MAC Abalone Shell Nail Cream Nail Lacquer

February 26, 2010

I thought my wallet would be safe from MAC’s Spring Forecast, but I broke my resolve after peeking at a few items in person. I was intrigued by Abalone Shell Cream Nail Polish from the Amber Collection Series. It looked like a pretty nude in the bottle and it looked stunning in all the pictures/swatches I’ve seen so far on other blogs and message boards.

Yes, I confess, my last manicure was only 2 days ago, but I felt the green was better suited for my toes. The Pop Petrol was getting too much attention and kept turning heads. It made me feel self conscious. I went to get a color change with Abalone Shell and here is what it looks like with 3 coats.

So what do I think? News alert: There is a nude that’s too nude for me. Shocker, I know! It’s a lovely nude, but it just looks too matchy with my skintone making it feel too nude. I feel like it would be amazing if I had a tan. I would like more of a contrast between my skin and the nails for this color. If it had shimmer/pearl, perhaps I wouldn’t mind so much.

It just feels flat and lifeless – and dull. If you’re looking for a nude-nail look, then you’ll love this. I’ll just be saving it for the summertime when I finally get the tan that I so desperately need.

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  • wow this color is really pretty on you. Such a pretty nude color.


  • I think it looks cute! The nude nail "mannequin hands" look has been pretty popular, especially for the upcoming spring season, so definitely give it another go. I'll be picking up this color for sure even though I'm partial to Essie.

  • I actually like it, seems like it's the perfect colour for the whole mannequin hands trend. πŸ™‚

  • Forget the lippies Lina, I wanna know your secret to perfect skin!!

  • MW

    u make me want this nail polish
    i love it
    boo hoo i didnt want to be spending lol
    xo mw

  • carollu

    The lippies are beautiful on you; those colors are just perfect for you! The way a "nude" looks so depends on your lip color and I think you have found your HG!

  • 3rd the Mannequin hands comments – you're unintentionally quite trendy with that mani!

  • Too neutral even for you? Ha didn't think it was possible! But I do know what you mean. When it's too neutral for me that means I look ashy…not cute! =)

  • Hey Lina/Sabrina. I hardly ever comment but I was looking at your old RBL posts and you said that you wish you would have picked up some more of the neutrals… well they are having a sale on some discontinued colors and if you didn't already know about it, I wanted to let you know. =)

    Oh, and I never do this (and I'm not looking to get traffic or anything) but I'm in a rush and the link to purchase them (and more info is on my blog).

  • Anonymous

    Mannequin-hands are on trend right now, i think they look gorgeous!

    Is there any chance you could do a post focusing on all the NARS Multiples you have and the level of shimmer etc in each? I know you always swatch them but I dont think you've ever done a post solely on your collection of them.

    I have Mustique, Malaysia and Copacabana and i'm looking to try a few more!

    Love the blog xxx

  • Wow. I like it, but I do think it's a bit on the 'nude' side. lol
    I ALWAYS have a problem finding a good nude shade. They are either too sheer or too streaky. πŸ™ I've been sticking with OPI's 'Mimosa for the Mr. and Mrs.' It's more on the pinky peach side, but it is the only shade that applies well for me !

  • I think the nude looks good on you—but I loved the Lancome dark teal on your hands too! I love to wear strong nail colors, though, it's all a personal preference, right? πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth

    I think it looks great! So great I went out and picked it up today. I also think it will work great under jellies to even tone. Thanks!