|MAC Mean & Green|
One coat looks absolutely horrid, but with three coats I got a good opaque finish. Drying time was also very quick but that might be down to using Seche Vite top coat. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of these MAC polishes. The only complaint I have is that the brush of Mean and Green has a couple of bristles that are stuck out and could easily ruin a manicure. Hopefully they will be easy to cut off.
In the photos, which were all taken in artificial light, I have tried to show you the different colours in the polish and how it compares to Bad Fairy. With the colours applied side by side you can see clearly the differences and also how well the polishes last. I've been wearing Bad Fairy for over a week now and am fairly impressed at its staying power. I have been doing a lot of craft work this week, involving much double sided tape and sticky foam, neither of which is ideal for painted nails, but still no chips.
|MAC Mean & Green - £8|
|Left: Bad Fairy, Right: Mean & Green|
|3 coats Mean & Green applied + top coat|
|3 coats Mean & Green + top coat applied|
After being disappointed with Bad Fairy, too bright and wrong colour for my taste, I was concerned about Mean & Green. Seeing it on the nails though it is a lot more subdued than Bad Fairy and I can see myself wearing it again. I love Formidable, Mean & Green is a nice colour for a change but Bad Fairy will be relegated to the very back of my nail varnish drawer.
I admit that I bought these polishes because I was under the spell of the Disney hype, I love Disney as it reminds me of my childhood (they would release a classic every year in October, so I used to see it on my birthday when I was young). I never normally buy MAC polishes and I doubt I would have normally bought Bad Fairy and Mean & Green as shades if they had been part of the ordinary line. However, I am impressed with the quality for £8 a bottle when compared to Chanel & OPI (OPI is around £10 a bottle here in the UK) and would buy MAC nail varnish again.
|Top hand: Mean & Green, Bottom hand: Bad Fairy|
|Top hand: Mean & Green, bottom hand: Bad Fairy|
I think that Mean & Green is sold out but other bloggers swear that Orly Space Cadet is a dupe of it. I can't really say as I have never heard of Orly before, let alone seen the shade in question, but Grace at http://www.londonmakeupgirl.com/ reviewed the Orly colour herself so you can compare the two if interested. For those in the UK, I think you can find Orly on eBay through cheap American sellers.
Which of the three Venomous Villains shades are your favourites? Do you think the colours MAC chose are the best to represent the Disney villains or is there another colour you would love to have seen in the collection? For Maleficent, I would have liked a really dark purple with shimmer and I was surprised not to see a red for Cruella or the Evil Queen.