Although I’ve known MAC to be an extremely established beauty and cosmetics brand, I’ve never actually paid them much attention until very recently. What eventually attracted me to them was their consistent (and exciting) collaborations with various creatives, artists/artistes, and designers alike, along with their deliciously innovative collections. As with every great brand out there, they never stop growing and developing. Not to mention the quality of their products are quite brilliant.
So since having broken my MAC virginity – to put it in such a way – just last year, I’ve been more or less hooked on their collections, particularly their lip products. To be completely honest, I don’t usually spend much on beauty products per se (fashion and books take up a much larger proportion of my expenditure), but I’d gladly make an exception – the exception – for MAC. And the occasional miscellaneous brand or product which strikes my fancy.
So when MAC released their limited edition Summer 2014 collection so aptly named Alluring Aquatic, it piqued my interest immediately. That coupled with the gorgeous turquoise/teal packaging accented with textured faux water droplets and I’m pretty much sold. As most of you probably already know, I’ve a huge thing for beautiful packaging, even more so if it’s limited edition – the whole scarcity/exclusivity notion comes into play. And of course, it reminds me of summer (my most favourite season), exotic holidays, and pristine beaches, which to me, is primarily associated with the ocean, vast and somewhat liberating. Sheer escapism when set against my current work/city-life backdrop.
Quick digression: Don’t get me wrong, I still adore the city. It’s home, after all.
I especially love and hold a certain fondness towards this collection as it was inspired by the ocean, its magnificence, and the beautiful, mysterious wonders beneath it – the lure of the sirens. Goddesses. Poseidon. You catch my drift. Just my sort of thing (I think it’s the Piscean in me calling out to play). Oh, I do so love a brand who can tell such exquisite stories.
The collection is beautiful, almost (if not already) divine, with an emphasis on iridescence, gentle yet possessing formidable strength kept at bay beneath the surface, just like its element. The colours are resplendent, with a lot of pearlised and slightly shimmery hues to give your skin a luminous, radiant glow while still looking natural enough. What MAC calls an aquascape of shades, inspired by sirens of the deep. And of course, the glistening turquoise waters and sparkling grains of sand. It’s a lot softer compared to the usual, expected striking tones of summer, although that doesn’t make the palette any less stunning. Like a siren’s call, it is subtle in its approach, and it draws you in slowly but surely, until you’re completely enamoured.
And they come in such beautiful names like Aphrodite’s Shell, Fathoms Deep, Legendary Lure, Seduced at Sea, Water Deities, Enchanted One, Goddess of the Sea, Siren Song, and Neptune, to name (slightly more than) a few.
I’m a big fan of nudes in different textures and shades – frosted, pearlised, shimmery, matte, you name it. I prefer the au naturel look most of the time, enhanced with a little bit of effort. A certain glow or luminescence, that little extra. That being said, even with all the beauty-enhancing products around these days (as well as being terribly spoilt for choice), happiness and a passion for life give you a glow that no cosmetic or beauty product can ever achieve.
Still, happy and passionate or not, a woman is essentially, still a woman. And one has to satiate one’s materialistic/narcissistic needs should they decided to rouse from their slumber. I bought two things from the collection – the lipstick in Pet Me, Please and the tinted lipglass in Water Deities (both are frosted, pearlised nudes). As per my usual, which is one lipstick and one lipglass to go over it, or perhaps to combine with my existing ones.
As I stated earlier, I love their lip products. I’ve never actually paid much attention to or put much effort into my lips when it comes to make-up, probably because I dislike retouching and reapplying it over and over again after every drink or meal. Admittedly though, for most of my life, people have been telling me my best feature are my lips, or cupid’s bow, due to its apparently unusual shape (I’ve never truly understood that except on certain occasions). Since MAC however, lip products were pretty much all I ever bought whenever I walked into a MAC store and came out with something in hand.
I would’ve obviously loved to have gotten the entire collection, but as you know, priorities. And personal financial management. Either way, the collection is in stores now, although they’re bound to sell out very quickly!
Off to feel like a siren now, bisous.