Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Billionaire Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Surf Baby: Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Sticks ($29.50 for 0.49 oz.) are jumbo-sized creamy, twist-up sticks of bronzing power. There are three shades: Billionaire Bronze (warm golden tan), Gilty Bronze (coppery bronze with gold shimmer), and Tan Tint (soft suntan bronze).

  • Billionaire Bronze is a medium-dark tan with warm, golden undertones. It has a soft natural sheen but no shimmer. It doesn’t have the shimmer that Beach Bronze cream bronzer from To the Beach (’10) has, but it is similar in the color. I’m not sure if NARS has something comparable; possibly Malaysia.
  • Gilty Bronze is a darkened, coppery bronze with a strong frosted finish. It seems most comparable to NARS Palm Beach.
  • Tan Tint is a soft, slightly warmed over tan with a near matte finish. It is less golden than Billionaire Bronze. It’s less red-based and doesn’t have shimmer, but it resembles Weekend cream bronzer from To the Beach (’10). This seems similar to NARS Cap Vert.

These are really pigmented–don’t just swipe the whole stick across your face. I did so to swatch, and it was like, “WHOA! there!” You’ll want to pat the stick against the skin to deposit color, and then blend it out. These are easy to blend, but they dry down quick enough that I recommend doing one area at a time. It’s been about eight hours since I’ve applied Billionaire Bronze, and it’s still going strong. Despite being really pigmented, they feel very lightweight and look natural overall (though Gilty Bronze doesn’t look natural, with the heavier frosted finish).

NARS’ The Multiples feel very much like these, and MAC’s variation is about the same size (0.49 oz. compared to NARS at 0.50 oz.). There was something off about the way MAC did the packaging, though–something about it feels a little cheap. They just didn’t feel as sturdy or as robust as other packaging types in MAC’s line-up, though realistically, I don’t see these breaking or coming apart either.

The Glossover


MAC Surf Baby Skinsheen Bronzer Sticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Though they're pricey relative to MAC prices, they offer a more affordable version of NARS' Multiples if you're in the market for a cream-based bronzer. The shade range seems wearable across skin tones--darker complexions will love how color-rich these are.











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MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
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MAC Billionaire Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Billionaire Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Billionaire Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Gilty Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Gilty Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Gilty Bronze Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Tan Tint Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Tan Tint Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick
MAC Tan Tint Skinsheen Bronzer Stick

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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, $29.50.

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Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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45 thoughts on “MAC Surf Baby Skinsheen Bronzer Sticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. I am ruling out the coppery Gilty bronze. But between the other two, which would be best for NC 44, I have never owned NARS multiples specifically because of the price.

  2. I don’t think I could wear these either. :( Is there such a thing as cool toned bronzer that doesn’t look like dirt on pale skin?

  3. This looks really nice but it may look orange on me:(

  4. Marwa

    all look so pretty!!

  5. Veronica

    Yes!!!!!!!! Must buy! I’ve been on the hunt for NARS cap vert here in Canada to no avail. So excited! Thanks for the great swatches

  6. AnGeLwInGz

    Ewww I can picture a lot of people going overboard with this. Then again, bronzer madness is one of my biggest pet peeves!

  7. anonymous

    dunno, either they’re patchy or hard to blend or clash with the other makeup. I don’t think they were applied quite where or how they were intended– looks like they were used where a blush would go? and I don’t think they’re meant to be used so heavily, more like a skunk across the product then dusted where the sun would hit (top of cheek, forehead, not apples/contours of the cheek)

    • I wanted to ensure people saw the product, which is why I applied it to cheek so it would be very clear what it looks like on skin! :)

  8. Lucie

    Might pick up Tan Tint-I’ve been wanting Nars’ Cap Verte for awhile now and this is a slightly more affordable option!

  9. Nora

    Billionaire Bronze looks great on you! I like how matte it is.

  10. holly

    any idea if these are waterproof?

  11. Glitterati

    Which one would you recommend for NW20 skin?

  12. Mina

    yes i’ve been waiting for swatches of these :) i think they would look great on ppl with tan to deeper skin tones. I wish you could have put a picture of your side profile but that’s okay! At least I know to write Billionaire Bronze on my list to check out. Thanks!

  13. Do these apply like the cream bronzers from the beach collection? Do you like these more?? I bought Weekend and used it maybe twice…

  14. bribri

    what would you recommend for Nw45-50?

