If You Can Get This to Work Well With My Skin Tone, I’ll Love You Forever, Marilyn: MAC Marilyn Monroe Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn

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MAC Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn

If the red lipsticks in the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection make you do grabby hands in the air (grabby, grabby, grabby!), you’re not the only one! ๐Ÿ™‚

But don’t let those lovely lippies monopolize your affections, especially if you like pressed highlighting powders and sweet nothings whispered in your ear.


With a soft shine that whispers, “happy birthday, Mr. President,” MAC’s new pale peach Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn ($28) seeks to play up skin tones this fall without looking obvious or highlighting pores…

Pale and medium skin tones, that is. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to wear Forever Marilyn with my darker NC42 skin tone that doesn’t result in it looking ashy on me. I tried it as a highlighter, but that didn’t work, nor did wearing it as an all-over face powder.


Sorry, Tim Gunn. I tried.

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Wearing MAC Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn on my upper cheekbones

MAC Marilyn Monroe Swatches from the left: Blush in Legendary, Blush in The Perfect Cheek, Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn, Eyeshadow in How to Marry and Eyeshadow in Showgirl

From the left: Blush in Legendary, Blush in The Perfect Cheek, Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn, Eyeshadow in How to Marry and Eyeshadow in Showgirl

One thing’s for sure: I love the fine, silky formula and inspired matte finish with its whisper of shine (perfect for subtle highlighting).

Lighter lovelies, you’re in luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ With Forever Marilyn, you’ll be delicately radiant, and passersby will wonder if that glow of yours is natural, especially if you pair it with a foundation with a similar finish (like MAC Face and Body).

PRICE: $28
AVAILABILITY: Available now online (although it’s currently listed as “SOLD OUT”), and coming October 4 to MAC counters and stores

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. gigi says:

    she sure was an icon! thanks for the swatches. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  2. Oooh, yeah. I don’t get beauty powders anyways, and I am pale haha!
    I MISS TIM GUNN’S show! Remember it? Best makeover show ever.
    Tracy@Beauty Reflections recently posted … MaskerAide Sheet Masks Are My New Obsession

  3. Sue Lin says:

    Finally, a peachy nude highlighter that doesn’t make you like a disco ball ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sue Lin says:

    What lip color are you wearing? It’s really Monroe.
    Sue Lin recently posted … Crushed Leaves Autumn Nails Tutorial

  5. Alison M says:

    I had a feeling it would be too light for me too. Le sigh. I look forward to seeing it on some fair skinned lovelies.
    Alison M recently posted … Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

  6. Nina says:

    I love this! Ive used it as a highlight using a MAC 109 brush and an over all face powder (after foundation) with an Eco Tools powder brush. Im an NC30-NC35 right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. vnssa906 says:

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview event last Tuesday at my MAC store and was sad that I too cannot wear these beautiful blushes. I’m an NC 42 and it looked too ashy. But the lipsticks?! Swoon!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m all for this… no shimmer though? I’m still in love with Orgasm so I don’t know how I’d do without the shimmer.
    Jennifer recently posted … Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Dark Suede

  9. Rachel says:

    I don’t know if it’s MAC as well, but i love the red lip.

  10. Emily says:

    I got a beauty powder from MAC’s summer collection, but I don’t use it as often as I would like. Do you think the beauty powder is worth it compared to the blushes?

  11. Cali says:

    I hope this becomes available again online or I can snag one in store! I’m an NW15 and must, must, must get my hands on this!

  12. Tanya says:

    ummm you can use the forever marilyn powder as a eyeshadow! It can be highlight for the eyes or used in the inner corner of your eyes……

  13. I got it for collecting only, lol…. It looks a hot mess on my NC45 skin! I will give it a go as an eyeshadow though…

    If all else fails, I’ll pop that sucker out n put something I can use in the compact!!


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