MAC Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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.

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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

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MAC Pink Buttercream $34.00/0.35 OZ.
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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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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.

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!

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).

🙂 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! 🙂

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.

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 😛

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!

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