FINALLY! After so many, many months of waiting, surfer girls, we’re going MAC To The Beach! — It’s a warm beach…and we’re walking along the shore, picking up sea shells, pretty pieces of coral, and starfishes like the ones that grace the limited edition packaging.
If I close my eyes and picture the delicious greens and corals in the collection, I feel relaxed and happy; if I listen hard enough and breath deeply, I can almost hear waves breaking and smell the salty air.
MAC To The Beach crashes onto North American counters May 27, but a handful of US and Canadian MAC stores will be hosting pre-release parties on May 18. To see if there’s a pre-release party in your area, give your local MAC store or counter a quick call.
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Can I just take a second to marvel at the packaging? We’re talking ’70s, but in the best possible way.
The house I grew up in was built in the ’70s, and I remember some of these same colors (LOL!). Our kitchen walls were the exact same shade of pea green! Our countertops, the fridge, the dishes, and my mom’s treasured Pyrex mixing bowls were also in colors very much like the shades in To The Beach.
Well, they say everything old is new again, and I guess they’re right! But coming across these shades in a West Elm or Pottery Barn would have been one thing; seeing them on a cosmetics counter is something else entirely. Way to go, MAC, for always pushing beauty forward, even when you’re looking back. Fusing the ’70s with an ocean theme? I mean, who does that?
MAC To The Beach: Reviews
I hope this look at 17 of the 31 pieces from the collection helps you figure out what to put on your wish list.
Face and body
MAC To The Beach Cream Bronzer in Weekend ($25): Weekend, a deep orangey brown with pink pearl, is one of two Cream Bronzers in the collection (the second, Beach Bronze, is a golden bronze). The texture reminds me of MAC’s cream blushes — thick, but creamy, and easily blendable.
Weekend may not exude sex in the pan, but that’s because it’s waiting for someone to love. I think the pink pearl really shows through on my NC35 skin. I like it, and I can’t remember seeing another bronzer quite like it before (most have more golden shimmer than pink). If you have a warm skin tone and feel you wear orangey browns well (like MAC Soft Brown Matte or Saddle Eyeshadows), then you might look forward to this Weekend.
MAC To The Beach Cream Bronzer in Weekend
Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($22): Part of the permanent collection, Refined Golden is one of two bronzing powders in the collection, but MAC dressed it up here in special beach attire. Like Weekend, it’s also warm shade, in this case a buttery orange-toned brown, but I think it’s a little less orange, and has more of a golden shimmer than one a pinkish pearl.
I’ve played with Refined Golden before and think it’s great for contouring. It just looks so natural on the skin, despite how chunky it looks in the pan.
Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
Lustre Drops in Sun Rush ($18.50): The Lustre Drops remind me of Benefit’s liquid highlighters but have a thinner texture and give off a far quieter glow. Sun Rush, a peachy bronze with golden pearl, is one of two Lustre Drops in MAC To The Beach (the other being Pink Rebel, a blue pink with golden pearl). I really like the applicator… It’s thin and pointed, which makes it a cinch to control and cuts down on waste. OOH! I’m gonna try adding this to lotions and foundations and dabbing dots on specific places for a hint of subtle shimmer.
Lustre Drops in Sun Rush
MAC To the Beach Bronze Body Oil ($22): Talk about super pigmented glittery goodness! This is the body oil you’d get in the gift bag at a drag queen convention. WOW! I like how thin the oil is, too, because it doesn’t take much effort to rub in, nor does it feel greasy or heavy on my skin.
MAC To the Beach Bronze Body Oil
Powder Blush in Hipness and Get-Away Bronze ($18.50 each): Both Hipness, (a coral with soft white pearl) and Get Away Bronze (a frosty orangey bronze) have little starfishes on their compacts, aww! Get-Away Bronze has a frosty finish that seems to highlight large pores and imperfections on my skin. I probably won’t use it when my skin’s in less-than-great shape.
