MAC’s To The Beach collection hit counters yesterday, and you better believe I was there to get my share of the goods. I headed over after work (around 5 p.m.), and Nordstrom was almost sold out of the whole collection…just 7 hours after it became available!
Here are the products I chose for my new summer face: a wash of color on the eyes, bronzy skin, and a full, lush mouth. (I’m an NW20.)
Eye Kohl in Float On By ($14.50)
This was what made me fall so hard for this collection. I have yet to find a color like this anywhere else. The shimmery sea-inspired blue-green looks like a mermaid’s tail. It’s so perfect for summer. I used it along my lashline and waterline, and it gave my eyes a burst of color without sacrificing the definition I like (that I usually get from black liner). It’s a lovely alternative to black.
Eyeshadow in Shimmermoss ($14.50)
This sea-blue-green is the perfect complement to Float On By. When I wore this last night, a family member who sees me all the time commented that I was wearing more color than I usually do. My eye “uniform” is typically unchanging: black liner topped with a dark purple shadow (applied lightly). I go for darker eye colors because I like my eyes to be defined. This was a beautiful change of pace for me: I still got definition, but with a noticeable, pretty wash of color. I applied MAC Phloof! eyeshadow, a shimmery ivory base, underneath Shimmermoss for added sparkle. So pretty.
Lipstick in Lazy Day ($14)
I got this free with the Back 2 MAC program (bring back the packaging of 6 used MAC products, which they will recycle, and you get a free lipstick). It was an afterthought, but I’m so glad I chose this because it pairs beautifully with Splashing lipglass and Life’s a Breeze lipliner. It’s a creamy blue-toned pale pink that defines lips without being overkill. With the sophisticated, summery conch shell screened on the tube, you’ll feel utterly glamourous pulling this out of your purse for touch-ups.
Tinted Lipglass in Splashing ($14)
A beautiful pink. It’s creamy with the faintest hint of shimmer. It makes lips look extra glossy, and looks gorgeous layered over Lazy Day. It also is so unbelievably pretty when worn alone. Love this. Am stocking up on it, if it’s not sold out everywhere! And of course, the seahorse on the cap is so cute.
Lip Pencil in Life’s a Breeze ($13)
A cool-toned pink that somehow manages to be bright without making you look like you have clown mouth. I really don’t like lipliner, but on the rare occasions I wear it, I like how it makes me small mouth look fuller. I decided to get this because it looked like it was made for Splashing & Lazy Day (which it was). It beautifully defines my lips without being tacky or overloading them with color. For a brighter pop, I filled in lips with this before applying lipstick & gloss.
Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden ($22)
Refined Golden is part of MAC’s permanent collection. I needed a new bronzer and was planning on purchasing this anyway, so I figured I’d get it while it was housed in a cute compact bearing coral. This really brightens my pale skin; it’s got a hint of shimmer, but will not make you look like a stripper. It’s subtle and imparts a really nice glow. This is already an everyday essential for me. People will be envious when you whip this compact out for touch-ups or to check your makeup in the mirror.
What do you think? Have you picked up any pieces from the collection?