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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!