MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with pink pearl.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a subtle, pink iridescent sheen. Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Nude Glow (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Dior #003 (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Rรชve Salรฉ III (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Bronze Glow (004) (P, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Into Eternity (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay O.N.S. (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Flesh Beauty Promise (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dose of Colors Mรญrame (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Bronze (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Baby It's Rose-gold Outside (LE, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans will recognize this name, as it was released with the MAC Loves Barbie collections many years ago. I remember wearing the life out of this product when I bought it then; it was one of my favorite MAC cheek products. This version is slightly darker with a warmer tone (less pink) compared to the one I have from before; they have a similar sheen, and the color difference is only notable when applied more heavily. The bigger difference is my original has a softer, more buttery consistency, but I didn’t have any issues with the texture of this year’s version practically speaking (the original felt more luxurious). Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, while it had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, which is line with how the product is marketed (“veil of colour”). It adds glowing sheen to the skin without emphasizing pores. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

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MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Sunshine Beauty Powder

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
On eyes:
  • Cle de Peau 313 Eye Color Quad
  • Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Softly Lit Cremesheen Glass

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Is this LE? Not sure why MAC has to re-release a product with a different color than the original, seems to be happening more and more ๐Ÿ™

how do these beauty powders compare to Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders as a finishing powder? Are they the same subtlety or are they a bit more pigmented?

It says “Limited Edition” by the rating. Hourglass powders have a much more powdery texture and far less shimmer/color!

I want this! I wasn’t on the MAC bandwagon when the MAC loves Barbie collection was out. So, I missed this then. I bet that was a fun collection!

Worth picking up! It is a little painful as someone who has the original to know it’s not QUITE as soft, but functionally and practically speaking, it looks very similar on and is still easy to use!

I like the peach tone vs pink, and think I will pick one up. Becca Rosegold is too, well, rosy for me and this looks more subtle for my coloring (NC 25-30). Another Christmas present for myself, but it IS LE after all!

I’m confused with beauty powders… I see how it can be a blush, even a color highlight, but as a finish all over the face ? Wouldn’t it be too much color ? I don’t want to look like oompa loompa…

They can be used however you think would work for you – it really depends on your application method + coloring. If you are very fair, then it is less easily used all-over, but if you are deeper in color, then it could work.

Hi Christine! Do you think this would be ok for a NC42 skin as an all-over powder, just to give that special glow ou it would be a bit too much…Thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay this collection is turning out to be trouble for me lol. I’ve been wanting this powder since I got into makeup which was way after the Barbie collection so I missed out. I’m so happy MAC is re-releasing it though. It’s stunning!

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