MAC – Hey, Sailor Eye Shadow: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

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There are five eye shadows in MAC’s Hey, Sailor collection. Four of these are limited edition but Crystal Avalanche is permanent. There are both neutrals and bright colors, so there is a little something for everyone.

Since the packaging on these is all nifty and striped, that means that the price is $16 rather than the usual $15. I don’t buy eye shadows for the packaging, but it’s definitely cute and I like the nautical theme.

Like other MAC eye shadows, I recommend using a primer such as a Paint Pot like Painterly or Soft Ochre underneath these so that the color is as bold and true-to-pan-color as possible. Using a primer before applying these will also ensure that they wear as long as possible with no creasing (usually lasting 8-12 hours on me that way), although even without a primer these will wear from 6-8 hours before any creasing or fading occurs.

Barefoot, Feeling Fresh, Jaunty, Nautical Navy and Crystal Avalance (refill pan)                                                      * click photo to enlarge *
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC15 skin with no primer.
Barefoot, Crystal Avalanche, Feeling Fresh, Jaunty, Nautical Navy
* click photo to enlarge *
Barefoot (Veluxe Pearl)

Barefoot (Veluxe Pearl):   Barefoot is a “tarnished gold” color. To me, it’s a warm mid tone golden color that has some hints of olive or dirty bronze to it. It’s very pretty and has good color payoff, even without a primer. It’s unique, as I can’t seem to find any other MAC eye shadow that is a good dupe for it. Goldmine is much brighter gold and a little bit lighter. Since Barefoot is a Veluxe Pearl finish, it has some frosty sheen to it without being totally shimmery. It applies very smoothly and blends easily. All in all, this is one of my favorite eye shadows in this collection.

Crystal Avalanche (Veluxe Pearl)

Crystal Avalanche (Veluxe Pearl):   This is described as a “white with reflects”… It’s a clean, bright white that’s exceptionally frosty for a Veluxe Pearl, and contains super fine reflective particles. Like other Veluxe Pearl eye shadows, it applies very smoothly and it has opaque coverage with little product. Crystal Avalanche is part of the permanent range of MAC eye shadows.

Feeling Fresh (Frost)

Feeling Fresh (Frost):   Feeling Fresh is a true “bright green”. It’s like a kelly green or grassy green that doesn’t lean towards the blue or yellow side of… It’s just very, very green. As a Frost finish, it’s not as frosty as I’d have expected. The green part of the eye shadow has a sheen to it but isn’t completely frosty… the silver particles in it give it most of it’s shimmer. The color payoff is best over a primer… Without a primer it’s not all that opaque and doesn’t apply completely evenly. Feeling Fresh is a great color, you just have to know how to work with it!

Jaunty (Frost)

Jaunty (Frost):   Jaunty is a “light yellow beige”. It’s a very neutral eye shadow and doesn’t actually seem the least bit yellow to me. On most light to medium skin tones, this will show up as a natural looking eye shadow, but still has a great deal of frostiness to it. It’s not completely opaque but it applies evenly and smoothly with good color payoff. If you wear this over something like Painterly Paint Pot it will be much more opaque. I like Jaunty as a lid color or even a brow highlight. As simple as this color is, it’s still unique and it’s my favorite in this collection.

Nautical Navy (Satin)

Nautical Navy (Satin):   Nautical Navy is described as a “blue”… Kinda vague there, MAC! It’s a navy blue with silvery blue shimmer particles. As a Satin eye shadow, I expected this to give better color payoff and apply much smoother than it did. Without a primer, it was difficult to work with and felt chalky, not blending evenly. Once I put it on over a neutral Paint Pot it was much easier to work with and turned out to be nicely pigmented. I wouldn’t say this is a totally unique and different color, but it’s nice. Shop and Drop eye shadow seems really close to Nautical Navy, but that one was limited. If you can’t find this one, the closest dupes in MAC’s permanent line would be Contrast, although it’s a bit more gray, or Deep Truth, which is a brighter blue and is more frosty.

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