Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden peach base with coral hearts.” The base color is a warm peach with a soft, frosted finish (and it is reminiscent of Cream Soda in some ways). The hearts are a medium pink-coral with a subtle golden sheen. When everything is mixed together, the resulting shade is a soft, pinky-coral with a light golden sheen. It’s slightly warm-toned. MAC Legendary is just a touch pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is much, much pinker. Tarina Tarantino Feather is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is pinker and has a stronger sheen. MAC Shell Pearl is similar but a touch more muted.

I had the same problem with Flatter Me as I did Veronica’s Blush–the hearts did not want to yield color at all. I took a metal spatula to it and started scraping off flakes of it, so I could at least show the color on the skin. What you’re seeing on my skin are chunks of the product smoothed out! It seems better when you really pass the brush back and forth a few times, because the combined color is tinted pink enough that clearly there is some payoff coming from those hearts!

The texture is very soft to the touch with a finely-milled powder that does kick up some powder. On the skin and blended out, it doesn’t look powdery, and the finish is a soft shimmer-sheen so it doesn’t emphasize the skin’s texture or pores. This shade lasted eight hours well, and after nine hours, I noticed some minor fading, but it had good wear overall.   Because of the overall lightness of the color, it may not show up well on deeper skin tones; on my medium complexion, it shows up as a kiss of pink-coral. Of all the products not to sell out, this one surprised me the most–a coral face product with hearts–I still can’t believe it.

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Flatter Me

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Of all the products not to sell out, this one surprised me the most--a coral face product with hearts--I still can't believe it. Does that mean we're all coral-ed out?

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $30.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Legendary is just a touch pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is much, much pinker. Tarina Tarantino Feather is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is pinker and has a stronger sheen.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Optimum Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte (left), MAC Cream Soda Blush (right). On lips: MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass.

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79 thoughts on “MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie’s Girls)

  1. Sam

    Do you think this would show up on a NC45 skin tone?

  2. I was very surprised this didn’t immediately sell out as well, hopefully my store has enough Thursday

  3. CC

    Some items have been restocked, including Ronnie Red and Daddy’s Little Girl! And the other lispticks from Betty as well! Please share!

  4. Avatar of Lisa Lisa

    Looks really nice and natural looking on you.

  5. Michelle

    Does the color on the hearts go all the way down or is it just a superficial layer???

  6. Avatar of Anna Anna

    It looks sooooo pretty on you!!! :)

  7. Avatar of Christina Christina

    The description in the press release mentioned that the base is Shell Pearl. I was wondering how different Flatter Me is from Shell Pearl. Are they different enough to warrant getting both?

  8. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    I’m also really surprised this one hasn’t sold out yet. I was completely sure that the pearlmattes would be the first ones to go. This product is without a doubt my favorite of this collection.

  9. mandy

    Hi Christine, do you know of a dupe for the colour of the hearts?

  10. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    It’s depressing, I bought both PMs before your review and I’m just going to be sending them back. Thirty bones to scrape color off? These are supposed to be star attractions! Just crazy talk.

    • Tabitha

      You should definitely try them first! I think she just meant that she had to scrape at the individual hearts to get the darker color while swatching, but not when she was applying them. They got a good grade & look like they went on well. I’ve seen pictures of them on a variety of skintones now, and they look pretty gorgeous on everyone (and worn with the blushes, they’d be so lovely!) If you don’t like them you could probably find someone to sell them to online (there’s lots of makeup forums and stuff that have threads just for selling/swapping makeup, even used, and since these are Archie & special packaging I’m sure you would have no problem getting rid of them) if you send them back, even brand new, they’ll just throw them out :(

      • Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

        I did NOT realize they would throw out untouched product. What a horrid waste.

        • When I worked in cosmetics we did that all the time, many companies have strict policies on returns. I always felt awful throwing the expensive stuff away untouched

      • Kat

        I agree – try them first! They look beautiful when blended together; the individual hearts are so small that you probably wouldn’t use that color on its own anyway.

  11. Achilles

    which one do you like better? the veronica’s blush or flatter me? :)

  12. Avatar of looovemac LK

    Caramel Sundae looks beautiful on you!

  13. Avatar of Megan Megan

    I like the Veronica one better.

  14. Mary Gutierrez

    I think people skipped this bc it looks similar to the physician’s formula blushes (hearts). I remember reading about it

  15. I want this… This looks so much similar to Physician formula one.. which is much cheaper

  16. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Thanks for the review, Christine.

    Do the pink hearts stay pink all the way through, or is it just an overspray?

  17. Avatar of Tasha Tasha

    They are waiting for your review,Christine ;) your opinion is highly valued.

