The MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils: Set Sail to the Land of Long-Lasting Color

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Wearing MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Shore Leave with Lipglass in Evolution Revolution

When the long-lasting MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils came out last fall, I was floored. Seriously. Blown clear out of my socks! Unconscious! Zonked out on the floor! That’s how good I thought they were.


I even started having relationship problems…which is to say that I’d had a number of long-standing relationships with several MAC lip pencils at the time, but when the Pro Longwears appeared, I starting comparing all of them to the Longwears and clamoring for MAC to “hurry up and convert Subculture and [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE MAC LIP PENCILS HERE] to the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formulation already!”

I’m still committed to my dependable MAC Lip Pencil colors (shoot, Spice, Chestnut and I have been together longer than I’ve known El Hub!), but the Pro Longwears? — just as fab. Give one of them a try before your next secret smooch-fest with that cutie who works in IT (shh, your secret is safe with me). I tell ya — it will not budge! Or dry out your lips, for that matter.

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The MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils from the left: Throw Me a Line, Shore Leave and Saunter

I love the Longwear Lip Pencils to pieces, so when MAC included three shades in the new Hey, Sailor! collection, I thought, “Ahoy, matey!” Sign me up.

Shore Leave

Of these three, hands down, coral Shore Leave excites me the most. I think it’s just so…uncharacteristically electric for a coral pencil shade and brighter than they usually are (think South Beach in the summertime — all flowing caftans, bronzed bods, Ray Bans and wet, slicked-back hair).

The color borrows a page from to MAC Costa Chic but cranks up the brightness and changes the finish from a frost to a cream.

I love wearing it with coral glosses (like two of my faves, Evolution Revolution Lipglass and Confetti Plushglass).

Throw Me a Line

If the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is already a staple color in your makeup bag, you might be wondering, “Do I really need Throw Me a Line?”

Well, that depends. How committed are you to your reds, and do you notice even the slightest differences between shades? Throw Me a Line seems warmer, brighter and a little more orange to me than Kiss Me Quick.

If you’re not the type to fuss over fine differences or just want to keep your collection compact and streamlined, Kiss Me Quick should do you just fine.

But wait — before you decide, picture Kiss Me Quick with Hey, Sailor! Send Me Sailing Lipglass and/or Red Racer Lipstick.

Might help you decide. 🙂


Truth be told, the third shade here, pale nude beige Saunter, scares me silly. Before I tried it on, I thought I might be able to pull it off, thinking it would look a lot like In Sync Lip Pencil (which I LOVE!), but it might be just a touch too light for me and my NC42 skin.

Pale princesses who like the way they look in warm, pale beige shades should have better luck (oh! — try a layer beneath Orange Tempera, by the way).

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Swatches from the left: Throw Me a Line, Kiss Me Quick, Shore Leave, Costa Chic, Saunter, In Synch

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Saunter with Orange Tempera

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Throw Me a Line with Red Racer Lipstick and Send Me Sailing Lipglass

Working it out

Last night I went running for the first time in a week, and talk about an exercise (pardon the pun) in willpower! I was tired from the day, and running was last thing I wanted to do, but I managed to make it through a few slow miles. Small victories…


One of the reasons I like running is to just let my mind wander. There’s something about the repetitive thud, thud, thud of my feet that’s relaxing in a sweaty, sometimes uncomfortably way, LOL!

Somewhere between miles three and four, I had a revelation. Granted, I was crazy with endorphins at the time. I think I might want to attempt a (mini) triathlon this summer…

What about you? Do you have any workout goals you’re working toward?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. marisol says:

    You totally should! Set a goal and go for it! I set a timed goal for the Giant Race in September and I am going to try my hardest to meet it.

    Really like the color combo of Shore Leave & Evolution Revolution.
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  2. Amy says:

    Good job on the running! I know its hard to stay motivated! The saunter looks very interesting, I don’t know if I could pull it off and I have a very light skin tone.

  3. Anna says:

    How does Throw Me a Line match up with the Surf Baby lipstick from last year? I’m still in love with that color 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna,

      I think you’re talking about Hibiscus (LOVE that color). Hibiscus is slightly more pink and brighter than Throw Me a Line. It’s not an exact match, but you could layer it beneath Hibiscus to add some intensity.

  4. musical says:

    “Shore Leave” IS a color to get all excited about! And how pretty does it look with Evolution Revolution (which happens to be my go to gloss these days to brighten up bold lip colors.)

    I’ve been into long walks for a while, and if nothing else, the process leaves me mentally refreshed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Musical,

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you like EvRev. 🙂

      I love long walks too…with my cat. LOL! Yeah, he’s a leash kitty who goes on walks.

      Where do you go walking? Do you go to a park or walk around your neighborhood?

      • musical says:

        Wow! Tabs is sooooooo cool! It must be ah-mazing to go for a walk with him!

        I walk from work to a certain bus-stop that is at least 10 stops away, during the weekday. In the weekends, it’s Santa Monica beach and downtown for me…

  5. My lips have been über dry lately that I’ve been avoiding lipsticks and lipglosses. But oh, my heart! I really want Throw Me A Line and Shore Leave! So pretty!
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  6. I LOVE how you pair Shore Leave with Evolution Revolution!!! That lipglass can make EVERYTHING look better, seriously!
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  7. Nina says:

    Shore Leave is pretty.

    I am not a runner – ive realized that early on in my work out life. LOL. But I like all other kinds of cardio — from Muay Thai/Kickboxing to Dance to Spin Classes. 🙂

  8. Michele Dicola says:

    Karen in 93 I had the same exact makeup ! In fact I still use the 666 lip liner & carry it every where ! I still use the Clinique blush but not that color .
    I think I actully lost it & was very upset because I could not replace it
    Unusually the case with colors I love,

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