You’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway on your way to meet friends for dinner. The sun just set, and the sky’s a mix of orange, pink and violet where it meets the sea on the horizon. Your swimsuit fits in all the right ways, and you’ve got the windows down to dry your hair. You don’t really know the hot boy who sits in dangerously low-hanging board shorts in the passenger seat, but he seems sweet. You’ll get to know him better soon.
That is MAC Turquatic. Light and watery, it’s like a cleaner, crisper, less sugary sweet version of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, and it’s my absolute favorite MAC scent, hands down.
When rumors surfaced earlier this year about it being discontinued, and it started disappearing from MAC counters, stores and the MAC website, I freaked!
But it turns out MAC was just phasing out the old bottle (WHEW!) and replacing it with a stylish new one that’s like a fresh sea breeze. Come August 11, Turquatic docks permanently on counters and in stores, in three sizes, a Rollerball ($20 US; $24 CDN), a small 20ml bottle ($27.50 US; $33 CDN; the exact same size as the old bottle), and the super-sized 50ml bottle shown here ($49.50 US; $59.50 CDN).
The fragrance hasn’t changed, but its attire has. Officially, the fragrance notes are still sparking mineral water, fresh lotus leaves, Corsican cedrat (a citrusy fruit similar to lemons and lime) and a warm blend of anemone (a flowering plant in the buttercup family), orris (root of the iris plant) and blue cedar.
The new 50ml bottle (on the left) with the old 20ml Turquatic bottle (on the right)
Unofficially, I describe Turquatic as the scent of summer crushes and stolen kisses beneath a boardwalk pier before lounging on a beach in the midday sun. Then, oranges peeled for a picnic desert and a quick nap in the back of a Jeep Ranger with the top down while Bob Marley sings me to sleep.
It’s my ultimate summer scent, and even though the scent doesn’t last long, only about four hours before I want another spritz, I could (and often do) wear it every single day.
PRICE: $20 – $49.50, depending on the size
AVAILABILITY: Returning Aug. 11 to MAC counters, stores and online in North America; internationally, this September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (I absolutely love the scent, but I wish it lingered longer)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,