Looks like someone at MAC is listening… just a few weeks back I was begging them to launch some interesting packaging for the quirky new collections and here comes Hey, Sailor! I love myself a stripe and this packaging is really nice and fresh looking. Reminds me of sailing in Bermuda, even though I have never been sailing. Or to Bermuda 😉 . As for the products… red, orange and peach lipsticks, tarnished gold and navy blue eye shadows, satiny peach and coral blushes, sparkly body oils and uber-cool packaging… there’s not a lot that I don’t want from this collection!
First up is the MAC Hey, Sailor Pigment ($21) in Naval Blue and let me start by saying that when I wore it to a vintage car rally over the weekend, at least 20 women asked me to write down the name of the brand and the shade. One of these 20 women was a hot shot sitcom star but I am not allowed to name her here as she has an advertising contract with a rival makeup brand.
Anyway, getting back to the pigment – this is a deep, smoky blue with a hint of purple – in fact, all the blues in the Hey, Sailor collection seem to have this kiss of purple – that makes it a real pain to photograph as it ends up looking purpler (is that right grammar or should I be saying “more purple”?) than it ought! In reality, it’s a gorgeous dark navy blue shot through with a beautiful jewel-toned shimmer. Over the said weekend, I mixed it up with MAC Pro Mixing Medium Water Base (a clear liquid with an adhesive base) and then drew it on as a cat’s eye liner with the brand’s brush no. 210 for an eye-catching classic-with-a-twist effect. However, I can also see myself wearing it dry (which I do with very few MAC Pigments as they tend to spill all over the place during application) for an evening cocktail party.
The Hey, Sailor Nautical Navy eye shadow (US$16), on the other hand, looks far darker in the pot that it actually seems on the skin. Like the Pigment, it’s a dark navy blue with an undertone of purple and a soft blue and silver shimmer. It has a satin finish and is very dry, which makes blending difficult and gives a sheer wash of colour rather than an intense hue even with multiple layers. I would recommend wearing it as a single colour for a smoky, monochromatic effect; the shimmer will still make it stand out and not appear flat. Oh! And this one would definitely work best over a primer, which will create a smoother base for blending the dry powder. I had it on through the day over MAC’s Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye (US$30) and there was no creasing or fading after eight hours of wear.
Powerpoint Eye Pencil
The Hey, Sailor Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Emerald Sea (US$16) is a soft mossy green with yellow undertones. It’s semi-opaque at first swipe but layers well for rich, almost jewel-toned colour. Like all of MAC’s Powerpoint pencils, Emerald Sea feels very soft and fairly creamy though it also has a waxy consistency. This allows for easy gliding and good wear: around seven-and-a-half hours without budging or smudging.
The Hey, Sailor Crew Highlight Powder ($29) is kind of a mixed bag for me and it’s looks are a bit deceiving. When you see a creamy beige base shot through with coloured lines – soft peach-orange, subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink, and a cool-toned pink-lilac – you expect the stripes to be the oversprays. On the contrary, here it’s the beige hue that is an overlay of colour and does not go all the way through down to the bottom of the pot. I made two gouges in the compact (my heart breaks when I have to destroy a pretty product like this but it’s all in the need for discovery 🙁 ) and it emerged that the peach, pink and lilac are really what’s underneath a 2mm layer of the beige.
When all the colours are swirled together, the end result is a coral-tinted pink with yellow undertones (thankfully, the light cooperated enough at this point to pick up the very fine satin sheen as well). The texture is soft, smooth and finely-milled. I had expected the pastely colours paired with a slightly matte finish to feel chalky against my medium skin tone but it looked like a pretty, soft and very wearable pink especially for daytime – if you want to use it as a blusher, it’s certainly do-able, even on medium skin tones.
As for the highlighter part, this is definitely not for those who like more shimmery, metallic version. There is a very faint satin sheen but it’s pretty subtle. I don’t know if it makes for a potent highlighter but it does brighten the skin with even a light dusting and is flattering on both cool and warm undertones.
Every collection – however superb it may be – does have a few “misses” and this one’s mine! The Launch Away! Blush ($21) is described as a “true peach” with a satin finish. It looks a little pink in the pot but is actually a more chalky nude-peach with a subtle sheen. The texture is a bit dry and stiff (typical of most satin-finished blushes) so it builds up easily and gives noticeable colour without much effort. However, it is an ultra-pale, ultra-light shade so it’s better off for lighter skin tones… the drier texture paired with the near-matte finish can look unnatural on medium or dark complexions. On my skin, it definitely looked way to chalky for comfort.
The Hey, Sailor! Lipstick in Red Racer ($15.50) is a medium red with subtle yellow undertones. It’s final effect depends on the ambient lighting – at some angles it seems pinky-red, while at other it appears to have a touch of coral. The satin finish is opaque and wearability is pretty great – five hours before it starts fading to a light stain.
The Hey! Sailor Lipglass in Riviera Life (US$15.50) is one of my favourite pieces in the collection. The bright medium-dark orange with gold shimmer is really opaque on the lips and applies evenly. It comes with a doe-foot applicator and the consistency is very thick and sticky. The payoff is a long wear time: almost 4 hours, which is terrific for a gloss.
The whole 40-odd piece MAC Hey, Sailor collection can be seen above. What’s your take? Is there a product here that you’ve bought or simply can’t live without?