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Before I start with another polish from MAC’s 2010 F/W trend collaboration with Jin Soi, I think it’s fairly obvious that with this manicure I decided to experiment a little bit with my nail shape. I went for a round shape (whereas I usually rock the squoval) but immediately after this manicure I went back to my comfort zone. Squoval fits me better, I think! Now, on to Jade Dragon. To see my review & swatch of another polish from this collection, Earthly Harmony, click here.

Jade Dragon is described as an emerald green frost. As was the case with Earthly Harmony, the description of Jade Dragon on their website and the actual product differ quite significantly. I think it is important to review this for readers who may not be able to get to MAC to check it out for themselves. If you’re in love with the color based on MACCosmetics.com, you’re going to be disappointed.


These pictures were taken after a couple days of wear, so please excuse tipwear!

Color

Jade Dragon has a deep emerald green base with beautiful blue specks of shimmer throughout. While the sparkles cling to the side of the bottle, in application they are a bit less prominent. I found that mostly they are obvious in flashes of direct sunlight and especially on the sides of the nails. Even though it’s described as a frost, Jade Dragon is definitely a sparse shimmer.

Formula

Formula was great, nothing noteworthy which is generally a good thing. Even with my favorite top coat, Sally Hansen’s Mega-Shine, it was completely dry really quickly. As I mentioned in my review of Earthly Harmony, I’m actually not sure if MAC knows how to make a polish with the shimmer (or, in the past, flakies) sufficiently suspended in the base. However, I think Jade Dragon was more successful in this venture, though it definitely wasn’t a homerun.

Final Recommendations

I have no regrets with Jade Dragon! I’m really happy with the color, so even though I was looking forward to a bit more blue shimmer, it is present enough to not be a complete disappointment. This color is a gorgeous unique addition to my collection.

MAC, please step it up and start taking actual pictures of your products! It can be downright misleading when you fake it, and it’s painfully obvious that even though there have been rumors you’re going to switch to actual swatches for years, you still haven’t done it.

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I wanted to show you one way to extend the life of a manicure if you get chippy tips after a few days. My original manicure was MAC Earthly Harmony, and I simply used Nail Art Striper in black and a rhinestone to cover the chippy tip!

Do you have any other nail art ideas for chippy tips?

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For the past couple years, MAC has teamed up with Jin Soi to put out a collection of Fall/Winter Trend nail polishes. I’ve been looking forward to the 2010 installment because last year’s was so gorgeous, and I knew Jin & MAC would get it right again with Nail Trend F/W ’10.

Earthly Harmony is described as a frost, muted taupe in color with a copper shimmer.


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Left: MAC promotional image of Earthly Harmony; Right: Swatch of Earthly Harmony on MACCosmetics.com

As is sometimes the case with MAC, the description of Earthly Harmony on their website and the actual product differ quite significantly. I thought it was important to review this for readers who may not be able to get to MAC to check it out for themselves. If you’re in love with the color based on MACCosmetics.com, you’re going to be disappointed.

Color

Earthly Harmony has that mid-tone “greige” base that is in following with F/W ’10 trend–a taupe with a more yellow base as opposed to purple. The sparkles are copperish, flashing sometimes orange and sometimes gold. However, looking at the sparkles in the bottle (and it is a very pretty bottle) is about the extent of the visibility of the glitter. Even though it’s described as a frost, Earthly Harmony very much looks like a creme.

Formula

Formula was great if a little fast-drying, so I had to be careful about having enough polish on my brush for a second coat so it didn’t drag and get lumpy. Even with my favorite top coat, Sally Hansen’s Mega-Shine, it was completely dry really quickly–I was very impressed. As I mentioned above, the glitter is NOT suspended in the base enough to make it show up on the nail. I think this might actually be a problem with MAC’s formula (I’m thinking of the Baby Goth Girl from Style Black, wherein the glitter sort of disappeared in the base), but intentional or not, it’s still gorgeous.

Final Recommendations

I love this polish. I’m really happy with the color and I think it is on point with the “greige” F/W trend. Thankfully, I could really take or leave the glitter, so I wasn’t disappointed when it totally didn’t show up on my nails at all.

MAC, please step it up and start taking actual pictures of your products! It can be downright misleading when you fake it, and it’s painfully obvious that even though there have been rumors you’re going to switch to actual swatches for years, you still haven’t done it.

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A very small haul for me this time, just 2 products from each line. The palettes didn’t strike me as unique at all, so those were an easy pass. I’d like to get more of the Superslick Liners, though. They’re all gorgeous. I got:


Smoky Heir SuperSlick Liquid Liner


Aristo-cat Lipstick

Last year I got every single color from the F/W Nail Trend collection. Jin Soi is amazing and has done it again–I’d love to have every single one of these. Due to circumstance, that’s not possible this year, but I did walk away with:


Earthly Harmony


Jade Dragon

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What did you pick up?

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    heynicenails:

    Christmas Nails for Tyler @tylerhammond #nailart #gelnails #negativespace #holidaynails #heynicenails #longbeach #nicenailsfornicepeople (at Hey, Nice Nails)


    12/17/14

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