Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby:  Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby is right around the corner–the full collection hits stores on May 26th (PRO stores should put it out a week earlier) and should start popping up online as early as the 23rd. There are two Nail Lacquers ($13.50 for 0.4 fl. oz.) coming out: Hangin’ Loose (dirty pink nude) and Ocean Dip (mid-tone creamy aqua).

  • Hangin’ Loose is a pale, peachy nude with soft white shimmer. It looks more peach, less nude in natural light than it does in brighter light. I used three coats and was able to achieve opaque color, but two coats does get close to opaque. Formula flowed easily over the nail and applied well.
  • Ocean Dip is a creamy bluish teal. I used two coats to get opaque color coverage. Even after I rolled it a few times, the formula was on the watery side.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC polishes always wear a full week for me, with no chipping, and minor tip wear.  The formula isn’t as consistent as I’d like, though, as some shades are thin, some thick, and a couple of them are watery.  Though recently I’ve had some issues with splayed applicators, both were perfect in these two bottles.

The Glossover

LE
coming-soon

Ocean Dip

B+
I found Ocean Dip to seem like a less dupeable shade, just because of the intensity of the color and the way it leans bluer, rather than green, as many teal/aqua shades do. Hangin' Loose has a better formula, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer
MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer

MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer
MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer

MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer
MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer

MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer
MAC Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, May 26th in-stores, $13.50 each.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

For Hangin' Loose, try China Glaze Sunset Sail, which is a little warmer. For Ocean Dip, China Glaze Custom Kicks is the closest I can think of, but it pulls a lot greener; American Apparel Malibu Green is brighter and lighter.

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35 thoughts on “MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I really like the look of Ocean Dip!

  2. Jamie

    Would you buy Ocean Dip if you weren’t a beauty blogger and you based your decision on a review like this saying the formula was slightly watery? It’s a beautiful color, but if it doesn’t work right then it might not be worth having. Thanks for the work you put into the in depth reviews you do, it’s very much so appriciated. :)

  3. OMG I had my eye on Ocean Dip before, and now I think I KNOW I am going to get it :D. Thanks for the swatches and reviews!

  4. Pink

    Nice colors.

  5. Abbey

    Ocean dip is so pretty.

  6. Avatar of marie marielouise

    Those are SO beautiful! I’m wearing ‘Hangin’ Loose’ w/ a Black Shatter on my index atm :) BTW, ‘HL’ looks very peachy in natural light. Nice.

    • meme

      Glad to see your comment that it looks more peachy in daylight. I really love this shade!

  7. Tia

    Really liking Ocean Dip!

  8. I really like the Ocean Dip Nail Lacquer. Amazing colour!

  9. Avatar of Carly Carly

    Both of these colors are so pretty. Must haves…

  10. Lani

    Could Ocean Dip be a dupe for American Apparel Malibu?

  11. Marcy

    ocean dip literally made me GASP! it is so freakin’ beautiful! but i refuse to buy MAC nailpolishes as i find them ridiculously overpriced for the amount in the bottle. i’ll def be looking for a dupe, though.

  12. meme

    LOVE Surf Baby! Ocean Dip made me laugh because it’s the exact same shade that was popular for one of the first ‘color’ lines for kitchen appliances in the mid 60’s when you could pick something other than white! I still recall walking into way late to do over apartments in college that still had this shade of frig, sink, etc. I do like that Ocean Dip really is a different shade from others in this range. But every time I would look at it (least in the bottle) I will think of going to friends houses and apts that had this shade of kitchen appliances!!! And you all thought colored appliances started with Harvest Gold and Avocado Green I bet!

    • Avatar of Emily Emily O.

      My late 50’s kitchen is a deeper seafoam green with the original fixtures and stove. Part of the reason we live here is the kitchen, and now that you’ve said this I may have to buy Ocean Dip!

  13. meme

    So nice of you to put in your ideas for dups in FAQ. I always appreciate that so much!

  14. Carrie Ann

    I thought that I’d want Ocean Dip, but now I’m leaning towards Hangin’ Loose. I feel like I already have something in my collection that’s close to Ocean Dip. I don’t know, though. They’re both really nice. I guess I’ll have to check them out in person. Great swatches!

  15. ilmy

    Essie Turquoise & Caicos it’s a dupe for ocean dip and compare with Mac is cheaper!!!

  16. heather

    ocean dip is very 80’s

  17. grace

    hi christine,

    ocean dip without the flash looks similar to sally hansen insta dri in mint sprint. i could be wrong though.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ewgPhdujHCo/S5zIUXWb_CI/AAAAAAAABVk/ukMSBqTx7QI/s400/mintsprint2.jpg

  18. Avatar of Tiffany Tiffany S

    I really like both! I have a dupe for ocean dip, its called Gianna’s Rockin blue by Brucci. Its a drug store brand.

  19. What do you think about Ocean Dip vs. Misa Dirty Sexy Money or ORLY Ancient Jade? It looks bluer on yours, but other swatches make it look very similar…

  20. Flo

    Hi Christine, is MAC Abalone Shell a dupe for Hangin Loose? How similar are they in your opinion?

  21. Jillian

    I really do not think that mac nail polishes are worth it. I bought one and it chipped after a few hours! And I did the same routine I normally do with my nails. I thought it was just that color so I bought two other ones to test and they did the same thing! Not worth the money!

  22. blahitslizz

    Do you know if there is anywhere online where I can purchase the Ocean Dip? I am seriously in love with it and I want it really bad!

  23. Avatar of JulMaggot Julmaggot

    is there any specific reason you dont use OPI? just curious!