For as long as I’ve been collecting MAC, their summer offerings have always been a favorite. They come in unique packaging with colors and products that are perfect compliments to a faux glow. Lure, Neo Sci-Fi and Hey Sailor! immediately come to mind. I’ve discovered some of my fave summer products in those collections, like Skinsheen Leg Spray and Lustre Drops.
Needless to say, I was looking forward to MAC Alluring Aquatic with bated breath and it did not disappoint. The packaging alone makes it drool-worthy. And the polishes inside are great too!
Formula & Application
MAC Nail Lacquer is 4-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin). The tall cylindrical glass bottles are topped with a stocky round cap. Normally the caps are rubberized but in this collection, they are chrome metallic with raised water droplets.
Now maybe it’s just me but I swear the MAC brush is different. It’s still short and round but I feel like the bristles are more flexible. The stiff MAC bristles are something I’ve bitched about for years! Normally, they cause me to say that you have to use a light touch to avoid dragging and patchiness but with one slight exception they flowed smoothly on the nail.
Submerged is the only problem child as it went on a bit patchy, requiring three coats but the others are smooth and well pigmented only needing two coats.
MAC Neptune is a warm, tarnished gold shimmer. I thought I might have to worry about brush stroke issues but by applying it to the outside edges first and finishing with one even stroke down the middle, it’s flawless.
MAC Shimmerfish reminds me of MAC Fierce Entrance, a fave from Holiday 2013. It has that same foil finish with bronze metallic shards only the base color is a cool, pinkish silver.
MAC Submerged is a duo-chrome shimmer with a teal base color and cool purple flash. You can see it better in the bottle in the photograph but it shows up on the nail in real life.
Alluring Aquatic also includes a range of shadows, lipsticks, lipglasses, blushes, bronzers and more. A few of my fave items are pictured below.
Even though Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50) looks very intense, I’m drawn to its deep purple hue with pink sparkles. It will be perfect for a night out.
Golden tones like Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Lorelei ($19.50) and Bronzing Powder in Golden Refined ($27.50) help me achieve that perfect sun-kissed look while the Extra Dimension Blush in See Me, Hear Me ($27.50) gives me a neutral pink flush.
Bottom Line: Summer and holiday is when metallic polishes really shine and you can’t go wrong with any of these shades. With options for both cool and warm skin tones and a teal thrown in for the non-traditional color lovers, MAC really hit it out of the park with their nail offerings for summer.
The MAC Alluring Aquatic nail polishes are available now at MAC counters nationwide. Submerged is sold out online but Neptune and Shimmerfish are on MACCosmetics.com. MAC Nail Lacquer retails for $17.50/ea.
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