Review & Swatches: MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $19.00

Company’s Description

A new generation of longwearing lip pencil technology. Glides on fluidly and adheres instantly. Defines the lips with an instant release of rich, saturated colour. Pro-longs the hours between re-application. Transfer proof. Packaged in blue and white stripes, it’s a match to everything Hey, Sailor!

This review is for the 3 limited-edition Pro Longwear Lip Pencils releasing with MAC’s upcoming Hey, Sailor! Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:

  • Saunter: Pale beige nude
  • Throw Me A Line!: Bright true red
  • Shore Leave: Light vibrant coral



Packaging: 9/10

These are pencil liners that you sharpen down as you use up the product. The sharpener is not included. The pencils are decorated with blue nautical stripes.

Quality: 8.25/10

Saunter is a pale nude with a slight apricot hue. This will definitely pale the lips and will wash out some skin colors. But it at least won’t make your skin look sickly like some other nude colors will.

Throw Me A Line! is a bold, fiery red. This is a beautiful, in-your-face color.

Shore Leave a very pretty soft peach. This is my favorite color of the bunch. The peach tone is perfectly balanced (it’s not too yellow/orange) and complements the pink color of my bare lips very well.

These colors have good pigmentation. But the formula isn’t creamy. The pencils dry out my lips significantly. I initially did swatches straight on the lips, but the colors skipped so badly and I couldn’t blend or smooth out the color because the formula is so dry. I had to apply lip balm first, press the balm into the lips, and then apply the pencil over it. If you don’t use a balm, you will get streaky and uneven color and the skin will dry out, leaving your lips looking crinkly (emphasizing lip lines).

The bad thing about this formula is also what makes it long-wearing. The dry formula sticks to the skin like glue. The color won’t budge or transfer. While a typical lip liner will only last on my lips for a couple of hours (if I’m not eating/drinking), the Pro Longwear lip pencils last a good 3 hours (gradually fading over the hours) and withstand some amount of eating and drinking.

While I love Throw Me A Line! and Shore Leave when it comes to the colors, I just don’t have the time or patience for the dry formula.

Ease of Use: 7.75/10

Because the formula is dry, these drag significantly on the skin. Make sure your lips are moisturized before you apply these pencils and put a balm on top to keep the product from wrinkling your lips over time. Expect to do many swipes of the pencil, back and forth, to get an even finish.

Price: 8/10

You get 1.2 g of product for $19.00 while regular lip pencils cost $14.00 and contain 1.45 g of product.

Final Grade

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Box Packaging

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Swatches:
Saunter, Shore Leave, Throw Me A Line!

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Swatches:
Saunter, Shore Leave, Throw Me A Line!

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Saunter Applied

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Throw Me A Line! Applied

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Shore Leave Applied


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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

  1. Fanny says:

    I agree, Shore Leave is very pretty.
    I really want it! 😀
    I think it´s too expensive though.
    So I will probably not buy it.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Wow; I agree the colors are great, especially the 2 you like, but I don’t think I could stand the dryness either. Thanks for torturing your lips for the sake of swatching for us!

  3. Allie says:

    Thanks for the awesome swatches, Allura. I hope your lips are okay LOL! 😀

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