MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows
MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection introduces six new, limited edition shades of small-sized Extra Dimension Eyeshadows. I have five of the six (all except Silver Sun, which I will review once I’m able to purchase it) reviewed below. The texture of these was incredibly soft and smooth, and in general, I like the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow formula, but it tends to have a slight dryness to it (more in terms of feel than in regards to performance), but these felt very smooth. MAC describes the Extra Dimension formula as a buildable one that can go from sheer to heavier pigmentation and will last for up to six hours; these are all quite pigmented, whether applied dry or wet, and all of these lasted around six to seven hours. The formula seems improved since the very initial release of it a couple of years ago. If you actually wanted a sheer application, you would need to use very little product and blend it out, which may or may not be something you’re looking for.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied dry, and it was more metallic and fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is darker, less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep cerulean.” It’s a a deepened, cool-toned forest green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied wet, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $18.00) is bluer. MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Cyber Green (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a light-medium, coppery-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a murky, olive green with a frosted, metallic finish. It was fully opaque whether applied dry or wet–so getting a sheer application with requires a teeny, tiny amount of product that’s sheered out. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is browner, darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep plum brown.” It’s a deep, dark taupe with cool undertones and an almost metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, then fully opaque when I applied it with a dampened brush. MAC 2x Dare #5 (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less metallic, cooler-toned. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is lighter, purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: Lorelei (inner lid), Sea Worship (middle of lid), Soul Serenade (outer lid)

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: Lorelei (inner lid), Sea Worship (middle of lid), Soul Serenade (outer lid)

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: Lorelei (inner lid), Legendary Lure (middle of lid), Fathoms Deep (outer lid)

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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow $20.00/0.04 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I wasn’t planning on getting any of these but they all look so beautiful! I might have to get Lorelai or Sea Worship!

I’m happy to see that MAC has upped their game again with this collection! the quality, pigmentation, packaging and shades all look stunning.

Me too! I was really surprised at the texture. I like the ED formula in general, but it feels less impressive than it is (and this is true for all similar hybrid/”gelee” formulas like from EL, Laura Mercier, etc.).

Silver Sun, Lorelei, and maybe Sea Worship is what I want to pick up.

I feel like Sea Worship was dupable before and I already own Hexagram in my permanent stash. 😉

I’m really curious to see what Silver Sun looks like. I’m hoping it’s a good bit lighter than these, maybe not quite so muted.

I love them all! I’m wondering, since I already have all 3 naked palettes are Lorelei or Sea Worship or any of them too similar? I also have Nars Kauai shadow duo, is Sea Worship very similar?

Hi Liz!

Any really similar shades from UD, Naked or not, should be listed above in the dupes section 🙂 If there’s a particular shade you’re thinking of, I’m happy to take a closer look. Kauai is lighter and less warm-toned, also more metallic.

Ok thanks! I’m trying to only buy 1 or 2 but I can’t decide between Fathom Deep, Legendary Lure, and Soul Serenade. Any stand out more than the other?

Sea worship and Lorelei are so beautiful. I definitely will be ordering at least sea worship! I agree that many if the color descriptions given by MAC are way off!

Between you and Karen at Makeup and Beauty blog, I’m falling in LOVE with this collection! Swooning this much is never good for my wallet.

Damnit. Every time I think I’m free of my MAC compulsion, they release an extra dimension collection and I’m right back in their grasp.

Finally, MAC! This is SO beautiful! Yet, in all seriousness, your company has GOT to work on your descriptions! Why bother with description when you’re that far out of the mere idea? As Christine said, I don’t know what they were thinking when describing most of this collection! But.. I’m sold. Please stay in stock long enough for me to afford you! 😀 REFRRSHING! Christine, of these, which couple or few would you say are the most unique? I want them all, but imagining what I already own, which ones would you suggest are a must, if I was unable to purchase them all? Thanks! 🙂 xo

Fathoms Deep or Soul Serenade from these. Possibly the missing one (Silver Sun), but hard to say for sure since I haven’t seen it in person – if it’s a high quality aqua-ish kind of color, it’ll be harder to dupe.

Thank you for the prompt response! 😀 I think I’m good, though. I have the VICE, which has a dupe for the first one, and after what Huge discovery I found hidden away, I’m not needing these, which is lovely, as I honestly don’t want to throw away money at MAC. I will continue to swoon while lovingly in admiration, but there’s no justification. I wish I could share with you what I found! (It is so amusing to see how ideas recycle in different formulations) Beautiful. <3 xo!

I LOOOOOVE this collection! It came out her in the UK last week some time and I picked up one of the Extra Dimension Bronzers but I was SO tempted to pick up one of the eyeshadows, this may have pushed me over the edge… 😉

I like the extra dimension eyeshadows. The only problem I have with these are that after a few months I find that these fall out of the pans! 🙁

These are my favorite type of eye shadows from MAC. I didn’t think I was going to get any because I really don’t *need* any more, but Sea Worship will probably come home with me.

I have Soul Serenade and it turns silver gray on me! Nothing brown or plum about it. But I do like it. Love it, even. I am wearing it today for the first time and every time I look in the mirror I’m like ohhhh yeah, lol.

How interesting that it changes! It’s definitely not plum on me either. A little brown, but no plum!

These are beautiful. They way they look when you swatched them reminds me of Estee Lauder pure color gelee powder eye shadows.

I’m not seeing the green in either Legendary Lure or Soul Serenade (to me, they look more like greys or dark taupes) but I am totally loving the look of all of these, which surprises me because I’m not a huge fan of the Extra Dimension eyeshadow finish. I also very much like the packaging which is unusual since I’m not often a fan of MAC’s LE packaging but these absolutely look like they are really wet, with droplets of water on them. I may have to break down and get one or 2 of these (or maybe 3).

