Review & Swatches: MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balms

Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: $16.00

Company’s Description

A beach-bound essential. Protects lips against sun, wind and salt in summer’s softest tint with luscious liquid shine. Packaged in blue and white stripes, it’s a match to everything Hey, Sailor!

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

  • Sea Mist: Peachy nude with multidimensional pearl
  • Rose Au: Poppy pink with gold pearl
  • Abalone: See through hot pink with no pearl


Packaging: 9/10

These lip balms come in opaque plastic squeeze-tubes decorated with blue nautical stripes. They also come with slanted applicators.

Quality: 9.5/10

Sea Mist technically has a peach tone to it, but it’s essentially a clear gloss with a few dispersed shimmers.

Rose Au is a transparent peachy-pink. Again, the color is so sheer that it appears almost clear with gold shimmers (more than Sea Mist has).

Abalone is a sheer hot pink and does not have any shimmers. It tints the lips pink eeeever-so-slightly.

These balms give almost no color to the lips and you practically can’t tell the difference between the 3 colors once they are applied. Normally, this would be a big strike against the product. But since these are specifically marketed as soft-tinted balms, the lack of color is to be expected.

Two things make Suntints great: (1) they have absolutely no stickiness to them and (2) they provide sun protection to your lips. It’s nice to have a lip product that doesn’t feel tacky. More importantly, you should always protect your skin (including the skin on your lips) from sun damage. Though this is true every day (rain or shine), it’s especially true during the Summer, when you’re more likely to be outside while it’s sunny. An SPF of 20 is great for everyday sun protection.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10

These balms are super smooth and are easy to apply because their lack of color makes precise application unnecessary.

Price: 8.75/10

Suntints contain 0.34 fl oz of product and cost $16.00 each. MAC Lip Conditioners give you 0.5 fl oz and cost $14.50 each. The extra dollar cost is from the limited-edition packaging.

Final Grade

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm Box Packaging

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm Packaging

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balms

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm Swatches: Sea Mist, Rose Au, Abalone

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm in Sea Mist Applied

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm in Rose Au Applied

MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints Liquid Lip Balm in Abalone Applied


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7 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Hey, Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms

  1. Lisa B. says:

    I’ve always wanted to/thought about trying these…but I recently got the Jack Black Lip Balm in Black Tea & Blackberry which has SPF 25…no color or shine, but feels nice on the lips! (I DON’T recommend the Original Mint, it tingles/feels cool and is VERY uncomfortable!) And it’s less than half the price of the Suntints.

  2. Allie says:

    Would you say these have average staying power? I figure the lack of tackiness would mean more in terms of numbers of applications… that being said, I might go for one of these. Now to figure out which one! xD

  3. Jenna S says:

    These are so pretty but I’m trying to decide if I have enough sheer glosses to skip them…

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