I reviewed these originally with the sneak peek from last week. I’m re-posting what I said about both in this post, but the photos are of the products in the limited edition packaging.
To the Beach certainly gives one many options for faux sunkissed skin. New to MAC (and limited edition, of course) is To the Beach Bronze Body Oil. This is, essentially, a body oil that dries down quickly with lots of bronze and golden shimmer suspended in it. In the swatch, you’ll see how one pump comes out, but then you’ll see how it gets blended out. I didn’t find it really added color to my skin tone (the inside of my arm being around NC20), but it does add some nice shimmer. I also didn’t detect any scent to it – no chemical-smell, nor is it distinctly fragranced with vanilla or the like.
I think this is nice for legs, arms, and shoulders when you’re going out on the town for a night. The shimmer itself is very thin and smooth, not at all gritty (it’s not glitter, it’s definitely of the shimmer variety!). It’s subtle–indoors, in my office, I don’t really notice anything, but when I go outside, it’s lovely. I don’t think this is a must-have, period, but for those who love products like these, I think it’s a good one. Drying time is fast, and there is no greasy residue or slickness left behind.
To the Beach also sees the introduction of two limited edition lip pencils and one limited edition eye kohl (plus a repromote of a permanent shade). I liked both of the Eye Kohls, but I found the Lip Pencils to have a bit of a rough texture, even after heavily swatching them to smooth down the point.
Edited: Review for wear added, now that I’ve had several hours to wear these…
The Eye Kohls wear okay, but they’re not immovable. I don’t, generally, have major issues with eyeliners fading or smudging on me, but I find these fade a bit by hour three. I think those more prone to smudged eyeliner will find the kohls a little more difficult to work with–unless you set with sealer or powder, then they stay put. As far as the Lip Pencils go, those were just fine. They stayed in place, did their job (helping lipstick adhere to your lips, defining lips, etc.).
MAC To the Beach is much anticipated, but I think the Marine Life High-Light Powder is easily the item most coveted. With its raised seahorse pattern and metallic look, I’m not at all surprised that it sparked a lot of interest. As many of you already know, the metallic finish is just an overspray. There are two distinct colors that remain — an orange-coral and a light baby pink. The overlay is a metallic bronze, but a few swipes or sweeps and it’s gone.
Oddly enough, I really don’t feel the overspray did very much to the color, which is really a good thing. It made the color a little more orange-y and obviously imparted a more shimmery finish. Without the overspray, it’s more of a coral-pink with a smidgen of shimmer. It’s decently pigmented though not overwhelmingly so. It’s surprisingly pigmented, however, for something called a highlight.
It’s not like Instant Chic. It’s not like Hipness. It’s really not. Instant Chic is lighter, subtler, and has a peachiness to it that neither Hipness nor Marine Life have. Hipness is noticeably pinker and less intense than Marine Life.
I like it. If you even think you might like this, I would snatch it up right away–and I mean the day it goes online or in-store for sale. It will sell out. And I’m also not talking selling out in a matter of days but hours.
I have a dental appointment in literally forty-five minutes, so I’m going to try and get as MUCH as I can manage out, but please excuse any mistakes in labeling, shoddy photography, and the like. I wanted to give you guys the inside scoop before I went off to the dentist, but these just arrived a half hour ago. Will be posting a few things individually, some things together… just kind of based on what I can get done! Ready, set, go!