Thursday, 29 May 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection

The hype around MAC's latest summer collection has been unavoidable and it's easy to see why.  The entire collection consists of nude colors with limited edition packaging that is beyond gorgeous; metallic teal textured with 3D water droplets. 

It was released online May 15th and in stores one week ago today (May 22nd).  I arrived at my local MAC store at 11:00 am the day of it's release and items were already sold out! The sales associate mentioned that people were lined up at the door to get in when they opened at 9am (you crazy makeup junkies!)  

There are two parts of the Alluring Aquatic collection; "color" and "face", also released were two unique split fibre makeup brushes (a 233 eye shadow brush, a 127 face brush) and a medium size makeup bag.

"Sirens of the deep inspire an aquascape of shades, as waves of tarnished olive, seafoam and darkened plum surrender to water’s enticing spirit. Sultry eyes take on a subtle radiance, while luminous Extra Dimension Blush washes over cheeks, creating a goddess glow. Under the sea, nails glisten in aquatic chrome and metallic Nail Lacquer, as Lipstick, Lipglass and Lip Pencil dive deep into colour. Limited-edition teal packaging, dramatically accented with sheer water droplets."

Left to right: Mystical, Water Deities, Black Line

Mystical: "Midtone creamy rose"
Mystical is the perfect my lips but better color; soft and subtle.  It's a cremesheen formula which is my favorite for during the day, and perfect for when all you want to wear is a couple coats of mascara and a lippie.

Water Deities: "Light bronzey pink"
If you're familiar with MAC Nymphette this gloss is somewhat similar.  A gorgeous peachy rose gold but with more bronze and silver tones in it versus Nymphette's gold tones.  I've been loving this color gloss this season.  It also reminds me of NARS Orgasm lipgloss (I have a post in the works comparing Orgasm and Nymphette!)

Black Line: "Black with gold pearl"
Black Line is a "Pearl Glide Intense" eyeliner, and my first ever MAC liner!  The texture is unbelievably soft. It's described on the website as a "black with gold pearl" but in my opinion it is an dark forest green liner with gold flecks.  It's beautiful.  It reminds me of my old favorite Arbonne eyeliner in "Olive" but the texture is a lot smoother, thus easier to work with.  I like using dark green toned liners apposed to blacks because I find them less harsh and that it compliment on my blue eyes.  

"Bronzing Powders and Extra Dimension Bronzer in gentle, pearlized shades set skin aglow for summer. Limited-edition compacts in aquatic teal are dramatically accented with crystal clear droplets. Anticipate waves of adoration when carrying the coordinated chic, teal clutch, with a texturized water droplet finish and translucent sides in aqua."

Left to right: Mystical, Water Deities, Black Line, Refined Golden

Refined Golden: "Finely spun golden with soft pearl"
This was actually the first MAC product I ever bought.  I went through two because I used to use it every day but when I ran out around Christmas last year I never repurchased it for a third time (I replaced it with NARS Laguna instead)  So when I saw it repackaged in the teal packaging I couldn't help but buy it one last time.  Its a dark warm brown with tiny gold flecks throughout it.  In the summer months I love a bronzer with shimmer in it because I think a little sparkle looks gorgeous with a tan.

233 Split Fibre Eyeshadow Brush: "Small, paddle-shaped flat brush ideal for applying and laying down product on the eyelid.  Features a split of natural and synthetic fibres that deliver two unique results"
The final item I picked up from the collection is something I'm really excited about.  This brush is a flat eyeshadow brush with natural hairs on one side, and synthetic on the other.  I was talking to the sales associate and she said she uses the synthetic side for cream products (like a paint pot or eyeshadow primer) and then flips it over and uses the softer natural side for blending everything out.

Did you pick up anything from the Alluring Aquatic collection or pass this time around?

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  1. Gorgeous post your photos are lovely! The packaging for this range is just gorgeous, really need to get my hands on some of it! Love from a new follower xx

  2. Great picks - that liner looks stunning. I picked up the Mystical lipstick and the Golden bronzer and love them both. I wish I had picked up more of the eyeshadows.

    1. I'm loving Mystical! And I didn't look too closely at the eye shadows, but the champagne one looked stunning. Thanks for reading Kate!

  3. I'm actually going to mac this weekend! definetly want to try out this new collection!

  4. Beautiful post! Love the photos! I didn't pick up any brushes or eye liners! It was pandemonium at the counter. I literally had to give my "order" to the SA because product was getting snatched up left and right. She had to grab everything as I mentioned it so it wouldn't get sold out from under me. Of course, a couple of things were already gone. So needless to say, I didn't really get a chance to browse the other offerings. I think I overheard the eye brushes were already gone. I wish I could have looked at the eyeliners! That one looks gorg! I got Mystical also. It swatches so light on me. Funny how colors look different on everyone! Look out June 1. We're ready for you!!!

    1. I find that Mystical is really buildable, I love it. And yes, it was MAC madness!!
      Good luck this month ;-)

  5. I love that gloss!! Lovely post :)
    Just followed you on bloglovin! would love if you could check out my blog back!


    1. Thanks Lauren! I will check it out :-)