Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Surf Baby: Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powders ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) see a limited release of two bronzy shades: Gold-Go-Lightly (mid-tone golden tan brown) and Lush-Light Bronze (mid-tone rosy pink brown) in May’s Surf Baby collection.

  • Gold-Go-Lightly is a warm, golden tan with a near matte finish–it has this very faint satin-like sheen but it’s so subtle. It is warmer and more orange than Golden bronzing powder and Give Me Sun! MSFN.
  • Lush-Light Bronze is a medium-dark rosy tan with the same near matte finish of Gold-Go-Lightly. There are definite red undertones in this shade, and it is noticeably darker than Gold-Go-Lightly. It’s really similar to Sun Power MSFN.

These applied so beautifully–they sit really well on skin. Not powdery but very soft, smooth, and natural. The one word going through my head when I applied these to cheeks (and I used the 116) was how natural the color looked and felt. I think the texture is what separates these from other bronzers; it just sets and looks so natural on the skin. The wear time is excellent, too–still there after eight hours.

I would like to know why these are listed (in the press release) at $28, when normal Studio Careblend Pressed Powder is $23.00–these are also slightly lighter at 0.33 oz. compared to 0.35 oz. for the flesh-colored variations (that are permanent).

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MAC Surf Baby Studio Careblend Pressed Powders Reviews, Photos, Swatches

A-
These are really wearable, natural-looking bronzers that are buildable while being really blendable, too. They sit well on skin and never look powdery or dry.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
MAC Lush-Light Bronze Studio Careblend Pressed Powder

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, $28.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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45 thoughts on “MAC Surf Baby Studio Careblend Pressed Powders Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. ani.a

    Mm interesting, today I bought the Lush Light Bronze, cause I found the Gold Go Lightly too light to be a bronzer for my NC20-25 skin, what is more lighter than yours, but on your pics it seems much darker! It’s really weird..:O

    • Dayna

      Is it really too light? Even as a all over? Do u think bronze has too much of a red tone or perfect?

  2. I really like the way Gold-Go-Lightly looks on you! I won’t be buying these just because I hate the way bronzer looks on me, but I bet these will look great on a lot of people.

  3. For some reason, I feel like NARS has some kind of color dupe for Gold Go-Lightly. The dupe may not be a powder, but it could be one of the stick highlighters.

  4. Ellie

    which would look better on lighter skin tones!?

  5. Dev

    Christine, which would you say looks better for someone with an NC 40 skin tone? Thanks! :)

    • Either — if you like your bronzer stronger, go for Lush-Light Bronze, but if you prefer a really subtle, gently warmed look, then Gold-Go-Lightly.

  6. Jessica

    I am pale (nc15), wondering which color should I get??? I love this bronzer, but find that when i put some on I look crazy…Can you recommend one of these for me??

  7. Would you use these for sculpting or just as the blush? also is the darker shade more appropriate for NC 44?

    • I’d use it as a bronzer, which ends up being a little more like a blush than contouring – I think contours are best done with more flesh-toned products. For instance, using MSFN in two shades darker works well as a natural contouring color! I would say the darker shade for NC44.

  8. Do you think these would be too orangey for a cooler skin tone? I’m NW20!

  9. Simone

    Hi! What lipstick did you wear? It looks great :)

  10. Vanessa

    Hi Christine i wanna start off by saying i LOVE ur blog! :) i literally check in every other hour ;) ok to da question… these two shades kindaaa remind me of Harmony that came out in the Holiday collection i dunno i could be soooo wrong but i would reallyyy appreciate ur look on things! Thanx hun!!

  11. Liz

    I like my bronzer to be more on the natural side, would Gold Go Lightly be best for that for NC35 skin?

  12. Dayna

    Hi christine! Do u think lush-light is too dark for nc20 (really fair skin) tones? I prefer to use them on my cheekbones.

  13. Verna

    Does anyone know if these look orange on nc15?

  14. I love the color in the pan but im 100% sure I’d look like an oompa loompa with it on, im that pale :/

  15. Typical of MAC. Raise the price, provide less product. But cant get this pass Christine… Repackage the same product to make it look new with new names and shade. That is why I am not a fan of MAC.

  16. Jennie R.

    What would you say the main difference between this and MSF? I’ve never used either.

