First off, I'm absolutely, inexcusably so late to be jumping on this bandwagon. It almost seems cruel now that the rush and excitement of this collection has died down to once again bring it up. Especially if you weren't able to get your hands on it and with that I'm sorry. Second off, this post has been brought to you by may super-cali-fragi-awesome boyfriend, Anthony. Without him, this post would literally never be (which is either good or bad, you decide, haha!) Now, we move on.
MAC. Oh you wondrous and totally frustrating company, you! How can you come out with some shit (sorry, again) packagings for collections (looking at you Maleficent!!) and then come up with this gem? See? It's not so hard to be brilliant! And that's exactly what the Alluring Aquatic collection was, freakin' brilliant. I can imagine beauty fanatics just wanted to get their hands on the packaging alone! I know I did. How could this mermaid not? Originally though, I wasn't going to get anything from this collection. Not because I didn't adore it but because I was trying to be really good with my money. Welp, in comes Superman (my wonderfully lovely boyfriend) who put up with my incessant blabbering about this collection and "how coooool!" it was and "how perfectly mermaid!" the packaging was. I talked about it so much so that he knew exactly when the collection would hit MAC stores and bought me the Goddess of the Sea lipstick the day it came out #bestestboyfriendoftheyearaward For that, I thank him and am eternally grateful because I would not have let myself buy this gorgeous piece of makeup because I am stubborn like that.
Goddess of the Sea is a color you would not expect to come out within a summer collection. Before I had only heard about the collection I was expecting nudes and corals and hot, hot neon colors. Those would have been nice but Alluring Aquatic offered some more subdued colors that, after looking at them once or twice, would be fit for a natural beauty of the sea. It's a Cremesheen finish, which means it's a best friend to those blessed with dry lips. It applies smoothly, evenly, and is opaque in color in one swipe. I'd describe the color as a mid-toned plum. Def. not something I've been pulling out a lot in the summer but a color I can see myself wearing a lot in the fall and winter. Something about it just doesn't go so well with a floral or bright colored top. It's not a hindrance though as it's still a stellar performing lipstick. Wear time is great- it lasts and lasts and then stains just a little, which, again, not such a bad thing. In fact, the stain just makes the natural color of your lip look a little deeper.
I honestly wish I had just sucked it up and bought a few more pieces from the collection, like the bronzer and maybe a blush because I think the packaging is just so wicked cool. I'm thrilled to have the lipstick though and glad to have a color that I'll no doubt get use of, just not in the current climate, haha! I'm not sure if you can still get yours hands on any of the pieces of this collection but I'd def. take a look around MAC counters in department stores and MAC itself. The lipsticks may have been the quickest to go but don't miss out on having such a truly unique piece of makeup in your collection if you can!
Did you pick up anything from the Alluring Aquatic Collection?
Also, Happy Independence to all the le Americans! Hope it's filled with fireworks and many a thing red, white, and blue! 'MERICA!