MAC To The Beach Collection — An Under The Sea Voyage
Red coral reef formations, neon blue Discus fish, purple-tinged magenta sea anemones, banded orange-and-green mandarinfish, olive-y green sea turtles, pinkish orange hippocampus seahorses, dirty cream sand dollars, dark red-orange starfish, green hair algae, translucent blue moon jellyfish… Imagine venturing on a Jacques Cousteau-worthy scuba diving excursion through the pristine waters of Palau, Micronesia, and you’ll get a feel for the vibe and color spectrum captured by MAC’s To The Beach collection.
Like most summer collections, this one includes every form of bronzer imaginable — from an all-over golden brown bronze oil to a coral-tinged bronze blush, and an orange brown cream bronzer with a pink pearl finish. The eye shadow and eye kohl hues, meanwhile, capture the vivacity of aquatic life, with punchy turquoise, mossy shimmering green, chartreuse-flavored green, dusky peaches, and more. Lipsticks and lip gloss shades range from wam peach tones to bronzed plums, but all have a mouthwatering sunniness that screams beach babe.
Below, you’ll find all the products in the collection, along with swatches of the pieces I tried for myself!
TO THE BEACH LIPSTICK SHADES
Four lipsticks are featured in the collection, all packaged in a Sunkist orange-colored tube stamped with a depiction of a conch in a light cream hue. The new lipstick shades are: Beachbound, a sheer pale peach with a glaze-like finish; Lazy Day, a blue-toned pink with a lustrous texture; Thrills, a frosted copper shade with rosy undertones, and Funbathing, a creamy, bronze plum color.
I had the chance to try out the Funbathing lipstick, which has much more of a Merlot feel than I expected when looking at the shade in its tube, as it initially appears to be more of a dark bronze hue. The cool thing about this shade is that the reddish-pink pearl particles alter the intensity of the color depending on the lighting, sometimes appearing to be more of a juicy pinkish color and, other times, looking like more of a statuesque bronze. The lipstick also has a very sheer quality to it, which gives it a slightly icy, I-just-at-a-gellato feel.
MAC To The Beach Lipstick, $14 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH LIPGLASS SHADES
This collection features three Lipglass colors, all a bit brighter, more youthful, and punchier than the lipstick offerings. The three hues are: Easy Lounger, a pearlescent baby pink; Flurry of Fun, an orange sherbet color with peach undertones; and Splashing, a bubblegum-worthy blue-tone pink.
I tried the Splashing Lipglass, which is about as girly as it gets in the light pink spectrum — think My Little Pony or Pinky Diny Doo.
MAC To The Beach Lipglass, $14 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH LIP PENCILS
The two lip pencils in the To The Beach collection both feature tropical reef-like branches creeping up along the length of their pearly white forms. Two shades are available: Life’s A Breeze, a soft carnation-like pink; and Temperature’s Rising, a blood orange hue.
The Life’s A Breeze shade (pictured below) looks fantastic when layered with the Splashing Lipglass, giving your pout more long-lasting color. Notice how the shade has a nice smooth an even sheen that slightly alters the color depending on the lighting.
MAC To The Beach Lip Pencil, $13. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH EYE SHADOW HUES
Forget about selling seashells by the seashore. The five eye shadows in this collection will have you selling fierce by the seashore.These shades make me feel like I’m staring at the vast, immensely l known as the Great Barrier Reef. The collection includes: Sand & Sun, a light peach with a matte finish; Firecracker, a shimmering mid-tone red-orange; Sweet & Punchy, a bright, chartreuse-like green with yellow undertones; Shimmermoss, a blue lagoon-worthy shade; and Humid, a mysterious, smoldering green with a frosty finish.
Below, you’ll find a few photos of me wearing the Humid eye shadow. To create the look shown below, I started out by applying MAC’s Sorcery eye shadow, a reddish brown shade with a satin finish, onto my lids and along the crease. Next, I brushed on the Humid eye shadow, starting at the inner corners of the eye and working my way toward the middle of the lid. To soften the look, I then added Motives’ Antique Pink eye shadow, a champagne-tinged light pink into the mix, lending it with the Sorcery shade along the crease.
