MAC To The Beach Marine Life High-Light Powder pt. 1

Hi guys! I’m really excited because today I was able to pick up my pre-order of MAC‘s To the Beach Collection from my Nordstroms counter. I only pre-ordered one thing: the High-Light Powder in Marine Life ($26) which apparently sold out within 30 minutes of being on the MAC website Monday night and within about an hour of being on the Nordstroms website yesterday (and is already sold out on Macys.com too…). My counter got 15 and according to the SA who took my preorder and helped me today, they presold out and basically the entirety of Nordstroms can’t find anymore anywhere… which is pretty crazy considering the collection doesn’t even launch officially until tomorrow!

Anyway, I’m super happy I was able to snatch up one of these beauties. I’m not a huge MAC fan, but Marine Life is the prettiest thing I’ve seen from MAC in a LONG time. The last two LE things I picked up were the Warm pigments Holiday set from December and Mutiny pigment from A Rose Romance April ’09. Anyway, onto the picspam! :D

MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder in box

Everything from the To The Beach collection comes in bright green boxes and bright green or orange compacts. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the LE compacts, but I do have to say they are much nicer in person than they look in the promo images.

MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder compact Back of compact w/ sticker

And the actual powder … man, I’m not a huge fan of overspray and I usually have no problem just brushing it off, but I have to say, Marine Life is stunning in person. The tester I saw when I preordered had already lost it’s gold overspray and I still thought it was really pretty and a very unique color, but I was really not prepared for how gorgeous it looks brand new. As a result, I don’t have the heart to swatch it quite yet, haha.

MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder, indirect sunlight
MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder, indirect light MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder, indirect sunlight

After the gold overspray is gone, the coral and light pink parts will remain. The coral part looks to be less orange but way brighter than NARS Torrid. Temptalia did a lovely comparison post here, and I will compare Marine Life to my other corals when I do finally swatch it.

MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder, direct sunlight

And seriously, I have never been a fan of glittery, sparkly powders but isn’t that stunning?!

If you haven’t preordered and want to get your hands on Marine Life, I would recommend stalking the Dillards (sold out as of 11:50pm, May 26th) and Bloomingdales websites, where it looks like the collection hasn’t gone live quite yet, and calling around to Macys, Dillards, Bloomingdales, Nordstroms and Belks in relatively more rural locations to see if they have it and will ship to you. (And good luck to you if you do!)

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50 Responses to “MAC To The Beach Marine Life High-Light Powder pt. 1”

  1. sarah says:

    ooooooo it is really very pretty. i sort of wanted on but i couldn’t justify it as i knew i wasn’t going to be able to use it.. and to just collect it.. is just weird to me :P
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Canadian Brand Makeup =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Duuuude it is so much prettier than I expected. As far as a makeup item I think it’s a pretty unique coral blush but not like … a MUST-HAVE one, and it has some larger shimmer particles in the actual powder itself so probably not up your alley anyway. And ITA! I know a lot of people bought two, one to use and one to just look at but … that seems so weird to me LOL.

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  2. ect says:

    Awww it’s so gorgeous! If I ever got my hands on one I don’t think I’d use it… it’s just TOO pretty :P Can’t wait for swatches!
    .-= ect´s last blog ..EOTD/FOTD Feat. Rimmel Eye Glam e/s: Smoky Charcoal-Brown + a Pop of Teal! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww hahaha, but you have to use the makeup you get! =P It is really gorgeous though. I might have to let it sit for a day or two in it’s pristine-ness LOL. I’ll have swatches soon though, promise! =)

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  3. fuz says:

    How can you not be a fan of sparkles now?? Haha. It’s very pretty, but why did they have to make the packaging THAT green?
    .-= fuz´s last blog ..BB Cream Showdown : L’EGERE vs Lioele =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehehehe, I’m oily!! Too much frost or sparkle and I look like I’ve been sweating profusely! The powder does have actual silver shimmer sparkles in it though, even after the gold overspray wears off.

    And dude, I totally hear you. The green compact looks nicer in person than in the pictures but … it’s still a medium green compact. I kind of wish it were the orange one instead (or I don’t know, gold/coral would have been pretty).

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  4. I literally gasped when I saw the close up of the powder hahaha
    I hope my CPer was able to get them on hold!

    Thanks for the post :)
    .-= XOVINTAGELOVE´s last blog ..Spreading The Word :) =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    It’s really beautiful! Good luck to you!!!

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  5. mayaari says:

    definitely a pretty powder! oddly enough, I’m not that interested in this collection – maybe I’ve had my fill of LE MAC for now? I really wish their gold overspray could be worked into the product – the last time they used overspray was with the Honey collection a while back…I got one of the highlighting powders and it was AWESOME for the first couple of uses while I still had some gold on it!
    .-= mayaari´s last blog ..Giveaway from A Pop of Kawaii =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh I totally agree – I am wayyyyy MAC LE’d out. MAC Hello Kitty was my first and most exciting MAC LE release. The other ones I don’t really pay any attention to at all unless something *really* catches my eye. Then again, I don’t buy eyeshadow singles, I’m slightly allergic to MAC’s powder blushes and I find all their lipsticks drying, so usually there’s not really all that much left for me lol. But man, Marine Life is really special!

