Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection
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MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Beauty Powder Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The Beauty Powders are housed in all-white packaging with an opaque cover (they’re sometimes clear, sometimes not–usually not clear if it’s part of limited edition packaging) with the MAC for Liberty print printed in color on the top. Beauty Powders can be used for a variety of things–blushing, highlighting, setting, or what-have-you. Your usage depends on both the shade itself and how well it shows up on your skin tone. Shell Pearl may be a blush on fairer skin tones, but deeper skin tones will find it is more of a highlighter.

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Summer Rose is a satin-y pinky-plum with very subtle, nearly invisible shimmer/sheen. This is a repromote from last year’s Rose Romance Collection, but it doesn’t have the rose petal embellished design–on the flip side, this one is housed in special packaging. It has a smooth texture and can be layered for more intensity, though on first swipe, it’s quite sheer and soft. It doesn’t build up to an ultra intense shade by any means, but with two or three layers, it should show up on light and medium skin tones. Deeper, darker skin tones may find that this can look ashy, so I’d recommend swatching in-store first if possible!
  • Shell Pearl is a beautiful peachy-coral with a soft golden peach sheen. For whatever reason, I never owned Shell Pearl when I first started my journey down the limited-edition lined path o’ MAC, but after I saw someone use it, I was like, “I need that!” So, finally, I get to have it, and it’s lovely. It’s soft, smooth, and delivers a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s not super pigmented, so for medium and darker skin tones, it’s more of a highlighter or potentially an all-over highlighter than a blush, but lighter skin tones may find it a suitable blusher as well as a highlighter.  Shell Pearl has also been released in the past, but I believe that was over a year ago.

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MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Summer Rose Beauty Powder

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Summer Rose Beauty Powder

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Beauty Powders: Summer Rose, Shell Pearl

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173 thoughts on “MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Beauty Powder Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Az

    I think I might get SP. The packaging is so cute, and the color itself is pretty.

  2. Do you think Summer Rose would look weird on medium skin with olivey and yellow undertones? I didn’t like Azalea Blosson from Colour Forecast much and that was kind of a pink with lavender.. So not sure if this will work for me. What do you think? And thanks so much for the wonderful swatches!

  3. ModeCrazyMakeUpOn

    I like shell pearl better, I don’t know if I’ll get it, I have similar shades already

  4. Cara

    shell pearl looks purty :)

  5. Kitty Kris

    I want both please!!!

  6. Anitacska

    I already have Summer Rose, but will definitely get Shell Pearl, it’s gorgeous! :)

    • chanel

      this summer rose is way nicer then the one from the rose collection its brighter and has shimmer too it as well the rose one is to sheer

  7. Nicole

    shell pearl is divine!

  8. S.

    Hm…I wish Summer Rose were brighter. I am still waiting for MAC to repromote or do something similar to Alpha Girl BP from Heatherette. It is a sheer, neon pink that is perfect for very fair skin.

  9. Cherie

    Ohhh!!! I will definately be checking out shell pearl! :)

  10. Andrea

    How does Shell Pearl compare to Benefit’s Sugarbomb in terms of colour and texture?

    • Peachier, a little more of a frosty shimmer/sheen. It’s similar, but the color is definitely more peach-champagne (Sugarbomb is more pinky-peach).

  11. Steffi

    I so want Shell Pearl, it is so pretty

  12. OH! Shell Pearl is beautiful. It will be mine! 😀

  13. amelia

    i love the idea of the MAC beauty powders… and these ones with the packaging….. i might try to get summer rose

  14. deepblue

    I think Shell Pearl will be mine! 😉 Packaging is sooooo beautiful! Can’t wait to put my handy on it!

  15. ohhh shell pearl has the most beautiful peachy champagne-y sheen I love it 😀

  16. I mainly use Beauty Powders as highlight (especially Pretty Baby, Tahitian Sand, and Alpha Girl). I have swatched Summer Rose BP at my CCO and I didn’t like how it turned out. So I may end up passing Summer Rose again this year.

  17. Aamina

    Shell Pearl looks divine!

  18. I really like both of them! I’m exceptionally pale and am new to blushes, I’m looking for a nice one to start out with. Which of these would you recommend, Christine?

    Thanks for the post, as always!

  19. Initially I was thinking of getting Summer Rose, but it doesn’t seem like a shade I’d wear all too often. I think for packaging reasons alone, I’ll be getting Shell Pearl. I have it from one of last year’s Look In a Box sets. I’ve used it many times layered over a more pigmented blush.

