You asked some great questions in the comments on last week’s first MAC Surf Baby pictures post, and I thought it might be helpful to try and answer them here.
The collection breaks onto
beaches makeup counters May 26 in North America (internationally, this month).
How are the Skin Sheen Bronzer Sticks used?
Q: I apologize for the silly question, but I donâ€™t think I understand how the bronzer stick is to be used. Is it for contouring, or are you meant to dab it all over and blend like foundation?
Not a silly question at all. Are you familiar with the NARS Multiples? These Skin Sheens are kinda like thicker, stickier versions of those (basically, like a cream bronzer). They’re more pigmented, though, so a little goes a really long way.
I generally use the non-shimmery shades, Billionaire Bronze and Tan-Tint, for contouring and to add a bit of color to my forehead and cheeks, which are parts of my face that tend to really darken when I tan. As for the shimmery color, Gilty Bronze, I like to use it as a highlighter, wearing it on my upper cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of my nose.
To apply the Skin Sheens, I usually swipe a synthetic skunk brush like the MAC 188 across the top of the stick and then apply the product to bare skin or atop a liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer. Fingers work great, too, but I find that a skunk brush deposits a great amount of color — neither too little nor too much — and blends the product well, so it doesn’t look obvious or streaky.
From left to right: Skin Sheen Bronzer Stick in Billionaire Bronze, Tan-Tint and Gilty Bronze
Skinsheen Bronzer Stick in Tan-Tint along the curve of the apples of my cheeks to contour
I bet you could also just dab this all over and blend to give some warmth to the skin, like for very light coverage, but I’d probably still set it with something like MAC Blot to keep it in place.
Have we seen Safron before?
Pans of Saffron from the Surf Baby (left) and Mickey Contractor (right) collections
Katie Coleman wanted to know about the coral eyeshadow, Saffron.
Q: Do you think this is the same Saffron as the one that was released with the Mickey Contractor collection?
– Katie Coleman
Well, as far as I can tell, it is and isn’t. The colors do look very similar, but they’re a little different in terms of texture and payoff.
Surf Baby’s Saffron feels hard in the pan and applies incredibly sheer, while the Saffron from the Mickey Contractor collection feels softer to me and packs a stronger pigment punch.
Swatches of Saffron from Surf Baby (left) and Mickey Contractor (right)
Still, if you already have Saffron from the Mickey release, you’re probably fine without this one.
Foiled again! This time by Swell Baby Eyeshadow
Katie also asked about Swell Baby. She wondered if it shows up as a true iridescent when foiled.
Foiled? Yup, foiling refers to applying certain loose or pan eyeshadows with a wet brush to enhance an already (sometimes slightly) shiny or metallic finish.
Swell Baby applied dry (left) and wet (right)
Applying Swell Baby with a wet brush does seem to bring out a subtle iridescence, but it’s not the blindingly mirror-like shine I get when I do the same thing with Surf Baby’s Crushed Metallic Pigments.
Bust Out Lipstick vs. MAC Syrup?
Bust Out (left) and Syrup (right)
Q: Does Bust Out seem to be similar to Syrup? I really wanted that shade, but if I can get it with Surf Baby packaging…
Unfortunately, nope, these aren’t two peas in a pod.
Swatches of Syrup (left) and Bust Out (right)
Bust Out looks darker and more like a wine color to me than Syrup does, which I think looks lighter and more purplish pink.
I hope you found these answers helpful, and let me know if you have any other questions about the release. From what you’ve seen of Surf Baby so far, what do you think? Does it make you want to hit the waves or wait for the next set?
Like Willie Nelson says, I’m going “on the road again…”
Photo credit: Via
It’s time for another quick trip! — this one to SoCal and the Urban Decay offices. My flight leaves early tomorrow morning, returning on Thursday afternoon (just one night). Of course, my camera batteries are charged and ready, sir! And I’ll do as much reporting as I can.
Another one of the reasons for the trip is to catch a screening of Bridesmaids tomorrow. Remember UD’s Urban Decay Bride Set released to coincide with the film?
I love the set… I sure hope I like the movie too.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How was your day today? Anything new to report?