Ooops – my mistake about Soul Serenade – it’s not one that is described as green! It’s Sea Worship, which I think I really have to have! So beautiful….

The descriptions are surprisingly off in this launch – sometimes you get one that’s a little off, but this collection seems to have multiple.

The packaging is amazing!

Wow, I may have to purchase one of these based on the unique packaging alone! I’ll prolly play my usual card and get the taupe-y Soul Serenade. Very pretty!

Fathoms Deep is actually a pretty interesting colour. I thought it would be pretty dupe-able but doesn’t seem so when looking at the comparisons.

They have an interesting idea of “deep blue” and “cerulean”! And even “beige” and “plum brown”. Strange! But the colors are still really pretty. Very tempting!

What eyeliner are you wearing in the last pic?

Agreed on the strange deep blue and cerulean interpretations -I actually googled cerulean to make sure I wasn’t losing it in regards to knowing my colours!!!

dang.. i hate how pretty i think these are! i really should not be buying makeup for a while ;] haha
one thing that bugs me a little is their description on what the colors are.. haha not at all close!

The colors don’t really speak to me…but the packaging! I need to get at least one, so I can love and cherish it forever. I’m thinking Lorelei, because it’s neutral and presumably named for a German myth.

These are all BEAUTIFUL but I’m slightly devastated because I love the Extra Dimension shadows, but I know only Lorelei will really work for me – the others are all too cool. Sea Worship may work also, but I’ve never had much luck with Olive shadows! I wish the Extra Dimension shadows were permanent!! Sweet Heat especially is a HG shade for me.

I don’t know… I have dupes for Fathoms Deep, Legendary Lure, and Sea Worship, which are the colors that appeal to me most… although I would like to try the formula. And most of these colors strike me as colors I’d be more likely to wear in the fall or winter, rather than spring/summer.

Maybe try a shade that you don’t have dupes for or maybe a shade you use often even though you have something similar?

These are so beautiful! I really don’t need anymore eyeshadows in my life though. I just hope I can resist!

Wow, these are gorgeous! This looks like it might be the best set of eyeshadows that MAC has put out in a while. From the gorgeous packaging to the eyeshadow design itself and the swatches. Fathoms Deep, Sea Worship and Soul Serenade are lovely.

Are these the same size as regular mac eyeshadows? Wonder if I can depot these to put in my mac palette? Thanks if anyone has any input.

They’re slightly raised, I believe, so they are taller (in regards to height) than a regular MAC eyeshadow, though the compact itself is the same.

Be careful depotting these. The shadow isn’t in a metal pan like regular ones. Extra Dimension eyeshadows have a plastic grid base, which is glued onto the eyeshadow pot receptacle.

I’m all ears if you’ve figured out a way to safely depot these. Cheers!

When I started playing with eyeshadow colours (about 10 years ago), one of the first shadows I fell in love with looked exactly like Sea Worship. Can’t WAIT to pick this up along with Mythical.

I was going to get two of the lipsticks online (since that’s what usually goes first) and get the eyeshadows at the event they’re doing at the MAC store but they are so gorgeous that I think everyone is going to buy them up. I’m probably going to purchase them online, go to the event, see how they look and maybe buy some back ups =)

I was all “ooooh” and “aaaaaah” with these swatches…..they all look lovely, but Fathoms Deep and Soul Serenade are beyond gorgeous! And the packaging is so pretty too….I think I’ll definitely have to get at least one of these!

Hey Christine! 🙂
I’m still thinking about getting Sea Worship … I just love the colour! But I bought MAC Fiction when the By Request collection was available and I’m not sure if those two colours are very alike? I would love to have Sea Worship, of course, but then again, why buy it when Fiction is almost the same? What do you think?

These are so gorgeous!! I definitely don’t need anymore eyeshadows but sea workshop and lorelei look so pretty!!
I have all of the UD naked palettes .. do you think these are similar (like half baked .. ) to sea workshop and lorelei??

Half-Baked isn’t similar to either, IMO! Half-Baked is warmer/darker than Lorelei, and then Sea Worship isn’t like it at all!

thank you for replying!
I can now buy these guilt free 😀
although I might have purchased anyway because this packaging is to die for <3

“fathoms deep” is so beautiful! it’s almost identical to MAC’s paint pot in “dangerous cuvee'”, I applied it on top of it and it accentuated the intensity of the color even more! so beautiful for a smokey eye

These look amazing! I work usually 12+ hour shifts though and up to 7 hours wear time won’t cut it for me. Have you tried them with a primer, and if so, do they last longer?

I’ve been so strong with my low buy, but this packaging is beautiful! Maybe I’ll spring for Sea Worship or Soul Serenade. Thanks Christine, your reviews are always very helpful.

Um Amazing! I can’t even decide which color i like best – and I’m trying my hardest! This could be very dangerous!

HI Christine 🙂 could you tell me what you have been using on your eyebrows here and also the past cpl wks b4. I’ve been trying to find a new eyebrow product to try and your eyebrows have been looking great. *I know your probably trying the Osborne brow palette but whatever you have been using b4 it. Thanks babe

Do you use any gel or wax products with it? They look so put together, mine never seem to look that good with just shadow :(.
So glad I was still able to get a cpl of these before the holiday weekend too. Kinda forgot about this collection and went a little crazy with YSL a few wks b4 was bummed I might not have enough $ b4 it sold out 🙁 but I got lucky and was able to grab a few things 🙂

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