MAC Veronica's Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie's Girls)

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.

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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

Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC
$34.00/0.35 oz.

89%

Average

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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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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!

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.

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)?

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?

I’m not sure – I’m thinking NC/NW45 or higher. Since I’m NC30 and it’s not ashy on me, my instinct is that it should be OK at 35-40.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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. =(

=( 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! =)

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

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.

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 🙂

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.

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!

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!

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