5.20.2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Swatches + Review

This! Collection! OMG! I gladly never get sucked into the hysteria surrounding MAC's limited edition collections but this spring something happened. Three back-to-back collections caught my eye, some for actual product and others for packaging (there's no denying it) but Alluring Aquatic was IT, the perfect combination!
MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipstick, Extra Dimension Bronzer, Bronzing Powder

My original plan was to get one blush and one lipstick. After seeing swatches of the two blushes in the collection, I decided I had something similar enough to pass on the shade I preferred because I'm trying to make smarter makeup decisions and only get what I need ("need").

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipstick, Extra Dimension Bronzer, Bronzing Powder

I went for the purple lipstick, go figure. Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer and Golden Bronzing Powder ended up in my cart along with the lipstick somehow? I couldn't help myself! That compact!

MAC Alluring Aquatic Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

Goddess of the Sea Lipstick (Cremesheen) is described as a dark vibrant violet but I'd say it's more of a berry-plum on me. I adore this color! Like other Cremesheens I own, this one was very creamy and comfortable to wear. It applied nicely, a little sheer but totally buildable.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Goddess of the Sea Lipstick, Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer swatched/blended, Golden Bronzing Powder swatched/blended

Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer is a very pretty, sheer but easily buildable, very slightly rosy-peach bronze. It shows up nicely on my skin but I have to be completely honest here, I know the least amount of all when it comes to bronzer! I think it suits me quite well nonetheless, and gives a nice subtle sheen to the skin. MAC description: Golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.

Golden Bronzing Powder surprised me given how shimmery and orange its twin in the permanent line is. There are shimmer particles in this one, but it's soft and flattering. It leans pinker on my skin than Aphrodite's Shell which was another surprise given its name. MAC description: Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer, Golden Bronzing Powder

Now let's have one final round of applause for the gorgeous metallic teal packaging "elegantly accented" (lol) with water droplets...

MAC Alluring Aquatic Goddess of the Sea Lipstick, Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension, Golden Bronzing Powder

Were you lucky enough to get ahold of the collection during MAC's online release last week? Nordstrom and Macy's both launched online yesterday, and it's set to be in stores on Thursday, May 22nd. What will you be getting, if anything?

...I thought I was done but I ordered two more lipsticks and my very first lipglass yesterday. This collection left me with so little willpower!

16 comments:

  1. The lipstick suits you so much! I really want the Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer now aha. Great post! x

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    1. Thank you! I love my purples. I hope you're able to get your hands on Aphrodite's Shell and love it! Are you planning on going to a counter or MAC Pro store? I'm debating going just to swatch everything I didn't get, which totally spells danger!

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  2. I like the lipstick on you, but I want to wipe the water droplets off the packaging. Ha!

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    1. Thanks, girl! I sent my mom photos when my package arrived and the first thing she asked me was if there was dust on the packaging/my phone's camera lens.

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  3. Love the packaging.....never sure about the limited edition colour payoff though. Im generalizing of course but you knowwhatimean.

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    1. So far the quality has been wonderful—as good as their permanent line! Same goes for the few items I unknowingly purchased from past LE collections.

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  4. That lipstick really complements your coloring! I swatched it in store and really liked it but passed since it's similar to a MUFE lipstick I already have...my lipstick collection is out of control so I have to force myself to be more selective about my purchases. I was lucky enough to find most of the collection at my local MAC so I got two of the eyeshadows (Silver Sun and Sea Worship), one lipglass (Modern Lure), one Pearlliner (Black Line) and two nail polishes (Submerged and Neptune). I wanted more of the eyeshadows as the formula and pigmentation are so good but I forced myself to exercise restraint!

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    1. Thank you! I really love it. Before this spring all but one of my MAC lipsticks were purples so I couldn't resist adding another one to my collection. Good on you for showing restraint. I tried and failed, but not too miserably. I swatched the eyeshadows in store and though they were fantastic, I just couldn't justify buying any! I have too many that already don't get enough love.

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  5. Beautiful pictures! The products look really great, especially the plum lip stick is to my loving :) I followed you on bloglovin'!

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    1. Thank so much! I'm really in love with everything I picked up from the collection, and the lipstick is absolutely perfect. Hope you were able to get some goodies yourself!

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  6. love it ! Looks really great ! I have to give it a try :)

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    1. Hope you were able to get your hands on something from this collection!

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  7. That lipstick look AMAZING on you :)
    I picked up an eye shadow from this collection called Sould Serenade... wanted that lipstick too but everything else was sold out so there was only one shadow left ;)
    xx

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    1. Aw, such a bummer that you missed out! These MAC collections go so fast!

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  8. That is such a nice makeup, and you look gorgeous!! http://www.payless4brands.com

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  9. I'm generally not a MAC fan but this lipstick is gorgeous!!! :D love it | www.cremedelacurves.com

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