Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection – Golden & Refined Golden Bronzer Review, Photos, & Swatches

Here are both bronzers in their faux-glowing glory!  Keep in mind that both of these shades are permanent and available all year ’round–just in typical black packaging.

  • Golden is a lightened beige-tan with subtle gold shimmer.  On my arm, which is around NC20, it barely shows up once it’s blended out.  I think for our fairer friends, this could work as a subtle, no-fuss bronzer.  For darker beauties, not so much.
  • Refined Golden is a dirty brown with a very fine golden shimmer strewn through the powder that’s barely noticeable when used. I don’t find it turns orange-y at all, so I like it for a bronzing option. It’s dark enough to work on light to medium dark complexions, but it’s not so dark that it will look drastic on lighter skin tones.

See more photos & swatches!

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Refined Golden Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Refined Golden Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Refined Golden Bronzer

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

Refined Golden provided as a press sample; Golden purchased by Temptalia.

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47 thoughts on “MAC To the Beach Collection – Golden & Refined Golden Bronzer Review, Photos, & Swatches

  1. jillo

    Is golden the same as the Golden that is in the regular line up???

  2. Gina

    Which would you recommend for an NW20????

  3. Sara

    would golden work for someone who is paler than nw15?

  4. which do you think would suit an NC 37-40 skin for bronzer? i like refined golden but the shimmer is not as subtle as golden.. and do you think they look like nars laguna? thanks!

    • I think NARS Laguna is a bit darker than both. Refined Golden would be better as a bronzer for your skin tone than Golden, which will barely show, IMO.

  5. mica

    which do you recommend for a NC40/NC42 skin tone?

  6. Yvonne

    what’s the difference between this and Get-Away Bronze?

  7. Nicole

    what would u recommend for NC15?

  8. Lauraaa

    in germany the collection came out today and I looooooveee the golden bronzer! you were right it works for lighter skin tones :)

  9. jen

    Hi Christine. I use the bronzer in “bronze” from mac. I’m NC40 and when i asked the mac SA what bronzer would be most like laguna (which i also use and Love!) she recommmended bronze.
    I’ve always wondered what the difference was with that and refined golden, no one seems to ever mention the bronze shade?
    Can you help me out understand the differences and if i would benefit from getting refinded golden too? I love bronzers, have worn them every day for years, love to get new ones, appreciate some shimmer as i have dry skin and can pull it off where matte ones would only look dirty on me and find most of them out there are too light for me (like all the fun too faced ones that are pretty but useless for me).
    Thanks

    • Bronze is darker, and I can’t remember if it has shimmer in it or not. These are all permanent, though, so you could always peruse them at MAC and see which ones seem to work for you :)

  10. Liz

    I’m probably going to get a tan this summer. I usually dont use foundation when I’m tan. But still want some kind of cover up. Will either of these be a good substitution?
    thanks

  11. Heather

    How does golden compare to enough said blush??

  12. hey, i’m NC30, which one would you suggests?

  13. Carin

    Which one would be better for NW/NC15?

  14. Shay

    Hi christine, which of these bronzers would look best on NC15-NC20 skin tones?

  15. Karen

    Is the color fun bathing full coverage color? Even for lips with uneven pigmentation?

  16. Diana

    I really just want this for the packaging.

  17. Jonamari

    Is Refined Golden from the regular line also similar with the Mac To the Beach 2010 ? Thank you [:

  18. Chelsea Forma

    If anyone has happened to bypass this collection, it’s probably because of the packaging.

  19. Jasmin

    Do you think refined golden is a good substitute for Nars laguna?

  20. Kaattiiee

    Hi, i want a really light bronzer that does not show very much, that looks very natural. i am fair and use the foundation NW20 so should I go for golden or refined golden?

  21. Janeille

    Hey, what shade Mac bronzer would you recommend for NC43 shade?

  22. Mariah

    I’ve been using Refined Golden for years and I’m around NC40. I want to try Nars Laguna, do you think that would work on me? More for all over color than contouring.

  23. DannyVe

    i suggest you try Nars Casino, im NC35 and it works great for our skin tones, because Laguna is more sligthly and we have to  put on more than once, for  a good shade.