MAC has taken one very big step into the nail business, adding two new collections:  a limited-edition collaboration with fashion designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian and a 31-shade Nail Lacquer collection, which will become part of the permanent line.  Read on for my thoughts…


The MAC Ruffian Collection is comprised of three sets of ready-to-wear press-on nails with available coordinating lipsticks.  It’s a very sophisticated offering.  The three Ruffian Manicures are:

  • Spectator:  Cream nail with black half moon, black french tip and black Ruffian ensignia (creme).
  • Demoiselle: Ruffian Red with white half moon and black french tip (creme).
  • Demilune: Matte black with chrome gold half moon (matte).

The coordinating lipsticks in the MAC Ruffian Collection are:

  • Ruffian Naked:  Pale peachy nude (Matte)
  • Ruffian Gold: Gold glitter metallic (Frost)
  • Ruffian Red:  Classic rich blue-red (Matte)

I received the Spectator set to preview.  Each set includes 24 pre-glued nails.  I have to confess, maybe my fingers have a weird shape, but I’ve never been able to find a press-on nail to give me a good fit.  Although I was impressed with the glue on these nails (they are re-useable), they still curved in an unnatural way on my nails. The color combinations are very elegant.  I love the idea of coordinating lipstick…and I would recommend picking up the Ruffian Red without hesitation.  It’s a fabulous shade!

The limited-edition MAC Ruffian Manicure sets retail at $25 each; lipsticks are $14.50; the collection is available now through mid-July at MAC counters and online at

I’m way excited about MAC’s new Nail Lacquer Collection.  A combination of 31 shades and three finishes, nails will now be a part of the permanent lineup and I’m glad.  MAC is such a fashion-forward brand that have a permanent nail collection makes sense.  I received three shades of nail polish to preview:  Quiet Time, Coffee Break (neither shade looked good with my coloring) and Morange, which I love.

There are so many shades I want to try out, including Formidable, Midnight Tryst, Nightfall and Anti-Fashion.  These shades are dark and moody; colors that I haven’t seen done to death in other lines.  While MAC sometimes gets kicked around for their nail shades not wearing well, I’ve been wearing Morange (above) going on 5 days with only slight wear at the tips. Each Nail Lacquer will retail at $16 and the collection will be available at MAC counters and on the MAC website on July 5th.

Are you excited about MAC’s new nail products?  Let me know in the comments!




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