Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Lipstick
MAC Lipstick

MAC Surf Baby: Lipsticks

MAC Surf Baby Lipstick ($15.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four shades: Bust Out! (dirty mid-tone violet), Hibiscus (bright orange coral), Mocha (peachy yellow-brown), and Naturally Eccentric (creamy white nude). Mocha is permanent and Naturally Eccentric (Naturally Eccentric, ’05) is a repromote.

  • Bust Out! is a semi-sheer to semi-opaque pinked purple with a lustre finish. It’s darker and less glossy compared to Playtime (Quite Cute, ’11). It’s darker, purpler, less fuchsia in comparison to Style Curve (Stylishly Yours, ’10). It seems a little pinker than Up the Amp (permanent).
  • Hibiscus is a brightened, medium-dark red-coral with soft gold shimmer. It has a cremesheen finish.  It’s like a richer, deep version of Viva Glam Cyndi.  It’s a little redder than Coral Polyp (Dame Edna, ’08). It’s a touch less bright than Toxic Tale, and the finish makes it appear a little different, too.
  • Mocha is a warm, medium-dark brown with yellow undertones. It has a satin finish, so the coverage is really opaque and the finisy very creamy.
  • Naturally Eccentric is a semi-opaque, really light nude which leans a little pink on me. It has a lustre finish. It’s a little less pink than Hue. I think the lustre finish gives it a slightly uneven look that’s less than lovely.

MAC lipsticks are vanilla scented but taste-free. Lustre finishes, like Bust Out! and Naturally Eccentric, are designed to be sheer with a slightly glossy finish, so the pigmentation on both is as expected. Mocha, as a satin finish, is creamy and opaque, as it should be. I typically get two to three hours of wear out of lustre finishes, with four to five hours of wear out of satin finishes.

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MAC Surf Baby Lipsticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Naturally Eccentric seems like the hardest color in the collection wear--it is really, really light. I imagine it will wash out a lot of people, while Hibiscus will probably draw a lot of people in (corals always seem to do well).











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Bust Out!, Mocha, Naturally Eccentric

MAC Hibiscus Lipstick
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Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

MAC Surf USA Eyeshadow, MAC Sun Blonde Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Blue Moon Powerpoint, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on May 26th in-stores, $15.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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97 thoughts on “MAC Surf Baby Lipsticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Gretchen

    Gah, only a B? I guess I’ll only be getting Hibiscus.

  2. I can’t wait to see Hibiscus, but I’m surprisingly loving Bust Out. I guess because it isn’t TOO in your face. I would still need to try it on first.

  3. Carrie Ann

    Bust Out! is really pretty, but so similar to lipsticks I already have. I don’t know why I don’t already own Mocha. It’s such a great color. I like how these lipstick tubes look like little surfboards.

  4. how would you compare spitfire with bust out?? ^^

    • It’s purpler and darker – Spitfire looks more like a dark fuchsia in comparison. They’re not totally different, but they aren’t dupes!

      • thanks a lot ^^ I love purple lipsticks and I am always afraid of having similar things… I’m looking for a more blue based purple but I think I’ll take bust out anyway ^^

  5. Nessa

    Nice,I wasn’t planning on getting any lipped from here,but I’m loving that bust out shade and maybe even the Naturally Eccentric one,how do you compare do the Naturally Eccentric one to VV innocence Beware? I’ve been planning on getting a purples shade lipstick like Up the Amp and is a nc 25 shade,do you think i should get bust Out! Instead? Xoxo

  6. Zee

    Bust out looks beautiful!!

  7. Neha

    Waiting for Hibiscus!

  8. Jensyn

    Thank you, Christine!!!! I think I will skip Bust Out! since I have Playtime, Style Curve and Up the Amp (one of my favorites).
    Here’s hoping MAC will come out with more purples in different finishes for the Fall/Winter collections. I also wish Lavender Whip would make a return and Go For It also.

  9. hannah

    i don’t want any of these! thank goodness. haha!

  10. Jill

    I only really care for Bust Out of these three, and I also like Up the Amp, like someone else said, so I’ll probably skip it! I’m loving the eye and cheek colors in this collection though.

  11. I really dig Bust Out!

  12. Harpreet

    Christine, what is your shade in mac foundations?

  13. kasiaj85

    try patting the pale lippie onto your lips with your fingers just very lightly. It did work on me way better than when applied from the stick. And if it wasn’t leaning towards lavender in the sunlight I would have bought it.

