MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder Swatches, Photos, Review

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Fashion Flower: Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale pinky coral with a very subtle satin sheen. I found it was more pigmented when I applied it to cheeks (I used MAC’s 116 brush) than when I attempted to swatch it on my arm. My “heavy” swatch was rather dismal, but it was better on cheeks. Alpha Girl was a touch powdery, and I felt that it made my cheeks look a little dry.

The powder itself is very soft, so it blends out easily, and the softness of the color makes it difficult to overdo. Beauty Powders typically wear eight hours or so on me, but it is often hard to tell since the majority are so subtle!

I’ve always loved how much product you get in a beauty powder, though, because it’s nearly double the size of your average blush, but it’s not double the price! Β These beauty powders are packaged in traditional all-black MAC packaging and include a mirror inside the compact.

This shade debuted in the Heatherette collection (back in ’08), so long-time MAC fans will want to peruse their stash of beauty powders to check if they already have this one.

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder Swatches, Photos, Review


MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder


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Angels1Jay Avatar

Let the swatching fest begin. Really like this one on you Christine. What is the difference between MAC Beauty Powders and MAC blushes?

Hilary Avatar

The flower imprint looks beautiful. Some people use Beauty Powders as an all over powder. I know that Alpha Girl probably isnt the best as one but I am confused. What exactly is a beauty powder? I use my Pretty Baby Beauty Powder from Hello Kitty as a multipurpose powder.

Felicia Avatar

Do you have the Hipness blush from MAC’s To The Beach collection? And do you know ANYWHERE where I can find it? I’m seriously going crazy looking for it, and I need it; I want that exact color, and that exact packaging. PLEASE help me find it =[

Clarissa Avatar

I saw to the beach in an outlet store in NJ… the cosmetic factory store or something like that. take a look at the website of jersey shore premium outlets and they might give you the #, who knows if they ship, right?

Jessi Avatar

My cheeks tend to be kind of dry so I don’t think I need anything to accentuate that! So beauty powders are just under-pigmented blushes? I feel like I can get the same result using a cheapy blush, or you know, just using less of my regular blush, haha.

Christine Avatar

Beauty powders can be used however you want – they are, essentially, a face powder. How you use it will ultimately depend on how pigmented the beauty powder is and how light/dark your skin tone is, so they’re not always a blush – they can be an all-over powder, blush, contour, bronzer, highlighter, etc.

Faerie Avatar

Subtle and very pretty on you. Love the green eye make up too!

The swatch looks a tad peachier to me compared to Alpha Girl from Heatherette. Is it just me or did you find it’s a little warmer than the old one?

Liz Avatar

I have the original from heatherette and maybe it’s your lighting, but the newer one looks brighter and more orange. Is there why chance they might have tweaked it?

Mariella Avatar

Looks very pretty and I’m trying to get a bit more into slightly more peachy shades (have to be careful though – too “orange” and it doesn’t work, which is why this appeals to me).

Can others here help out? I only have ONE Beauty Powder and, to be honest, I’m never really quite sure what the heck to do with it. Suggestions? The one I have is Oh So Fair (which I got in Hark the Heraldry but which was a repromote from Venomous Villains).

Mariella Avatar

Thanks for your answer, Christine. I’m somewhat gratified to see that I seem to be in good company regarding my confusion as to how to use these things. So much seems to depend on the colour of the beauty powder and the one’s own colouring. I have to say, it’s a whole lot easier with straightforward old “blush” or “finishing powder”. I can just see myself using one of these as a a finishing powder and catching sight of myself at some point during the day with a ridiculously PINK face all over!

Salvinia Avatar

I’m the same as you, I only have Summer Rose (from Rose Romance) and it’s way too pink to be used all over my face! I pretty much just use it when I’m wearing really dark eye makeup and want a very subtle pink cheek. Although, as someone did mention, I suppose I could get the same result from just using less of a different pink blush, haha! I think it was the rose pattern on the powder that suckered me into buying it, plus at the time I didn’t have another blush in a similar colour.

Jill Avatar

I like this color a lot! It gives you a really nice flush. It’s not too in-your-face. Almost just looks like you went for a walk outside, or something to make your face flush just a little. I like it.

Nessa Avatar

Hi Christine,I was wondering looks a lil matte? Do you think it’s more matte looking than sheer shimmer? I dontreally like the glitzy stuff on my face,is looking for something more matte and is a light- medium skin tone. Xoxo

Cassandra Avatar

Hi Christine! Do you think this is somewhat similar to Instant Chic that came out last May with the Pret-A-Papier collection? Maybe not in the pan but on your cheeks? It looks oddly similar to me – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Laura Avatar

im wondering in comparison to the beauty powder/blush thats coming out with the summer collection if they are similar at all??? which do you think is better???

Missy D Avatar

I bought this way back in the day with the Heatherette launching. For some reason it looks almost a different color here. But its sheer and subltle enouch that I wear it as either a all over powder to calm down my shiney face (I have combo skin) or I just use it as a highlight. I wouldn’t recommend paying $25 for it and it was much cuter in the Heatherette packaging. I’m very Darkskin by the way (NW55 barely works for me) and it looks great on me.

Tricia Avatar

I wish I knew what Beauty Powders were before I purchased the Heatherette version at the CCO πŸ™ I bought it with the intent to use it as a blush. I’m NC25-NC30 and it doesn’t show up on me at all, so girls with that skintone & darker, beware! I supposed it would make a nice setting powder, though.

rukia0814 Avatar

Hi Christine, I really like this in the pan but your correct based on the swatch I think it won’t really show up that much on my NC30 skin. Can you recommend a blush with a similar shade? Thanks in advance (PS but I really like the flower design and might buy it just for that =))

Becca Avatar

this is gorgeous!!! and since I love my blushes and the flower design is cute, I might have to pick it up! but I hate it when it’s too sheer, and I don’t want to waste my money. do you think it’s worth it Christine?

JordanMayTwigs Avatar

I bought a back up of the Heatherette Alpha Girl last year at the Jersey Shore Outlet Mall around Christmas time.
But I love it so much I NEED to get another back up.
Since my current one is on it’s last few applications.

Plus since it’s coming out April 28th during the Macy’s Associates Cosmetics Discount.
I can get it for 40% off!!
I <3 working at Macys!!


Tiffany Avatar

Hi Christine,
Quick question! How does this beauty powder compare to the bite of an apple blush that came out with the Venomous Villains collection?

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