    & aww, I actually hated the overspray on my Golden Nectar High-Light Powder and brushed it off before I even tried using the thing! LOL. It’s a really lovely bronzer without it. I’m just weird though hahahaha. I think everyone else loooooves gold shimmers except me (and well, I do love gold shimmers, just … not *that* much gold shimmer LOL).

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  6. Janice says:

    I heart this powder so much! Its waiting for me at my Nordstroms counter but I wont be able to pick it up till friday. I know- I dont have the heart to touch it because the golden seahorsey will go away. ~sigh~ Ill prob just stare at it for a month. lol
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..China Glaze Towel Boy Toy =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Ahhhh, how exciting! I’m lucky to have my Nordie’s about 15 minutes walk from my apartment. I called them like 3x to make sure I could pick it up today LOL. & duuuuude you and me both! But I’ll probably swatch it tomorrow depending on how I’m feeling (like, if I’ll wear makeup or not). I’ve already immortalized it in pictures, so I can look at those whenever I want now hahaha. :D

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  7. wow my nose is about an inch away from the computer screen right now b/c I’m just ogling the powder. SO GORGEOUS. I definitely noticed this before anything else when I was looking at preview pics of the collection. aaah I love the seahorse seriously need to stop staring at this now…. hehe I hope you get a lot of use out of it, I’m sure you will
    .-= makeup morsels´s last blog ..Attack of the Sunscreens! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOLLLLL. It is really special, isn’t it!?

    I’m sure I’ll use it a lot as a blush once I finally get over the pretty gold overspray. It looks really lovely on Christine at Temptalia in this look she just did. :D

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  8. Arianne says:

    I don’t have the heart to get this because it’s so pretty and I wouldn’t *ever* want to touch it. So I’m hoping to win the giveaway on Temptalia, ha!

    I do want Hipness blush or Weekend cream bronzer. Help me pick? :)
    .-= Arianne´s last blog ..Getting My Glow On Thanks to Genuine Health! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww hahaha. I actually think the powder is quite pretty even without the gold overspray since the seahorse impression is quite deep. It is realllly stunning with the overspray though.

    & oooooh toughie! Do you have other pinky-coral blushes? If not Hipness looks reallllly cute!

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    Arianne responds:

    No, I don’t! I think I will get Hipness then. :)

    I have a Maybelline mousse bronzer that would probably be a good dupe for Weekend.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe. I have to say I’m biased because I LOVE blush and I’m of the opinion that there is that one perfect bronzer out there for everyone.

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  9. Diane says:

    Marine Life is soooo pretty, glad you got yours, I got mine too! So excited but I don’t want to use it, hahah it’s too pretty.

    Did you ever get your R&R blushes from Editiors Closet? Still no info on mine. =(
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..MAC To The Beach Haul, Did You Get Yours? =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Yayyyy! Dude, it’s so beautiful, but the color is really pretty too!! I can’t wait to wear mine… but I don’t want to swatch it, but I can’t wait to wear it either LOLLLL. I’m sick though, so I’m sure I’ll get a few days to enjoy it.

    & no! Did they never email you?!? I received an email on the 22nd saying they were delayed and would be shipping the 27th (tomorrow). I heard today from someone that they were offered an apology and a shipping reimbursement & credit… but I didn’t catch if they were delayed again or what the hell’s going on. I’m super pissed off too because one of the blushes I ordered is a gift and I’m moving/traveling in the middle of June. T_T;

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  10. Linda says:

    Very pretty! I’m looking forward to those comparison swatches. =]
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Oh yea! Shopping! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Isn’t it beautiful!

    I’ll have comparison swatches soon but I’m probably going to wait until I feel a little better (sick currently) before playing too much with my makeup. =)

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  11. Dina (XYYan) says:

    It’s super gorgeous! Lucky you got this :D
    .-= Dina (XYYan)´s last blog ..Youtube Find: Applegirl =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Yea! I’m really happy I preordered when I did! Apparently my Nordstroms pre-sold more than the amount they got in and so they were all scrambling around to try and find more! D:

    And in the last 3.5 hours, it’s sold out on Dillards.com too!

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  12. Lulu says:

    prettyyyyy!!!!!! ahhhhhh lucky gal!! <3
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..Birthday Love from Edna =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    It’s sooooo pretty!!! I hope you find one!!! It’s sold out on Dillards.com now too. =/ Not up yet on Bloomingdale’s website though.

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  13. Cynthia says:

    I don’t know what it is but this MAC Marine Highlight Powder is one of the hottest item of all and surprisingly it was sold out in the MAC online shop so fast and heard of the pre-sale that Nordstorm is offering online so I grab every opportunity to order two. And today I went to my MAC store and they still have it in stock and I thought it’ll be sold out because they normally display and sell it one day early. The sale rep said that I’m the second person to get this. What a lucky day for me and now I’m stuck with 3 of it. I have no clue what to do with so many.
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Spring Look – FOTD =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOLLLL. Lucky you!!!! Well… for what they’re going for on eBay I’m sure you won’t have any trouble getting rid of them if you do want to sell. I think there are still a LOT of people looking for it. I would have loved to buy two (one to use and one to just look at) but I felt bad doing so since so many people are after it.

