Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “light silvery pink base with dark pink flowers and periwinkle leaves.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a blue-gray cast and a soft, white shimmer-sheen finish. Chantecaille Rose Petals is warmer, less pink. Lancome Moonlight Rose is warmer. Guerlani Cruel Gardenia is less pink and warmer. NARS New Order has a similar base color but has gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warm-toned. MAC Full of Joy is more lavender. MAC Unconventional is more lavender and blue-based.

Like In for a Treat, it did emphasize pores somewhat; it wasn’t the worst offender I’ve come across, but it didn’t minimize or soften them in any way (and didn’t leave them as-is, either). There is actually something about the finish that reminds me of frosting (but I can’t actually recollect eating frosty with shimmer!). Pink Buttercream could be used as a blush on very fair skin tones, as it does have more color in its base than the other Pearlmatte. On my medium complexion (NC25/NC30), it adds a little pinkness but mostly shimmer/sheen. The texture is very soft and silky, and it blends out easily on the skin. It lasted seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, there was some very faint fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Pink Buttercream

B+
I loved the texture--so soft and smooth--but wish it was more flattering on the skin. If it was, it could be really quite lovely!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC In for a Treat Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Pink Buttercream (left) / In for a Treat (right) Pearlmatte Face Powder

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $30.00 (April 11th).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Chantecaille Rose Petals is warmer, less pink. Lancome Moonlight Rose is warmer. Guerlani Cruel Gardenia is less pink and warmer. NARS New Order has a similar base color but has gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC Veronica's Blush is warm-toned. MAC Full of Joy is more lavender. MAC Unconventional is more lavender and blue-based.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Urban Decay Bourbon Eyeliner. On lips: MAC Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm.

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32 thoughts on “MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lynzee Elzey

    Ohhh, I love all the light it brings to your face.

  2. Yui

    I think it would work as a highlight for medium skin tones maybe! :)

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel Marie

    I’ve actually had frosting that looked like glitter before :P lol

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kelli kellilee

      I was thinking the same thing. My mom decorates cakes and puts sprinkles on the frosting that look like glitter. :)

  4. Josephine

    what brush did you use to apply the pearlmatte face powders? it looks great on you!

  5. koolchicken

    I’m still pretty excited about this. I’m very pale so I actually see it bringing a lot of color to my face.

    I have a couple of questions as I’m really new to MAC. When these collections are first released is it online everywhere, or only MAC? I would prefer to buy from Nordstrom if I can. My last question would be about the brushes from this collection. They cost the same as the regular line, but I’ve read they aren’t the same quality. Is this true? If so how can the charge the same amount, it doesn’t make sense to me. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows the answers!

    • MAC is currently launching their collections about a week prior to other online retailers, so Nordstrom should launch it sometime near the 18th, while MAC will launch it online around the 11th.

      SH brushes are supposed to be manufactured the same way regular brushes are – SE brushes are manufactured differently.

      • koolchicken

        Thanks! I think I’ll hold out for Nordie’s as they do free shipping and returns. It’ll be hard though!

        • LE collections and products like these are really popular so they sell out pretty fast. I would try to get it on MAC first when it comes out, then buying at other retailers if they sell out. You get free shipping on MAC with $150 purchase anyway!

          • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nikki Nikki

            All orders ship free on MAC now, so jsut get it through them!

            • koolchicken

              Hmmm. I’m a little worried now. I figured all of the retailers sort of got their own supply. Does this mean MAC has everything and what’s left over gets sent to other retailers? Cause the MAC site says it’ll ship free for $150, but I don’t want that much stuff. I’ll also have to pay for returns, because you can’t return it to a counter (and the closest is an hour from my house).

    • Sarah

      :) I remember those days with fondness! My first time buying MAC was the Venomous Villains collection in Fall 2010 (Google it’s gloriousness!), and I caught the fever pretty quickly. I started out only buying from collections at the counter in my local Dillard’s store, but learned through trial and error that when products are going to be quick sellouts, it’s easiest to stalk it out online. Christine has saved me countless times from buying something that is beautiful but poor in performance, which is something to seriously watch out for collection to collection. Best thing to remember is that even if a product is to-die-for, if you miss purchasing it, it’s just makeup. And even better, it’s MAC–they’re bound to re-release it in a collection a few years down the line! :)

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alicja Alicja

    Lovely! Only pity that I dunno if it ever be possible to buy it in Norway, and on ebay it goes for 43-49$ :(( Insane. :(

  7. Caroline

    Do the pinks go all the way through, or are they only on the top?

    • Hi Caroline,

      I didn’t dig into this one, but the petals and leaves went all the way through the In for a Treat shade, so I would expect that this one would, too.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rosie Rosie Posie

    I might still be picking this up, because I can’t seem to find a cool-toned, pale pink highlighter!

  9. This is actually a lot prettier than I expected!

  10. Looking forward to this one. ;)

  11. Which one would you recommend for very pale skin :)?

  12. Marie

    I love this one, too bad it would look so bad on my skintone.

  13. Kittyvisage

    Is the white on Pink Buttercream a spray over like it was on In For a Treat?

  14. This looks lovely on you, Christine! Gives you an angelic glow! :)

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lisa Lisa

    What brush did you use to apply this on your cheeks?

  16. D

    I know you compare it to Veronica’s Blush but how close are they? Are they different enough to warrant buying both?

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of marisol marisol hernandez

    I purchased the MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish and i’m wondering If I should purchase this aswell or is it the same, i am comparing the two and they look a bit similar? HELP I am very pale, green eyes, strawberry blonde hair, but im not caucasian im hispanic :P

  18. I like mac products but they seem to be very expensive when they reach my country Zambia in Africa. They are so rich and makes your face glow especially the face powder. The problem we have in our country is that they are alot of imitations such that you get benefit of down when buying!