Now, Hipness, you may remember from MAC Fafi. It’s another repromote in the collection — a little frosty, but nowhere near as frosty as Get Away Bronze. I think it’s quite sheer and subtle, and consequently more wearable.
From left: Get-Away Bronze, Hipness
Swatches from left: Powder Blush in Hipness, Powder Blush in Get-Away Bronze, MAC To THe Beach Cream Bronzer in Weekend, Lustre Drops in Sun Rush
Eyeshadow in Sand & Sun ($14.50): This sheer light peach matte doesn’t advertise itself well on my NC 35 skin. I can hardly see it at all, but I bet it’s really pretty on lighter skin tones.
Eyeshadow in Firecracker ($14.50): Firecracker’s a little bit more pigmented than Sand & Sun. MAC describes it as a reddish orange, but I think it looks straight up shimmery coral to me. I like the way this shimmer glows without screaming, “I’M IN YOUR FACE!”
Eyeshadow in Sweet & Punchy ($14.50): Umm… wow? Sweet & Punchy applies with super intense pigment, frosty shimmer and a soft texture.
Eyeshadow in Humid ($14.50): Another member of Team MAC (the permanent collection), Humid’s an intense, shimmery forest green with the same soft texture Sweet & Punchy has.
From left: Sweet & Punchy, Firecracker, Sand & Sun
Swatches from left: Sand & Sun, Firecracker, Sweet & Punchy, Humid
Eye Kohl in Float on By ($14.50): I think dark green turquoise Float on By is sooo gorgeous. The color shimmers and dances in the light, flashing from blue to green. LOVE THIS!
Eye Kohl in Rosemary & Thyme ($14.50): MAC describes it as a shimmery mid-tone golden olive. It may not pack as much pigment as Float on By, but it sure looks pretty on the skin. I can’t wait to see it paired with MAC Powersurge…
From left: Lip Pencil in Life’s A Breeze, Lip Pencil in Temperature Rising, Eye Khol in Float on By, Eye Kohl in Rosemary & Tyme
Lipstick in Beachbound ($14): This sheer frosted pale peach looks almost transparent and feels ultra-lightweight. It has “layering color” written all over it, perhaps popped on top of the lip pencils.
Lipstick in Funbathing ($14): Funbathing ramps up the the lip pigmenation a bit. It’s a mid-tone bronze plum with medium-to-full pigmentation and a slick, smooth texture. I think you get better coverage with this bad boy…and Funbathing? Great name.
From left: Lipsticks in Beachbound, Funbathing
Lipglass in Easy Lounger ($14): This light baby pink color with multi-dimensional pearl looks almost clear on my pigmented lips; it’s mostly just shimmer.
Wearing Easy Lounger
Lipglass in Easy Lounger
From left: Lipstick in Beachbound, Lipstick in Funbathing, Lipglass in Easy Lounger
Lip Pencil in Temperature Rising Lip Pencil ($13): Hard at first, but once you warm up this bright orange pencil, it feels nice and creamy.
Lip Pencil in Life’s a Breeze ($13): This neutral pink doesn’t as as pigmented to as Temperature Rising, and I really had to build it in layers for the color to show.
Nail Lacquer in Scorcher ($12): How fun is this? One of two nail lacquers in the collection, Scorcher’s a bright creamy coral red that feels kinda Mad Men to me (I like it a lot!). The first coat applies a little streaky, but two coats delivers nearly perfect opacity.
MAC describes the other polish, In the Buff, as a muted avocado, but to me it looks a little bit baby poo…
MAC To the Beach Bronzing Oil, Nail Lacquer in Scorcher
I dig that MAC went To The Beach this year. They took chances again on the packaging, and the greens, corals and pinks are definitely getting me in the mood for the summer. I still need to play with the shades to see how they work together, but so far the color story seems to make sense.
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What do you think? Shall we go MAC To The Beach?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,