Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Hey, Sailor: Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with fine gold pearl.” it’s a medium tan with subtle warm, golden undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen. Urban Decay Toasted is similar but more pigmented, so it appears darker. MAC Give Me Sun! is very comparable but doesn’t have shimmer.

This is very sheer–I had to scrape product out with a metal spatula in order to get a “heavy” swatch. While the texture is soft, it’s a bit stiff, which I think inhibits some of the color payoff and ease of blending. It blends decently, but a lot of it is that there just isn’t very much product you can visibly see, so there weren’t any harsh lines to blend out. This would be most suitable for very pale to pale skin tones, because I had to pack it on to make it visible enough for it to show in photos.  When I wore this shade yesterday, it managed to last for about seven hours, and after eight, there was noticeable fading along the edges.

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MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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The stiffness of the texture was very problematic and made it harder to blend, apply, and extract color from it. Sheer products will still show up on me without having to scrape chunks of color loose, but sheer and dry products require serious effort to get any kind of color payoff.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Barefoot Eyeshadow

MAC Hey, Sailor: Eyeshadows

MAC Hey, Sailor Eyeshadows ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) includes five shades: Barefoot (tarnished gold), Crystal Avalanche (white with reflects), Feeling Fresh (bright green), Jaunty (light yellow beige), and Nautical Navy (blue).

  • Barefoot is a dirty warm gold with hints of bronze. This has a veluxe pearl finish. The texture was soft but it wasn’t fully opaque–there’s some sheerness in it. The color has a lot of warmth and some orange in it, so it doesn’t look like your traditional yellow gold. It’s not quite subdued enough or brown enough to be the average antique/tarnished gold. OCC Acacia is lighter. Bare Escentuals Remix is a bit lighter and yellower. MAC Goldmine is yellower and lighter. Inglot #404 is darker and more bronze. Milani Drenched in Gold is a little lighter, less orange.
  • Crystal Avalanche is a highly frosted bright white. This is part of the permanent range, and it has a veluxe pearl finish. It had the best color payoff of the five shades in the launch. It can be an interesting shade to use, because of both its brightness and the frostiness of its finish, so using a light touch with it may be best. Maybelline Too Cool is a bit cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy is a bit more frosted. Bare Escentuals Cheers is very close. Inglot #453 is more metallic.
  • Feeling Fresh is a grassy green with yellow undertones and a silver sparkle. It felt more like a velvet finish to me, but it is a frost. The color payoff is pretty disappointing when swatched, and it has a dry texture that skips and doesn’t bind together well. I wasn’t able to get it to apply well over bare lids, but over a primer and packed on with the 213, I was able to achieve true-to-pan vibrancy. It’s much yellower compared to MAC Jealousy Wakes. OCC Foxfire is lighter, yellower. MAC Fresh Flare is a bit darker. MAC Wondergrass is much yellower and brighter. Inglot #384 is darker, yellower.
  • Jaunty is a warm, light-medium beige with a slightly metallic sheen. This has a frost finish. The color payoff is so-so, but I imagine most people who gravitate towards this shade will like some of that underlying transparency. Buxom Collie is a bit darker. NARS Ramatuelle is lighter.
  • Nautical Navy is a dark navy blue with soft blue and silver shimmer. This has a satin finish. The texture is very, very dry, stiff, and chalky. It skips on the skin, and it still continued to behave poorly when I applied it to the lid both over a primer and over bare lids. MAC Naval Blue is similar but more intense, a little brighter/bluer. MAC Lunar is very comparable. MAC Shop & Drop is also very similar. There’s really no shortage of navy blues on the market, all with varying degrees of quality, but the majority are better than this one.

I think people will like these shades, but I don’t think they’re the best in regards to quality.  Barefoot, Crystal Avalanche, and Jaunty are the best out of the five, while Nautical Navy is by far the worst.  Feeling Fresh isn’t superb, but if you use it over a primer, it’s much, much better, which I suspect is how many readers use their eyeshadows, so it’s not lots and lots of extra effort. Nautical Navy is extremely dry and stiff, which makes blending difficult and getting intense color nearly impossible.

With an eyeshadow primer, I had no wear problems with these eyeshadows, and I’ve worn all five (three on one day, five the next). There was no creasing or fading after eight hours of wear over a primer.  MAC does indicate these are long-wearing, so I also tested them without a primer, and there’s very slight creasing after eight hours and some fading.

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MAC Hey, Sailor Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

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Jaunty is actually my favorite out of the collection--it's soft, neutral, and very wearable on all skin tones. Feeling Fresh is workable/buildable, even though it's not stellar in all ways. Barefoot would be my next pick, but it could be a little more pigmented. Crystal Avalanche is permanent, so you can purchase it for a $1 less in regular packaging.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Blue Stripe Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Hey, Sailor: Powerpoint Eye Pencils

MAC Hey, Sailor Powerpoint Eye Pencils ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.) include three shades: Blue Stripe (dark navy), Emerald Sea (kelly green), and Handforged (metallic yellow gold). The Powerpoint formula is supposed to be very soft with “deep, fully opaque coverage.”

