I have to admit, when I saw this collection online I fell in love with the marine inspired packaging. I instantly needed one - or two - of these to add some colour to my mostly black packaging Mac lippies. I picked up Mystical and Goddess of the Sea to try out. The colours available are neutrals, other than Goddess of the Sea which is a gorgeous purple. Unfortunately, when the email was sent out to promote this collection online, the Alluring Aquatics collection had mostly sold out!!
Let's get down to the packaging. Wow. Something really quite unique, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't one of the reasons why I needed these in my life, even though these are my 26th and 27th Mac lipsticks... We all need a selection, right girls?
I love the gorgeous bright blue - with a slight green hint - chrome mirror packaging. This alone was a stand out for me, but then when you have a proper look there are pretty little water droplets on them!! Both of my lipsticks are completely different in the way the droplets are. One of them as loads of teeny little splashes as well as big ones, while the other is prominently big splashes with nearly no small ones at all. So I'd go ahead and say no lipstick is the same. Once you pop up the lid, the twist mechanism is black, compared to the original packaging which is silver. Also what I loved about it is that MAC was written in a deep turquoise which I felt was a lovely touch.
However, I felt that the packaging itself felt a bit cheap, very similar to the Rihanna collection with the gold packaging. I'm not sure if that's me being picky as it looks stunning, but to me in the hand I wanted something with a good weight as it just felt a bit light and cheap.
Goddess of the Sea is beautiful, a gorgeous purple with slight purpley blue shimmer which can't be seen once applied. I took this picture in natural sunlight and it appears a really pretty bright purple, but with no light the lipstick looks a dark purple. This is a cremesheen finish, one of my favourite finishes at the moment. It has a gorgeous creamy finish with amazing colour and leaving a lovely soft shine.
As you can see, it's a really pretty purple, but such a wearable shade. Usually I'll shy away from purples, but recently I've been loving them. It has a hint of red in the colour making it more easier to wear. I love this, and find this lasts ages. It feels lovely too and doesn't highlight my dry lips at all, which I find can be a problem with some of Mac's lippies.
This is Mystical, the most wearable of the two I've picked up. Again, in sunlight it appears brighter, but other wise it looks slightly more browner.
I love this shade, and I've been wearing it all day! Will become my daily shade, I just know it!! It has a creamy texture with a soft natural finish. It really gives me the 'my lips but better' look and compliments my pale skin, rosy cheeks and ginger hair. Perfect for summer. Again, this lasts me ages and doesn't dry out my lips at all.
Overall, I LOVE these and I'm so glad I picked these up,
even with the hefty £16.50 price tag.
Look out for Alluring Aqua in store soon.
Did you pick anything up?
What do you think of the packing?
Thanks for reading!!