Swatched! MAC Neptune

Sigh.

I really, really hate writing bad reviews. Especially for a polish this gorgeous. The current journalistic trend (especially prevalent among online reviewers) of it not being a proper review unless you find something to nitpick is super annoying to me, and I’d much rather just write about what I love. My blog, my rules, my right to gush like someone is paying me to (no one is paying me, god damn I wish I got paid for this).

MAC Neptune

So let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way so I can gush like we love to at Pretty Random. Neptune’s formula was… well putting it bluntly… shit. I know it’s old news – the inconsistency and quality of MAC’s polish formula is often commented on, but like a blind disciple I keep going back for more punishment. And Neptune didn’t disappoint. Well… it did actually but you understand what I mean. The coats were streaky and grainy (GRAINY WTAF). Dry time was terrible, even for swatching and I found subsequent coats leaving bald patches even when I had allowed my usual dry time between coats.

MAC Neptune

But tricky formula aside, with a little creative brushwork you can make it look fabulous. And people, this colour is freaking gorgeous. I always find myself drawn towards green leaning golds and this might be my favourite one yet. But J to the tap dancing C, I wish the formula wasn’t so pants.

MAC Neptune

It’s that same gorgeous Olive gold as China Glaze Cat’s Eye, with a bit more of a foily finish. There is also a slight duochrome to a warmer gold that you can see in the bottle. It does translate to the nail, but I don’t think my photos have captured it too well.

MAC Neptune

The other thing that completely sucked me into buying all three of these polishes? THE PACKAGING. As annoying as it is to have my camera reflection in every shot (ding dong why on earth did you buy a bright green camera?), the metallic aqua caps are right up my bower bird alley. (ALL THE SHINY). Plus, the water droplets on the cap are clever and pretty and I love things that are clever and pretty.

MAC Neptune

Pretty sure Neptune is still available online from MAC in the US as part of the Alluring Aquatic collection – and also likely at MAC counters as well. It’s overpriced at $17.50 considering the formula is so terrible but the colour is oh so pretty and I can’t think of any other brand that has anything like it right now. I’ve yet to try Shimmerfish and Submerged, but I plan on doing a comparison post with Submerged and 2007’s Whirlwind. Could it be possible that MAC has duped themselves? I guess we will find out soon enough!

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  • Dana

    Sucks about the formula! I only have I think two? Mac polishes and the ones formula is garbage as well and the other one stains like a beast. This color is absolutely mouth watering though!

    • Kaz

      I have a good handful of MAC polishes and my older ones are far better. Anything before three free applies pretty well but their new formula is terrible.

  • Marie Sixel

    This really reminds me of Butter London Wallis, only lighter. Wallis was the first of the murky greens I ever needed to own. This might be the second, even with the crap formula. Thanks for the awesome swatches!

    • Kaz

      Oh yes! I have Wallis! I will have to do a quick swatch comparison. I’ll post it on the Facebook page. :)

      • Marie Sixel

        Can’t wait to see it! I think Wallis is more blackened but I bet they would make a cool gradient!

  • Kaz

    I haven’t swatched Submerged yet but Shimmerfish was just as bad as Neptune. And yes! I think it is identical to that OPI. And haha thank you, sometimes I tend to write how I speak.

  • Kaz

    I am not sure if I have Immortal Gold but it does sound like something I would buy. Oh wait, I bought Mercenary, not Immortal Gold. The packaging on these is so good though I couldn’t resist!

  • katnaptural

    Ciate’s Oil Slick, Chanel’s Peridot, and Sephora Pantone Antique Gold look very similar, if not exactly the same. They all have the same quality as Neptune. A shame really. They’re all so pretty.

    • Kaz

      They are close, but they all lean a lot more green with far more duochrome. This is a much yellower gold.