Couldn’t get enough of the a-ma-zing packaging for MAC’s Alluring Aquatics Collection? Yeah, me neither… so I thought I’d bring you another shamelessly covet-worthy post on the collection’s other nail lacquer, MAC Shimmerfish, for you to drool over! [Polish geek side-note: the third lacquer from MAC’s Alluring Aquatics Collection, Neptune, was not released in Hong Kong.]
Shimmerfish is a super shimmery (surprise!) silver with teeny-tiny flecks of light copper also swimming in the mix. It has the same kind of mottled glittery foil finish (a la Chanel Graphite, OPI Warm & Fozzie and Butter London Wallis) that is absolutely my favourite kind of complex molten metallic; in fact, it reminds me of OPI’s Designer De-Better, which was from the same Muppets Collection as Warm & Fozzie – check out my friend Eugenia’s swatches of that here for comparison.
Just like the sun sparking on ocean waves, Shimmerfish totally dazzles when the light hits it – resulting in brightly glistening flashes of silver at your fingertips. But those coppery flecks keep things equally awesome in the shadows too, delivering a coolly complex shade that you just can’t quite put your finger on – is it a silvery bronze… a bronzy silver… a rusty rose-gold… a champagne-taupe… or some equally intriguing new shade that doesn’t even have a name invented for it yet?
Shimmerfish is a bit of a strange bird to apply (mixed non-mammal metaphors alert); the polish feels rather thin and almost too dry, meaning it seems to “set” almost instantly on the nail in a slightly patchy way, although an easy two coats does the trick in terms of opacity. Fittingly for a metallic polish, it’s a steely sort of character too – euphemism for being a total bitch to clean off – although the plus side of this is that it doesn’t chip easily either.
I’m not as smitten with Shimmerfish as I am with Submerged but given I didn’t snap up OPI’s Designer De-Better at the time, I’m still happy that I netted it for my collection. Factor in that gorgeous packaging (yep, I totally won’t be throwing away the box for this one… future appearance on hoarding tv shows beckons) and this is one catch of the day you may well end up falling for… hook, line and sinker!
Looks good with: keep on swimming, keep on swimming
Drying time: 2 mins
Coats required: 2
Chips: +5 days
MAC Shimmerfish nail lacquer, Summer 2014 Alluring Aquatic Collection, $120
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