It's been a long time since I was excited about a MAC collection, and the first time I actually put effort into getting what I wanted. You know how it goes, if you're not online as soon as the collection launches you miss out. Normally I don't bother too much trying to get first dibs, but the Alluring Aquatic Collection was too stunning to pass up. Read on for a closer look!
A big part of the allure was the packaging. I won't lie- just look a it! The 'limited edition teal packaging dramatically accented with sheer water-droplets' is stunning and is even included on the boxes- yes, water-droplets on the boxes too! You've got to give it to MAC, they totally know how their way into a cosmetic lover's heart. Getting past the packaging though, is the fact that this collection was predominately made up of Extra Dimension products, which from my experience are some of MAC's better formulations.
Aphrodite's Shell is described as a 'golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer' but the shade also has a slight pink undertone. The shade appealed to me as it's a fair bit lighter than what is typical for bronzers. I'm not an all the time bronzer type, and have a lighter skin tone, so this seemed like the perfect match for me. The formula feels firm to the touch, and a little dry, and while the pigmentation is buildable, this is definitely more sheer than I was expecting. I have no complaints that this is sheer- I much prefer a sheer bronzer- but anyone with a darker than light- light medium skin tone will likely find this too light. I found this shade to look quite natural when applied, and although not matte, the shimmer is very fine and barely apparent on skin. The shade also works as a great neutral blush too!
Sea Me, Hear Me is described as a 'mid-tone neutral plum' but reads more as a pinky- red toned plum with soft golden shimmer. The shimmer isn't piece-y, so it adds a soft, 'lit from within' glowing quality to the overall shade. The blush is soft, smooth and nicely pigmented. It's easy to apply and blend, and looks gorgeous on skin.
MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadow- Fathoms Deep 1.3g vs MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow- Modern Pewter 2g
Fathoms Deep is described as being a 'deep blue' but is so much more as it has a cool purple-grey undertone and a shimmery, metallic finish. The formula is smooth and super pigmented. I was a little suprised at the size, as I have one the original Extra Dimension shadows that is much larger, but after a second look at the MAC site, they do call these mini. The Alluring Aquatic versions are closer to the size of your average MAC shadow while the original were closer to the size of a Pro Longwear shadow.
MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Cremesheen Lipstick- Goddess of the Sea 3g $17.50 USD / $21 CAD
Goddess of the Sea is described as being a 'dark vibrant violet' but I'd say it's more of a medium depth than dark, and is more of a cool, purple-berry hue than violet with very fine, hidden blue shimmer. The shade is gorgeous, but not entirely unique- especially if you live by my no purple lipstick left behind ideals too. While I do like the creaminess and shine that comes with the Cremesheen formula, they can also be a little drying, but I found this shade to wear quite well and was comfortable feeling for hours.
Overall, I am quite pleased with my purchases! I was initially planning on an even bigger haul, but the more I looked at the shades in the collection, the less unique they began to look. The upside to that, is that the shades are all quite wearable and great additions if you're a new collector. It seems like most items are sold out online- at least on the MAC site- but you're not out of luck, as the collection launches in stores on May 22. Did you/are you planning on picking anything up? What did you get- do tell!