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MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Veronica's Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “silvery pink base with deep pink hearts.” The base color is a pale pink with a subtle silver sheen. The hearts are a darker pinker with a barely-there sheen. Together, they created a soft, pale pink with a silver shimmer-sheen finish–it’s a darker pink than the base alone. MAC Unconventional is more lavender. MAC Full of Joy is brighter and much purpler. NARS Gaiety is brighter, darker, and bluer-toned. Chanel Brompton Road is warmer. Illamasqua Katie is matte but similar in color.

The hearts are small enough that as a face product, it’s best used altogether. I also found the hearts were very, very low in color payoff. I really had to scrape the product off the top using a metal spatula to get any color payoff on my arm. There’s a definite effect from the color of the hearts on the overall color of the product, but it has a subtle impact.  MAC suggests using it as a highlighter, blush, or an eyeshadow; as an eyeshadow, the dark pink hearts are very disappointing because of how low in pigment they are.

On the skin, it applied evenly and laid down smoothly. There was just the barest emphasis of skin texture but to such a subtle degree that the overall glowy sheen added more to the complexion than it took away. Veronica’s Blush wore well for eight hours without fading or getting patchy.  The texture was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  For a product that could have turned out really gimmicky, I think it was well-done.  On my medium skin tone, it showed up as a slight tint of pink but the sheen was more pronounced–I would likely use it more as a highlighter than alone.  Because of its pale white base, it may turn ashy on deeper complexions.

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Veronica's Blush
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Archie’s Girls’ Just a Flirt Makeup Bag Review & Photos

MAC Archie's Girls' Just a Flirt Makeup Bag
MAC Archie’s Girls’ Just a Flirt Makeup Bag

MAC Archie’s Girls’ Just a Flirt Makeup Bag ($38.00) is a long, heart-shaped “tube” made out of white patent (faux), patent red (faux) piping, and a red zipper and pull. The interior is lined with red that’s decorated with white hearts. It’s 8.5″ x 3.25″ and seems to fit face brushes, eyeliners, and of course, glosses and lipsticks.  When you look at it horizontally, it doesn’t look like it’s heart-shaped or anything more than a regular makeup bag.  I kind of wish they did one of the bags with the interior design instead–or maybe added some red hearts along the sides.  It has good give and will squish and move, so it can fit as needed in crevices of your suitcase.  You could also use it as a pencil bag for school/work!

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MAC Archie’s Girls’ Young Hearts Mirror Review & Photos

MAC Archie's Girls' Young Hearts Mirror
MAC Archie’s Girls’ Young Hearts Mirror

MAC Archie’s Girls’ Young Hearts Mirror ($24.00) comes with a heart-shaped, white patent (faux) mirror holder with the Archie’s Girls’ logo on the front and back. The size of the holder is the exact same width and heighth as the coin purse–it doesn’t have as much depth and doesn’t have a zipper. The mirror is slightly smaller and made out of white plastic backing with the Archie’s Girls’ logo on the back and the mirror on the front. The interior of the mirror holder is lined with red backing that is decorated with white hearts.

Again, not cheap-feeling; not super flimsy or thin. The mirror has some weight to it, but the plastic is a little off-putting. I think metal might have been a bit nicer. The holder keeps the mirror in fairly well–I could turn it upside and shake lightly without it falling out. It’s not stuck in there, but it shouldn’t fly out too readily.

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MAC Archie’s Girls’ Yours Forever Tote Review & Photos

MAC Archie's Girls' Yours Forever Tote
MAC Archie’s Girls’ Yours Forever Tote

MAC Archie’s Girls’ Yours Forever Tote ($49.50) is a white patent (faux) tote that measures 14″ x 3″ x 13.8″ and is lined with a red interior decorated with white hearts. On the front of the tote is a heart-shaped pocket with the Archie’s Girls’ logo emblazoned on it. I wish it had pockets on the interior, because it’s just a really deep but narrow tote. Like the coin purse, it doesn’t feel really cheap, but there’s nothing about it that really stands out. I think the accessory is worth considering for Archie fans–it would certainly hold a few volumes–but as just a tote, it’s not screaming “Utility!”

I can’t explain why, but I collect MAC’s limited edition bags like this one. I used to dream of MAC releasing one large enough that I could Mellan in it, but I’ve since ditched that since that’s an impossible dream!  He’s just not designed to be a tote-sized-dog any time soon. I think the To the Beach tote came the closest!

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MAC Archie’s Girls: Jingle Jangle Coin Purse Review & Photos

MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse
MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse

MAC Jingle Jangle Coin Purse ($32.00) is a white patent (faux), heart-shaped coin purse with red patent piping along the edge and shiny red zipper-pull. It’s about 3/4″ thick and a little smaller than my hand. The interior is lined with red that’s decorated with white hearts. The Archie’s Girls logo is on both the front and back. You could fit a gloss or lipstick inside if you don’t carry many coins. For as small as it is, though, I was surprised at how high this was priced. It doesn’t feel particularly cheap or expensive; somewhere in-between.

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MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set Review & Photos

MAC Archie's Girls' Brush Set
MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set

MAC Archie’s Girls’ Brush Set ($49.50) includes special edition sizes of the 266 (Small Angle), 226 (Small Tapered Blending), 242 (Shader), 168 (Large Angled Contour) and 167 (Face Blender) brushes housed inside a white tin with the Archie’s Girls’ logo embossed on the cover of the tin.

The brushes are so-so, and they’re on par with most recent brush set releases by MAC (like the holiday kits). The price point on good brushes has come down, as more budget-friendly brands have come to the market with high-quality brushes at a fraction of even this set. The best brush of the set is the 266, which is firm and stiff but not scratchy. The 168 and 167 were both a little scratchy, but they were fairly densely-packed with bristles. The 226 seemed rather bulbous; not as long or as tapered as the full-sized version (and even the full-sized version has some variance between releases). The 242 was decent but I would use primarily for patting and applying products, and avoid blending, because it was scratchy.

I, obviously, haven’t used these extensively, other than to apply some of this collection, so I can’t attest to how well they will last and the like. I didn’t notice any funny smells, too much shedding, or leaking dye.

Honestly, the tin is one of the more durable accessories out of the ones released with this collection. There’s plenty of room in it for more than just these brushes, and it’s large enough to be useful as a storage container for numerous other things.

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