Oh, how I wish I was one of those beauty guru bloggers who get early releases of these fabulous products to swatch and review for us consumers. I woke up this morning and learned that MAC is releasing their Alluring Aquatic collection on May 15th at maccosmetics.com and will be available for purchase in store on May 22nd. Let’s dive into a few photos. Shall we?
I’ll start off by saying if you want to see reviews, swatches, photos, prices and a product break down take a look at makeupandbeautyblog.com. The following photos and commentary are my own personal thoughts on the collection.
These are bronzing powders. Seen on the left is Refined Golden and on the right is Golden. According to makeupbeautyblog.com pricing on these are $27.50. A bit steep on the price but that’s MAC for you. I might just be crazy enough to pick up Refined Golden. I own Warmth by Bare Minerals but have decided it’s just too dark for my skin. Also, I used to wear it so, so wrong. The days of all over face bronzer are over kids. Was all over face bronzer ever a thing, actually? I don’t know. I know I did it. I learned it somewhere. There’s not much to learn there, though. It’s just like.. BRONZER EVERYWHERE!
These are Extra Dimension Eye Shadows. Left to right: Silver Sun, Soul Legendary Lure, Lorelei, Soul Serenade, Fathoms Deep and Sea Worship. Many beauty blog guru’s who have already had the pleasure of testing out these products advise to not be afraid of the shimmer. I probably won’t be picking these up. I real like a more natural look on my lids with a winged liner or cat eye. Plus, I’m super in to bold lipstick colors. Can’t have both now, can you? I mean, unless I want to join the circus which is quite possible since my grandmother was in the circus. Hell, who am I kidding?
Top two are lip pencils and bottom two are the eye liners. From top to bottom we have lip liner in What Comes Naturally, lip liner in Half-Red, pearl glide eye pencil in black swan and lastly pearl glide eye pencil in black line. I’m not crazy about eye liner pencils. I find many of them hard to work with. Liquid liner is the way to go, in my opinion. I’ll be skipping the lip pencils. There are other ways from preventing color bleeding and getting a long lasting stay. I use NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk for outlining and lip prep. Done and done!
These are their new lipglasses. From left to right is Clear Water, Peachstock, Water Deities, Seducing Sound and Modern Lure. I really, really want Modern Lure. Like I said, I’m into bold lipstick colors and this color certainly looks bold enough for me! There is certainly violet in there. This might be another one of my purchases.
OOoooooOOOOooOOOO! I love lipstick. I really, really, really do. From left to right: Siren Song, Pet Me Please Me, Enchanted One, Mystical and Goddess of the Sea. Hands down, I need to have Mystical and Goddess of the Sea. That violet in Goddess of the Sea is speaking to me. Mystical just has this rose-y, pinkish red color. They both look blue-toned to me but I could be wrong. Still trying to figure out what constitutes as blue-toned!
Nail lacquers from left to right: Submerged, Neptune and Shimmerfish. These appear to be pearlized with a touch of shimmer. I bet they would look great poolside, at a picnic or at the beach. I’ve got my eye on Submerged but I am so submerged (har, har) in the Red Carpet Manicure polishes that I’ll skip this, I think.
Extra Dimension Blush from left to right: Sea Me Hear Me and Seduced at Sea. Should I be afraid of this shimmer? I don’t think your face should shimmer. It should glow but not shimmer. I’m not crazy about this and would rather stick with my Refined Golden bronzer.
Here we’ve got a pretty cute makeup pouch. I don’t need another makeup pouch, especially since I get one every month from Ipsy (May Sneak Peek post will be up shortly!). The brush on the left is an all over face brush, number 147. The brush on the right is an eye shadow brush, number 233. When I first started playing with makeup, I couldn’t for the life of me understand why beauty bloggers, video bloggers and people who use makeup in general, had so many damn makeup brushes. I understand now. There are some looks that I’m going for that just cannot be achieved the brushes I have. The prices on these brushes just make me cringe. I won’t be getting these based on that but look at how beautiful and fluffy they look!
Extra Dimension Bronzer in Aphrodite’s Shell. Shimmer face bronzer. Meh. I don’t know about this. Again, I really don’t want my face to shimmer. I want it to glow. I’m not Edward from Twilight.
Extra Dimension bronzer in Delphic. Again, I’m not crazy about the shimmer. I’d be willing to give it a try but I won’t go out of my way to purchase one of these. Much like the other products, the price scares me a bit so I’ll stick with my $10 blush palette by Coastal Scents for a while.
Let’s talk about the packaging for a moment. Those water droplets are not just for the photo. They’re actually on the product itself. How cool is that? The color usage for the packaging is pretty amazing as well. It definitely reminds me of being at the beach.
So, all in all, I think they have a pretty good collection on their hands. I’m looking forward to seeing more reviews and swatches on the products that I’m interested in.
What do you guys think? Any interest in any of these products? Let me know!
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