MAC – Bad Fairy nail lacquer

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.

MAC - Bad Fairy

MAC - Bad Fairy

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.

MAC - Bad Fairy

MAC - Bad Fairy

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!

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