  17. Michelle

    hi christine
    How do you think these would work for contouring say, compared to benefit hoola? I’m not much for using bronzer on my cheeks. However your review has tempted me to try them for contour. Thx. :)

  18. Jennifer

    Hmm I’ve never used bronzer before but these look nice, I may give one a try…

  19. Laura

    Is it just me, or do a lot of the colors in this collection seem to be leaning extremely orange?

  20. these dont seem natural at all to me.. i feel like theyre too oompa loompa ish

  21. Christine hi! they look quite interesting! is there an orange tone/undertone in either of these powders?
    PS Please tell me I look awful in orange/yellow, I look good in white, black, pink, purple, hunter green, veins on my wrist are blue and green, and I prefer silver to gold, does this mean I am cool toned or warm toned?

  22. Dayna

    Christine, do u think its possible for lighter skin tones (nc20) to wear lush- light bronze as a bronzer witout looking too red or dark?

  23. Christine, I was wondering if these can be used as setting powders. Idk, maybe i’m being naive. I also wanted to know if Lush-light bronze would complement nw40 skin. Thanks so much again! You’re amazing and I def. appreciate all the hard work you put into these reviews. I am truly grateful!

    • Sam

      If you found that one of these shades matched your skin tone and the faint sheen it has wasn’t bothersome I dont see why you couldn’t use them as a setting powder. The regular studio careblend powders set foundation nicely, I dont see why these couldn’t!

  24. Lucille

    Hi can you tell me how Lush-light bronze compares to Sun Power MSF from the bronze everyday collection? color and quality wise? thanks :)

  25. Margaret

    Would this be a good powder to contour with? And which shade would go with my skintone? I’m a NC30. Thank you for these great swatches! :)

  26. Cat

    I am NC25 skin tone and cannot decide between the 2 which would work better for me..I cannot get both but definetly want one…which shad would you recommend??

  27. Vanessa

    I’m looking for a new bronzer. I looked at these, and I saw you gave it an A-! Are they really good for bronzing?

  28. jenn

    are these oil-free and safe for oily, acne prone skin? the mac salesperson talked me into getting gold go lightly and i asked her if they were oil free she said all the products are and they are non-comedogenic, yet i read sunflower seed oil in the ingredients? :/

    • It really depends on your skin, as it everything is based on what your skin reacts to. The concept of oil on its face being bad for skin isn’t really true – there are certain oils that are better/worse for your skin. You should look into figuring out what ingredients seem to break you out, because the term “oil-free” is very, very loose and ambiguous.

  29. Charice

    can these be used as a contouring bronzer (doing the 3 and E on the side of the face) or just for the cheeks?

  30. Cathy

    I tested these at the MAC counter and the texture is wonderful, as Christine says. So soft and silky! I wanted to buy one but was in a hurry and couldn’t try on. I’m NW15/20 and I do get a little tan in the summer, so I’m thinking Lush Light Bronze might be my pick, as the Gold Go Lightly is very yellow. Comments? TIA!

  31. Rachel L

    Hi Christine! Can this be applied all over the face since I’m really pale? What other products do u recommend me to look tanner? Thanks!

  32. Rachel

    wow! these look so silky, i’m going to a mac store this weekend hopefully and i’m definitely considering buying one. my skin is NW25 in foundation or ‘medium’ in products like the moisture tint. however, i’m not sure if the lush light bronze will be too dark or the gold go lightly will be too yellow. i know that i wont have much time in the store, so i was just wondering which of the two you would recommend. also, i was wondering how heavily handed were you in applying, it looks lovely on you, but i think your tanner than me so i’m not sure if the lush light bronze will be too dark, unless i apply much lighter, (and i hope i will be able to apply lighter because it’s my favourite! lol). thanks for the review, i found it really helpful, and mac should be thankful because i wouldn’t have looked twice at these but after reading you’re review i’ll more than likely buy one! hehe :) Xx

    • Honestly, either should work for you – I don’t think Gold Go Lightly will be too yellow. I’d probably go with the lighter one myself, but I tend to prefer a subtler bronze!

  33. emily

    I picked this up at CCO last november for $19. I was all out of bronzer and needed something natural. I love this so much!