I got the Alluring Aquatic collection about a month ago, right after it came out, but since I didn’t get ALL of the lipsticks immediately I was putting off posting this until I got the last one… However, I never ended up getting Siren Song so that one won’t be included in this post… But hey, at least I’m finally getting all of this on here as a Collection Catch Up! Even though a lot of the products from this collection are sold out at some locations and online, I’ve had plenty of time to experiment and find good dupes so hopefully that will help all of you out!
The theme for the Alluring Aquatic collection is, as the name suggests, beachy/aquatic/mermaid inspired, which is perfect for summer and very much on trend right now. The colors and textures in this collection are beautiful and coordinate well with everything else that’s part of Alluring Aquatic… This allow you to really play around with the different products, mixing and matching things to create a really wide variety of looks. These lipsticks are gorgeous and I really like how they’re all very different, so there’s something for everyone… So without further ado; I give you the Alluring Aquatic lipsticks!
MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since these four lipsticks are different finishes, I’ll be more giving more details about the color payoff, texture, wear time, etc, in the individual reviews.With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer, even if you have dry or chapped lips! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!
The Alluring Aquatic collection features special packaging, like many of MAC’s recent collections… This is, by far, my favorite special packaging from MAC since the Temperature Rising collection from last summer! Not only is the chrome/mirrored, aqua color gorgeous; the texture with the faux water droplets is very pretty and unique too! The boxes also have the same aqua color and water droplet pattern. Since all of the products in the Alluring Aquatic collection feature this special packaging, it bumps up the price a little bit but it’s worth it to me… It’s funny because I was NEVER a sucker for limited edition, colorful packaging in the past but MAC has created some really cute stuff lately that I just can’t resist!
Alluring Aquatic is a limited edition collection that was released on Thursday, May 22nd. What’s still in stock is available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters. These lipsticks contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product but sell for $17.50 instead of the usual $16, due to the special packaging. Like all other MAC lipsticks, these have a soft vanilla scene but no flavor.
Enchanted One: This lipstick is a “midtone neutral pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, warm toned, dusty peachy-rose. There is a slightly creamy type of sheen when first applied, which dries down to a true matte within about half an hour. Color payoff seems a little softer and less intense on the lips, but it’s still nearly true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is full and opaque, aside from on the area in the center of the bottom lip (as you can see in the picture), but this is pretty typical with Mattes and can be fixed by lightly blending out that area with your finger or a brush. The texture is smooth and creamy for a matte and only sort of dry… If you have any dry or chapped areas on the lips, this may emphasize them, but that can be hidden by applying Prep + Prime Lip first. I got around 6 hours of wear with Enchanted One before I noticed any fading.
Liners: You can use a pretty wide array of liners with Enchanted One, depending on your skin tone… All of the ones I recommend are warm toned neutrals… Here they are from lightest to darkest: Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, or Chestnut Lip Pencil and Staunchly Stylish or Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencils.
Dupes: For permanent dupes, Honeylove is similar and Matte but it’s slightly more pink… Taupe is another similar Matte but it’s darker and cooler toned. Peachstock is close, but lighter, more peachy, and has a Satin finish. If you do a light layer of Spice Lip Pencil, then apply Peachstock on top, the color is super close but you don’t get a Matte finish… You can mattify it a little by lightly applying translucent setting powder on top.
If you happen to have Cozy Up lipstick from the Apres Chic collection, released in December of 2012, that’s a near exact dupe and shares a Matte finish. On some people, Cozy Up looks slightly lighter but it’s the closest thing I’ve found to Enchanted One!
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Goddess of the Sea: Goddess of the Sea is described as a “dark, vibrant violet” and has a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool, berry toned violet with a creamy type of sheen. Color payoff is not quite as dark as it in the tube, but close enough. Coverage is about 90% opaque and even. The texture is smooth and makes this lipstick glide on easily. Since it’s a slicker type of lipstick than a Satin, Matte, or even Amplified, it won’t show any dry areas, even though it’s an intense color. Goddess of the Sea gave me a solid 5 hours of wear before it needed a touchup.
Liners: For brighter liners with more violet or magenta tones, you can use Heroine (limited edition) or Magenta Lip Pencils… If you want to go a bit more neutral and darker you can try Plum Lip Pencil. For more of an intense, ombre lip, you can try Currant, Vino, or even Nightmoth for a darker, more vampy look.
Dupes: Dupes for Goddess of the Sea were tricky to figure out… There aren’t any that are exact. Rebel is darker and has pinker undertones. Amorous is closer than anything else I found in MAC’s permanent range, but more mauve and cool toned. Up the Amp is brighter, lighter and more purple. Heroine is darker, more of a true purple, and Matte.
The only limited edition dupe I found was Feel My Pulse, from the Temperature Rising collection which was released for Summer 2013… However, it’s brighter, more intense and has much more magenta tones.
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Mystical: This is a “midtone creamy rose” with a Cremesheen finish… It’s a medium, warm toned rosy pink with a natural sheen. Color payoff is, like a lot of Cremesheens, less intense than it is in the tube, but this lipstick can be layered to achieve a bolder color payoff. Coverage is full and opaque. The texture is super smooth and applies easily. I got just over four hours of wear before I noticed any fading.
Liners: Nearly any neutral, warm pink liner will work with Mystical… A few of my favorites are Dervish, Whirl, Soar, or even Half-Red Lip Pencils.
Dupes: Amorous is darker and more plum toned. Brave is pinker, lighter, and more yellow based. Viva Glam VI is more neutral and brown toned.
For limited dupes, you can try Venus from the Heavenly Creatures collection of June 2012… It’s barely lighter and pinker, but close enough!
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Pet Me, Please: This lipstick is a “light, shimmering mauve” with a Frost finish… If this name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was previously released with the Fabulous Felines collection back in August of 2010. It’s a light, slightly golden, shimmery peachy nude with some oddly cool, mauve undertones that don’t really show up until it’s applied to the lip. Color payoff is good, but it certainly looks less golden on than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly opaque, which is nice to see in a lighter shade with this type of finish. Texture was a little dry, which is typical with some of the super frosted lipsticks, but it still applied smoothly. It did made the drier spots on my lip stand out when my allergies were bad and I had chapped lips, so make sure you put on some Prep + Prime Lip first! Wear time was only about 3 hours before Pet Me, Please began to fade.
Liners: With such a light color, you don’t want to go too bold with a liner… I suggest something subtle like Subculture, Dervish, or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils.
Dupes: High Tea is warmer toned, more neutral and a bit darker. Frou is pretty close, but more intense and very slightly cooler toned.
For a limited dupe, Quiet, Please from the Cham-Pale collection of December 2010 is very, very similar, though more golden.
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 3