MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up, swatch

MAC — Rack ‘Em Up (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

I hope all my American readers had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

I had the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on for Peanut yesterday morning, and he wasn’t too interested, except when the Thomas the Tank Engine balloon showed up.

As usual, I thought Ronald McDonald was kind of terrifying.

I did get a kick out of this:

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
Mr. Peanut dabbing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 24, 2016.

Now, onto the polish!

Earlier this fall, MAC decided to discontinue their line of Studio Nail Lacquer, which was actually only introduced in Spring 2015. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised, as I have personally found the line of little interest and only bought a few over the last two years. This is after they reduced the nail polish prices so that they were not almost as expensive as the lipsticks!

MAC will still be releasing limited edition nail lacquers with some of their collections, however:

A few of their remaining Studio Nail Lacquers have been clearanced online (at least in Canada and I think the US, as well). I picked up a few, just because it was CA$6 nail polish. I only passed on Babysplit, a too-sheer pastel green, and Style Matters, which I already owned.

Here’s one of the clearanced shades I did get, Rack ‘Em Up, which is from this fall’s bowling-themed It’s a Strike! collection.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack ‘Em Up

Rack’ Em Up is not the kind of color I usually go for: it’s a medium taupe brown cream with a slightly cool undertone.

As you can see, it’s not a great shade for my skintone. I didn’t particularly like the formula. It’s better than their old Nail Lacquer, that’s for sure, but still a little streaky. I think these MAC polishes are best if you stick to the more forgiving shimmer finishes. I have a few shimmers and they’re very nice (Style Matters, Imperial Green, and Sunset Tourmaline).

My swatches show two coats, though this polish could probably use a third.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up, swatch
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack ‘Em Up, swatch


Still, if you like this kind of color, and you spot it at a nice discounted price, it’s worth picking up.


MAC Studio Nail Lacquer is 10 mL / 0.34 US fl oz, and it retails for US$12 / CA$15 / £10. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.

MAC is part of the Estée Lauder Companies.


4 thoughts on “MAC — Rack ‘Em Up (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. This is TOTALLY the type of colour I go for! I had this in my cart. I totally don’t NEED this. And now that I know the formula is kind of meh, I’ll pass. 😉


  2. I wouldn’t pick this color either, but I’m seeing it…. and I’m liking it! I’m glad you said the formula isn’t fabulous because I swear, I want way way too much right now. I’m so out of control!


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