Monday, May 30, 2011

MAC's Surf, Baby! Hibiscus Cremesheen Lipstick Review and Swatchesw

MAC released its Surf, Baby! collection on Thursday and I snapped up just two items - Hibiscus lipstick and the Surf the Ocean Stacked (post to follow). I had my eye on Hibiscus when I saw preview posts and photos of Surf, Baby! and since it's one of my weaknesses - a bright lipstick, I had to snatch it up.

First, let's take a look at the Surf, Baby! packaging. Isn't this cute? I admit I'm not a summer/beach-type girl but this surfboard-inspired packaging is really adorable. I also like that I'll easily be able to pick out Hibiscus from all my other MAC lipsticks!

The outside of the lipstick tube is white, yellow and grey with a little MAC label adorned by a hibiscus flower. On the inside is a red metallic seam and the black inner ring. The red seam matches the lipstick! 

Now the lipstick itself. Hibiscus is a Cremesheen, meaning it's creamy and has a sheen. Duh, right? But a brand naming a product texture and the texture being the same thing is not always the case. I really like this lipstick texture and the Cremesheen glosses are gorgeous too. I'd say that the Cremesheen lipsticks have a creamier texture than say the MAC Lustre lipsticks and they do have a sheen (slight shine) to them.  

Here's Hibiscus swatched on the back of my hand. I find that it can look quite pinky-red or more orange depending on the light. Regardless, it's great on my my lighter skintone being a bright and a coral and it would look great on most skintones. 

If you've never tried wearing a coral lip colour before, what are you waiting for? Get thee to MAC and try out one! You'll be amazed how pretty coral is on you.

NW15-NW20 skintone
Here are two more photos of me wearing Hibiscus. This is going to be a great summertime lipstick. Note to self: try some lipliner.

Did you get Hibiscus? If so, what do you think? 



  1. I love Hibiscus and it looks stunning on you!! It's perfect for the summer and a nice change from the typical pinks and nudes. Isn't the stacked pigments lovely? I got Surf the Ocean too and love the bronze, which is your favorite?

  2. I haven't picked it up yet, but all of the recent reviews of it has made me want one! I think I'm going to go check out the local MAC store today!

  3. Hibiscus looks great on almost everyone! I'm not surprized it's a huge seller.


  4. Thanks MeiBelle! I love a bold lip. I've worn Hibiscus almost every day since I got it. I can't resist the Stackeds! My favourite is the dark shade, although I haven't worn any of them yet.

    Larie, did you get it? Do you love it?

  5. Can you tell me please,what is the color of your hair?:-) Love it:-)

    1. Hi!
      Thanks! Ha, I get asked quite a bit. I do it myself and use L'Oreal Feria Chocolate Cherry. It's a deep auburn, and almost purple when it's fresh. As it fades it gets quite light but still very pretty.