Review & Swatches: MAC Surf Baby Eye Shadows

Eye Shadows in Saffron

This review covers MAC’s 5 Surf, Baby! eye shadows.

  • Saffron (satin): deep coral caramel (limited edition)
  • Short Shorts (frost): frosty white champagne (limited edition)
  • Sun Blonde (frost): dirty yellow gold (limited edition)
  • Surf USA (frost): frosted teal (limited edition)
  • Swell Baby (satin): mid-tone grey (limited edition)

Please see this post for full photos of these shadows.

Packaging: 9/10

These shadows come in standard MAC packaging except with the limited-edition Surf, Baby! design on the surface of the packaging. The compacts are plastic and come with snap-shut, flip-up tops.

Quality: 9.75/10

Saffron is an orange brick color. Short Shorts is a slightly warm, shimmery white. Sun Blonde is a shimmery, dirty gold. Surf USA is a frosted teal. Swell Baby is a shimmery grey.

These colors, across the board, are fantastically pigmented. Usually, MAC collections have some colors that are pigmented and some that aren’t. For Surf, Baby!, all these colors are consistently pigmented. The best color is Surf USA. MAC has released countless teals, but Surf USA is probably the smoothest, most pigmented teal the company has come out with.

Ease of Use: 9.75/10

All the colors are smooth in application and texture. You need, at most, 2 layers to get a strong finish.

Price: 8.75/10

These are the same size (1.5 g) as regular MAC shadows, but cost a dollar more ($15.50). This extra cost is due to the limited-edition packaging. But since MAC doesn’t have to pay for any extra fees for the packaging, I feel the extra cost is unnecessary.

Final Grade


Eye Shadows in Saffron

Eye Shadows in Short Shorts

Eye Shadows in Sun Blonde

Eye Shadows in Surf USA

Eye Shadows in Swell Baby

Eye Shadow Swatches: Saffron, Short Shorts, Sun Blonde, Surf USA, Swell Baby

Sun Blonde on the Lid; Saffron in the Crease

Short Shorts on Inner Half of Lid; Surf USA on Outer Half of Lid; Swell Baby in Crease
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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Surf Baby Eye Shadows

  1. Hannah H. says:

    love love the last look!!!!

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Would you do an EOTD with Surf USA?

  3. ValbonaPro says:

    Surf USA and Swell Baby are such beautiful colors!

  4. Lisa B. says:

    So glad that the quality is there this time!

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