade; Brick Red, a rich, vampire-esque shade of red; Dry Martini, an olive green hue; For Fun, a slightly pinkish purple; Beyond Jealous, an edgy blue-green color; and Rich, Dark, Delicious, a blackened brown. To complete the collection, Jin Soon Choi included the fortifying, shine-enhancing Underlacquer (for base coats) and Overlacquer (for top coats).

Out of all the hues, I find “Beyond Jealous” to be the most unique and intriguing(it fits in perfectly with the rocker-inspired, leather and stud-heavy looks we’re seeing for fall), but I did also develop a soft spot for “Cool Reserve” (scroll down to see how the polish looks on my hands). I’d been hesitant to try out “Cool Reserve” since I assumed that gray polish would make me look corpse-like, but I was pleasantly surprised when I assessed the results. On the flip side, the “Dance All Night” and “Rich, Dark, Delicious” shades both seem a bit too safe; for me, these are perhaps the dullest offerings in the collection. Still, I do appreciate the editorial quality of the Nail Trend F/W ’09 collection, which seems to draw inspiration from goth, True Blood-esque looks.

I will, however, suggest that you wear gloves while washing dishes and try as hard as you can to protect your nails since I found the polishes to be prone to chipping and peeling. But hey, if you like the colors enough, some extra touch-ups will be more than worth it!

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