Dear MAC Makeup Sirens of Alluring Aquatic…
Hey, ladies! I know y’all are busy reclining on the rocks and beguiling sailors with your songs and whatnot, but when you have a spare minute, ideally some time before your new 32-piece Alluring Aquatic summer collection arrives on May 15, can we schedule a quick conference call?
I’d like to discuss a major issue I have with the five Lipsticks, five Lipglasses and two Lip Pencils in the collection — specifically, I wish I could wear each and every one of them, like, all at the same time.
Frankly, I am jealous of the hydra, your mythical multi-headed pal, because he doesn’t have to choose among the pearly nudes, neutral pinks, plummy bronzes and vibrant violets. It’s totally not fair!
I, being a mere human (sigh), am relegated to wearing a single lip look at a time. ‘Tis a Greek tragedy of epic proportions.
But it’s not my fault! I have a weakness for nude lips, particularly in smokey eye looks using eyeshadows in unexpected colors, like the shimmery blue, green and plum Extra Dimension Eye Shadows from the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection.
I love the femme fatale look of glistening eyes and glossy nude lips, and I can totally get that by lining my lips with light nude What Comes Naturally Lip Pencil before filling them in with Lustre Lipstick in Siren Song (a pale sheer beige) or Frost Lipstick in Pet Me, Please (a light shimmering mauve).
A layer of either the seductively sparkly Clear Water or creamy nude Peachstock Lipglasses on top, and I, too, feel like a magical creature of the sea.
Oh! — and the pinks in this collection? Both neutral pink Matte Lipstick in Enchanted One and creamy rose Cremesheen Lipstick in Mystical are neutral enough to work with both warm and cool skin tones and perfect for a day at the office, whether you spend said days on sea cliffs singing enchanting songs or pushing paper at your desk (damn those TPS reports!).
I like both of the lippies worn either by themselves or with a touch of light bronzy pink Water Deities Lipglass or plummy bronze Seducing Sound Lipglass on top, which makes them even more alluring.
And how about those big parties at the Parthenon? Well, when I need enough drama to party with Zeus and Athena, vibrant violet Cremsheen Lipstick in Goddess of the Sea, deep violet Lipglass in Modern Lure and soft burgundy Lip Pencil in Half-Red perfectly accompany shimmery statement eyeshadows.
Yes, MAC Makeup Sirens, I believe that you gals know where to find me, since I can hear you singing your songs of makeup seduction practically every single day. Have your people call my people, and let’s set up a time to talk.
Sooner than later, yeah?
Thoughts on the 11 of 12 MAC Alluring Aquatic lippies I’ve tried…
- Lustre Lipstick in Siren Song: This sheer shimmering beige has a retro feel. Not a color I’d typically wear on its own, because I feel like the light, frosty beige by itself can look a little too stark on my tanned skin, so I like to layer it with one of the Lipglasses (particularly Peachstock). Pale pretties, you could totally rock this! ($17.50)
- Frost Lipstick in Pet Me, Please: Sometimes I have trouble with frosty lipsticks highlighting my lip flakes and lip lines, but I don’t have those issues with this shimmering mauve. It’s supernaturally smooth. ($17.50)
- Matte Lipstick in Enchanted One: If you have pigmented lips like I do, this mid-toned matte just might be your perfect pink nude. The finish isn’t annoyingly flat, which I love, and the formula feels comfortable and non-drying. Definitely a keeper that I could wear daily. Don’t miss this one! ($17.50)
- Cremesheen Lipstick in Mystical: This mid-toned creamy rose has just enough kick to stand on its own, but it’s even more stunning with Seducing Sound Lipglass on top. If you’re considering Mystical, consider taking the gloss home with you, too. Together the two are rosy-plum-bronzy magic. ($17.50)
- Lipglass in Clear Water: The glitter in this shade is so enchanting that it could cause shipwrecks on account of swooning sailors. The tiny flecks of multidimensional pearl in pink, silver and purple elevate it from your average glittery gloss status to something truly epic. ($16.50)
- Lipglass in Peachstock: I may have accidentally applied this to my under-eye area (whoops!) because it looked like concealer in the tube. But you don’t get concealer lips when you wear this. The warm creamy nude (a true nude) looks kind of like Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke Lipstick in gloss form. Seriously frickin’ love it. ($16.50)
- Lipglass in Water Deities: It’s as if this light bronzy pink is channeling NARS Sweet Dreams Lip Gloss. ($16.50)
- Lipglass in Seducing Sound: Pigmented bronzy plum perfection. ($16.50)
- Lipglass in Modern Lure: If you’re gonna wear this deep violet with pink pearl, keep a lip brush and lip liner around. I don’t mind the extra work because I love how it looks in photographs, but it’s Drama with a capital “D!” ($16.50)
- Lip Pencil in What Comes Naturally: I line and fill in my pout with this light nude to block out the color of my pigmented lips. Smooth and comfy, this one’s really handy when I want to wear lighter nude beige lipsticks and/or glosses. ($16.50)
- Lip Pencil in Half-Red: This soft burgundy liner goes great with plums, bronzes and violets. As far as I can tell, it’s the only re-promoted lip product in the Alluring Aquatic collection. ($16.50)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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