MAC To the Beach Collection — Hipness & Refined Golden Swatches & Photos

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Hipness Blush

MAC To the Beach Collection — Hipness & Refined Golden Swatches & Photos

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.

  • Hipness Blush is a soft pink with a hint of coral with a smooth finish–very satiny, not shimmery. It was originally released with the Fafi and MAC collaboration.  Hipness is pinker–less orange–and more pigmented than Instant Chic from Pret-a-PapierHipness is much pinker and lighter than Marine-Life high-light powder.
  • Refined Golden Bronzer 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. This is a permanent product, but I have it because it was released with Style Warriors. (Which also released Solar Riche as the second bronzer in that collection, whereas To the Beach features Golden, also a permanent bronzing shade.)

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Hipness Blush

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Hipness Blush

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Hipness Blush

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 To the Beach Collection
Hipness / Refined Golden

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Reviewer

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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Depends on what you like… they are different enough to own both, if you really like that shade family. If you hardly wear Instant Chic, then you might not see it worth getting Hipness.

How come I see all these random purple colored links all over your review? It’s weird…

but I totally want to pick up these two products! **drool**

The links are considered contextual advertising – it’s one of the ways we earn money to help pay for the blog, server costs, support, products, etc. You shouldn’t see them too cluttered, but we just implemented them last week, so we are still tweaking things.

I’m definitely getting Hipness. Although I liked Instant Chic, I think that this blush really suits my skin better (NW20). It’s such a gorgeous shade of pink!

I *think* based on the close up of Hipness, Peachykeen has more shimmer. Also, Peachykeen is described as “baby peach”, which it really is, but I see a lot of pink in Hipness which makes the two very different from each other.

Thank you so much for the swatches 🙂
I’m loving hipness and will definitely get it. I cannot get any MAC limited edition stuff where I live and have to order it overseas. Your accurate swatches help me to decide what I should get.. 😉

I think I’ll be getting a powder bronzer from this collection, but I’ll pass on “Hipness.” I have Benefit “Coralista,” so I think I’m all set for the shimmery coral blushes. I’m curious about the other, more bronzy blush, though…

Yaiii I get to spend my money on different “To The Beach” stuff. I already own both of these and I must say when Hipness came out with the Fafi collection I was in LOVE! Such a beautiful color and works well against my NW15-20 skin 🙂 Thanks for the swatches girl!

ooh hipness is such a pretty light coral/pink color! (: And am I the only one who is not so crazy about the lime green and orange packaging?

Is Hipness very similar to Coralista?
I have Coralista and if its about the same colour as Hipness I think I’ll pass on that.. It looks so pretty though! *sigh*

Very… hm, not quite. Coralista is definitely darker/more pigmented… but they are similar, though I don’t know if I’d say *very* similar 😛

Yay! I’ve been lamenting not buying Ripe Peach, but I think this can fill the empty gap in my heart. I definitely dig that it’s pinker! Thanks!

From the pictures I’m not seeing much shimmer in the Hipness blush but I noticed you didnt mention that it was a matte blush. I have quite large pores on my cheeks and prefer a less shimmery blush; would you say this would accentuate pores or settle into them….or is it matte enough it’d work? Thanks so much!

It’s supposed to be a frost, but I really don’t find it to be all that shimmery. I think it’s more aptly described as a satin, so I think you could work it 🙂

thanks for posting the new collection pics/swatches that you have…i am off to mac right now to go check out the stuff, so it’s very helpful.

also someone mentioned your new advert links — i think it would be good if they act like your other ‘pink’ links where they don’t get underlined until you hover over the words…a few times i thought you were putting emphasis on those words…which didn’t really make sense! 🙂 but you probably have it all sorted already 😉

Hey!

With the links, that’s the industry standard — it’s actually to identify what IS an advertising link vs. a regular link. I’m not sure how much we can play around with that particular aspect of it!

Thank you again for doing the swatches! I bought mine from Bloomingdale’s last night and now I’m really excited about it. I’ve been splurging A LOT on MAC blushes lately, but I think Hipness definitely has a place in my collection. Do you think that you can do a swatch comparison of Coralista and Hipness? I’m sure you’re crazy busy, so maybe I’ll buy Coralista too and see what happens.

i have just started to become a mac blush addict! I’m starting my mac blush collection and try to get my hands on every limited edition stuff, i’m so crazy about cute packaging!!!!!
thanks for your pics, hope the new collection will be released very soon in asia!!!!!

Hipness is nice; however after looking at the swatches, I’m unsure if I should get both marine life and hipness. Imo they look very similar in these swatches.

Do you think hipness can be worn during fall/winter ?? I like products that can be used more often than a few times in a certain season.

Have you ever seen Annabelle’s “Haute Gold” bronzer, it looks and swatches (in my opinion) very similar to “Refined Golden”

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