  20. daphne

    Shell Pearl is gorgeous! I have to admit though, I was hoping it was a little *lighter* in color – I didn’t want it to be so pigmented as to work as a blush on me. It’s sort of too close to some of my blushes, like Springsheen, and I was hoping it would be more of a layering highlighter. Hrmm. Will have to decide in person if it’ a must-have or too much of a dupe of other things. I’m feeling more interested in Prim & Proper blush, now.

    • Hey Daphne,

      You can use it with a lighter hand :) It is a heavier swatch to show how more intensity you can build, but with a brush, I don’t see it being easy to go overboard if you just want to use it as a highlighter!

      • daphne

        Thanks :) Maybe the 188 will be just the thing to apply it with…I hope one of the MAs can try it on me tonight!

      • daphne

        Dang, it ended up being so darn SUBTLE on my skin. Could barely see it even in the bright lighting of the MAC store :(

  21. amy

    I have Shell Pearl, it is pretty but I find it a bit light and shimmery for my skin tone, so I don’t wear it very often.

  22. jhene04

    this packaging looks to gawdy to me. i probably will just get the two lipglasses

  23. Anaelle

    Besides Blue India, I think “Shell Pearl” is definitely my 2nd “must have” from this release!
    I’m really light-skinned (huh, does it work as an adjective or am I inventing it?)and it looks pefect to add a healthy glow to my face!

    Can’t wait for April!

  24. I’m currently a NC15-20 and around a NC25 during summer. Which BP do you think will give me better all round usage?

  25. Christine, how would you compare Summer Rose to Pinch O’ Peach? I have the latter and always regretted not getting the former when Rose Romance came out… but right now, they’re looking awfully similar.

    Also, do you think Shell Pearl would be too late on NC20-NC25 skin?

    • I think they’re sort of similar, but Pinch O’ Peach has more of a peach tone to it and Summer Rose doesn’t have that at all.

      I don’t think it would be too light!

  26. Hazel

    Hello Christine! Do you think Shell Pearl could possibly work as a blush for me? Would building it up make it very frosty?? ‘Cos I’m NC25-30 and a bit yellowish.

    (oh and, do you think it’s similar to Light Flush MSF, or any other cheek products you can think of??)

    Thanks! =D

  27. Mercedes

    I am an NC30 do you think summer rose would be ashy looking on my skin and would shell pearl be too light? Ive never tried a beauty powder and really want to try one of these..which do you think would be best?

    • I don’t think it’d be ashy on you, but it’ll be very subtle. I don’t think Shell Pearl would be too light either – I’d go for Shell Pearl though!

  28. Natalia

    shell pearl is gorgeous but I LOATHE this print!!!! leave it to MAC to get me to work past my fear/hate of birds…

  29. Casey

    Ooh lala…I really like Shell Pearl since its different than anything I own. It would probably make a nice highlighter on some skin tones.

  30. Nikki

    I just bought Azalea Blossom from the Spring Colour Forecast and I love it. Do you think its too similar to Summer Rose, or should I get it as well?

  31. Eyeris

    Hey cristine these look ssssssoooooooooo pretty. Do you think that summer rose looks like Coygirl or well dressed blush?

  32. Piper

    What is the difference between beauty powders and blush? How would you use this product??????

  33. Nicole

    Prim & Proper and Shell Pearl look similar. I’ve never tried a beauty powder…is it worth getting both of those? If you had to choose one, which would you pick?

  34. Mina

    Hi Christine, Is shell pearl similar to peachykeen or like springsheen?

  35. Sarina

    I have really light to pale skin and how would Shell pearl look
    is it a blush bronzer or a highlighter?
    and what is a lustre drop? lol
    Thanks Christine

  36. Sarina

    Shell powder is really pretty
    but i don’t know if i should get it :-/
    how’s it working on you?
    do you like it?

  37. Silvia

    shell pearl looks to me a bit similar to bobbi browns illuminating bronzer in Maui – I love that one. i am NC43 and it warms up the skin.

  38. samantha

    I’m definitely going to get SP!

  39. Zinnia

    loving shell pearl

  40. Kelly

    do these come with a little sponge beneath like Studio Fix powders do?

      • Kelly

        bummer! I use Studio Fix and I don’t use the sponge, but once or twice I’ve gone away and forgotten my brushes (I’ve never made a worse travel mistake!) and have been able to make do with the sponge. At least it has the mirror!

  41. Hiromi

    OMG. Shell Pearl looks awesome! It was not on my list before, but I want it now!!

  42. Lily

    Hey Christine! I’m around a NC25-30. Do you think the color will show up on me, and do you think it will show the shimmer on my face? Cause I don’t like to wear products that are too shimmery like the MSF cause in the sun, I will look like a disco ball.

