Saturday, May 7th, 2011


MAC Surf Baby: Dupes & Comparisons (Part 2)

Here are some possible dupes/comparisons for a few of the lip and cheek products from Surf Baby.

  • GIRL ON BOARD is a little beiger than Almondine (limited edition), while it’s a little whiter than A Quiet Roar (limited edition). Outer Space (limited edition) is too pink in comparison (it looked similar in the tube!).
  • KRAZY KAHUNA is closest to is much browner than Temper Tantra (limited edition).
  • STRANGE POTION is a little lighter than both Tarlette (limited edition) and Splendid (limited edition). Pink Lemonade (permanent) may make a good dupe, but I don’t own it.
  • BUST OUT! is closest to Up the Amp (permanent), which is a touch lighter and purpler. Playtime (limited edition) is far too light and purple, while Style Curve (limited edition) is lighter and pinker. Spitfire (limited edition) is pinker and a little brighter. Violetta (PRO) is nothing like it.
  • NATURALLY ECCENTRIC is pretty much lighter than the nudes I tried to compare it to. Innocence Beware (limited edition) is darker and pinker, while Hue (permanent) is a little darker and pinker (but lighter than Innocence Beware). Creme d’Nude (permanent) looks dark and beige-pink compared to it. Fleshpot (permanent) is darker and pinker, while Myth is darker and more beige.
  • MY PARADISE (base color) is not at all like either Bite of an Apple (limited edition) or Marine Life (limited edition). It also does not compare to either NARS Taj Mahal (permanent) or NARS Exhibit A (permanent), the latter being the closest dupe, but it’s very, very red.
  • MY PARADISE (mixed) is closest to NARS Luster, which is a little pinker (it doesn’t look as apparent in the swatch, but when I initially swatched the two, it looked pinker to me). NARS Taj Mahal is so much more pigmented and deeper that there really is no comparison.

See comparison swatches!


MAC Almondine, Girl on Board, A Quiet Roar, Outer Space


MAC Krazy Kahuna, Temper Tantra


MAC Tartlette, Strange Potion, Splendid


MAC Up the Amp, Bust Out, Playtime


MAC Up the Amp, Bust Out, Playtime, Style Curve, Spitfire, Violetta


MAC Innocence Beware, Naturally Eccentric, Hue, Creme d’Nude


MAC Naturally Eccentric, Hue, Creme d’Nude, Naturally Eccentric, Fleshpot, Myth


MAC Bite of an Apple, My Paradise, Marine Life


MAC My Paradise, Marine Life, NARS Taj Mahal, NARS Exhibit A, NARS Taj Mahal + Exhibit A (mixed)


NARS Luster, MAC My Paradise, NARS Taj Mahal

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34 thoughts on “MAC Surf Baby: Dupes & Comparisons (Part 2)

  1. Anna

    Oh my goodness. MAC bite of an apple, I just fell in love with that blush all over again! those 3 blushes all look so pretty (MAC Bite of an Apple, My Paradise, Marine Life). What good dupes for strange potion, too bad they’re all limited edition ><

  2. Nessa

    I didn’t think I was gonna get My Paradise,but seeing it’s not to close to Nars taj mahal,vie changed my mind. Do you think it’s worth picking up since I already have Mac bite of an apple and Marine Life? Xoxo

    • If it’s something you’d wear a lot, sure – if it’s not something you’d wear often, I’d probably pass.

    • if you have any blushers that are orange you dont need my paradise, bite of an apple, marine life and ripe peach are much nicer and totally different colours. i personally dont like my paradise as its just a boring orange on my pale skin its not a unique colour like the other ones ive mentioned. x

  3. sometimes i feel color-challenged. only you can see these subtle nuances Christine. :P

  4. Hmm, no super close dupes for most things, which is both good and bad I suppose. I am surprised that Strange Potion has some cousins, but it’s a shame those were LE also!

  5. Stephanie

    What is a good Drugstore dupe for Ever Hip from the Fashion Flower collection?

  6. Adail

    Wow Bit of an Apple looks hot pink in the picture!

  7. Christina

    Is this collection’s Strange Potion the same as, or similar to, the Venomous Villain’s Strange Potion?

  8. Annika

    Naturally Eccentric = GOSH Darling? Looks like it could be!

  9. the closest match i have to my naturally eccentric lipstick is mac equality, but its even lighter than that, its also very similar on to mac close to real. like mentioned myth, creme de nude, fleshpost etc are way darker than it. i use mine to top up other lipsticks or to tone ones down that are too dark, it is nice on its own though.

  10. I love your “Dupes & comparisons”! They’re so helpfull! You already protected my purse from so many mis- and doublepurchases :)

  11. Petra

    Hi Christine! I was wondering, do You think Equality (from All Ages All Races) anything similar to Naturally Eccentric? I remember that one is pretty light, also a lustre finish.

  12. Naturally Eccentric is so much paler than everything else. =D

  13. snm

    I can’t decide about getting my paradise.I will hate to try it on,I don’t wanna spend the money right away when it carries the risk of looking clownish on my pale skin:)

  14. my bite of an apple isn’t hot pink! :(

    • Mine is a pinky red, but the pink is more pronounced swatched next to something so orange :)

      • anita

        I looked at the swatches and thought that wasn’t bite of an apple. Mine is more vibrant coral..i would have never guessed from the picture..lol
        Thank you christine as always for your reviews :)

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    I never thought I’d see Myth or Fleshpot described as darker than anything hahah!

  16. Adele

    Benefit Spiked Punch looks like it might be similar to Strange Potion but I don’t have both to compare. How would you say they compare?

  17. Julia

    Thank you so much for the swatches Christine! I was really tempted by Bustout, but now that I see how close it is to Spitfire, which I already own, I think I can resist the temptation to pick it up!

  18. Danielle

    Thanks again for checking your stash for dupes. Try Taj Mahal + Bite of an Apple. On me it looks very close to My Paradise from the swatches.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of melissa Melissa

    I think My Paradise looks like R&R Immoral. Add a dusting of Dior Amber Diamond (or ELF Golden Bronzer) to give it that sheen, and I bet we have a dupe!

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of marie marielouise

    Thanks for the comparison, Christine. BTW, ‘Strange Portion’ is most similar to ‘Big Kiss’ Plushglass I think.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jazmin Jazzy

    Wow I really need to buy myth and fleshpot really nice.

  22. Shannon

    Hi Christine! I love this website! Quick question– I know they are two totally different products, but how close does My Paradise swatch to Stereo Rose? I don’t need pics, your observations would be enough. :)