  • Blue Stripe is a navy blue with subtle dark blue shimmer and a hint of purple. It’s pretty sheer in one pass–looks more blackened blue that way. It’s similar to Make Up For Ever #3L. MAC Prussian is also similar.
  • Emerald Sea is a soft springy green with yellow undertones. The color payoff is so-so here; it’s semi-opaque but it will fold over itself, so it’s hard to get a really rich, opaque line of color. Make Up For Ever #17L is more metallic and lighter.
  • Handforged is a bronzy copper with gold sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t have rich pigmentation in a single stroke, and it seems to stay somewhat sheer even when layered. The sparkle in this shade is a bit chunky, though it didn’t feel gritty when I applied it to the lash line. It is different from these golds. It’s a little more golden compared to Make Up For Ever #10L.

The Powerpoint formula feels very soft and fairly creamy, though it also has a waxy consistency. This allows for easy gliding, but it seems to interfere with really intense color being deposited. I also had trouble getting all three shades to apply evenly and opaquely. I was disappointed in the overall color payoff of these. I managed to test all three, and they all wore comparably: around seven and a half hours without budging or smudging, but there was some fading after eight hours.

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MAC Hey, Sailor Powerpoint Eye Pencils Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
All three lacked in pigmentation, some more so than others. They glided on, but they did not deposit even, opaque color, even after layering. They didn't quite wear for a full eight-hour day, which also brought down the overall rating.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC To the Beach Body Oil

MAC Hey, Sailor: To the Beach Body Oil

MAC To the Beach Body Oil ($22.50 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is available in two shades: Man Rays (glowing tan with multi-dimensional golden shimmer) and Seaside (dirty blushy pink with multi-dimensional sparkles). They’re designed to impart a “sheer sheen and sexy gleam to skin” while softening and moisturizing the skin.

The two are noticeably different, but I think if this is your type of product, you don’t need both. Man Rays is a warm-toned bronze with gold sparkle, so when you apply and blend it out, it imparts a subtle warmth and noticeable gold sparkle. There is a sheen, but there is a lot of sparkle. Seaside is nearly colorless with white/silver sparkle. It didn’t add any tint or warmth to my skin tone, just sheen and sparkle. I think Man Rays is more suitable and usable for summer, when a lot of people are reaching for self-tanners and the like. It’s sheer and not overly warm, so I think cool complexions can still happily enjoy it. But if you want to be on the safe side, then Seaside would be most suitable for cooler complexions. I didn’t think the silver sparkle looked so great against my warmer undertones.  Man Rays does seem similar to To the Beach’s Bronze.

There was no noticeable scent, nothing fragranced but no chemical scent or the like either.  It comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser that you can lock and unlock, which is great for travel.  I had no problems with the pump on Man Rays and was able to get half a pump or a full pump with ease, but Seaside spurted out in big blobs.  Both body oils impart that glossy sheen and lots of sparkle.  The sparkle is downplayed indoors, but it does catch the light well outdoors.

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Touch of Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Hey, Sailor: Touch of Red Nail Lacquer

MAC Touch of Red Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright yellow red.” This is a brightened medium red with pinky undertones–it doesn’t really look like a yellow-based red on me. It looks just slightly blue-based against my warmer skin tone. MAC Russian Red is a little darker. China Glaze Poinsettia is brighter. Zoya Sooki seems very similar. Butter London Pillar Box Red is a bit darker. China Glaze Hey Sailor is quite similar.

The formula of Touch of Red had an excellent consistency that was thin but not watery; it applied without streaking, but it wasn’t completely opaque after two coats–though it is certainly close. It’s only at certain angles and lighting situations where you can see the white of the nail line. It flowed easily across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  I don’t have any issues with MAC’s lacquer formula as far as wear goes; I get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Touch of Red

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It's a gorgeous red with a beautiful formula, and you could easily get fully opacity with a third coat without the end result looking thick. I don't think it needs a third coat, because it's nearly opaque after two. There are a fair number of dupes on the market, as it is a red cream.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm

MAC Hey, Sailor: Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm

MAC Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) comes in three limited edition shades: Abalone (see-through hot pink with no pearl), Au Rose (poppy coraly pink with gold pearl), and Sea Mist (peachy nude with multi-dimensional pearl). Like the name suggests, this product is designed to be incredibly moisturizing while giving a soft tint of color.

  • Abalone is a pale light-medium pink with a cool undertone. It darkens my natural lip color a bit and adds a lot of shine. Any pink-tinged gloss without shimmer will be very similar.
  • Au Rose is a light-medium pink with gold shimmer. This is the most “pigmented” shade out of the three. It adds noticeable shimmer and a very subtle pink tint. There are numerous possible dupes, because it is a really sheer shade.
  • Sea Mist is a sheer pale beige with white shimmer. It adds glossiness and white shimmer.  Again, so many dupes available, because there aren’t any nuances to the color as there isn’t much color!

I’m not a fan of the Suntints. I find that they’re so sheer that they’re virtually colorless on, but the worst part is that they’re not very moisturizing. In the past, they tend to lock in moisture while you’re wearing them but do not provide any real hydration after they wear away. I tested Au Rose, and it was actually drying. The texture is a bit like jelly; a little thick, glides on easily, but it gets very tacky after about ten minutes. Au Rose lasted about an hour and a half on my lips before it had worn away to the point where it was a thin layer of tackiness and some remaining shimmer.

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MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms Review, Photos, Swatches

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If they were actually hydrating, these would be worth checking out, but with their short wear time and barely moisturizing (or, in the case of Au Rose, actually drying!), these are something to skip.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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