  43. Nene

    I bought Summer Rose last year and deeply regret it! I’m very pale, but the color doesn’t show up at all and if I use it as a powder all over the face, it doesn’t give any effect. Total waste of money :(

  44. Shell pearl looks like must!


  45. Im not a big fan of beauty powders but I really like Shell Pearl!

  46. Out of these two which one would you recommend for NC 40 skin?

  47. Jody Brown

    I am a NC20. I use my Shell Pearl as a highlighter. It is to light as a blush for me.

  48. civa

    def need to get my hands on shell pearl!<3

  49. Michelle

    I went to the party, and Shell Pearl was the one i was looking to get, but it was so disappointing. It looked like peach foil on the skin, i would highly recommend Prim and Proper blush out of the collection before the Shell Pearl.

  50. Vale

    I simply hate the packaging… too “gaudy”, but Shell Pearl is fantastic. And that’s strange since usually I don’t like peach colours!

  51. Mell

    Which one do you think would look nicer in NC55 skin

  52. In love with Shell Pearl Beauty Powder!!

  53. At first glance, I thought of getting Summer Rose, but after seeing the swatches, I think Shell Pearl is more wearable for day-to-day, looks more natural with slight hint of shimmer.

  54. Taylor

    Is the Shell Pearl similar to Soft and Gentle?

  55. Michelle

    By this picture, I’d say that Summer Rose looks a lot like Pink Swoon (sheertone blush).. Do you think I’m right, or not?

  56. Hi Christine,
    Is the design on the compact engraved in or is it a decal that might rub/scratch off?

    I’m probably picking up shell pearl.

  57. Andrea

    Christine, do you think Summer Rose is different enough from Azalea Blossom for it to be worth getting both? (I already bought Azalea Blossom, but Summer Rose looks nice too).

  58. I like both of these powders and I think they’ll both show up on me (I’m NW25). But I like Shell Pearl better, I think I will pick it up :)

  59. egon

    Shell Pearl looks gorgeous but I have to try in store first ! I have oily skin and I’m afraid it will emphasize my pores

  60. diana

    hey Chrisitne is Shell Pearl kind of like an MSF??? i want to get it. But msf’s break me out.

    • It has the same kind of look as a MSF as far as shimmer goes, but in my experience, while MSFs can sometimes break me out, the beauty powders haven’t done so (yet!).

  61. Bits

    Hi Christine,

    Is Shell Pearl similar at all to Bobbi Brown’s Nectar Shimmer Brick? If they are similar, which one would you prefer?

  62. cmferrets

    i like them both. but i think the summer rose u have from this collection looks diff from the one from the rose romance bc this one is alot more pigmented compared to the swatches. i already have the one from rose romance, do u think u can do a swatch comparison for use please. the rose romance one looked alot sheerer.

  63. I keep contemplating getting “Shell Pearl.” I loveeee the packaging!! ..but it looks like an exact dupe to my Smashbox Soft Lights in “Tint.” =O ..Not sure if I should get it. What do you think? Have you tried any of the Smashbox Soft Lights?

  64. Tiffany

    need them both!!

  65. AgnesONutter

    They both look gorgeous. How does Shell Pearl compare to Candlelight?

  66. Trisha Mae!

    Christine! Are these BPs that pigmented or did you just heavily swatch them?♥

  67. Eliza

    Hey, they are so pretty! I’m NW35-42, will SP be able to show up on my skin? Do you think Summer rose will be ashy for me? I want to get them online so i cant swatch it 1st! :(

  68. ell

    do you think that summer rose will look ashy on NC55 skin

  69. I may just shell out the cash for Shell Pearl. I hate anything coral but if it has a good glow to it and is more peach-colored then I’m def. game!

  70. Irene

    Hi Christine! How comparable do you think this is to the LE Pearl Blossom highlight powder?

  71. Joanna

    Hi hun..

    I was wondering which is nicer in you opinion ?
    RHapsody in two or Shell Pearl ?

    I can’t choose.

  72. Kalee

    im getting shell pearl. looks sooo pretty.

  73. Hi Christine!

    Is shell pearl similar to rhapsody in 2? Thanks!

  74. Christa

    Hi Christine! I’m around NW10-15 and I need to buy a pink blush. Should I give Summer Rose a try or is there something I should pick up from the regular line that would be better? I wish I had have picked up Azalea Blossom while I had the chance :( Thanks!

