MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark vibrant violet [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark purpled berry with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, natural finish. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bust Out (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly without streaking or settling into lip lines. The consistency was lightly creamy but not heavy, so it is comfortable to wear and doesn’t feather over time. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and was just slightly drying. Unfortunately for me, Cremesheen lipsticks tend to be a little drying, but others find them hydrating. As is typical, it is vanilla-scented with no discernible taste. If you missed this when it launched on MAC’s website, the collection will still launch at other retailers next week and in-stores/at counters on the 22nd. You can see the reviews of the other lipstick shades from the collection here.

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MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick
MAC Goddess of the Sea Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever Lift Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
  • Chantecaille Brilliance

About the 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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They’re releasing it tomorrow?! I did a LiveChat with them and they were saying Tuesday (though I don’t really trust LiveChat, lol!).

I thought it was Monday! It better not be Tuesday because that’s the only day next week that I’m not home. I need to get some backups of Sea Worship and Lorelei!

My guess is Monday/Tuesday, since that’s when Nordstrom usually seems to go for MAC’s collections. I just feel like I could do 5 LiveChats and the answer is never the same, lol!

yup, stayed up last night because they said it would be posted “just after midnight” on nordstrom. Didn’t get posted up until about 3am pacific time but luckily I was still up!

Hey Christine, do you find MAC amplified lipsticks drying? I feel that a little while after application, those are drying. I think the more comfortable ones for me are the mineralize.

Luckily I was awake and on my laptop when it launched so I managed to get it. Originally I wanted Mystical, but I decided to go with this since I have nothing else like it. I tried it on last night and surprisingly it looked pretty good. Usually dark colors look horrible on me, but this was sort of sheer enough that although it looked slightly vampy, it worked.

And now that I’ve seen the packaging in person…I am SO getting Mystical when it launches on Nordies.

Tgst was totally not what I was expecting by the bullet, but most often we can’t go by that. The result is actually beautiful with a great casing to boot. Lovely on you as always, Christine! <3

I tried to order some of the collection the same day it came out on their website and just about everything was sold out. Do they not stock enough for online sales intentionally or is it just that popular? So frustrating.

Lipsticks in this range are always slightly tricky. I do like this one you, but I wish the finish were a little more opaque and richer, more in line with what it looks like in the barrel. Pretty, but I think I’m passing.

I’ve been waiting for this review! I am obsessed with purple lipstick and this packaging, I wish they had made a compact mirror for this collection though. I will definitely be stalking the nordstrom website to get this (and a few other things 🙂 )

When I saw it in the tube, I really wanted it, but seeing it swatched on other people, it’s still not the purple I’m dreaming of, but it is nice!

Cremesheens have an almost very, very soft frost/shimmer-sheen but not obvious shimmer – it translates to a sheen.

I was a bit nervous about ordering this before your review. I am pleased with how it looks and am excited to receive it!

Love your eyebrows this way ! Very natural looking and color is on point alongside with your skin (going to look into this foundation). Btw what are you using your skin looks immaculate 🙂 . Thanks lady xx

Thank you, Leila! 🙂

Something in my skincare regimen changes every two weeks, lol! Honestly, it’s not anything I could recommend – the only products that helped my skin look better are prescription products, so all I can recommend is talking to your doctor if you have persistent skin problems that regular products haven’t solved!

I convinced myself I didn’t want/need anything from this collection, but this is calling to me. 🙁
Dang! Looks like I’m going to order from Nordstrom since it’s launching in-store on my sis’ bday.

I really, really regret that I didn’t buy this 🙁 I’m a sucker for purple lipstick & this one is really gorgeous…

Dang!! i really DID NOT want to like this lipstick…… but i do!!! And it looks Awesome on Christine!!! I think i might have to pick this one up

I hope there will stll be something left for me to buy on Friday. They’re already sold out of almost everything on their website. I guess that shows me not to take a vacation!

I would say less fuchsia/magenta compared to both! It would be closer to Bold Spring due to the similarity in finish!

I thought this was an interesting colour to have in a summer collection but I ended up getting it with 6 other items from the collection (Seducing Sound/Enchanted One/Legendary Luxe/Sea Worship/Peachstock/Clear Waterr). Thanks for your descriptions and pics they helped me make an informed decision xx

Ok, I actually managed to score one of these on Friday and loved it SO much (it’s a MLB MUCH B shade) that I went back Saturday and bought 2 of the last 3 that were available at that Macy’s. I. LOVE. THIS. COLOR. It’s really amazing and I love the shiny finish when I first put it on. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be to have it way more pigmented and be a stain, too. But it’s really gorgeous and I love it.

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