The weather is finally heating up, and so is MAC, since launching their best collection in recent history, Alluring Aquatics. The internet has been buzzing with anticipation since the collection was leaked early this year. You will be lured in with a vast array of products that are bound to make waves with most everyone. The collection features, 2 bronzers, 2 extra dimension bronzers, 2 extra dimension blushes, 6 extra dimension eye shadows, 5 lipsticks, and 5 lip glasses. They also have a few brushes, a makeup bag, and liners, but I did not opt for any of those items.
The colors and products are amazing, but truth be told, the packaging is what knocked this collection out of the park. Yes, the products themselves are amazing, but I can’t even with the packaging. As you know, MAC’s normal packaging is sleek, black, and nice, but let’s face it, not the most exciting. The packaging for the Alluring Aquatics collection is an eye popping teal, complete with raised water droplets dispersed on the package. It is phenomenal. It most definitely is alluring as the title suggests, and looks as though it would adorn a gorgeous mermaid’s vanity. Aside from the packaging, which I quite honestly can’t get enough of, the colors are bronzy and shimmery in nature. They will transform you into a sea goddess, and add a lovely skin kissed glow to your skin.
Let’s start out with the bronzer. The color that I selected is Aphrodite’s shell, and it is a lovely extra dimension bronzer. It is a“golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.” I think it adds the perfect glow to my pale skin. I will warn you that unless you are fair, this most likely won’t show up on you. I am Casper’s second cousin, so it is a good match for me. In all seriousness though, It is subtle, but very pretty, and I would recommend it to other’s with similar skin tones. I would go with delphic, which is another extra dimension bronzer, if you have a medium complexion. There weren’t any colors really in the collection that I personally think would show up on dark complexions. I also think that Aphrodite’s shell could moonlight as a pretty eyeshadow, and possibly a highlighter on those with darker skin.
I was so excited to order the blush, Seduced at Sea, as it is a peachy neutral, but they accidentally shipped the wrong color, Sea me, Hear me. It is a a more mauvey color akin to Rockateur by benefit. I had no plans of buying both, because although they look quite different in the pan, once on the cheeks, I have heard they look quite similar. Nordstrom is correcting their mistake, and sending the proper color, so I will end up with both. I am a fanatic though, so I am as pleased as punch to add both to my collection. For the average Joe-sy, I would recommend going for Seduced at Sea if you have a lighter skin tone, and Sea me, Hear me, if you have darker skin. It is not necessary to get both, as they are very similar. They swatch like a dream, are silky smooth, and are very buildable. They will both add that sun kissed look to your cheeks that is essential for summer.
I picked up three lipsticks from this collection, Pet me please, Enchanted one, and Mystical. Pet me please is a ” light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].” I don’t usually go with frost finishes, but this has a bronzy glow to it. I know it is not for everyone, but it is something unique that I am glad to add to my collection. Enchanted one is one of my favorites, and it is a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It is one of those your lips, but better colors. I like adding a gloss, Water Deities , from this collection over it, and they look gorgeous together. The last lipstick that I purchased, Mystical, is a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” Mystical is another nice color, and something that I normally wouldn’t pick out, but I am glad to have it. I tend to normally stick to pink pinks, and nudes.
I got the lip glass in Water Deities, and it is marketed as a “light bronzy pink.” This is an absolutely gorgeous color that can be worn on it’s own, or worn over a multitude of lipsticks. I wasn’t planning on purchasing this either, but once I saw it in person, I couldn’t turn it down.
Now for the piece de resistance, the extra dimension eyeshadows. I purchased all 6 of them, because this shadows are not only gorgeous, but have a stunning formula, and apply like a dream. They blend easily, are pigmented, and have a gorgeous shimmer. I was not disappointed in any of these shadows, and in fact, they went above and beyond my expectations. The colors are as follows Soul Serenade, (“deep plum brown.”) Sea worship (“tarnished olive.”) Fathoms Deep ( “deep blue.”), Lorelei (“golden beige.”), Silver Sun (mid tone dirty sea foam green), and Legendary Lure ( “deep cerulean.”). This colors are seriously stunning, and have to be my favorite thing in the collection. MAC shadows are usually fantastic, but these, are just amazing. I have applied these shadows both wet, and dry, and I just can’t get enough. I like to spray my brush with some fix plus, and then dip into the shadow for a more vibrant look. I think reapply a dry layer on top, and the color payoff is phenomenal.
Are you salivating yet? I know I am, and they are all now part of my collection. Dive right in, and try these beauties out for yourself. Some dream in color, but I dream in palettes.