Friday, February 1st, 2013

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.

The Glossover

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product

Veronica's Blush

A-
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.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Bad, Bad Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Veronica's Blush Pearlmatte (left), MAC Prom Princess Blush (right). On lips: MAC Mall Madness Lipglass.

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54 thoughts on “MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie’s Girls)

  1. Avatar of Agata Agata

    Christine, you look stunning in those pictures. The eye make up is just beautiful on you.

  2. I *love* your look in these photos, Christine! The look is bold and dramatic while still maintaining a fun freshness to it!

  3. Scch a pretty blush and these hot pink hearts just stole my heart.. but mor ethan the blush itself I am liking your eye makeup :)

  4. Avatar of Shelley ShelleyS

    Ooh, so pretty!!!

  5. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    So-HO disappointed to hear about the lack of pigmentation in the pink hearts. I’m a Ronnie girl through and through and this poor pigmentation is not doing her any justice. I’m trying to figure out if I *need* this as it seems I can easily replicate the, admittedly quite pretty, effect with my numerous other produits. I refuse to raise a tool (such as a spatula) against my make up in anger!

  6. It’s interesting that the hearts in your pan are so light in pigment, as Jessica from Beautezine found them very pigmented. It’s nuts how much variation there is in production batches!

  7. Avatar of Beckie Beckie

    I’m glad you gave this a good rating as I got two of them!

  8. Jenny

    Since I decided to go with only one beauty powder out of the 2 new MAC collections, I’m glad I went with Shell Pearl from Year of the Snake. I think this one would have been a disappointment for me.

  9. Chelle

    My first thought was “hah, a Physician’s Formula Happy Booster rip off!”

  10. madii

    Your look here <3 So pretty!

  11. Kira

    The blush gives you a gorgeous glow! It’s unfortunate the hearts have poor pigment.

  12. zhanna

    I am trying to see what is so exciting about these colours or products to make people stay up for hours and fret over purchasing the stuff… and I just don’t it. Especially after all the mediocre products MAC has released over last couple of years. It’s understandable if one is a blogger or otherwise it’s ‘the job’ to know and try this stuff, but why on earth would you buy half of this collection (as well as half that came up a month ago and half the next one)?

  13. Avatar of Abigail abigailOD

    Such a pretty glow! :-) I’m kind of surprised this hasn’t sold out yet!

    Christine, when you say deeper complexion (s), what shade would that start? Say NC40 up? 37?

  14. it would be too pale on me i think :(
    ur looking very pretty ? what do have on ur eyes? :)

    • WHAT MAKEUP ARE YOU WEARING?
      On eyes: MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Bad, Bad Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte (left), MAC Prom Princess Blush (right). On lips: MAC Mall Madness Lipglass.

  15. Avatar of Mary Mary

    I think it looks lovely on you and have thought about getting this one. It sounds like the hearts in it are similar to the darker color in my Wonder Woman Mighty Aphrodite blush. It is very hard and if I want much color from it I literally have to scrape some off. You can tell in the pan how much of the lighter color has been used as it is much lower than the darker color next to it, even though I swipe my brush on it all over.

    • Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

      My WW Amazon Princess looks the same way. Gross and multi hued from being scraped to achieve some true to pan color. Not cool.

  16. Avatar of wanzhen wanzhen

    wonderful blush and amazing review, btw, I love every single review done by you….
    :)

  17. This looks so pretty ! I like the design also :)

  18. Hanie

    How is it compared to Sunday Afternoon?? They seem so similar to me! :O

  19. Adrienne

    I like this a lot but I’m very pale and not sure it would even show up on me.

  20. Avatar of Amy Amy

    I think I’ll check this blush out when I’m at MAC. It’s so hard to find a pale pink blush that still looks pale pink on my NC/NW 5 skin tone.

  21. Avatar of Megan Megan

    It’s pretty, but I feel like it could be a little better with the color.

  22. Marta

    Are the hearts like an overlay? Or do they go all the way through?

    • It seems like they go all the way through – I was scraping off the top layer for both to get color swatches of the hearts and kept seeing color!

  23. Avatar of Celia Celia

    Nice picture! Loving the eye makeup look

  24. C.rim

    Hi Christine :) I know MAC’s description in the press release mentioned that base is Play it proper.
    I wonder how different this PM from Play it proper. Could you explain what different from both?

  25. Beck

    how does ir compare to mac snowglobe or mac pearl blossom beauty powder from Barbie?

  26. Avatar of Lauren macaddict22

    Hi Christine! I’m just wondering which Pearlmatte Powder would you reccomend for pale skin with cool undertones? Thanks so much!

  27. Avatar of Marissa Marissa

    Is this too pigmented to use as a highlight on NC20/NC15 skin?

  28. Liz

    Hi Christine, they say that the hearts in Veronica’s Blush is actually MAC Frankly Scarlet Powder Blush, is it true??? ’cause I think frankly scarlet is redder. =(

    • That’s what the press release said, but it didn’t seem that way to me.

      • Liz

        =( I agree. I love Frankly Scarlet blush, so I got more excited when they say that its hearts has it, but no matter how I look at it, I really think FS is redder, I’m relieved that I’m not the only one. Thanks! =)

  29. Christine

    It looks beautiful on you Christine! I actually just went to an Archie Girls party at a MAC store and got this. It’s interesting because I actually find it very pigmented and have to be careful to apply it with a relatively light hand. However, I’m also lighter skinned, so of course it’d show up more on me. I think medium-dark skinned ladies might not find it pigmented enough, but lighter skinned ladies like myself really need to apply it moderately or it will actually be too much. It gives a nice subtle sheen and has a nice smooth texture

  30. Avatar of Rad Rad

    I tried this pearlmatte today. It was a little pale against my skin colour (indian) but in the light, it glowed and looked quite sweet/ girlie. The pink hearts bit helped the blush stand out a little more, though i wish I had tried flatter me too.

  31. beck

    Christine can you please confirm is the base of this Play it Proper beauty powder? I read its the same product but with the hearts added.Thankyou :)

  32. Avatar of Maria Marisabel

    Christine, if you think it would show rosier on NW20/25? Or would it simply work as a highlight?

    How does it compare to Tarte Dollface? Also I’m interested in a light pink blush that also works as a highlight.

  33. marley

    Hey, speaking of Frankly Scarlett, do you think it would be wearable on NW20 skin?

    It looks sooooooo bright in the pan, but i haven’t seen it in person so trying to guess how a colour like that would look!

    Thanks!

  34. Shelly

    This is Highlighter is so awesome! (can’t believe it’s called a blush)
    anyways so beautiful that I had to rush to Ebay for extra one for backup.
    Depending on the time of year I cab anywhere from a NC27 to a NC35. I hate highlighters that make me look darker or bronzed but not this one, this is sooooo gorgeous it highlights all the right places like no other has before.
    Best highlighter ever!