Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Nail Lacquer Shades

Did you catch the details and photos of the new Marilyn Monroe Collection from MAC yet? If not, make sure you go back to this post to get all caught up. (By the way—if you’re a lipstick girl and you love reds, do not miss those lipsticks!) This is part two of the Marilyn Monroe Collection, and will focus independently on the nail lacquer shades. Let’s get better acquainted with four of them!

Rich, Rich, Rich

Rich, Rich, Rich is a pale blonde-gold glitter with a slightly pearl finish. Two coats are perfect for this one, but it does seem a little sheer after one. Even with a good top coat, I can still feel the glittery bumps on my nails. It’s not enough to sway me from a purchase on this however, because I like how it’s not a really yellow gold. Golds almost never work out for me, but Rich, Rich, Rich looks great in my humble opinion!

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Flaming Rose

If you could only buy one nail polish from this collection, I would say Flaming Rose is the best choice. (Given you like reds!) In terms of application, this one was the best of the bunch, and was perfect after just one coat (it’s shown with two in the swatches below). This true red cream has a great flow and levels nicely. Everything about this red is just SO right!

Stage Red

Stage Red is a dark berry red cream that streaks a little, and looks a little watery when compared to the other shades. I’m not sure if that’s what’s making this streak a little bit or not, but you may require a thin third coat to even it all out. It’s not exactly HORRIBLE, but I wish it covered a little better because it’s such a gorgeous shade of red.

Vintage Vamp

Vintage Vamp is a classic deep wine cream. Sadly, I felt like this one was a little watery too, and I had an application issue with it—more so than with Stage Red. I love this color for winter, I just wish it applied more nicely.


There is a fifth nail lacquer shade, Kid Orange (coral cream), which I haven’t seen in person yet. Jessica at Beautezine has great photos of it, so check it out there!

Bottom Line…

From a collectible standpoint, I find them purchase worthy—but I wouldn’t pass up Flaming Rose if you like reds and can help it. Otherwise, these might seem kind of pricey for shades that you can likely dupe. (Especially if you’re not picking them up for the Marilyn theme alone.) Performance wise, Flaming Rose wins again—it’s got a great even flow with perfect opacity. Rich, Rich, Rich is nice to have too, however it’s an online exclusive. You have to grab it while you can on the MAC website!

Price & Availability…

$17.50 each;, North America MAC locations until November 1st (Rich, Rich, Rich, is an online exclusive.)

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  • Krystal Caracol

    Aw, I was really wanting these – I was too late to snatch them up. :( They are so pretty though, I L-O-V-E all reds! Great post girly! oxo

  • Amber

    Thanks, Krystal! The good news is, as of right this second–they’re all on the MAC site, with the exception on Vintage Vamp!

  • Beautezine

    Thanks for linking to Beautezine! That gold shade is so pretty!

  • Amber

    Of course! :) Thanks for your rockin’ photos!