Review & Swatches: MAC Surf Baby Nail Polishes

Nail Polishes in Hangin Loose & Ocean Dip

This review covers MAC’s 2 Surf, Baby! nail polishes.

  • Hangin Loose: dirty pink nude (limited edition)
  • Ocean Dip: mid-tone creamy aqua (limited edition)

Please see this post for full photos of these polishes.

Packaging: 8.5/10

These polishes come in standard glass MAC jars with rubbery-plastic twist-off caps. I think the design is a little funny (the jars narrow as you go top-to-bottom), but this is a completely personal preference, so I don’t consider that in determining a score. What I do consider is the bulkiness of the top, which is what you hold onto when you’re applying the polish. It’s wide, which makes it more awkward to hold onto when you’re applying.

Quality: 8.5/10

Although these polishes are good, they’re not impressive. Hangin Loose is a simple nude color with tiny silver shimmers. Ocean Dip is an easily dupe-able creamy aqua color.

Other than the non-uniqueness of these colors, they also go on more unevenly than other MAC polishes. With both colors, you need to apply at least 2 layers to get (close to) an even finish.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

MAC’s polishes have a long plastic brush applicator. The applicator’s length gives you a little less control over the application than a shorter brush would. These colors also apply slightly unevenly, so you’ll need to apply 2-3 coats.

Price: 7.25/10

Standard MAC nail polishes are $14.00 each and contain 0.34 fl oz. Surf, Baby!’s polishes are $15.00 due to the limited-edition packaging. I really feel like $14.00 is too much to pay for one nail polish, let alone $15.00. Even high-end nail polish companies like OPI, China Glaze, and Essie don’t charge that much.

Final Grade


Ocean Dip Applied – 1 Layer

Ocean Dip Applied – 2 Layers

Hangin Loose Applied – 1 Layer

Hangin Loose Applied – 2 Layers
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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Surf Baby Nail Polishes

  1. Tina Lane says:

    I really like Ocean Dip. It’s so vibrant and bold. I would wear this during the summer. Perfect color 🙂

  2. ValbonaPro says:

    Both colors appear wonderful, but I don’t like the result on the nails after all, when it comes to an even layer.

  3. Lisa B. says:

    Oh, I was hoping Ocean Dip would be great…I guess I’ll go for a creamy aqua with a better price though.

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