Tuesday, 15 May 2012

MAC Hey Sailor Crew Highlight Powder Swatches & Review

Now, before I start this review, I wouldn't have bought this had I not seen it in store and swatched it. I just wasn't bothered by it before but really liked it after I tested it out. I'm glad I got it because it is so pretty on my skin.

I've been really into highlighting lately but already have a few of them so didn't want to bother with this. I also thought that there was an overspray on it which would come off after the first use and make it another bog standard highlighting colour. I still don't know if it is actually an overspray - I'm not willing to go digging through the powder to find out - but it is quite thick if it is so will last a while. I've used it a few times and it doesn't any different in thickness than when I first got it.

The powder is made up of three shades, all of which are impossible to select individually as they are so thin. You can choose an area if you prefer though but I've been using it all swirled together. It is actually very well pigmented for a highlighting powder and works nicely as a soft blush on me. I didn't imagine that the payoff would be as strong as it is. I really like it as it gives a glow as well as a blush. Darker skin tones may find that it only works as a highlighter with a pink tone to it.

I actually really love this powder, it looks so nice and natural on my skin. It is one of the best colours I own on me. I like that it is not a high shimmer finish, giving more of a glow than high sheen or frost, making it suitable for a wide variety of skin types and shouldn't emphasise pores. I have dry skin and find that the powder lasts a whole work day with some slight fading. Normal to oily skinned people might find that it doesn't perform as well on them though. I really hope the colours work all the way through the powder although I'm not sure that they will do as most of MAC's powders like this don't. Even if it doesn't, I think the beige shade will look good due to the great finish.

The three top colours swatched, the last swatch being the whole powder swirled together.
I would recommend that you try this powder in store if you get the chance in case the colour doesn't show well enough for your liking.

Just to confirm, the pink, peach and lilac are not an overspray. In fact, the beige is the overspray but it is quite thick. Temptalia has dug into her powder and discovered that the colours seem to be arranged in a similar way to Benefit Sugarbomb so in other words, there are chunks of each colour which meet up and then the beige is sprayed over the top in a thickish layer. I don't think the colour will change a whole lot when the overspray is worn down :)

You can see Temptalia's review with the photos of the excavated powder here.

Jennifer xx


  1. oooo it looks really nice :3 im glad it isn't overspray

    1. I said I didn't know if it was an overspray because the raised parts are quite thick. Only time will tell.

    2. It was confirmed on another forums that there are different layers as you go through the powder and that it isn't overspray. Theres some lavender underneath :)

    3. Oh my gosh, YES! I was like praying it was - I just bought it and I didn't think about it until I had already used it a few times and was like oh please don't be over spray!!! Thank God it's not!!!

  2. Awesome review! Great pictures! I ordered mine’s today, I really can’t wait to get it…

  3. im in two minds over this... i like the look but im not sure it'll be for me. have u worn it much? xxx

    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, been on holiday. I've worn the powder a lot actually. It is subtle and really easy to wear but can be built up a bit if you want more colour.


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