  14. Lilly

    Bust Out! it’s for me

  15. Mia

    Bust Out looks so great on you, I always love those cool lipstick shades on you :)

  16. Pariah

    I know that I would never wear Bust Out! but I want it so bad!

  17. Bust Out looks a lot like Up the Amp!

    • Roslyn

      Bust Out is darker and has more blue undertones than Up The Amp. Up The Amp has more pink.

  18. Mocha looks nice though I would never think it was the a “mocha” looks more rosy to me, but still a nice day lipstick.

  19. Bust out is really cute!

  20. Deb

    I feel like I need at least one of these just because the tubes are so cute! I am thinking Hibiscus or Bust Out!

  21. ERICA

    Natural Eccentric is the only one I am interested in,though it looks very sheer which is good.How many applications did you use for the lip swatch?

  22. tantan

    i wish mocha was more red like the lipglass

  23. Gretchen

    How similar is Bust Out! to Spitfire?

    • It’s purpler and darker – Spitfire looks more like a dark fuchsia in comparison. They’re not totally different, but they aren’t dupes.

  24. Shann

    Hi Christine! I just wondered if Naturally Eccentric was similar to Innocence Beware from Venomous Villians. Thanks for all the great swatches.

  25. fabiola

    christine you really have perfect lips, they all look amazing on you. thanks again for your great review. always helps me a lot.

  26. Any thoughts on similarity between Bust Out and Violetta?

  27. babette

    Love Bust Out. Christine, tutorial for your eyes here? 😀

  28. Kathy

    Ok, I’m not that much into purple lipsticks, but I LOVE Bust Out! I wasn’t originally planning on getting anything in this collection, but I might have to pick that lipstick up!

  29. Roo

    Bust Out is nice but I don’t think it’s very seasonal.

    It’s kind of funny that the one lipstick PR didn’t send you is the one that should look great on you and be really popular.

  30. Wow I love Bust Out! Im really curious to see what Hibiscus looks like on =))

  31. Annalisa ♥

    All this three colors look great on you! I already bought only Hibiscus, but can’t wait for you review!!

  32. Kaaaala

    I have to have naturally eccentric, since I’m so pale I’m pretty sure it’d work… Excellent turn out…

  33. Melanie

    The collection’s already out in Europe and I managed to get my hands on the last Hibiscus Lipstick my MAC store had… so I’ll imagine it will be sold out in the US even more quickly. It’s a beautiful colour though and looks different on everybody that I’ve seen wearing it.

  34. Crystal C.

    Is Bust out similar to Quite Cute playtime?

  35. Marnie

    Is Bust Out similar to Flaunting it of the Peacocky collection but in lipstick form?

  36. Ahenk

    Would the bust out look good on a palest olive(neutral pale flowing to warm but not exactly warm) skin tone? I’m C2 skin tone and have deep brown eyes and hair.I loved the shade but not sure it if would fit.

  37. lauraaaa

    another nude stupid pink oh yay

  38. Michelle

    Hi Christine! I am loving Bust Out! Do you think the shade is quite similar to Magenta lipliner? I’ve been looking for it in a lipstick form!

  39. Rachel

    wow mocha looks great on you! i dont love these colors for myself, though :(

  40. pia

    Funny, I used to have Mocha but I don’t recall it’s as bright in the tube as yours is here, Christine. On me, Mocha was the darker version of Kinda Sexy. It doesn’t look medium-dark brown, too n it’s kinda bright on your lips. I wonder if it was reformulated? Too bad I don’t have my Mocha anymore otherwise I’d send you the picture.

  41. thegirlontheshop

    i wish that we could have seen hibiscus cause thats the one i really wanted to see

  42. Devi

    Would you happen to know a drugstore dupe for Mocha? I checked you Mickey Contractor lipstick post earlier, and Mocha was the only one that didn’t have any dupes listed in the individual shade review portion. ._. I’m so far away from a MAC counter and I don’t have my own credit card to purchase it online… so if there was a drugstore dupe, I’d be happy. D:

    If you don’t, it’s fine, I’ll just have to wait until I can take the long trip to the mall. 😀 I’m just dying to try this on my NC35 skin. *_* Thanks in advance@

  43. Jo

    Why are they $1 more??

  44. Loving Hibiscus on you. Bust out looks great as well but more easily dupable. I’ll most likely get those 2 as well as all the shadows and blush.

