Compared to the limelight-loving purples, blues, reds and fuchsia fighting for the spotlight on Veronica’s stage in the MAC Archie’s Girls collection, Veronica’s Pearlmatte Powder Blush seems perfectly content to stay backstage.
I think it’s one of the more Betty-like products in V’s basket of bold brights, seemingly subtle, like a brush from a kitten’s whiskers on your cheek, but look closely, because there’s more to see…
Its soft pink shimmer — not quite a full-on frost — definitely reflects more light than Betty’s Pearlmatte Powder in Flatter Me.
While peachy coral Flatter Me’s soft shine conveys a certain sweet innocence, Veronica’s Blush is stealing kisses behind the bleachers, perspiration tickling her brow, blood rushing to her cheeks as she locks lips with her best friend’s boyfriend (ruh-roh!).
I think MAC had a girl with pale or medium cool-toned skin in mind with Veronica’s Blush, a girl who naturally gravitates toward light blue-based pinks, and is looking to brighten and highlight her face without turning to a possibly harsh frosty finish.
She still wants you to notice her makeup, though, which is why MAC kicked up the shine. (Oh, but P.S., she might steal your boyfriend while you’re not looking, so watch your six.)
If you’re an NC-color temperature gal, I think you can still pull this off, but you may want to use it sparingly. Too much on darker skin tones could appear harsh and high contrast.
I’m a ho for corals, so I think I prefer Flatter Me, but I wouldn’t pass up a chance to hang out with this Veronica.
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