  18. Avatar of Marina Marina

    I went to the MAC store after school today and the 2 Pearlmattes were actually the only products out of stock!

  19. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    This is quite lovely, but like everything else in this collection, it doesn’t grab me enough to motivate a purchase. I did want to say that it’s incredible how fast you got all of this up and reviewed today, so thank you so much for the hard work!

  20. LOVE this. I can’t wait for it to arrive. I think it’s very pretty and I think it’ll give a nice subtle shimmer to my fair skin. Seems like it could be too much if I use too much product but I think a light hand would make it look great. Looks good on your skintone as well.

  21. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    It sold out for Canada online :( I really wanted it but got the pink one instead….

  22. Chiara

    Hi Christine!
    Which Pearlmatte would you recommend for a pale skin with pink undertone?
    Thank you

  23. Avatar of Lacey Lacey J.

    Everything is starting to look too similiar to things I already own. Might not be a good thing. :P

  24. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Physician’s Formula makes products similar to this one (both face powders and blushes, I believe) that seem to work better and also cost less. I keep meaning to try them but never have but I think I’d go for PF over these any day.

  25. Avatar of Sabrina Sabrina Nogueira

    Beautiful!! :)

  26. Den

    If you had to pick only one of the pearlmattes which would you choose? If any….

  27. This one actually sold out first on the Canadian site out of all the products in this collection and some of the lipsticks. ;)

  28. Iris

    Christine, how does this compare to Benefit’s Sugarbomb? Thanks :)

  29. Avatar of Lauren Lauren Hill

    Which Pearlmatte would you recommend for NC20 skin?

  30. I personally am not a fan of coral. I don’t think it works well with my colouring, so I am never compelled to buy more than the very few I already have. Plus, I have definite coral fatigue! But I find this one to be really, really pretty! It’s undoubtedly the fact that it’s more light peach than coral. lol.

    It looks really nice on you and one would never know you had probably in applying parts of it.

  31. Mary

    Hi Christine, I was wondering how this compares to Benefit’s Coralista or MAC MSF in Blonde?

  32. Kat

    It wouldn’t “flatter me”, unfortunately, because I have cool skin. It looks lovely on you though!

  33. Tasmin

    How does this PM Flatter Me compare with Mac Amber glow blush? I have Amber glow, don’t want to purchase something very similar. Thanka

  34. Avatar of Linda Linda

    I absolutely love coral blushes and never get tired of them!! When I saw the 2 colors mixed together and how you applied it Christine is so pretty. I wanna buy it so bad but I have put myself on an ABSOLUTE “no buy”. haha The presentation & the compact is so cute.

  35. mary

    hey christine!love all of your reviews!!What’s the difference between the flatter me facepowder and the Cream soda blush ?? which is more coral ?? because they seem a bit similar to me!:/ Thanks!!!

  36. Hi Christine, how does this compare to Benefit Sugarbomb or NARS Luster? I see some similarities?!

  37. Marissa

    Hi Christine. I am in between deciding which PM to buy. I am an NC25 with warm/olive undertones, and I can’t decide which to get or to get both! What skin tones would you recommend for each?

  38. YH

    I’m an NC35. Do you think I need this? Would it show up on me? What’s the difference between this and a blush?

  39. Jessica

    Hi Christine,

    I just picked up Flatter Me and I’m a little confused how to apply this. It seems so sheer, yet applying all over might be too much for my nc15 skin-tone. What brush do you recommend to get the best “pearl” effect from this product? Or am I going at it all wrong and really only best to use a blush; although as blush I don’t see this at all on me :(

  40. Laura

    Hi Christine,
    Flatter me reminds me of Mighty Aphrodite. Do you think they’re similar?

  41. Avatar of Krystal KC

    Hi Christine,

    Which PM would you recommend for my skin tone? I use NC40 during certain times of the year and Match Master 5 during other times of the year. Also, Would you recommend the cream soda or prom princess for my skin tone?

  42. Abby

    The only thing against this is the price! It should be $20 max. Anyways I bought it though and I like it a lot!

  43. Emily

    Hi, I’m NC 25 and I already have “peaches” from MAC that I love.
    I also bought “flatter me” today because I wanted to use it as a highlighter
    Would that work? And i have oily skin and acne scars.. Would “flatter me” actually flatter me?

    Do i use this just as a blush?

  44. Charm

    Which is better for a NC25 Asian girl – Cream Soda or Flatter Me?

    I’m kinda torn on which one to get as I have Surf Baby’s My Paradise blush and it seems like it’s a bit similar to Flatter Me’s color (correct me if I’m wrong). Thanks in advance!

  45. Carla

    Hi Christine, Would this look okay on fair skin? Has it got much coral in it? Many Thanks