Hey, I said I’d slowly work through the Venomous Villains goodies, I just didn’t say exactly how slowly. I gave Formidable! nail polish a spin a few days ago and wasn’t madly impressed with it. Let not all MAC polishes be tarred with the same brush, ’cause this time I’m wearing a polish that I really, really like.
Bad Fairy is a deep rich rose duochrome that tints a bright coppery orange depending on the light and/or which direction you look at it. The formula is super smooth with no brush streaks or bald spots, and it only took clean two coats to get full coverage.
The colour is just gorgeous. The warm rose fades out to the copper of a bright penny when I look at it under yellow artificial light, but twinkles bright and true in the sun. When you look at it vertically like pictured above, you’re treated to a dishy pumpkin metallic finish. Seriously, Bad Fairy is the stand-out polish from the three Venomous Villains lacquers.
Two minor bitches though: one, this polish chips like crazy. I applied this last night using Orly Bonder and Seche Vite, and by midday I had chips on my index finger. By this evening, I’d compulsively picked off every lifting corner and chipped edge I could find and came home with super trashy half-filled nails. Gross.
Two, I just don’t love MAC’s nail lacquer bottles. The heavy and chunky handle is awkward compared to the relatively short brush, and – as seems to be my experience with all MAC polishes – the bristles were splayed out from the moment I first unscrewed the cap. It’s hard to do a nice smooth mani when flyaway bristles are doing a Jackson Pollock on your cuticles, you know?
Despite the unimpressive wear and the janky brush, I’m giving this a mad high recommendation – if the collection wasn’t sold out everywhere, I’d scoop a second bottle of Bad Fairy and store it away for the future. High praise!