MAC’s announcing the arrival of Summer (soon!) with the launch of Surf, Baby! (available May 26 through July 7) – a decidedly laid back California collection with a retro feel.
One look at that white packaging, with chubby stripes and hibiscus flower graphics, and I thought of vintage 80s OP shirts (and all the cute, tanned boys who used to wear them!) And the shades themselves? Think the ocean, tanned skin and easy, surfer girl color (with pops of glitter here and there).
We’re breaking our Surf, Baby review into two posts (eyes & cheeks and skin, nails, & lips) because this is a BIG collection; 33 pieces not counting brushes and bags!
Ready to ride this wave? Let’s dive in!
Crushed Metallic Pigments
Without a doubt, my favorite item in the whole collection is the Surf the Ocean Metallic Pigments, an icy range of water-esque shades. I found them absolutely entrancing! There’s a pure silver gray, a dark gunmetal with a hint of teal, a coppery gold and a shade that I would imagine looks very similar to the Caribbean ocean, a dreamy iridescent light green. Sadly, it’s the shade I was most excited for, but it’s not very pigmented (though you do get darker views depending on how you look at it). But the other three pack a TON of color in.
These pigments have an interesting chunky texture and a slightly wet feeling to them (which makes them less messy than loose pigments). Temptalia noted that the color should be pressed on (a VERY helpful tip), but I also got a good result mixing them on the back of my hand and applying the product from there.
Summer Stash is the other Metallic Pigment stack. There’s a pinky purple with magenta and silver glitter (the most glittery shade on the eight pigments), a coffee grounds brown with gold shimmer, a champagne that applies frosty white and a pinky nude (think Stila’s Kitten).
Oh, the pigment in these shadows! Surf USA is a bright teal frost (that’s really, not very frosty) and is a color I can see myself (and any teal lover) reaching for again and again. Sun Blonde has quickly become my go-to gold. It’s a sunny yellow gold frost (again, not too frosty!) A pure summer color. Saffron is a repromote from the very recent Mickey Contractor, a satin finish, orange-y terracotta.
Powerpoint Eye Pencils
I got to take a look at Gilded White, an aptly named white gold that looks fabulous under your lower lash line. I have my eye on the other liner in the launch Blue Noon, described as teal with gold pearl, and dream of that on the top lid with Gilded White underneath.
My Surf, Baby eye, shown left: Surf the Ocean Crushed pigments (gold inner eye, green on lid, gunmetal grey applied over a teal liner) with Surf USA eyeshadow on the outer edge and in the crease.
Surf, Baby Cheek Powder
The namesake of the collection is also called My Paradise (which makes sense because this is a blush also named a cheek powder!) They call it peach, I call it dark coral. And it really is quite dark on it’s own. It lightens when mixed with the gold overspray (beautifully laid in a hibiscus flower pattern) but I found the gold to be a bit on the chunky side of glittery.
Comparisons will obviously be made to Marine Life (the must-have piece from last year’s To The Beach). And I think I will be equally scared to use this beautiful blush! Once that overlay is gone, it’s gone for good…
Here are all the eye and cheek products…
Crushed Metallic Pigment
Light pink champagne (Frost)
Light white pearl (Frost)
Light violet with silver pearl (Frost)
Brown bronze with gold pearl (Frost)
Surf The Ocean:
Frosty platinum (Frost)
Light yellow green (Frost)
Gold bronze (Frost)
Dirty graphite with silver pearl (Frost)
$32.50 U.S./$38.50 CDN
Splashproof Lash Mascara
Blacksplash – Black
$14.00 U.S./$17.00 CDN
Powerpoint Eye Pencil
Gilded White – Yellow white frost
Blue Noon – Teal with gold pearl
$15.50 U.S./$18.50 CDN
Short Shorts – Frosty white champagne (Frost)
Sun Blonde – Dirty yellow gold (Frost)
Saffron – Deep coral caramel (Satin)
Surf USA – Frosted teal (Frost)
Swell Baby – Mid-tone grey (Satin)
$15.50 U.S./$18.50 CDN
Naked- Fleshy beige with golden copper pearl
Melon – Soft bright golden peach
$19.50 U.S./$23.50 CDN
Surf, Baby Cheek Powder
My Paradise – Peach pressed powder with gold hibiscus flower overspray
$28.00 U.S./$32.00 CDN
Be sure to check out part two: skin, nails and lips. Readers, what products have you ready to cruise to the beach?
Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.