  45. Lindsay

    How does Hibiscus compare to Toxic Tale?

  46. JC

    oh my goodness. i am in love with hibiscus. plus it’s a flower i see all the time living here in hawaii. ahhhh!

  47. t_zwiggy

    Hibiscus looks amazing on you!

  48. Emma

    I LOVE Hibiscus, but I know I just wouldn’t wear it enough…sigh. I want them to bring back Viva Glam Cyndi, I completely missed out and I want it.
    Naturally Eccentric is pretty too, but I like Hue better.

    • Jill

      I just got Viva Glam Cyndi on ebay, overpriced, but I had to have it! On a side note though, I got the Cyndi lipglass at It’s still in stock! I got it in the mail today and it’s gorgeous!!!

  49. I really like Bust out and Hibiscus. Not sure if I could pull off Naturally Eccentric.

  50. Pamela

    Christine, do you apply lipstick from the tube or with a lip brush?

  51. Basma

    Question, what’s the finish of the Hibiscus lipstick?

  52. so Hibiscus’ review is here and I totally agree with you it reminded me of viva Glam Cyndi a lot… so I brought it too because I love the Cyndi but not so much its finish!

  53. bxboricua

    Really want hibiscus especially since it’s close in color to viva glam cyndi (I love that color!)

  54. I wonder how Hibiscus compares to Guerlain Rouge G Noire Rouge Sensuel. A bit more coral, perhaps?

  55. Kathryn

    Oooh, Hibiscus seems like it would be a gorgeous alternative to red for fair skin tones.

  56. Marie

    Hi there! Is naturally eccentric similar to innocent beware? Or is there any dupe you know of for innocence beware?? Thanks!

  57. Marcy

    hibiscus and mocha are gorgeous!

  58. Carrie Ann

    I was wondering how Hibiscus compared to Cyndi and Coral Polyp. Thanks! Hibiscus and Bust Out! are so pretty.

  59. Jai

    I’ll definitely be picking up hibiscus and i ‘might’ also be buying mocha from this collection though it’s a permanent shade… Thanks for the swatches Christine! :)

  60. Kerri

    I got Hibiscus at a preview party & really like it. It’s the first creme sheen formula I have, I usually go for matte if I use a bright color. I’m wondering which liner you would recommend with it? I feel like soar or chicory could work depending on which direction you wanted to go with it.

  61. Lauren

    So excited for Hibiscus!!! It’s currently en route to me. I am so pleasantly surprised MAC Pro Discount was allowed on these special packaged items. Whatever the reason for the change of heart MAC, I thank you.

  62. why is it only a B overall when each category was rated at least in the eightieth percentile, which is an A?

  63. wow, love hibiscus on you! but it looks sooo different to what it looks like on me :) on me it’s like a matte crazy coral-orange color, which i love :) but still very different… a bit weird

  64. Shawna

    I love hibiscus, can’t wait to get more!

  65. Lola

    Would Hibiscus Look good on NC 42/43?

  66. I love the Hibiscus shade. Is it a little orangey? I’m looking for a red-orange shade.

  67. Pleinair

    is hibiscus more vibrant than VG Cyndi? Because I have VG Cyndi but Hibiscus seem prettier here:) do i need to get hibiscus too?

  68. gfthvd

    since hidiscus is sold out almost every were, on pigmented lips what do you think would be the closest dupe/match?

  69. gfthvd

    another quetion: if i got hibiscus and i taped it on the lips slightly sheerly i would get the color of viva galm cyndi on my lips more or less?

  70. Bust Out is so pretty…so is Hibiscus. I wish I had never looked! LOL

  71. yvette

    I didn’t plan on buying any lipstick..but tried on hibiscus and fell in love!!!

  72. Jas

    Hibiscus is sold out online :(…How does it compare to Cockney?

  73. Jazmine

    Hibiscus is a gorgeous color and its very pretty on you! more orange, i like. but my questions is: how did you apply it and if/what lip liner did you use?

  74. artemis

    ahhhh wish i could find a cheap lipstick like naturally eccentric <3 thats sooo my nude :)) nevermind

  75. artemis

    oh and hibiscus is probably the best shade i saw on you except some pinks 😀 so sweet

  76. Desire

    Hi there, I would like to purchase hibiscus…but I’m too late, aren’t I? Is it a part of their permanent line?