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MAC Surf, Baby! Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder and Skinsheen Bronzer Stick: Hang Ten


I’ll admit it: My favorite thing about MAC‘s new assortment of bronzers is the surfboard-inspired packaging that exudes pure summer. Very Malibu Skipper, very hanging at the tiki bar. What can I say? I’m a sucker for packaging.

Luckily, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. If you want a face fit for summer, MAC’s limited edition Surf, Baby! line delivers. Don’t let the name “pressed powder” fool you; this compact contains a simple matte bronzer ($28) (but it is formulated to blend easily with powder and other face makeup). The paler shade, “Gold-go-Lightly” is perfect if you are still establishing your deeper hue and will deliver light coverage and an instant tan. “Lush-Light Bronze,” on the other hand, is better for darker tones and if you’re not, this might be your shade come mid-July.

Craving another layer of glow? Top off your powder bronzer with a creamy bronzer stick ($29.50). Skinsheen is designed to add depth and contour, and it isn’t shimmery like many other formulas. Use it modestly and be sure to put in overtime when it comes to blending – even the lightest color, “Tan-Tint” is super-brown, so beware of funky streaks.

Without a hint of unnatural glimmer or sparkle, MAC’s new bronzers bring a kiss of sun to your face for an all-natural-looking tan.



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