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.