MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Stylishly Yours: Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is an ultra, barely-there pink with a subtle white sheen that has neutral undertones. MAC describes this shade as a “pastel soft pink with sparkles.”  Thankfully, this is really not a sparkling powder–it has the soft sheen that beauty powders are known for.  This is a really light/pale one, though, and I think that it’ll work well for lighter skin tones, darker skin tones may find it turns ashy.  It’s a lighter, more neutral version of Benefit’s Dandelion.

Beauty powders have a very finely milled, silken texture that tends to settle well on the skin without looking powdery.  I did find that the Stylishly Yours beauty powders were frostier than previous beauty powders, so I noticed it more on skin–partially due to my medium skin tone, though.  You get an amazing amount of product for just $22–way better value than the Special Reserve Highlighting Powders, actually ($28 for the same amount).

P.S. — In the full face photo, I’m wearing Play It Proper on cheeks, Cockney on lips, and on eyes, Chilled on Ice as a base, Retrospeck and Caviar Dreams on top with Dark Diversion to line (upper lash line) and I Get No Kick (lower lash line), and then New Hue on lashes.

MAC Stylishly Yours Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North America, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For lighter skin tones of both warm and cool natures, this would be a nice highlighter. On medium-dark to dark skin tones, I’d try it before buying, because I suspect it will turn ashy.  Note that the overall rating is very much buffered by the value of the product.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder
MAC Play It Proper Beauty Powder

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I included it in the post, but here it is again:

P.S. — In the full face photo, I’m wearing Play It Proper on cheeks, Cockney on lips, and on eyes, Chilled on Ice as a base, Retrospeck and Caviar Dreams on top with Dark Diversion to line (upper lash line) and I Get No Kick (lower lash line), and then New Hue on lashes.

Wow, that looks too light even for NW10 blush, and too dark for a highlighter. Oh well, I’m using Oh So Fair up like it’s goin’ out of style. You look great in that lippie, Christine. 🙂

I was hoping this would be like Pearl Blossom from the Barbie collection! But thank you for sharing that its nothing like that Christine! It is the perfect color on me and I can’t find anything like it!

IMO, it’s not like it, especially since the texture is completely different, as is the finish. I loved the Barbie beauty powders, but these are not like them.

Hi Christine,

I was wondering how is this compared to Illamasqua Katie. Katie is the lightest and the most pastel babypink Ive ever seen. But it is so pigmented it gets chalky and the blue tone is a bit intense sometimes. I wanted to try Dandelion but some people say its too sheer to show up at all. I’m NC15-NC20, do you think id be happy with this?

I really love this as a highlight! and 22 just seems pretty inexpensive! I saw Dandelion the other day at Ulta, but I think I’ll pass and maybe go for this 🙂
Btw, may I add a thank you for just having this site mobile! really, even on my crappy phone!

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