MAC’s Liberty of London Beauty Powder is Shell Pearl ($25) is absolutely beautiful. This is a pressed powder highlighter in gorgeous white packaging, with a beautiful bird and flower design, which in combination with the Liberty of London name certainly drew me in. Shell Pearl was previously released with at least one other collection (Sundressing in 2006), but somehow I missed it then. This time, I was unable to resist the British connection and ordered this online.
My instinct to order it sight unseen was because I feel that this collection will sell out quickly, not quite a quickly as Barbie but not too much longer either. Indeed, Shell Pearl is now gone from MAC’s online site, although still on Nordstrom.com and in some stores. Several of the lip products and Blue India nail polish is gone as well. I suspect there’s another week or so left for the persistent purchaser, but not terribly much longer than that for the popular items.
Can I just rave about this beautiful packaging for a moment? Shell Pearl arrived boxed in this patterned organic-pen-drawing covered box with bright flashes of color highlighting the bird and flower theme. Inside the compacts are a pretty shiny white (who doesn’t love a shiny white compact!) that seems to resist showing the fingerprints that shiny black boxes do. Typical of MAC, the plastic is sturdy, the included mirror is nice to have and I would feel completely comfortable packing this inside a nice purse without concern that it’s going to self-destruct. As an aside, I am not a fan of cardboard or paper packaging for products that must withstand both travel and messy countertops.
Shell Pearl is a beautiful warn shimmery gold-peach with a touch of pink. It makes my skin glow, without the addition of any glittery bits. In the swatches below, you can see that building up the shade doesn’t seem to make it cakey or odd. It is unquestionably a highlighter. The color cannot be built up enough to use as a blush on my pale skin. Used with a peach or pink blush, the effect is really beautiful.
Here are some comparisons-here, Bobbi Brown’s Nectar Shimmerbrick and her Antigua Illuminating Bronzer, which are in the same color family. As you can see, Shell Pearl is slightly lighter in color and tone than Bobbi’s offerings.