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Friday, August 15th, 2008

MAC Cult of Cherry: Nail Polish Swatches

MAC Cosmetics Illegal Purple Nail Polish Swatch

MAC in Illegal Purple is a blackened deep cherry that applied ultra glossy and flawless.   The cult of cherry color story described this color as a blackened eggplant purple which you'll see in the first coats but, after that, it's all about chocolate cherries. 

Although, this is just your typically black cherry creme - it's very stunning.  Initially, Illegal Purple was just oh, *yawn* but, sporting this shade around has me thinking differently.  One particular thing I loved, is the ultra glossy formula - it's chic and goes perfectly with the cult of cherry theme. 

MAC Cosmetics Illegal Purple Nail Polish Swatch

 Candid shot of Illegal Purple - I love how super glossy this formula is!

MAC Cosmetics Silverstruck Nail Polish Swatch

I didn't waste my time trying to get a good picture because it wasn't happening.  Silverstruck's such a unique shade - there's no capturing the true beauty, honestly.  Ok, here's a go - a taupeish gray frost that has red, gold, green flicks of shimmer.  The red shimmer gives this taupe shade a copperish red metallic undertone - truely unique.

The texture reminds me of Chanel in Kaleidoscope except with a taupe base color and green, red, gold shimmer flecks.  My swatches were applied with three coats with no application issues.  You'll start to notice a copper reddish metallic finish when 3 or more coats are applied.

MAC Cosmetics Silverstruck Nail Polish

I had to post this because it's the craziest picture!  Within the multi-second of the flash - this critter felt the need to jump in.  The cult of cherry nail polishes will be available on August 21st at freestanding stores and

Need more MAC?  Check out the cult of cherry photo swatches, review, lip looks using cult of cherry lipstick colors and my makeup haul.

(5) Comments

Vanessa Martinez said on Aug 15th, 2008 1:32 am
haha that fly is crazy! it looks like it belongs! awesome polishes!

Steph said on Aug 15th, 2008 4:07 am
OMG, isn't it though? I didn't even realize it was there until I viewed the picture! Silverstruck is really a great shade.

Mhean said on Aug 22nd, 2008 11:49 am
I actually want both just 'cause of your swatches! very lovely shades! and may I ask what camera are you using? your pics are so crisp!

Steph said on Aug 23rd, 2008 12:18 pm
Aww, thanks Mhean! :0) Both shades are very pretty. I use an older sony cybershot (it's about 2 yrs old) and love it. It's been through everything. Dropped at the MAC store vigorous occasions while swatching and still survied somehow.

Sisi said on Dec 14th, 2008 7:26 am
OMG, You have really nice nails. How do you do them so perfectly? I LOVE YOUR NAIL POLISH!! <3

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