12 April 2013

REVIEW | MAC SAINT GERMAIN NAIL LACQUER


Hi everyone! Recently I bought a few goodies in MAC and one of them was Saint Germain Nail Lacquer.


 Prices: £10.00 / US$16.00 / €13.50 for 10ml / 0.34 us fl oz

One of the things that excites me, is the fact that it’s a Back 2 MAC product. Sadly, the Netherlands don’t participate in this (as far as I know). Luckily for me, I will be in the UK at least once a year for my studies so I will just have to save them up and take them with me once I go to the UK.

What is Back 2 MAC? On the official MAC website it says:
Because we share your commitment to the environment, M·A·C accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six [6] M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter, you will receive a free M·A·C Lipstick of your choice as our thanks to you. Since 100% of the retail selling proceeds of Viva Glam Lipstick is provided to organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS, these colours are excluded from this program.

In countries where it is permissible, the returned packaging is forwarded to appropriate waste management centres to recycle/reuse through energy recovery. M·A·C will continue to explore alternative means of waste disposal in all markets.

Most primary packaging of M·A·C products is accepted as Back to M·A·C "currency." M·A·C does not accept the following as a part of the program:
1. Secondary packaging of any sort [paper box, plastic/cellophane wrapper, shopping bags, etc.]
2. Samples [sample containers, special/trial size products for promotional/seasonal kits]
3.Cosmetic applicators/tools [disposables, puffs, sponges, scissors, spatulas, swabs, sharpeners, tweezers, curlers]
4. Accessories [bags, belts, makeup cases, lashes, Blot Film].

In addition to our "Back to M·A·C Program," M·A·C uses minimal packaging and recycled paper to paperboard packaging in our offices, manufacturing and distribution facilities. Vegetable-based inks are used for printing whenever possible. At M·A·C we share your concerns about the environment and we are continually looking for ways to address those concerns while providing our customers with complete product satisfaction and safety.
Another cool thing is that MAC has a lipglass and a lipstick in the exact same colour! These are also called Saint Germain.

On to the nail varnish itself. It is a beautiful baby pink colour. It goes on creamy and you only need two coats of it.
This is two coats of Saint Germain, I think this is going to be a favourite of mine. It looks nice now, but I think it will look even better when I’m nice and tanned. And besides that, you look even more tanned when wearing a paler shade on your nails!
The lasting power of this nail varnish is excellent! I’m wearing OPI’s Nail Envy as a basecoat, two layers of Saint Germain and OPI’s Topcoat. After wearing it for 5 days, it looks like the picture above (posted on my Instagram on 4 April 2013). It has only started chipping a tiny little bit, but it still looks fine. I’m definitely excited about this nail varnish!

As it is MAC, it’s a bit more on the pricy side, but I think you get good value for money. Besides that, I pay €12.50 for an OPI varnish so it is comparable to that.

Lots of love,
Laurie

Disclaimer:  No one of the companies mentioned are paying me to write about the products I’ve mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. This is NOT sponsored. All pictures are taken by me. 

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