Do you hear that?
It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard.
Oh, my goodness! I think I know what it is. That’s the siren song of the new MAC Alluring Aquatic collection.
Gah! Lure me in, why don’t ya? — with your lustrous teal packaging, Neptunian theme and the inviting Extra Dimension formula that makes me want to dive into your shimmery waters without fear or hesitation.
Yeah…this stuff sings to me.
The MAC Alluring Aquatic collection
The release splashes ashore May 15 at maccosmetics.com and May 22 at North American MAC counters (internationally some time in May).
The packaging…I lurves it. Shimmery, shiny and teal, and the little water droplets make it unlike anything I’ve seen before, at least that I can remember.
The ship sets sail with 32 pieces — a good many of them lipsticks and lipglosses — with a couple of lip pencils and plenty of beautiful pieces with MAC’s Extra Dimension formula (eyeshadows, bronzers and blushes). There are also a couple of liners, nail polishes, regular powder brushes, a makeup bag and a few other tidbits (full list down below).
Soft, shimmery eyes, chrome nails and glistening skin characterize the collection. Think cheeks with a soft, satiny sheen. Harsh is not the operative word.
The lips vary widely from warm nudes to neutral pinks, deep violets, bronzes and plums, giving a MAC Alluring Aquatic siren a lot of lip choices.
Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eye Shadows
I love it when MAC includes Extra Dimension products in their collections because of how well those blasted things blend, and how amazingly long they last.
Four of the six Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eye Shadows, $19.50 each
Don’t be scurred of the shine and frost you see here, even if you’re afraid of shimmer, because in these looks I’m wearing the shadows rather intensely. Overall, I think they’re quite wearable.
I packed them on with the MAC 233 Split Fibre Eye Shadow Brush from the collection, but a MAC 217, with its fluffier domed shape, would deliver a lighter wash of soft, shimmery color.
I’ve been playing with four of the six Extra Dimension Eye Shadows this morning, and here some quick thoughts…
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Lorelei
Lorelei Extra Dimension Eye Shadow
Lorelei is otherworldly! What a lovely golden beige and a great everyday color. I think it also has hints of peach in it…
I love it just buffed all over the lids. I know that it looks a little frosty in the swatch, but that’s partly due to the flash. It’s not quite as shiny in person (more of a subtle sheen), and I think it looks gorgeous with peaches and golds, like — ooh! — Indianwood Paint Pot or Woodwinked. You could do Woodwinked on the lid, Lorelei in the inner corners and lower lash lines and Soft Brown in the crease.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Legendary Lure
Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eye Shadow
MAC calls Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eye Shadow a deep cerulean…
I love that word — cerulean. 🙂
On my NC42 skin, it reminds me of a simpler MAC Club without Club’s flash of reddish brown, so basically a tantalizing teal-ish gray.
I love those peacock feather colors, ya know? I can’t wait to wear this one with a deeper green, maybe something like MAC Tarnished Eye Kohl.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Fathoms Deep
Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eye Shadow
Fathoms Deep, which is technically a deep blue, interestingly enough looks more like a dark gunmetal periwinkle on me (Lots of blue shades often lean purple on my skin tone… Weird!).
Since I’m a sucka for smokey eyes, all I want to do with this one is smudge a black liner all over my lash lines and smoke it out on top.
I’m looking forward to trying it with the nude lip shades from the collection, like Peachstock Lipglass, for a summery smokey eye.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Soul Serenade
Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eye Shadow
As for deep plummy brown Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, it’s also sure to lure smokey eye fans.
With these shadows, because they are quite shiny, I like to add a matte shadow up in the mix. For me, whenever I wear shiny shades like these, I like to have something matte or satin to balance everything out, like I actually took one of the Extra Dimension Bronzers from the collection and put it in the crease.
That’s not a rule, mind you. If you like the full-on shine, girlfriend, go for it. Sometimes I do too.
Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners in Black LIne and Black Swan
Pearglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line (left) and Black Swan (right)