Monday, May 28, 2012

Swatches + Review: MAC Hey Sailor! Highlight Powder in Crew

MAC launched the Hey, Sailor! Collection in US stores on May 24. I wasn't going to get the highlight powder because many reviewers claimed that the colored stripes were just an overspray. However, one blogger refuted that claim by digging deep into the powder and revealing that the lilac, pink and orange shades are hidden underneath the beige overlay. So, I immediately placed an order with Nordstrom. =)

Crew consists of 3 main shades, including a pinky lilac, pink and peachy orange, which all have a satin finish. The colored stripes may seem like they are just an overlay; however, the creamy beige shade is actually the one that's an overlay because underneath it, lies the 3 main shades. 

The texture feels smooth and the pigmentation is great (not sheer, but not too pigmented). It applies easily and nicely with a standard blush brush, such as the Studio Gear #13 (full reviewor the Japonesque Professional blush brush (mini review). When I mix all the colors together, it translates into a light pinky shade with a hint of peach on my cheeks. It looks a little bit washed out and chalky on my NC30/35 skin tone. However, after I spritz some MAC Fix+ or plain water and wait about 15 minutes, the color warms up to my skin and ends up looking natural without any ashiness or ghastly cast. Also, I like using more of the orange shade because it makes my cheeks look more peachy, which looks more flattering on my skin tone. 

It has a semi-matte finish and it leaves a subtle glow to the cheeks that looks very natural and appropriate for work. It's definitely not an eye-catching frosty highlighter/blush. As for the wear time, it lasted at least 8 hours without fading when worn over liquid foundation + setting powder. 

Bottom Line: Crew is labeled as a highlight powder, but it's also a blush that can lean more pink or peach, depending on how you apply it. I love the nautical themed packaging and I'm glad that the colored stripes are not just an overlay & that the 3 main colors are hidden underneath the beige overlay. However, the application can be a little tricky and requires more work for those with a medium or dark skin tone. Lighter beauties will definitely enjoy this more.

Note: The MAC Highlight Powder in Crew contains 10g/0.35oz. It is limited edition and is still available at MAC counters, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Dillard's for $29.

What did you grab from the Hey, Sailor! Collection?


  1. Sofia BernamonteMay 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Hi :) new follower! This powder is great with all those shades! I really love it! If you like we can follow each other! kiss

  2. Esta coleccion es preciosa!!

    Un beso, Maquillando sueños

  3. wow, I would have never thought to brush of the beige top...the shades underneath are so pretty!

  4. I didn't get anything but I like the design of the collection.

  5. That's how they always lure me into buying their products. Those darn cute packaging! LOL

  6. the colors are so pretty!! I havent been interested in any of the recent mac collections =.=.. I just like the way they present the products

  7. Hey Ke! I wasn't too interested in this collection either. Crew is the "star" item in this collection because of its unique packaging, but color-wise, it's not a must-have for NC30/35ers.

  8. hey joyce, i actually went to check out the shades but i didn't find anything i particularly liked for some reason. the colors seemed similar to ones i already had or ones that didn't match my skin tone. that highlighter would've been the one thing i did consider purchasing though, thanks for reviewing



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