MAC Alluring aquatic extra dimension bronzing powder in Aphrodite’s Shell

A liquid-powder bronzer with prismatic reflections. Highlights the face in the golden bronze shimmer of Aphrodite’s Shell . The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Wears ten hours. Limited-edition teal packaging, elegantly accented with crystal clear water droplets.

I have always loved  MAC summer collections especially for their limited edition bronzers and fun packaging. Alluring aquatic is probably the most beautiful special packaging MAC ever had. Idea with raised water dropplets is fantastic! I think in real it actually looks even prettier than in the photos.

I was sad to hear they will not repromote Prolongwear bronzers – I was so hoping to get my hands on Sundipped again. I have previously reviewed it here and lately I have been using it more than any other bronzer I have.

Anyway MAC decided to stick to their new and super popular Extra dimension formulas – blushes , eyeshadows and now bronzers too. So far I only purchased two ED products and reviewed them here.

I just can’t get allong with this formula. Since I know that everyone is super crazy about ED stuff maybe it’s just me not knowing how to use it?

Formula is dry and stiff with poor color payoff. Thinking about bronzer being light and sheer is not so terribly especially if you are fair. You can build the color without worrying you’ll overdo it.

Aphrodite’s shell is described as “golden bronze with a fine touch of shimmer”. It has very strong pink undertones – I know hard to tell by photos but when applied on skin at least on me it pulls pinkish . I should have learned by now that bronzers who have too much pink in them do not look too good on me. I tried to apply this with couple of different MAC brushes and it always took me a while to build the color and I had to scratch scratch the surface to get any product on the brush. I plan to order special edition face brush that came out with this collection hoping it will make this application easier.

I think this would look very nice on cooler skin tones, especially very fair ones. It is in between blush and a bronzer. When it comes to staying power MAC claims it’s “10 hours”. I do not like these claims because it mostly depends on someones skin type – clearly this will slide off oilier skin much faster than the dry ones, depends on the type of a foundation powder primer you use etc…  Aphrodite’s shell has a nice satin finish with a barely there golden shimmer visible only under direct sunlight (or flash).

Left: heavy swatch with MAC 168 brush. I did three layers trying to get some color to show up
Right: heavy finger swatch – swiped 4 times

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *