If you follow my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I’m not one to rush out and buy the latest high-end products for the sake of it; however, as soon as I saw a preview of MAC’s new Surf Baby collection, one product caught my eye – the Short Shorts eyeshadow!
I picked up the £12 eyeshadow on a trip to the Trafford Centre today, which was the first MAC purchase I’ve made since I was in San Francisco 4 years ago. Yes, it is possible to be a make-up geek without having a MAC obsession! Anyone involved with blog reading/YouTube video watching/doesn’t live in a cave will know that the opinion on MAC products is generally positive – I had high hopes for this product…did it live up to the stereotypical hype of MAC?
My first impressions actually began in the store – it was the first time I’d been at a MAC counter and the staff had actually looked twice at me instead of ignoring the fact I’m there, which was refreshing! The packaging is…just OK. It doesn’t blow me away, but of course it’s what inside that counts (aww, what a lovely sentiment!) I loved the colour as soon as I saw it – I would describe it as the lightest buttermilk shade I’ve ever seen, and it has a gorgeous frost to it. I had been looking for the perfect highlight colour to use in eyeshadow looks for a while, and felt that this was just the thing.
As you can see, when the shadow is swatched the true shimmer of it comes out – it’s actually a more convincing highlight shade when on the skin than in the pan. I wouldn’t say that the product is super pigmented, but as a highlight colour that is ideal. If it were, there would be a danger of looking like you’d spent a little too long out in the cold and had formed a frost below your eyebrow! The texture is lovely, and far from chalky which I find is a common problem with lighter, frostier highlight shades. Of course, there’s no written rule which states that you have to use this to highlight – I just think it’s perfect for that.
So, am I now a complete MAC convert? Not quite – I honestly believe that drugstores carry some amazing products. Am I impressed with this product? Yes. Will I consider buying more MAC in the future? Quite possibly! I have to admit that I fell a little in love with the Surf USA eyeshadow whilst I was having a look round, and the Bust Out! lipstick also looks lush…there may be another review on the cards soon!
Have you tried any of the new MAC Surf Baby collection? I’d love to hear what you think.