MAC To The Beach Collection Release 5/27!

Monday, May 24, 2010

MAC To The Beach Collection has officially launched at all counters today 5/27. Some  Nordstrom started selling yesterday and Macy's/MAC free standing stores today.  If you are still unsure what to get, I have recommendations below and swatches of the entire collection here. Happy hauling!

Several of you have asked what I would recommend from the collection so here are my thoughts:

  •  If you are a coral fan, you'll most likely love Thrills b/c it has a metallic/frost finish with bronzy pearl.  I think this is a unique color that's much frostier compared to Fresh Salmon or Made With Love.
  • Those who like pale pink lips will find Lazy Day a good fit. If you are in a money crunch, you can wait to pick up Angel from the permanent line b/c it is very very similar to Lazy Day.  The only difference is the finish where Angel is a frost and Lazy Day is a Lustre.   
  • Beachbound in my opinion is a bit more difficult to pull off b/c it's sheer and doesn't apply evenly on the lips as the other 3 lipsticks.   
  • Funbathing is a pretty plum with gold shimmer. This color I find unique along with Thrills and will be picking it up since I have nothing like it in my collection.

  • Sweet & Punchy is a pretty color to grab if you don't already have Rated R or Sharp.  Neutral gals may have to think twice since it is a bright color so check it out in person to make sure you like it.  
  • The same goes for Firecracker b/c it's a bright coral red that might be difficult to pull off if you're not used to these colors.  It is similar to Hot Hot Hot from Spring Colour Forecast Collection.
  • Sand and Sun is a nice color but is already SOLD OUT on the US website. It is similar to Tet-E-Tint from the permanent collection so check that out. I don't think it's a must have.
  • Humid & Shimmermoss are both nice colors but part of the permanent collection so there is no rush to grab them now.  For those who depot the shadows anyway, you might as well buy them in pro pan to save some money.
  • Splashing is the most pigmented out of the 3. It's a rather pretty pink that's not as lilac as English Accents from Liberty of London.  I'm contemplating on grabbing this since I don't have one similar in my collection. HOWEVER, my biggest problem with MAC's lipglasses are the stickiness and the funky smell after a couple of uses. I'm not sure if it's just me but they have this awful plastic smell after a month or so. I will probably end up passing on this as well.
  • Flurry of Fun is really gorgeous when swatch on the hand. On my lips, it's a bit harder to pull off because of the teal shimmer.  It's best layered on top of a lipstick. You'll have to check this out in person to decide if you like it. It's either an "I can care less for it" or "I love it" type of product.
  • Easy Lounger is SOLD OUT online to everyone's surprise. It's a nice light shimmery rose color that adds dimensions on top of a lipstick. I wouldn't stress over this one b/c MAC has released very similar colors before. In fact, they probably have something similar in the permanent collection.

Lip Pencils/Eye Kohls
  • I like neither one of them because they are harder than the usual MAC lip pencils. Maybe it was the testers at Nordies but these poke hard on the hand when I did my swatches. Unless you often wear bright orange or pale pink, I'd say skip. MAC has a wide range of colors in their perm collection.
  • Rosemary and Thyme is part of the perm collection so no rush to get it unless you really love the design.   Float on By is nice but I find Undercurrent so much prettier with the added green dimension. I personally skipped both.
  • Hipness is nice but if you already have Ripe Peach and Instant Chic, I personally see no reason to pick this up.  If you have nothing from the same color family, then pick this or Marine Life up. It is a pretty color.
  • Getaway Bronze/Weekend/Beach Bronze/Golden/Refine Golden - pick  one. There is really no need IMHO to pick up more than one of these because they are all similar with slight variations. If you like cream bronzers, go for Weekend if you're medium/dark skin tone and Beach Bronze for light/medium skin tone.  If you prefer powder bronzer, pick up Getaway Bronze/Golden for darker skin tones and Refine Golden for lighter.  If you use bronzer every day, buy the Bronzers instead of the blush since you'll get more product.
Nail polish/Bronze Body Oil 
  • The nail polish colors are pretty but nothing special in my opinion.  Buff will most likely be sold out next since it's a strange avocado-ish color.  You can probably find a dupe for Scorcher from the OPI line.
  • The Body Oil is probably one of the worst products I've encountered from MAC. I really didn't like it at all.  It was oily and sticky on my arm and didn't spread all that well.  I find this as a "I love it" or "I hate it" type of product. If you're really curious, check it out in person to see if you like it. Not a must have in my opinion.
Marine Life/Luster Drops 
  • Marine Life is pretty and yes it's SOLD OUT everywhere even before this collection launches. There is a lot of hype b/c of the pretty seahorse design BUT this is a versatile product.  When I played with this, the overspray will disappear so expect that if you'll be using this.  To create several different combo of blush colors, you can either use more of the light pink or more of the coral.  I could re-create Hipness using this so I see no reason to pick up both.  I have this pre-ordered at Nordies last week so it is on my list of things to get.  If you really don't want to mess up the overspray, use the MAC 130 brush to dab around the compact since the head is small enough.
  • I like Pink Rebel b/c it reminds me of a less metallic version of Benefit's High Beam and it's more pink.  I think this will look very pretty as a highlight along the cheekbone or down the bridge of the nose for light/medium skin.  Sun Rush might be a bit orange on some people so it might be better for darker skin tone. Both are lovely but I think I will pick up Pink Rebel instead of High Beam.

