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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

MAC Style Warrior: Nail Polish Swatches

MAC Style Warriors nail polish swatches

This summer, MAC introduces three new nail polishes to the Style Warrior collection. Peaceable - a light champange metallic frost, Violet Fire - a purple with pink and blue subtle shimmer and Mercenary - a gorgeous bronze with gold shimmer.

Peaceable was nothing special nor unique, and you could probably skip out on this one. Plus, it was a metallic frost, which I don't do well with anyways.

Check out some swatches below. 

MAC cosmetics violet fire nail polish

MAC Style Warriors collection

The end result of Violet Purple is really pretty. But, the issue is getting to that point. The formula applied like a sheer jelly. Looking at the bottle, I would have never guessed it's sheerness. It took four coats to even out. Either way I applied this one, I couldn't get away from four coats. 

MAC Cosmetics Mercenary nail polish

MAC Style Warriors nail collection

There's only one way to describe Mercenary, super duper hotness! A bronze loaded down with gold shimmer that's absolultey stunning and the bread winner from the Style Warrior collection.

Check out a comparison swatch below.

MAC Mercenary comparison swatches

For those who missed out on Dior's Gold Nugget last summer, now is the perfect time to stock up on a great alternative. Mercenary, not an exact dupe to Gold Nugget, but close. Dior's is just a tinge more gold compared to MAC's. Both equally gorgeous.

The Style Warrior collection is now available for a limited time online and at MAC stores.

(9) Comments

Lucy said on May 24th, 2009 6:44 am
Well I bought Violet Fire and I'm not happy to hear that it's sheer. I wish I had bought Mercenary. Darn! I really like that color.
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Steph said on May 26th, 2009 6:32 am
Hi Lucy, I know, I was surprised to find out how sheer it was too. You should def go pick up Mercenary, it's a fabulous color :)
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katie said on May 27th, 2009 4:28 am
ohh darn! I really like violet fire in the pics. Do you have a suggestion for a similar color that applies better? TIA!
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Sheila said on May 28th, 2009 2:48 am
I was running low on Gold Nugget, which is one of my fave polishes of all time - thank goodness for Mercenary! Do you find the lasting power as good as Gold Nugget?
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Steph said on Jun 5th, 2009 6:29 am
Hi Katie, I just happened to have one of Walmart's new colors out, No Means No. It's a bit darker than Violet Fire, but nonetheless gorgeous! The application is much better too! Check your Walmart :)
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Katie said on Jun 5th, 2009 6:34 am
Thanks Steph!! Will do :)
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lena said on Jun 6th, 2009 5:56 am
I am loving violet fire!!! p.s. Peaceable is almost an identical dupe to NYC's In a New York Minute in 212B Mulberry Street.
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Steph said on Jun 8th, 2009 6:39 am
Hi Lena, Thanks so much for the info! :)
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annacorrado said on Aug 16th, 2009 2:38 pm
Your cuticles are so perfect. Can you tell me how I can accomplish that? I love the Dior Gold Nugget, thanks for the pics! Anna
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