The MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks, Lipglasses and Lip Pencils Are off the Port Bow

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The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks and LipglassesDear 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.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks

Four of the five MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks

mac-alluring-aquatic-seal-1Frankly, 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.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglasses

The MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglasses

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!).

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lip Pencils in Half-Red (left) and What Comes Naturally (right)

Lip Pencils in Half-Red (left) and What Comes Naturally (right)

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.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks and Lipglasses

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?

MAC Siren Song Lustre Lipstick

Siren Song Lustre Lipstick

MAC Mystical Cremesheen Lipstick

Mystical Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Pet Me PleaseFrost Lipstick

Pet Me Please Frost Lipstick

MAC Enchanted One Matte Lipstick

Enchanted One Matte Lipstick

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass

Modern Lure Lipglass

MAC Clear Water Lipglass

Clear Water Lipglass

MAC Peachstock Lipglass

Peachstock Lipglass

MAC Water Deities Lipglass

Water Deities Lipglass

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass

Seducing Sound Lipglass

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipstick swatches from the left: Siren Song, Mystical, Pet Me Please Me and Enchanted One

Lipstick swatches from the left: Siren Song, Mystical, Pet Me Please Me and Enchanted One

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipglass swatches from the left: Clear Water, Peachstock, Water Deities, Seducing Sound and Modern Lure

Lipglass swatches from the left: Clear Water, Peachstock, Water Deities, Seducing Sound and Modern Lure

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lip Pencil swatches in What Comes Naturally (left) and Half-Red (right)

Lip Pencil swatches in What Comes Naturally (left) and Half-Red (right)

MAC Matte Lipstick in Enchanted One, a mid-tone neutral pink

Matte Lipstick in Enchanted One

MAC Frost Lipstick in Pet Me, Please Me, a light shimmering mauve

Frost Lipstick in Pet Me, Please Me

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Mystical, a mid-tone creamy rose

Cremesheen Lipstick in Mystical

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Siren Song, a sheer pale beige

Lustre Lipstick in Siren Song

MAC Lipglass in Peachstock, a creamy true nude

Lipglass in Peachstock

MAC Lipglass in Water Deities, a light bronzy pink

Lipglass in Water Deities

MAC Lipglass in Seducing Sound, a mid-tone plum bronze

Lipglass in Seducing Sound

MAC Lipglass in Clear Water, a sheer nude with multidimensional pear

Lipglass in Clear Water

MAC Lipglass in Modern Lure, a deep violet with pink pearl

Lipglass in Modern Lure

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks and Lipglasses

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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  1. Erin says:

    I love these colors. Mystical, Seducing Sound and Clear Water are all tempting and I’m looking forward to checking them out in person. I just love the color palette for this whole collection.
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  2. Fancie says:

    I am just loving these looks!! This collection is SO you! Mystical and Enchanted One look so pretty on you. I think I may have to add Enchanted One to my list now. It’s just too pretty!
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  3. Let says:

    Oh my. Everything looks so good on you! Now I want Enchanted One…

  4. meghan says:

    omgg i can’t wait! i have had my eye on siren song (i am super fair- about nc5!) and mystical, and now you made me want them even more 🙂

    ps you are fantastic- your posts always make me smile

  5. smooch3s says:

    i need one of everything!! you look amazing in every color and it only added to my list. thanks a lot, karen! 😉

  6. CKG says:

    You look ah-mazing!

  7. Grlnxdor says:

    I’m really excited about this collection! Those lipglosses are driving me crazy!

  8. Divya says:

    Mystical is a typical my color! the lipstick packaging looks stunning in the photots!
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  9. Modern Lure looks hot!
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  10. Lena says:

    i am another who is lured by the enchanted one. do you know how it compares with mac ever hip? i’m guessing ever hip is a bit more peachy…
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  11. Miki says:

    Loooving Enchanted One!
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  12. buckycatt says:

    How does Mystical compare to Red Balloon? Loving that shade!

  13. Danielle says:

    I am definitely picking up Mystical! It’s the sort of shade I always go for haha.
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  14. Erin says:

    Modern Lure is right up my alley!
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  15. Sylirael says:

    RRRGH! Everything. So. Gorgeous. Mush. Resist…….arrrgh! 😀

    You, your photos, this whole blog post, the packaging, the colours…I just love it all! Why must you do this ti me, MAC!?!?!
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  16. Siren song looks pretty nice..More than MAC products I loved your looks and eye makeup.. <3
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  17. Amby says:

    I sooooo planed on skipping this, but now I’m at one lipglass and one liner lol. On to the shadows……sigh

  18. Karo says:

    I love this collection so much <3 This packaging so gorgeous <3
    I bought Aphrodite´s Shell, Sea Me, Hear Me and Soul Serenade e/s <3
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  19. Sara says:

    Karen, I just have to leave this comment and say that you are looking incredibly gorgeous in your recent sets of profile pictures (not that you weren’t before, you were!) but this is total diva standard! Keep doing whatever you are doing, it’s awesome!

  20. Catluuvver says:


    Karen everytime I come on here you get look more refreshed & gohrgous! 😉

  21. Crystal says:

    I don’t know what I enjoyed more, the looks, your hilarious neptun-ian references or the giant squid rocking the lipstick at the end (probably who snatched it out of my cart when I tried to buy it online and it got sold out before I could check out). I visit for swatches now and then but didn’t appreciate what an awesome Writer you are!

    Hilarious and I’ll be back.
    Crystal J.

  22. Christina says:

    You look lovely in all of them! Loving enchanted one! In your opinion, How does it compare to MAC Modesty? Lighter or darker? Thanks!

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