With the MAC Hey, Sailor! Pigments, Everything Old Is New Again

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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MAC Hey, Sailor! Pigment in Naval Blue

Here at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC, Tabs insists that we recycle as much as we can — paper packaging, plastic bottles and jars, aluminum Fancy Feast cans.


He’s very eco-conscious that way.

And yet while he’s a big (literally) advocate of household recycling, he generally opposes the recycling of products within MAC’s limited edition collections.

Personally, I’m okay with seeing certain colors pop up every now and again. In some cases they’re a reminder to stock up!

But Tabs says otherwise. With him and makeup it’s always, “Meow! Meow! Meow!” (“New! New! New!”)

You know fashion-forward feline supermodels… Always trying to stay ahead of the trends. 🙂

I could feel him looking over my shoulder this afternoon, judging me, as I played with the new MAC Hey, Sailor! Pigments in Old Gold and Naval Blue ($21 each).

If you’ve been following MAC for a while, both colors might look familiar. Old Gold is a re-promoted shade from MAC’s permanent line, and Naval Blue, a limited edition color, launched earlier this spring with the MAC Chenman collection.

MAC gave them snazzy striped outfits (cute!) this time around, and then raised the price of each one by $1.

Sure, neither one breaks new ground here…but that doesn’t make me like them any less.

The two MAC Hey, Salior Pigments

Old Gold

MAC calls Old Gold highly frosted and tarnished, which accurately describes the way I think it looks on my NC42 skin, although I also see flashes of green in it from time to time. I love it.

It’s like it turns on a light behind my eyes, and it looks ah-may-zing with bright green shadows like Fresh Flare.

Picture a darker, greener version of MAC’s Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow, and you’ve got Old Gold.

Super pretty, but take it for a spin at a counter first if you have very cool undertones, because it can be quite warm.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Naval Blue

Now, if you took MAC Deep Truth, darkened it, turned up the intensity, and added tiny silver sparkles, you’d create a color just like Naval Blue.

Interestingly, I think it looks bluer and less purple on me than it did when I had less of a tan.

I do think it’s pretty, but it’s probably not something I’d wear all over my lids to Trader Joe’s. Instead, I’ll wear it as a liner, applying it with a wet MAC 266 brush along my upper lash line for a cat eye look.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

mac old gold naval blue swatches
Swatches from the left: Deep Truth, Naval Blue, Gorgeous Gold, Old Gold and Goldmine

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Naval Blue

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Old Gold

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Pigments, $21 each

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Naval Blue

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Old Gold


Both Hey, Sailor! pigments are available now at maccosmetics.com and coming to North American MAC counters and stores May 24.

Oh, and if you’d like to learn more about the MAC Pigments and whether they’d be right for you, here’s an old (but hopefully still helpful) post about them from back in 2008.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Congratulations! 🙂 You made it through another workweek. You should treat yourself to something special tonight (or this weekend).


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  1. Chris25 says:

    Old Gold is one of my faves. I might buy a back-up just in case.

  2. Ahh I still want Old Gold, but you make me want Deep Truth as well now! I do like Naval Blue as well, but I prefer to stay with pressed eyeshadow when I can.

    I really love that old post! It certainly gives me some confidence for handling pigment. One day or another I’ll give one a try!

  3. Minnegirl says:

    I love that picture of tabs, especially with your above quote about always staying ahead of the trends. LOL you are so talented, Karen!

  4. Deb says:

    Karen, sorry to say it but none of the looks you did can compete with this pic of Tabs. Sorry honey, but he has stolen the show from you and MAC 🙂

  5. Nina says:

    I own these pigments, since I bought them from their previous incarnation. They are gorgeous!

  6. Helz Nguyen says:

    Old Gold looks so pretty here on you! Goshh, you really know how to make a girl wants an eyeshadow, dont you? But those pigments do scare me a bit, since Im kinda a clumsy one

  7. Jen says:

    What’s your lip color? You look fabulous!

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