I can see why some makeup mavens, especially die-hard MAC fans, might find the five powder Eye Shadows ($16 each) in the Hey, Sailor! collection a bit on the boring side. After all, only two of the shades are brights (Feeling Fresh and Nautical Navy). The other three are neutrals (Barefoot, Jaunty and Crystal Avalanche).
Many MAC addicts crave the brand’s bold, crazy colors, but Hey, Sailor! targets a different type of fan, guys and gals who love their MAC neutrals served with a sprinkling of brights on the side.
When I see all five of these colors together — the gold, tan and white with the brighter green and blue — I don’t see a batch of boring eyeshadows at all.
Mind you, I wouldn’t call them flashy, but I think they do look beautiful together, and I like how they aren’t just the same teals and corals we usually see on cats and counters each summer…
Is Jaunty special at all? It looks pretty standard issue in the pan…
ZOMG! If you freak for neutrals (like I am wont to do), get ready to fly your freak flag because you will love, LOVE this color.
Picture a sandy golden version of MAC Ricepaper — like sunlight reflected off of white sand. Lately, it’s all I’ve been wanting to wear.
For a fresh, super easy summer eye, I’ll pat it all over my lids, blend out the edges, and apply Feeling Fresh or Nautical Navy on my upper lash lines.
I think of Jaunty as a nice departure (or jaunt, as it were) from the existing neutrals in MAC’s permanent line.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Do I need Feeling Fresh if I already have MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Fresh Flare?
Good question. Well…I’d say they’re more like kissing cousins than dead on dupes.
Fresh Flare has pearly golden undertones that Feeling Fresh lacks, but Feeling Fresh isn’t feeling sorry for itself. No way. It’s ready to par-tay! — complete with sparkly flecks of tiny glitter.
Now, if Fresh Flare is already in your makeup bag, you’re already feeling pretty fresh, so good job. You could probably skip Feeling Fresh without skipping a beat, but if you’ve got a thing for greens (I can’t resist ‘em!), you might appreciate the subtle differences between these two shades, not to mention their differences in intensity and texture.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Crystal Avalanche scares the [BLEEP] outta me! How can I wear a white frost without it looking harsh on my skin?
I was actually really surprised to like this shade as much as I do. High contrast? Absolutely, but I don’t think it looks as stark as I expected it to on my NC42 skin.
I like the way it brightens my lids…kinda like the effect I get from Vex.
I’ve been buffing it on top of primed lids with a fluffy MAC 217 (the domed shape helps to sheer it out) or using a pencil brush like the 219 to apply it in the inner corners around my tear ducts.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Barefoot versus Gorgeous Gold: what’s the difference?
I think they do look a lot alike in their pans, but Barefoot applies sheerer on me with a little less green and more yellow.
Barefoot borrows a page from Crystal Avalanche, though, by also brightening up my eyes, and for that I like to apply it on the inner half of my lids.
Oh, I also think Barefoot looks fab with Feeling Fresh. The two of them make a great couple.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Clockwise from the white pan on the lower left: Crystal Avalanche, Nautical Navy, Barefoot, Jaunty and Feeling Fresh
Swatches from left to right: Jaunty, Barefoot, Crystal Avalanche, Nautical Navy and Feeling Fresh
Wearing Jaunty all over my lids, Crystal Avalanche in the inner corners, Barefoot on my inner lash lines (sides closer to my nose), Feeling Fresh in the center and Nautical Navy on the outer sides of both my upper and lower lash lines
Nautical Navy: just how navy is it?
It’s pretty darn navy! And pigmented, too. But I don’t know if I’d go so far as to call it a true navy. On my skin, when I buff it out, I see a blackened base.
I think it’s pretty, but I’ve seen this color before in other MAC collections. That said, it might be a good addition to your collection if you don’t already have many blues or another like it. To its credit, I think it’s very soft and easy to blend.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Guess what? You did it! You got Monday out of the way. Give yourself a big pat on the back.