MAC x Min Liu First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

01/09

MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder

First Waves

MAC First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder ($40.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The finish became slightly more luminous once blended out on the skin but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The powder had a silvery white, coral-red, and fuchsia pink, while a lot of the shimmer comes off with the first use, as it was an overspray.

The Pearlmatte Face Powder is supposed to be a combination of a highlighter and blush with “excellent colour payoff” and a “rich and creamy texture.” They vary a lot in price and size, as they are a limited edition formula and often feature embossing/special designs. The consistency was smooth–soft without being too powdery or dusty–and blendable on the skin while it was still very pigmented and nearly opaque. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

This collection was supposed to launch on the 6th, but I haven’t seen it yet, so it looks like it might be delayed.

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Product Availability

MAC First Waves $34.00/0.35 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad
  • Stila Into the Blue Glitter Shadow
  • Stila Sea Siren Glitter Shadow
  • Stila Ballet Pink Glitter Shadow
  • Marc Jacobs Ody(sea) Highliner
On lips:
  • Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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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This is a beautiful blush. I love the embossing but would not want to use it because it is so pretty. The cool undertone would work perfectly for me. On a whim while at Ulta getting shampoo, I purchased a Lorac I Love Brunch blush in Panorama. It is a lovely cool toned lavender. I brought it home and tried it on but it is a no go. Had a read any reviews I would have known as everyone is saying it doesn’t last longer than an hour or two on the face and that was my experience on the first try. I think I will return that one and get this one.

This is so beautiful. I’m not doing it for $40 though. Plus, if I got it I couldn’t use it for fear of ruining the design.

Gorgeous presentation and packaging! Downright lust worthy! Hoping it gets delayed until May, though. Because VIB sale for my Ole Henrikson skincare and dental work have to come first.

I’m a little confused about what the powder looks like under the overspray part = I think you’re saying it’s somewhat shimmery silvery white – is that right? & is your swatch without the overspray? I think that’s what you usually do.

I’m totally tempted by this even though I don’t need it in any way. It’s just so pretty, plus it’s a nice shade.

Gorgeous ? but nope, saving my money on this one! I loved Nutcracker Sweet Vision at Xmas but have only just bought it for £11.50 less off a make-up swap group, so it was worth the wait!

From my understanding the launch date is going to be the 14th. All the Mac stores I called said it would be online only. I absolutely need the powder it’s so beautiful!!

Christine, any idea what happened to this collection? I’ve been checking every day and never saw a single piece on the MAC site. I called and was told, it was already gone! So I said, I thought it was available in the US and the Rep said it was and it’s gone now. Huh?

I haven’t heard anything, and it would be strange for it to come and go – customer emails about the launch would still go out and have gone out even when things have sold out.

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