Next, I lined my lids with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar. To add a bit of edge, I lined the lower lash line with the Rockstar eye pencil, starting at the inner corner and working to the middle point (where my pupil is located) and then lined the rest of the lower lash line (the outer corner) with the green Graffiti 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil.
To finish, I added two coats of MAC’s Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara.
Check out the look:
Close-up of eyes:
MAC To the Beach Eye Shadow, $14.50 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH EYE KOHLS
Like the lip pencils in the collection, these feature whimsical branch-like formations designs that add to the collection’s beachy vibe. One of the eye kohl colors is Float On By, an intense and Belize-worthy turquoise with hints of green. The other shade, meanwhile, is Rosemary & Thyme, an olive green with a golden shimmer that can work to create a sultry tropical look or a more severe military-inspired look.
MAC To the Beach Eye Kohl, $14.50 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH POWDER BLUSHES
Though women were forsaking blush for quite a few seasons, it’s been making a huge comeback over the last year. For Summer 2010, MAC suggests either Hipness, a pink coral color with a luminous white pearly finish, or Get-Away Bronze, a frosted golden brown color that replicates the look of a real-life suntan. I absolutely love the Get-Away Bronze because it strikes the perfect balance between brown an orange, gold and pink, lending my cheeks a natural glow.
MAC To the Beach Powder Blush, $18.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH HIGH-LIGHT POWDER
The Marine Life High-Light Powder is the type of product that’s so beautiful to look at that you almost feel guilty tampering with it. The powder features a lovely embossed design of a golden seahorse surrounded by golden branches against a salmon pink and orange-ish coral pink backdrop. The colors here are extremely bright, so they may seem off-putting at first, but I do advise you to experiment with them a bit. You can, of course, use each color individually (I’ve worn both pink shades on lids to give them a bit of a flush), or you can blend them together for a deep, orange-tinged pink copper hue.
MAC To The Beach High-Light Powder, $26. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH BRONZING POWDER
If you’re all about bronzing powders, check out these two new hues: Golden, a muted beige tan shade with a a gold pearl finish; and Refined Golden, a deeper golden tan shade with a softer pearl finish.
MAC To The Beach Bronzing Powder, $22. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH CREAM BRONZERS
When you appy MAC’s To The Beach Cream Bronzers, they practically become one with your skin so that the pigment truly looks like a natural manifestation of melanin production. Out of all the bronzers, these have the least amount of shimmer, which is perhaps what makes them look so natural on the skin. The Cream Bronzers are available in Weekend, an orange-ish brown with a subtle, almost imperceptible pink pearl finish, and Beach Bronze, a golden brown tan shade with soft gold pearls.
MAC To The Beach Cream Bronzer, $25. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH NAIL LACQUERS
Since you’ll constantly be exposing your hands and feet during the sweltering summer days, it’s important to keep them pretty and polished. To this end, MAC offers two new shades of nail lacquer: In the Buff, a milky taupe shade; and Scorcher, a creamy coral red.
MAC Nail Lacquer, $12. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH LUSTRE DROPS
Mix these with your moisturizer or foundation, and you’ll get a nice dose of luster in the desired tone — whether it’s Pink Rebel, a nude-ish blue pink with gold pearl particles, or Sun Rush, a tan shade with peachy gold pearl particles.
MAC Lustre Drops, $18.50 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH BRONZE BODY OIL
Sure, you want your cheeks to look nice and sunkissed, but it won’t be worth too much if your stems and arms still look as pale as vanilla ice cream. With MAC’s To the Beach Bronze Body Oil, you can look like a golden goddess from head to toe.
MAC To the Beach Bronze Body Oil, $22. Available at MACcosmetics.com
TO THE BEACH BAG
Need a stylish canvas tote in which to pack all of your beach must-haves (sunblock, bronzer, etc.)? Then check out this roomy tote, which features sherbet orange leather trim along the base, the image of a reef-like formation along the front, and a nautical rope handle.
MAC To The Beach Bag, $49.50. Available at MAC stores only.