Rather than release several blushes, MAC included Pearlmatte Face Powders in the Archie’s Girls collection, which can be used for several different things… A highlighter, a blush, or an eye shadow. This review is for Veronica’s, which is the cooler toned of the two and is called Veronica’s Blush.
Pearlmatte Face Powders combine a lighter, more pearly base color with darker colored hearts that have a satin finish. The color of the hearts is not just stamped on top either, it goes all the way through to the bottom of the product.
This is MAC’s description of Pearlmatte Face Powders… Hopefully it gives you a clue of what this product is: “Love is in the details with all-new Pearlmatte Face Powder combining pearlized and satin shades to achieve an array of looks. Hearts are adorably stamped onto the base. Effortlessly blends with a rich and creamy texture. Use for highlighting and blush effects or as an Eye Shadow with a velvet-smooth finish.”
Pearlmattes are super finely milled so they feel like silk on the skin. They’re easy to apply and layer or blend out. They remind me of MAC’s Beauty Powders but feel even more luxurious than those, if that’s even possible! One really nice surprise about these Pearlmattes is that they don’t break easily when dropped, despite the extremely fine milled texture. Trust me, the testers at the store where I work at have been dropped several times and they’re still in one piece!
As with the rest of the products in the Archie’s Girls collection, Pearlmatte Face Powders come with special white packaging… A white box with the Archie’s Girls logo as well as a glossy white compact with the same logo on the lid. The inside of the compact has a mirror, which, like the eye shadow compacts, is a legit mirror that is not the cheap, easily scratched up plastic type. This sturdy type of mirror also hasn’t broken when the testers have been dropped, so I think it’s safe to say that this special edition packaging holds up well in addition to being super cute 😉
Pearlmatte Face Powders are limited edition with the Archie’s Girls collection and are available now. Although Veronica’s Blush is sold out online, you may want to check back at www.maccosmetics.com later on to see if they’ve restocked it as they sometimes do. Otherwise, check your local MAC counter or store to see if they have some left! Pearlmatte Face Powders contain 10 g / 0.35 US oz of product and sell for $30.
Although MAC says that you can use these as either a blush, highlight, or eye shadow, I find that they work best on the cheeks as a blush or highlighter… You can also apply these as a soft wash of color and sheen layered over a blush (they work well like this with the blushes in this collection). If you want softer color or more highlight, swirl your brush mainly on the base color. If you want more color or want to use this more like a blush, swirl your brush more over the darker hearts.
As a blush or highlighter, Pearlmatte Face Powder wore well for 8+ hours before showing any signs of fading. They don’t emphasize pores or texture, despite the high amount of sheen they have, so these may be a good option for people with larger pores who have a hard time using something like Mineralize Skinfinishes for a highlight. For a more intense, heavy application, use a MAC 116 or 129 brush. If you want a softer color payoff, like to use as a highlighter, try a MAC 188 brush.
As an eye shadow, the lighter base color works best all over the lid or as a highlight for the inner corner of the eye or below the brow. Alone, the hearts yielded very little color and had a dry texture that didn’t want to show up or blend out very well. Sadface!
It’s strange to me how alone, the heart color doesn’t have good color payoff, but you can see a huge difference when you swirl it in with the base color… I’m not one to use the individual colors in a product like this anyway, so it’s really not a problem or fault in the product. Overall I really like the Pearlmatte Face Powders… They seem to be a big hit with this collection, so props to MAC for releasing a potentially confusing product (think Beth Ditto collection Powder to the People) and having it end up as something that’s so versatile, luxurious and fantastic!
Veronica’s Blush: This Pearlmatte Face Powder is described as having a “silvery pink base with deep pink hearts”… The base color is a slightly cool toned, pale silvery pink a fair amount of sheen… And when I say sheen, I mean a glowing, soft kind of sheen. The swatch photo doesn’t really do it justice… It’s much prettier in person! The hearts are a dark, warm pink and have more of a satin to matte finish (if you can even get them to apply well on their own). Mixed together, it shows up as a slightly cool toned, light to medium pink with a gorgeous, pearly sheen. I suggest this for fair to medium-dark skin, as I fear that the silvery tones may make darker skin appear ashy. If you have dark to deep dark skin and want to try this product, layer it over a blush and it should work just fine!
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5