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  14. Denysia says:

    Everyone has gotten the Mac Marine Highlight Powder! Please do a review when you get a chance! I’ve seen so many posts about this!
    .-= Denysia´s last blog ..Hello Everyone! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Yea, the frenzy has been ridiculous! I don’t think I’ve ever seen an item hyped up like this!

    I’ll definitely review soon. I haven’t really been wearing makeup since I’m sick currently though. Hopefully sometime next week. =)

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  15. Hey Catherine!
    I hope you work up the guts to use it soon, it’s completely deserving of the hype and I know it’d look super gorgeous on you!
    Also, hope you get better soon, sorry to hear you were sick! Just a cold or did ya get the flu?

    -M
    .-= kaisermimivii´s last blog ..MAC Marine Life FOTD =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hey hon!!

    Oh I can’t wait to use it!! LOL. I’m just too sick to play with makeup currently. I have the flu. And then got secondary sinus & strep infections. ;_;

    Hope you’re doing well! =)

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    kaisermimivii responds:

    Oh no! That’s absolutely horrendous! I really hope you get better soon, nothing is worse than being achy and sick!
    I know, sleep with ML under your pillow, the magical seahorse will make you all better! :)
    .-= kaisermimivii´s last blog ..MAC Marine Life FOTD =-.

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  16. ndoodles says:

    Wow – that looks so pretty :D!!! I see that and I think SUMMER!!! You gotta do a FOTD or something! Really love to see how it is used.
    .-= ndoodles´s last blog ..Brown, Smoked, Well Done =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Of course! I just put on up today. Been sick, but finally feeling well enough to play with makeup again. :D

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  17. Cecilia says:

    Congrats for being able to get your hands on it. I can’t believe the hype surrounding Marine Life, nor the outrageous price it’s going for on ebay! It’s crazy, though perhaps not wholly undeserved. I didn’t want to touch mine for the longest time because I didn’t want to ruin the overspray, haha!
    .-= Cecilia´s last blog ..Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in True Coral =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks!! & duuuuude I totally agree! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a frenzy over anything else. I mean… sure, Chanel Jade, Lancome Chris & Tell and the like were ridiculously sold out & going for ridiculous prices on eBay too but … the frenzy over Marine Life has been so widespread, it’s insane!

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  18. *sniffs* I’m crying b/c it’s so pretty and I missed out. =(

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww, sorry hon! ;_;

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  19. *hugs* Thanks babe for the info but I have a Nordies gift certificate I was hoping to use. On a positive note, happy Friday! =D

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  20. woohoo, congratulations on finding ML!!! I hate that people are already selling it at inflated prices on ebay. That collection hasn’t been out more than a few days!
    .-= K / bihadadiaries´s last blog ..Comparison: Beauty Blender vs Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks!! I had it pre-ordered like two weeks ago. I think it’s really ridiculous how it pre-sold/sold out even before the official launch and was up on eBay like that. I heard a story on MUA where a girl saw another lady buying 20+ Marine Life powders at different counters (apparently the limit is 8/item…). So UGH. =/

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  21. Susan Marie says:

    It’s so pretty, but I would be too afraid to use it, because I wouldn’t want to ruin the gorgeous design!
    .-= Susan Marie´s last blog ..Fragrance Lust: Bath and Body Works Lemon Vanilla =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww, lol. I agree it is a beautiful design, but the product itself is really nice too!

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  22. amynaree says:

    This powder/highlighter is just way too cute to resist! I had a feeling it would be a hit and sell out instantly :) I’m glad you manage to get yourself one! The seahorse and the design is just so adorable I will probably just stare at it for a few days as well
    .-= amynaree´s last blog ..Review: Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer and possible dupe! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh yea, the hype over this thing has been just crazy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. I mean, there has been frenzy over other things too, but this time it’s so widespread…

    & ITA! I was sad to brush away the overspray today… but I’m happy I have pictures that commemorate it forever lol. :D

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  23. Jian says:

    Woah, that is beautiful! I would never evver want to brush that overspray away!!
    .-= Jian´s last blog ..Review: Chanel Mat Lumiere Luminous Matte Powder Makeup SPF 10 =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww haha. It is really quite pretty but the blush itself is really pretty too!

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  24. Annabel says:

    o wow. even i wouldn’t mind one of those for myself, hehe. feel better soon okay?!?! finals are next week and dudeee we still gotta meet up xx
    .-= Annabel´s last blog ..looking for alaska =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL. It is really pretty but I have to admit it’s really not the easiest to use since the texture of the powder is rather sub-par compared to most of my other blushes and powders… =/

    And DUDE ITA!! I’m actually done this Friday after my final presentation… will tweet at you. =)

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