MAC To the Beach Collection – Beach Bronze, Weekend Cream Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection — Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

From MAC To the Beach, we find two cream bronzers, a first from the company to my recollection. They’re creamy, but they’re very thin and lightweight.  They blend out quite a bit, and in the process, sheer out as well.  The products themselves seem pretty large, given that they’re the size of MAC’s bronzing powders–bigger than a blush.

  • Beach Bronze is a creamy, sheer warmed-up, tan-brown with gold shimmer. It can be worn heavily, but it’s hard to really pack on the color and blend it out simultaneously, because once you start blending it, it melts and sheers out a bit. I think it’ll be a nice, subtle bronzer on those with light to medium skin tones. Those with deeper skin tones may find it works well as a cream highlighter or skin brightener than as an actual bronzer.
  • Weekend is an orange-tinged suntan brown with subtle copper shimmer.  This is much more on the orange side compared to Beach Bronze. I’d also say this is a bit darker and more pigmented, so it may work best on deeper skin tones.

See photos & swatches!

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Beach Bronze Cream Bronzer (Heavily / Blended)

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Weekend Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Weekend Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Weekend Cream Bronzer

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Weekend Cream Bronzer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m quite fair (NW20 for reference), so I never really cared for cream bronzers. I think this shade is gorgeous and I’m definitely open to trying it out. I feel like this shade was made for me. Thanks for the swatches! =)

you’ll probably get a lot of questions like this but: is this similar to a cream colour base? they sounded like they would be similar in color and texture.

Yeah, they feel kind of like it. I don’t know… a little… creamier? than a CCB. It’s not the same for sure, because I find CCB almost have this hard edge in it… though it’s not actually hard. Similar, very similar. Not like a blushcreme, though.

hmmm… interesting. i was planning on checking these out – mostly because i’m a nut for replacing powders with creams when i can. hmm… like i said, interesting 🙂 thanks for the swatches so quickly though! hope the dentist goes well!

Actually, I feel like these are very different from CCBs. CCBs stay creamy after you’ve applied them on the skin. The cream bronzers feel like cream when you touch them, but they have a cream to powder finish and blends out very smoothly on the skin. I was very surprised by the powder finish. I currently use Fawntastic CCB as a highlight and I’m thinking of picking up a cream bronzer just because I’m intrigued by its texture.

This will be fine on all skins. It has a creme to powder finish similar to many foundations out there and remember you can always set it with your face powder and it will stay put. Hope that helps. 🙂

hi christine, i was wondering if this would look good on very pale skin? Im an ivory colour with cool undertones.

p.s i absoulutley love temptallia!<3

I have an order in, but nobody at Bloomingdale’s has been able to confirm if they’re for sale or just for pre-order. I paid for Express shipping, but nothing’s shipped (that was two days ago), so I don’t know.

Hi Christine,

I know in your review you state that it is a subtle bronzer. I was wondering about the shimmer in it. Some bronzers tend to have too much shimmer to them and I was just wondering how you found this one? It looks nice in the package, but the picture you show of it blended on your hand looks kind of shimmery. Just wondering how you found it to look on your face. Also, did the cream bronzer last throughout the day? Thanks.

Hi Kristen,

Since I just got these this morning, I haven’t had the opportunity to test it for wear. My apologies!

I love the color, but there’s no way I can do creams in summer – they melt away and my makeup end up looking horrible. Sadly this will be a no buy despite it looking so pretty.

I am getting so excited for this collection. I am sadly still on the fence about these. I love the idea but I’m so scared I won’t be able to apply it…I am still confused. Can we just use these as a powder bronzer and apply all over the face or is this going to be something for just contouring?

I would use it as a bronzer – maybe a blusher – but it’s not a fab contour, since it does have some shimmer to it.

I’m an nw20-nw25…do you think the beach bronze would look okay? I have orange issues. Btw, thank you for your reviews, I always read them before I order things from new MAC collections.

I’m new to cream blushes. How would I apply these? I am NC43. Which would look better? and would any work as a contour? Thanks! I lOve your site!!! My favorite!

I would use the 187 or 188 🙂 Since they both have some shimmer, I don’t know about as a contour. Maybe Weekend, but I don’t love it as a contouring shade.

Christine, do you know anything about these causing major breakouts? My MA suggested these to really warm up my NC45 skin, but I don’t want to look like a lunar surface in the process. :/


Hi Snarkette,

I’ve only worn it today, so I couldn’t say from personal experience. Looking at the ingredient list, which is lengthy, nothing jumped out at me as particularly known for causing acne!

Here are the first few ingredients: isostearyl neopentanoate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, polymethyl methacrylate, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, hydroxstearic acid, polybutene, polyethylene, isononyl, isononaote, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate

My apologies for any typos there!

I don’t think it has too much shimmer, BUT I don’t think it’s super natural, so you may not like it.

Christine, thanks so much for all you’re amazing swatches and reviews, I live in England and already bought my to the beach stuff, and I’ve just been waiting for your opinion on what I got :).
I bought the cream bronzer in beach bronze, and I like it, but where should I be putting it on my face if its not a good contour? Because its very shimmery and I have oily skin so I don’t want it to make me look shiny xx

Check the look I *just* posted — I’m wearing it as a base under my blush! You can also use it as a sheer highlighter on shoulders!

Weekend, I think 🙂 Yes, it’ll show up on you, but since it’s bronzy, you may not see a *ton* of color – kind of a darkening perhaps.

Very helpful as always!
Question: I’m NC30, which one do you recommend for me?
I have a bunch of powder bronzers, I don’t think I need one more but since I don’t own a creme bronzer, do you think is worth buying one of these? Some people at youtube compare Beach Bronze to the Chanel Universal creme bronzer… I don’t know either…


I just bought weekend…the mua put it on my face like a normal bronzer with coppertone as a blush on my cheeks. It’s beautiful. I have super oily skin and the finish of this is powdery, not shiny at all. I’m a nc42/44.

Hi Christine!

Maybe I’m late, but… how do you think weekend will show up on my NC20 skin? Too dark?
Thanks a lot, you are really amazing!

Hi everyone. I live in Israel, and I love “MAC Cosmetic” very much. I think that MAC is unique and spacial. We do have MAC in Israel (not for long, just 5 years ago MAC arrive to Israel) and I’m very happy with it. “MAC To The Beach” has arrived also at the end of May, and I bought a few items, which I’m very pleased with. Unfortunetly some items from the collection are missing like “marine life” and the two creme bronzers that I wanted very badly…… I don’t know the reason.

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