Gleaming Mermaid Eyes & Alluring Sirens with MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection

June 11, 2014

There is something wrong when a brand veers far out from its usual, and suddenly delivers out-of-this-world colors with never-before-seen quality. Yes, something is very wrong with MAC this year. For Summer 2014, MAC brings us far out to the mythical seas filled with mermaids worshipping in the sun, sea sirens drawing us in with their captivating voices, beautiful loreleis with their flawless skin…. This is the magical world of the Alluring Aquatics!

MAC Alluring Aquatics Eyeshadows

This collection has been talked and dissected to death by every blogger worth his/her salt by now. But they have only just washed ashore out here in Singapore, and I have been so in love with it I can’t touch anything else. It would be churlish of me not to spin more of its web around you, just in case you still have yet to pick one up!

MAC Alluring Aquatics swatches

MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows, from left to right: Lorelei – Sea Worship – Silver Sun – Soul Seranade – Fathom’s Deep

First the swatches.  Beautiful aren’t they?  Yet, the eyeshadows are even more beautiful in real life.  There is a duality with some of the shades, especially Soul Seranade which seems black on me but actually contains some golden shimmer in there which turns it almost green in some light, and on my friend Sara it pulls purple (view her complete swatches here)!  Unfortunately, Legendary Lure did not make the long journey at sea, and so I was unable to swatch it.  But my top favorite is certainly Fathom’s Deep.  There are blues and there are blues… but none as magical as this.  Check out those shimmers! Used as a wash all over, or deepened with some black as a liner… the possibilities are endless!

Lorelei seems to be a popular one (FYI, I’m told it is still available at some counters here so do call around if you’re hunting for it!), and despite being billed as a “golden beige”, it is actually more golden peach.  Certainly an easy one for daytimes, just wash it all over the lid.  But an unexpected favorite for day-time wear, is actually Sea Worship.  It is a platinum taupe, which practically melts into my skin, and gives that post-summer glimmering eyes look without being too obvious.

Silver Sun is a really pretty pewter green with a metallic finish.  It applies a little sheer initially, but can be built up especially if applied wet.  It is perhaps the coolest in tone amongst all the Alluring Aquatics Extra Dimension Eyeshadows.

All of the shades applied very smoothly and had excellent color pay-off.  The colors are exciting, and something I’ve not seen from any other collections this summer.  However, I did experience some fall-out with the more shimmery shades (particularly Fathom’s Deep) so a good primer is necessary.

Unfortunately, my skin is very badly irritated lately, there is a big patch of red inflamed skin under and around my eye.  A couple of mornings I woke up to really dry and puffy lids as well.  So, I am unable to give you proper EOTDs right now… no matter what I did, it would not do these eyeshadows justice at all.  So, my sincere apologies for leaving you to your own creative means.  I will update this space as soon as I can!




8 responses to “Gleaming Mermaid Eyes & Alluring Sirens with MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection”

  1. mjacqueline says:

    What a beautiful collection Linda. I have to agree that the packaging is very pretty but the swatches are breathtaking. I’m attracted to Fathom’s Deep.

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks for coming by, Jacqueline! Fathom’s Deep is still available at some counters i think… i just picked it up at Raffles City on Monday, so call around!

  2. dandygal says:

    I think the best thing about this Collection was still the packaging, though. So pretty!
    Do the eyeshadows crease? I passed them up because I had troubles with older extra dimension shadows.

    • silverkis says:

      Hmm… i’ve only worn it with a cream primer underneath because when I was testing them as my lids were unusually dry & flakey, so I can’t say definitively that they don’t crease. I will update you if I notice anything different!

  3. Hi Linda,
    I love the stories you tell here, with Mermaids and sea, I imagined these shadows coming in a chest brought by the pirates :-))).
    Isn’t it the most beautiful packaging ever? That turquoise with drops on it. And then the great quality. I am happy to hear that you are enjoying these and thanks so much for the link love :-* Silver sun somehow turns too green on me and gives me 80s look but I am also like you, I can’t stop wearing them and I don’t reach for any other make-up but rather I alternate between Alluring Aquatics and Pedro at the moment :-))

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sara, oh yes, there must be some mighty pirates that looted the mystical seas to bring us these!! I must be the only one who is not completely in love with the packaging. It’s unique for sure, and for a moment I contemplated trying to float them on my pool for a shot, but then I realized they’re POWDER, and i don’t have magical sea powers to keep them afloat!
      Oh gosh, please don’t put Pedro in my head…. i’m not much for nudes you know… but i liked what i saw when I swatched. Tough life as a beauty holic! ;P

  4. Sunny says:

    So sorry to hear about your skin, Linda! Are you having a bad reaction to a product? Sea Worship has to be my favorite. Naturally, it’s also the first one to be sold out locally :p It’s OK though. I’m sure I have similar stuff in my stash.

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Sunny, thank you so much for your kind thoughts! Yes, it is most definitely an allergic reaction or severe irritation. The question is what. I’ve been trying so many new things lately, my derm said it can take up to months for allergies to develop and a week for irritations… so it really can be anything!

      I was surprised by how much I love Sea Worship! I’m *quite* sure i don’t have dupes as it is not a color I instinctively gravitate towards… that’s the official line i’m going to maintain anyway. 😉

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