Wow...if you didn't get a chance to see my tweet or Facebook update, MAC To The Beach Collection is now online.  When I tweeted about an hour ago, Marine Life was still available. It's now already SOLD OUT.  Hopefully MAC will restock by the time it "officially" launches online! In any case, the other products from this collection are still available so if you can't wait for it to hit the stores, get your orders in now =)
For those that really wanted to grab this, were you able to order one/two/or 10?


The Girly Tomboy said...

I'm actually excited about this collection. It's been a while. MAC just puts out too many - I've been feeling collection burnout for some time.

I really like Marine Life, but I have so many highlighters that I need to restrain myself. I'll be all over hipness blush when it hits the stores though!

And I scored a ticket to the Estee Lauder warehouse sale in a couple of weeks. The ticket is for the last day, but there's still plenty to spend my money on at that point. So I have to save my pennies for it!

Jenny said...

i totally hate the packaging!! but what would you recommend if you were to pick one thing from the collection?

~AnGeL~ said...

Unbelievable.. it sold out so fast. I hope MAC will restock it once they officially launch it online. I'm late! LOL..
Thanks for the quick update! :)

naturalnchicmakeup said...

The Girly Tomboy - nice!! I've always wanted to go to these warehouse sales. Are there any in the US?

Jenny - If I were to pick up only one thing, it'd be Marine Life. I say that because this is versatile in creating different color combo blushes if you don't have Instant Chic, Hipness, or Ripe Peach. If you already do, you can skip this as well. There is really no "stand out" product IMHO in this collection.

KrySTYLES said...

DANGIT! I was gonna try to order it online so that I wouldn't have to go to the store to pick it up.. I hope they replenish it too!

resham said...

I am not at all excited for marine life or this it abnormal for a make-up lover??

kali said...

Most the stores are already sold out already. I went to TWO stores today and am so sure the other stores are already sold out..... and they haven't even been out for sale yet!! This is such craziness. I swatched it today and wasn't even amazed but feel like I should get it for collection purposes. Nordstrom and the other department stores will have them for sale online soon so everyone CHECK THERE too. I also checked a few MAC counters in the area -all already sold out.

naturalnchicmakeup said...

Resham - No not really. MAC releases a lot of products that are similar in color so if you're not an avid MAC collector, there's easy reason to pass up this collection.

Kali - Thanks for the heads up. Nordies and Macys have been pre-selling for a while now. This thing is flying off the shelves!

Tammy said...

Woow I never saw this when I went to the MAC store the other day! Thanks for sharing hun :)

Klaudea said...

Oh man I saw the collection and thought it was mighty cute but I'm having a bit of trouble deciding what I want! Any suggestions? What are you lemming?

Alice said...

Ahhh!!! I grabbed 3 of Marine Life as soon as I found them on Nordstrom's website, but they are completely sold out now

Miss Tiff said...

omg i want!!!!!! =D

Nic Nic said...

wow they just released this in the US? I noticed this line was up on the UK website already!! strange..

thanks for checking and commenting on my giveaway post btw!

Serena said...

This is an AMAZING post! I've been thinking if I wanted anything or not from this collection. Only thing that really jumped out to me was Marine Life. I can't believe it's sold out everywhere. DANG. I must grab it right away the next time I see it. ARGH!
I think I'll just grab Marine Life from this collection. Nothing else really jumps out to me.

<3s Serena.

Laura Beth said...

Wow, all this time I thought I was following your blog, and I was wondering why I never get updates on your new posts. Today I figured out why. Glad to officially be following lol.


naturalnchicmakeup said...

Thanks for checking out the blog Liloo!

Justine @ Productrater said...

I love how you list reasons why you shouldn't buy stuff haha. I love bronzer so I picked up refined golden and the lighter cream bronzer, never tried cream bronzers so I thought it would be neat. And ya, I don't think the blush is that unique, but I love the packaging.

..R May A.. said...

I'm ashamed to confess that I haven't bought ANYTHING from this collection!
They all look super pretty but nothing seems to really call out to me :p
And I'm in two minds about the packaging... Half of me loves it, the other hates it!

misscindee said...

reading your reviews makes me wanna go shopping for more makeup. lol* esp since summer is here & i have an urge to experiment with more colors. i love coral right now, i picked up nail polish in coral so thx for the lipstick recommendation.

misscindee said...

and btw thx for the comment

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