Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. I popped into Macy's on Friday to see MAC's most recent collection, Alluring Aquatic. At the counter I tried on a few of the items I was most interested in: Seduced at Sea blush, Enchanted One lipstick, and the beautiful bronzer, Aphrodite's Shell and thought I would share a few photos of this impromptu look--although it was a little worn in by the time these photos were taken, a couple of hours after returning from the mall!
|Seduced at Sea Extra Dimension Blush|
|Enchanted One Matte Lipstick|
|Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer|
My favorite bronzer in the collection is Aphrodite's Shell. It is so soft and natural looking and would be difficult to overdo. And doesn't it look just gorgeous in the pan? I certainly don't need another bronzer, but it was truly hard to resist! I recommend it for those with very fair or light skin tones, but I imagine it would be too subtle for those with medium or darker skin tones.
|Wearing Enchanted One lipstick|
|Aphrodite's Shell bronzer on cheeks and bridge of nose|
Bronzer: MAC Aphrodite's Shell
Powder foundation: Estee Lauder Doublewear - Desert Beige
Blush: MAC Seduced at Sea
Lipstick: MAC Enchanted One
Lip pencil: MAC Spice
Top liner: MAC Fluidline - Ash Violet (Black Swan substituted in swatch photos)
Bottom liner: Pearlglide eye liner - Industrial
Inner corner highlight: MAC Shadestick - Cuddle
Mascara: Le Volume De Chanel - #10 Noir
|Left to right: Seduced at Sea, Aphrodite's Shell, Enchanted One, Industrial, and Black Swan |
By the time I began working on this post I had already forgotten what product I had used on my top lash line, so I used Black Swan, one of the Pearlglide eye liners in the Alluring Aquatic collection, as a substitute in the swatch photos above (mine is from a previous collection). Not long afterward I remembered that I had used MAC's Ash Violet Fluidline, a sparkly dark purple gel liner. Sorry for the confusion!
Also used, but not shown in the swatches, is MAC's Spice lip liner, which I don't own. The MAC artist recommended using it with Enchanted One lipstick. It is a very close match but is perhaps a bit too dark and obvious--it reminds me of my 90s self, back when brown-toned lipsticks defined with heavy liner was the look du jour! I will probably use something lighter, like Urban Decay's Naked or similar.
|Sea Me, Hear Me Extra Dimension Blush|
Initially I thought I would pass on both of the blushes in this collection, thinking they might be too orangey or brick-toned but after trying them both on, I really liked the natural, kind of sunburned (in a good way), effect they produce. Seduced at Sea is the perfect complement to Enchanted One lipstick and Sea me, Hear Me would be great paired with pink, plum or berry lip colors. Using either of these blushes combined with a bronzer is an easy way to fake a sun-kissed complexion.
I also picked up three of the Extra Dimension eye shadows. Going in, I had my mind set on Fathom's Deep, the dark smoky violet shade, but was undecided about Lorelei and the others. After seeing it in person, I decided Lorelei is both pretty and practical, so it made the cut as well. Legendary Lure was a random, unexpected choice for me, but I ended up loving the way it looked in the pan, with its deep emerald green undertone. The only shade that I'm still tempted by is the olive-bronze, Sea Worship. I may go back for that one, although it is likely sold out by now, as everything in this collection seems to be going very fast!
I could tell this was going to be a popular collection, but was surprised at just how fast some of these items sold out, both online and in stores. I am a big fan of MAC's Extra Dimension formula and love the aqua theme and fun packaging, so I knew resistance would be futile!
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