Today was the official launch date of MAC’s summer collection, “To the Beach.” Many MAC stores and Nordstroms locations launched it a day early so I was able to buy new stuff from the collection yesterday.
Although every MAC summer collection is refreshing and beautiful, I have to say this one is especially amazing. I love the packaging and overall concept of the collection. The focus is on dewey, sunkissed skin with a punch of color for the eyes and lips with a wet-shine finish.
What I have bought (so far):
-“Sweet and Punchy” eye shadow (frosted lime green)
*** I already own “Shimmermoss” (ONE OF MY FAVORITES) and “Humid” as these are permanent colors and can be purchased anytime).
-“Life’s A Breeze” lip pencil (bright baby pink)
I LOVE THIS! This shade is the way I love my lips to look most of the time so it matches the majority of my current lip products.
***I already own “Thrills” lipstick which came out from a previous collection and so happy to see this back in the collection. I totally rocked this color and will rock it again! ;)
-“Hipness” blush (frosted bright coral pink)
I used to own this when it came out in the Fafi collection but no longer have it and need this back in my life!
-“Beach Bronze” cream bronzer—> AWESOME!!! I bought 2 of these!!
(Please read below for more information on texture and application).
-Bronze Body Oil
This is a great idea! It really gives the body a nice glow. I typically am not a fan of too much shimmer in a body product so I will only be using this for special occasions when my body needs some extra radiance.
-“Marine Life” Highlight Powder—> MUST HAVE
I had to have this, it’s just so pretty to look at! Besides on the cheeks, this looks great on the eyes. I used the brightest color on the center of the lid for a prom girl and she LOVED it! Although it’s considered a highlighting powder, to me it works better as a blush.
* Be sure to pick this up ASAP, it is already sold out on the MAC and Nordstrom website. There were limited quantities of these made meaning many of the MAC locations do not have a lot of them for sale.
“Marine Life” is a true collector’s piece for any MAC junkie and a summer make-up essential.
- Sun and Sand eye shadow (matte peachtone)
-Flurry of Fun lipglass (peachy shimmer) –> This I am 50/50 about
-Funbathing lipstick (frosted brownish/plumish creamsheen)
(I think I want this mainly because it’s in the creamsheen formula)
(I am always interested in trying out a new brush and I definitely have nothing like it)!
More information regarding the cream bronzer:
This is the first time MAC has come out with a cream bronzer and being that it is part of the summer collection; it is a limited product (once it’s sold out, you will not be able to purchase it again).
I am a HUGE fan of this! I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it being that it is a different texture than what I am used to. However, as an artist I am greatly intrigued by new mediums and experimenting with the latest products. This bronzer was obviously no exception.
What makes this cream product like NOTHING I have seen before is that once it’s applied, it leaves a powder finish. I don’t quite understand how this is possible but it doesn’t leave the skin sticky at all like most cream products tend to do.
There are 2 shades that came out with the collection, I prefer the “Beach Bronze” because it has a more golden undertone. “Weekend” is way too orange for my complexion but good for people that have a more pink based underdone and already have tanned skin.
I plan on using this for contouring the cheeks. I used the #130 brush for application and it works pretty well. I kind of stamp the cheek with the brush for placement and then with circular motions, buff out the edges leaving a smooth finish. I would recommend applying this AFTER foundation and before finishing powder. However, being that it leaves a powder finish, it is totally fine to apply this even after the powder. This is actually how I layered it but as I said, either way works.
Please note: There is not right or wrong way of applying the cream bronzer, play around and see what’s best for you! It may seem tricky at first but once you find a way that works for you, I am sure you will be in love with it just as much as I am.