  75. Do you think Shell Pearl is simular to Refined MSF?

  76. hi
    christine i am from mexico
    and im a suchh a bif fan of you!!!

    my questions
    what is a beauty powder?
    whats the one you recommend mefrom this collection?
    im a medium skin type
    thanks byee:D

  77. lynn

    how does shell pearl compare to benefit dandelion? which has more shimmer?
    shell pearl looks lovely, but I’m worried about the shimmers.

  78. Cherie

    Thanks for the swatches Christine!

    Question… with background…
    • In blushes I have NARS Orgasm, MAC’s Buff and Ripe Peach.
    • I have Soft & Gentle (not a big fan of this as it makes me have jumbo pores but it’s nice on side cheek/temple area) and Porcelain Pink MSF (I’m meh about this product and use it as a side cheek/temple area highlighter only).
    • For highlighters I have NARS Cococabaña multiple and MACs Accentuate.
    • I’m NW15 with brown eyes/hair.

    Based on the products I have, my skin color and my love of peach/coral/pinks, is Shell Pearl something that I should pick up? Or should I wait for the Beach

    • Hey Cherie,

      I think if you are not a big fan of the MSFs, even though this is subtle, you may still find that the shimmery-ness of Shell Pearl still emphasizes your pores, to be honest!

  79. Danielle

    I love the look of Shell Pearl, I will have to look out for it at my CCO.

  80. marina

    if i have soft and gentle and by candelight do i really need shell pearl? :)

  81. Claudia

    I knew i had shell pearl it was released in the look in a box set. it is beautiful. thanks christine , thanks to you i didnt buy another one and made sure i had it lol =)

  82. Jaz

    Hey Christine. :]

    I was wondering which BP would be better for my skin tone? I’m about an NC 15 or NC 20.

    I would like to use one for all over my face, not just a blush or a highlighter.

  83. diana

    Chrisitine is shell pearl anything like other wordly blush ????

  84. Sakura

    Hey Christine, awesome posts as always.
    I usually only buy beauty powders for their packaging, so I already have “Tahitian Sand” from the Hello Kitty Collection. Do you think those that and Shell Pearl are kind of similar in color, just that Shell Pearl has more of a sheen to it? I really like the Summer Rose as well; would it look as natural as the Cremeblend blushes from the Lillyland collection if I wore it on my cheek a little bit more heavier? Sorry if you don’t really remember how both of the older products I mentioned look like, but thanks for being amazing as usual! 😀

  85. Nicole

    I was pleasantly surprised with shell pearl! It’s so pink and gorgeous on me..not much peach at all on me :)

  86. i agree Shell Pearl is uber pretty! question though: do you think it resembles Milani Minerals’ Luminous or is SP still lighter than that?

  87. Desiree

    Christine, which do you think would look better on someone with NW20 skintone?

  88. Rosie

    Is shell pearl anything like spaced out blush?

  89. jennylevi

    I want to get this beauty powder but I think is similar to By Candlelight. Do you think the color is the same?

  90. Aida

    Christine, thanks for the swatches. I’m interested in Shell Pearl also but I have two questions. First, have you tried using it and did it break you out? The second question is – is this similar to Dior’s Rose or Amber Diamond as a highlighter? I already have Rose Diamond. Thanks so much!

  91. Nabila

    I’m wearing Shell Pearl today! It’s so beautiful – reminds me of Nars Luster but with more pink, and more shimmer than color (if that makes sense).

  92. Rosie

    I just bought Shell pearl and came home and compared it to hard candy’s Honeymoon and they look almost identical when swatched with the dif that honeymoon is more pigmented so has to be used with a light hand.

  93. fi

    If you had to choose, would you go for the shell pearl or prim n proper?

  94. sally

    hi Christine, is Shell pearl similar to MSF refined and perfect topping?

  95. Kerry

    Hi Christine,

    If I already have Azalea Blossom, do I need to have Summer Rose, or would it be too similar on the cheek? I’m NC30.

  96. Marianna

    Ciao, I’m from Italy 😉
    How do you compare Shell Pearl Beauty Powder to Springsheen blush? I’m NC20 with combination skin, and I fear that Shell Pearl could be too light to be used both as a blush and as a highlighter…
    Thank you!

  97. elen

    Christine, need your advice: may I use the fist beauty powder like a blush and what do your think will it look good on we(I have ivory skin, dark eyes and blondy hair)

  98. Ioanna

    Hi Christine! Is shell pearl similar to hush ccb comparing colors? Could shell p. replace hush?? Thank you :)

  99. Ioanna

    Hi Christine! How Shell pearl is compared to Hush ccb regarding the color they deliver?? thank u :)

  100. Crystal

    I’m looking for a pinky peach highlighter powder to layer over blush! Do you recommend Shell Pearl or Benefit Sugarbomb or other recommendations?