For me, this collection is all about the lips, so let’s start there. There are four lipsticks (each $15.50, on account of the special packaging with the Breton stripe. I love and hate special packaging. I don’t like the slight price increase, or the fact that you can’t back-to-MAC to acquire those products… but it does make swatching easier, because there’s no chance of accidental substitution).
Salute! is an Amplified Cream, a very pale peach sherbet creme. To Catch a Sailor is a Frost, a metallic rose bronze. Red Racer is a Satin, a very cool, classic-bombshell, pink-red. Sail La Vie (a Satin) is a very saturated orange-coral-red (my favorite, of course. See it on my lips here).
There are five lipglasses (also $15.50 apiece). Cut Loose confused me… it’s white with a small amount of very tiny iridescent sparkle, and it seems somewhat prone to separate. I think this one is meant to be worn over lipstick, to give that lipstick a slight pearlescent finish.
Orange Tempera is a light warm pink (a repromote from 2011′s Fall Trend/Cindy Sherman collection). Riviera Life is a really saturated, vibrant orange with a few tiny sparkles. On my lips, Sail La Vie is maybe a little bit dry by itself, but Riviera Life pairs with it nicely. Blessedly Rich is an orange-pink-brown with dense pearl/shimmer/sparkle. Send Me Sailing is a sheer candy apple/jelly cherry red.
There are three Powerpoint (mechanical) eyeliners. Handforged is a dirty, antiqued, browned gold. It is shimmery with a few sparkles, so I wonder whether it’s waterline-friendly. Emerald Sea is a satin grass-green. Blue Stripe is a navy sapphire satin. These pencils are $16 each.
There are also three Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($19). Saunter is pink-eraser, pale chewing-gum pink. Shore Leave is faded neon pink (a color that seems really popular in denim right now). Throw Me a Line! is a warm, slightly faded, nautical red.
Every time MAC comes out with Suntints (SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm, $16, squeeze tubes with a slant-tip applicator), I think “maybe I’ll like them this time.” Wrong again. These are so sheer I don’t know why MAC makes different colors. They’re glue-your-lips-together sticky. These are just not my cup of tea. Sea Mist is a really sheer peach with silver sparkles. Abalone is a cool, sheer, jelly purple-toned pink. Au Rose is a warm pink with gold sparkles.
This collection also includes two blushes and a highlighter. I love blush, and the highlighter is so pretty in its packaging that I expected to fall deeply in love… but these products didn’t hit me as hard as I thought they would.
Launch Away! (Satin, powder blush) and Crew (highlight powder) are surprisingly similar. Launch Away! is a dusty pale “chalk pink.” Crew has a white glow that Launch Away! lacks. It’s a pale pink glowy highlight powder.
Fleet Fast (another Satin blush) is my favorite of the three. It’s a warm, terracotta rose.
The blushes are $21 each; the highlight powder is $28. Here are light, then heavy swatches:
This collection is available everywhere; free shipping at any price at Nordstrom.com.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this collection! Bronzers, eyeshadows, nail polish, bags, and more!