Oh, MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me…the things I’d for love. I’d wear your letterman jacket in 90-degree weather, even though it’s three sizes too big for me. I’d write you love letters, old-school style, and slip ’em in your locker. I’d let you win at Scrabble (most of the time) and always give you the last slice of pizza.
Because I you, MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me, and the pretty hearts in your pan, which elicit responses from me normally reserved for kitten videos (“Awwww!”).
A highlighter from the new MAC Archie’s Girls collection, Flatter Me combines a pan of peachy golden Shell Pearl Beauty Powder (which you might remember from the Liberty of London collection) with hearts of golden coral Foolish Me blush.
It imparts the warm, butterscotch glow of a late summer sunset…even in the middle of winter.
With Flatter Me, I get the sense that MAC sought to lure back the ladies who fell in love with Shell Pearl Beauty Powder from the Liberty of London collection.
I was one of those ladies, and to this day! — Shell Pearl is one of my all-time favorite MAC products (here’s an old video where I talk about it; check out how dark my hair was back then!).
Flatter Me’s cute coral hearts give the combined color a slightly pinkish tone, so it’s not a dead-on dupe for Shell Pearl anymore (think sisters, versus twins). But unless you have preternatural, superhuman cat eyes, chances are that even if you’re the most devoted MAC aficionado this side of the Rockies, you won’t be able to see the difference from an arm’s length away.
I love it.
I love it so much that if I were to get a text from Ryan Gosling right at this very moment — “HEY K. YOU, ME, SOUTH OF FRANCE THIS WEEKEND? YES, NO?” — I’d bring along Flatter Me, on account of the soft, satiny, candlelit glow it gives my skin and its pore- and fine line-diffusing powers. Like the Fountain of Youth in a pan.
And like that slightly annoying girl in yoga class who effortlessly slides from pose to pose like human origami (have I ever mentioned that I suck at yoga?), Flatter Me is oh-so flexible. I can wear it as a highlighter, an eyeshadow or even mixed with foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Sometimes I’ll even buff it all over my face like the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powders from the new Sparkle & Glow collection, which I thought at first would be “too much,” but if I buff it lightly with a powder brush, I swear I see a 27-year-old Karen looking back at me in the mirror.
Coral plays a big role in the Archie’s Girls Betty sub-collection. MAC features it in the eye, lip, cheek and nail products, but if I had to choose just one coral among everything from the release, Flatter Me would be mine.
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