MAC Is Sailing Into a New Bronze Age: A Look at the MAC Hey, Sailor! Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand and Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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Wearing MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

I love bronzer. I do. And I wear it almost every single day to give my skin some extra warmth and definition. For sculpting, the general rule (of course, rules are meant to be broken) is to apply it to the areas of your face that naturally recede, like the hollows of your cheeks or your temples, and also to enhance your prominent places, and the areas of your face that you’d like to make more prominent (sometimes with the help of a highlighter), which are often cheekbones, brow bones and the bridge of your nose.



The MAC Hey, Sailor! collection features four limited edition powder bronzers, two in the MAC Bronzing Powder line ($24 each in Soft Sand and Refined Golden), and two MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders ($28 each in Nude on Board and Sun Dipped).

This week I took two of them out for a spin, the Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand and the Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board, the later being the one that really caught my eye.

Now, I’ve used the MAC Bronzing Powders before and like them just fine, but I do prefer some of MAC’s other bronzers, namely the Careblend Powders from last year’s Surf Baby collection, which feel smoother to me, with finer grains and, to my eye, I think they look more natural on my skin.

We didn’t get any new Careblends this time around (bummer), but that doesn’t mean MAC left us in the lurch. I think we got something equally great in the Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders, and I’ve been obsessively using and loving Nude on Board, one of the two Hey, Sailor! Longwear shades, this entire week.

The MAC Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand and Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board ($28)

I love the way this bronzed yellow’s sheen works with my NC42 skin. Like last year’s Careblends, the finish looks flawless, and the lightweight formula blends easily on bare skin and atop foundation.

Oh, and so far, no breakouts (knock on wood!). :)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ if my skin stays clear)

Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand ($24)

I’ve also worn Soft Sand a few times this week, one of the two Hey, Sailor! powders from MAC’s Bronzing Powder line, and I like it just fine.

No problems blending, and I think it looks natural, but it also feels a little grainier and takes a couple more minutes to blend. It’s a fine bronzer, but I think you get a lot for the extra $4 MAC charges for the Pro Longwear Bronzers.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

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Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board, $24

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Pro Longwearing Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

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Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand, $24

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Nude on Board (left) and Soft Sand (right)

MAC describes the Bronzing Powders as lightly frosted, tinted powders to give skin sheer, natural color and highlights, and they recommend them for enhancing and strengthening a tan. They describe the Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders as being comfortable, with flawless sheer-low transparent coverage and a long wear time.

Basically, I agree on both counts.

mac hey sailor swatches bronzers to the beach
Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude On Board and Refined Golden; MAC To The Beach Body Oil in Man Rays and Seaside

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Wearing MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

Both bronzers and the rest of the Hey, Sailor! collection are available now online at maccosmetics.com and arrive at MAC counters and stores May 24.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Aahh look at you, all nice and bronzy and NATURAL! I don’t necessarily wear bronzer all over, but with the bad spring we have here I could really use some help!

  2. Christine says:

    Karen, I have just about driven myself crazy — What was the name of that movie you posted about a month ago, the one with the study abroad romance? I have searched all over your blog & Google too, and just cannot seem to find the darn title now that I have some time to sit down & watch a movie!

    If you can remember + have time to respond to this comment I’d be thrilled

    • Christine says:

      Ah ha! With a bit more Googling, I found it! It was called “Like Crazy.” I love all your movie recommendations, on top of makeup recs. Thanks Karen!

  3. Kelly says:

    Totally unrelated to beauty, but I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and picked up the chips you love. At first I didn’t care for them, but now I can’t stop popping them. Next time your at TJ’s you should pick up the dark chocolate pretzel thins…they are amazing! I yell at my husband every time he reaches for the bag. :)

  4. Amy says:

    I love these! I’ve been looking for a bronzer for awhile. Which color would you recommend for very fair cool-toned skin?

  5. Nina says:

    Theyre pretty, and worth a bit of a think-about … im extremely loyal to the Careblends!

  6. Y. says:

    Hey Karen,
    what other makeup are you wearing in this look?

  7. J says:

    I really like this look on you–I like the fact that the bronzer isn’t too shimmery. I feel like a lot of highlighters end up looking a little sweaty and too shiny in photos, but this is gorgeous.

  8. Aranya says:

    Lovely! And also, on your lips – such a gorgeous color! What is it you are wearing?

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