  15. Ms. Jimmi

    i was disappointed by Nars because the sticks didn’t last very long and wore off quick.

  16. Verna

    I wantwantwant one of those, too bad i hate the packaging and closest mac counter is ten hours away.

  17. I love the Nars Multiples so these would be a great alternative!! Cant wait to try them!!

  18. I’d use these for bronzing legs and arms they look a little too heavy for face – that first swatch of billionaire is like WOWZA haha XD

  19. dana

    Do you think Tan Tint would work best for a cooler and fairer skintone? I’m on the fence, I really will need to see them in person to decide whether I really want one…

  20. I’m not sure how I feel about these, haha! They seem a little bit difficult to use, like it’d be way too easy to go overboard with them…especially for me with my fair skin, so I guess I’d have to say “leave it”. Billionaire Bronze looks amazing on you though!

    • They’re surprisingly easy to use as soon as you realize you can’t just swipe the stick across your face, LOL! Dabbing is really easy and subtle – then I just used my fingers to blend it out :)

  21. Fey

    WOAH! Tan Tint had to have been made just for you! You can really rock that bronzer. Awesome post.

  22. Dana

    oh wow those are super orange brown! ick :( I think I’ll just get the pigment shadows..

  23. jasmin

    sorry if you have mentioned this before, but what lipstick are u wearing?

  24. Dominique

    Im an nc43 do you think these would blend into my skin?

  25. Ella

    Hi great review. I was wondering which shade you’d think is best for NC35 (possibly getting to a NC37 on summer) but can still be used on the winter time (possibly NC30).

  26. Amanda

    I have a light skin tone NC 20 but it tans really easily so it can get up to NC 30 and I was wondering if you would recommend Billionaire Bronze or Tan Tint Skinsheen?

  27. Jady

    Your lip color is gorgeous Christine! What are you wearing? I think I’ll really like Billionaire Bronze or Tan Tint! Which do you recommend?

  28. Lotti

    I’m NW25, which colour would be more suitable for cooler skin tones? On the pictures Gilty seems the one with less orange. (I tried Tan Tint and it was too warm for my skin tone.)

  29. cait

    I think the last one looks the best, though I tan nice naturally so I don’t plan on purchasing any of these. The last few collections mac has released don’t seem to blow my mind… quite cute (and the wonder woman collection i missed out on) seemed the best. Even then… I just hope the semi-precious might be redeeming, the colours sound pretty.

  30. HAHAHAHa Your description of blazing a trail across your face was great- I can so see myself doing that too. 😉

  31. Could Billionaire Bronze or Tan Tint be used to contour?

    • Teresa

      I’m NW20 and I use Tan-Tint to contour. I use the edge of the stick to draw a thin line under cheek bones and use a stipple brush to blend it out and up.

  32. Rozeta

    I’m an NC 35 but I can tan up to a NC 42. Which would look better on me, Billionaire Bronze or Tan Tint?

  33. alicia

    which one would you recommend? :)

  34. I’ve been looking for a cream product to contour with, do you think any of these besides Gilty Bronze would be good to do so?

  35. courtney

    I got the tan tint today, i think it smells bad like old makeup, i find it hard to blend, and it looks red on my. I was disapointed with to the beach from last yearz collection because of the shimmer but now im thinking i like it alot better then the tan tint maybe i’ll grab billionair bronze if it is simular in coulor but the reason i got tan tint was cuz i thought it was less red and matte but i find it makes me look really red. Although in all fairness i just got it today so maybe i just need to work with it more

  36. gissel

    Do you think any of the bronzer sticks look like nars laguna multiple?

  37. Josie

    I love, love, LOVE this product!! I went to the MAC store to buy “Billionaire Bronze” and they were sold out. I then went to Nordstrom and they were sold out as well, the sales clerk saw how sad I was and actually gave me a sample. A small dab or swipe of brush on the product is all that is needed. I actually can last the whole summer or longer with just the sample that was given, but it is a limited edition so I will purchase it online tonight!!! I used it to contour and it looks so beautiful!! Everyone has complimented me today. I just love the fact that its a bronzer with no shimmer. Just the perfect glow!!!

  38. marlene chavez

    i was wondering what lipstick are u wearing, because it looks very nice….