The Fabulously Flexible MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder Lures Ladies Who Love Coral

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MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder Review

Wearing MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder ($29), from the new Archie’s Girls collection, all over my face

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 love 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.

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder

Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me ($29), a golden peachy base (Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl) with coral hearts (Powder Blush in Foolish Me)

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.

MAC Cream Soda Powder Blush and Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder Swatches

Cream Soda Powder Blush on the left and Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder on the right

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.

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder packaging

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($29)

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.

PRICE: $29
AVAILABILITY: Coming Jan. 30 to cyberspace, to stores and counters Feb. 7, and internationally this March

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Perfect most glowing skin ever. Such a lovely finish!
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  2. Crystal says:

    I better go stick my phone in a big bag of rice because I just drooled all over those pics! I want that peach-y, coral-y goodness in my paws right meow!

  3. Sunny says:

    Oh I’m digging the look of this big time! Absolutely love how it looks on you!
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  4. Joyce says:

    hmm..I wonder if it’ll be too light to use a blush on my NC30/35 skintone? It does seem to work well as highlighter and compliments the Cream Soda blusher. I guess I’ll have to get both! =D
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  5. Jennifer says:

    Now THAT is a blush I can do! That’s beautiful! I actually like some of the pieces in this collection a lot!

  6. Karo says:

    wow….want! so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. Cheryl says:

    So pretty! I want I want I want! Is it comparable to the Mac Vera Flower Fantasy Pearlmatte powder?

  8. Ruchita says:

    Ooo, I love the color! The hearts are adorable.

    TGIF! We got snow here in Ohio so I need to head home from work and dig out the driveway. Hope it’s warmer where you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. So cute in the pan, and so pretty on you!
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  10. Oh I love coral colors! If anything I might just purchase this. It’s just tooo cute!
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  11. Agata says:

    If I was to get just one piece from this collection, it’d be this powder. I hope I will manage to find it, it’s absolutely beautiful! And those hearts! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I just need to decide which lipstick or lipglass to get.

    Have a wonderful weekend Karen!

    I was trying to find some swatches of that beauty powder from the Liberty collection and I stumbled upon your video-it made me really happy cause until then I didn’t know what your voice sounds like. You should get back to making videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I thought this blush looked too light for my tastes in the pan but I actually love the swatches – plus it makes you glow! I may have to get the Veronica lipglasses AND this now, drats!

  13. hanna says:

    I really like this look
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  14. I didn’t think this would work for me but the swatch is so beautiful. Plus, it looks so beautiful on you.

  15. This is gorgeous! I have never tried MAC’s Pearlmatte powders before but I hear so many good things that I NEED this one. Plus, I love the color and I love Betty!! ๐Ÿ˜€
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  16. Jen B says:

    This looks gorgeous on you! Have to say you won me over with ‘line diffusing’. I love to see my 27 year old self in the mirror again!

  17. Karen! I wasn’t even thinking of getting anything from this collection and now I want this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Rai says:

    Is there a difference between this and the Shell Pearl from the Give Me Liberty of London Collection?
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  19. Mya says:

    Which MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder from this collection would you recommend for darker skin tones? I thinking of buying one but I don’t want it to look to light or not show up on my skin tone.

    • Chiara says:

      And which one would you recommend for pale skin with pink undertone?
      I’m in love with Flatter Me, but maybe it’s too peachy for me.
      Thank you

  20. Ms says:

    Karen, how does the Betty pearl matte differ from the shell pearl which is supposed to be a re promote in the year of the snake collection! Just wondering which one is more dewy and a better buy!!

  21. Diane says:

    Here’s my confession….I’ve never tried a MAC product. This collection makes me think I’ll soon be trying it out. Not only did I love Archie comics as a kid, but the colors are pretty and the packaging adorable. Thanks for swatching and sharing, Karen!

  22. thepaigest says:

    Is this very similar to the one in the Snake collection Karen??? I was about to buy it.

  23. Tianne says:

    I’m thinking the Shell Pearl YOTS is similar to this, but with texture and no hearts. It’s cheaper, so I’ll get the YOTS in Shell Pearl and the Veronica PearlMatte to cover my bases ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Telma says:

    Hey Karen,
    I’d like to thank you for the heads up! It’s the last thing I needed, another face powder, but of course I just HAD to have this one! I decided not to buy it but then yesterday I went out to lunch with my mother and saw a cat who had just been hit by a car and was all messed up. I got so sad, so upset that I thought buying some makeup would cheer me up.
    I kept refreshing my browser until MAC’s website released the Archie collection! I had it shipped to my brother’s place in NY and then I’ll wait until someone goes there and bring it to me. PHEW, that’s a lot of work to go through for a face powder!
    Thanks again and best wishes from Brazil!

    PS: I still feel horrible about that cat but at least this gave me something else to think about

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