MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Mac Shore Leave

 Product 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!

One of the “problems” with lip liner is that they rarely photograph well–they tend to cling onto lips like shrink-wrap, which makes lips look dry, rough, and all-around unattractive. I like, but I don’t love, MAC’s Pro Longwear formula. They’re best underneath a lipstick or gloss, because on their own, they’re clingy, drying, and it can be a task to get an even layer of color. I would not recommend pressing lips together in an effort to even them out, because the texture is lightly tacky for a bit, so the color ends looking worse when that is done.

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Shore Leave


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.

I purchased Shore Leave, because it seems to match perfectly with all my nudes and pale nude-coraly-pinks such as MAC Kinda Sexy, MAC Mehr, MAC Yash, MAC Crosswires, Lancome Color Design Stylista etc.. I wore it for eight hours, and it was mostly intact at that point, which did include some sipping of coffee. It clings to lips, so it doesn’t transfer as much onto things like your cup, but my lips were looking beat up after wearing it for eight hours. When these first released, MAC said they last up to 15 hours, though the website didn’t call out a specific wear time. They consistently wear long, easily eight hours, sometimes up to ten, but they do look faded and dried out at that point. I don’t think my lips could physically handle this product for that long!

Shore Leave, is in the Pro Longwear formula so while it is pigmented and stays on for a good long while, its also terribly dry. Even with lip balm underneath and gloss on top, this lip liner showed every line and imperfection.

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Shore Leave


  • These colors have good pigmentation.
  • Pro Longwear lip pencils last a good 3 hours (gradually fading over the hours) and withstand some amount of eating and drinking.


  • Dry formula- 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.
  • But the formula isn’t creamy. The pencils dry out my lips significantly.
  • 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).

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Shore Leave


This is a great lipliner because it wears ALL DAY. I even had trouble getting it off my arm while doing the swatch photo. That being said, this product isn’t very moisturizing. It dries my lips out very quickly, which is a necessary side effect for the long wearing feature. MAC delivers on the promise of a long wearing lip liner, but if you prefer a natural looking, beachy lip, this product may not be for you.

While I love Shore Leave when it comes to the color, I just don’t have the time or patience for the dry formula.

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.

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