My mention last week about my sneak peak at the M.A.C. Antiquitease collection generated quite a few questions, especially about the nail polish! I had a number of email requests for pictures, and since I was curious about them myself and had the products available, I gave them a try. Part One will feature the nail polishes and Part Two will look at the rest of the collection.
The Antiquitease Collection is available beginning tomorrow, October 18, 2007. The entire collection is incredible, but the gold veneer nail polish particularly stands out for me. By itself, it is great a a stand alone gold polish. I don't remember seeing a gold before that had quite the color quality and shine that this one has.
I plan to try the Gold Veneer simply as a stand alone gold polish at some point. It is featured though to be used with a white polish to create some interesting effects. The white polish is rather flat, which makes sense when it is intended for use for effects. Too much shine and a top polish won't adhere well or won't look right!
I decided to try creating a crackle effect, which was quite easy to accomplish. So create this look, apply one or two coats of the white polish and let it dry. Next, apply a coat of the gold veneer and blot lightly and quickly with a textured paper towel. That removes a bit of the gold to reveal the white underneath. How much gold is left can be adjusted based on how much you apply to begin with and how much is blotted off. Top it off with a clear top coat if desired.
Below is a look at the finished effect from a couple of different angles:
The fun part about this is that you get to mess up your nails on purpose! It also looks pretty darn cool from a distance and it is definitely very festive!The whole collection is quite nice. I did some swatches of the rest of the collection and took pictures of those as well, so look for that soon. I am also told that it is just the beginning of many great holiday products from M.A.C. this year!
Update: You can view my post on the rest of the collection here.