MAC To the Beach Collection – Lustre Drops Review, Photos, & Swatches

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lustre Drops: Pink Rebel, Sun Rush

MAC To the Beach Collection – Lustre Drops Review, Photos, & Swatches

Lustre Drops are like puff paints (the kind you’d use in crafts).  They’re tiny, but a little goes a long way.  I like these mixed with moisturizer and used on shoulders and legs.  They can be used on the face, though, and I like using it as a shimmered base for a blush or along the cheek bones.

  • Pink Rebel Lustre Drops is a slightly pink-toned peach highlighter. Lustre Drops are, essentially, liquid highlighters. You can use them on your cheeks, brows, decolletage… whatever. You can mix it in with your foundation or moisturizer for an all-over sheen. Naturally, this one suits those with pinker undertones, but it can easily work with warmer complexions as well.
  • Sun Rush Lustre Drops is a golden peach highlighter. This one is definitely more suitable for those with warmer undertones, but if used sheerly (which is really the best way to use these anyway), it’s not so warm that it would turn orange on cooler undertones.

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Sun Rush Lustre Drops

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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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Christine.

I originally wanted Pink Rebel and I saw you use it in one of your looks and it looked lovely.
Seeing how we are both NC25, which do you prefer, Pink Rebel or Sun Rush?

What about someone thats an NC 42…which would you recommend? I don’t really think pink rebel would show up on my skin????

They’re both highlighters, so I think both would show up on you 🙂 I’d go with Sun Rush, though, if you’re concerned.

oh good! lol i thot it was out today!
btw i have about NW25-30 skin at da moment, which highlighter would have a more natural glow?

From the swatches, it looks like Sun Rush is more of a sheen, whereas Bronze Body Oil is more of a glittery-shimmer..? Hmm.. If you could only pick one between the two, which would you pick for use on legs/shoulders in the summer??

Yes, the Bronze Body Oil has bigger shimmer (I don’t know if I’d say glitter so much). Sun Rush is better mixed *with* a moisturizer, not so much by itself, for larger areas like legs and arms. The Body Oil is great by itself. Personally, I think I’d prefer more of a sheen, so I might go with Sun Rush!

Illuminator is more subtle, more appropriate for all-over, I’d say. I don’t know if they’re “technically” different, but from my experience, Illuminators tend to be more easily used all-over the face, whereas highlighters are better to highlight certain areas.

I got Pink Rebel when it came out with Style Warriors, but I never reach for it. I just don’t use liquid highlighters much (I do own a few though, God knows why?!). Did try it the other day mixed with my foundation, can’t say it did anything for me, so I would personally advise people to skip it if they’re not sure they want it.

I’m still debating on this Christine. I’m an NC35, asian skin.. which would suit me better, just for highlighting my cheekbones?

Ooh, pretty! 😀 Just wondering, what do you think of its use as a highlighter? Does it work well or is it just fun to have but not a must have? I love the swatches but I’ve also been eying NARS Albatross and I don’t want to spend too much on highlighters…

I like it as a highlighter, but I (personally) prefer powder based products, overall, so I only see myself using this when I have more time and going for a powder-based highlighter most of the other time.

I’m like NC30 in the summer so naturally I was leaning towards Sun Rush. What do you think Christine?
I’m asian btw so yellow undertones if that helps at all. Thanks in advance!

I already have pink rebel from the style warrior collection last year. I really like it as a highlighter and mixed with foundation for when I want to have a glowy skin. But I definitely don’t use it everyday, it’s probably not a must have product.

I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this, but is Pink Rebel very similar in color, consistency and/or texture to high beam? I use that a lot, but lustre drops are a much better value.

Hmm I really wanted Pink Rebel but now I’m not too sure. I have Benefit’s High Beam. Which do you think would be better as a cheek highlighter?

I like Pink Rebel just a smidgen more, but I like how golden it is. If you are cooler toned, you may prefer High Beam.

How does Pink Rebel compare to Smashbox’s Illuminating Lotion “Flash” (I think that’s the name, the pink one). If I have the Smashbox one, should I skip Pink Rebel or are they different enough that it’s worth having both?

This post has just solidified my thoughts about getting this!! I am a fairly pale asian girl- which do you think would look better on me? although i’m more inclined to want to get the pink rebel- i’m afraid that because that one is for more pinky undertones, i should get the sun rush!

Do you use High Beam a lot? It’s similar, though Pink Rebel is pinker and has a little more gold in it.

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