February 14, 2012

MAC Vera Pearlmatte Face Powder Sunday Afternoon & Flower Fantasy Review & Swatches

The new Vera Pearlmatte Face Powders are proving rather delightful! Have you hauled them? We last saw this powder when MAC in Lillyland launched but I dare say these powders are considerably nicer than that release.

Take a look!

This classic spin on Spring is filled with butterflies, soft shades of color, and perfectly placed floral notes. The limited edition MAC Pearlmatte Face Powders are a hybrid highlighter/blusher with a graduating shade selection.

I was delighted with these powders since they work brilliantly as a blush…mmm sometimes these highlighter powders from MAC prove too shimmery, too frosty, or just aren’t pigmented enough to act as a blush but I was delighted that these had just the right touch of pigment to act as a blush and a highlighter all in one.

The powder has a cute little ladybug design with the Vera logo embedded right into the powder. It won’t disappear quickly with use but the overspray that gives the design that little something extra does swipe away at first use. Sad sigh!

The powder is split into three parts with three graduating shades of color in three different finishes. Call me nuts but the powder has a very, very faint scent of roses, am I crazy?

You have your choice of cooler pinks here and warmer shades of peach and beige. No matter your skin tone you can take advantage of either in my opinion as both are flattering shades however they’ll appear the brightest as a blush on lighter tones.

My favorite is Flower Fantasy which is made up of a dominate matte shade of warm peach. The smaller strips are made up of a dusky pink and a frosty golden beige. Together the colors come across as a glowing peach on my cheeks (you can see me wearing this by clicking here). I think the best technique for application is swirling in all the shades and applying as trying to get at individual colors could prove challenging as they are really small strips. The good news is the warmer peach has the biggest area available so if you wanna leave off the shimmer in your look you can easily dab your brush in the matte shade only while avoiding the other smaller strips that are shimmery.

Sunday Afternoon Pearlmatte Face Powder is made up of a bright pink shade which dominates the powder. The middle shade, smaller strip is a darker almost mauve pink with a frosty light pink, it looks almost lilac to me, that comes across quite shimmery and lightens up the entire powder. It does have a fair bit of shimmer to it which I thought came across a tad frosty but using less of the bottom shade and more of the almost matte bright pink towards the top will ease things up.

The formula on both powders is fairly silky and blends easily but I think it comes across a little patchy on drier skin so just be sure to prep well prior to application, a hydrating primer is an excellent choice for the nicest, smoothest finish.

Overall, both powders were very nice. Typically MAC releases Beauty Powders, highlighters, etc…that can’t always be used as a blush so these were a refreshing change as both worked as a blush without being overly shimmery or frosty with the right application technique.


Worth a check out.

Available now from MAC.

Did you indulge?

Which shades did you get?

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • the Muse

      it’s gorg court ;-D Happy V-Day sweetness! I just read your email! I’m going to reply shortly! wet kisses from me to you for Valentine’s Day :P~~~~~~~~ 🙂

      • Tammie

        Yes!! I love it so much I’m definitely getting Flower Fantasy as well. I love the pearl sheen these have, and I am amazed that even in direct sunlight they don’t look all that shimmery.

  • The Peach

    These are one of the few new products from MAC that I have been interested in. Both look great!

  • Littlecreek

    Wow I actually think I could wear both of them. I wasn’t going to get anything from this collection, but those look nice !

  • Stephanie C

    Love love love Sunday Afternoon! Both when used as a matte blush, shimmer blush, or just highlighter :)! I want to get Flower Fantasy too but I have to draw the line somewhere or I’d be broke! :)!