MAC Powder to the People Swatches, Review, and FOTD - Beth Ditto

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From the MAC Beth Ditto Collection we've seen a lot of new and stand out products. Some better than others. The one that seems to draw the eye towards it the most is the powder - aptly named Powder to the People.

What is this? Is it a blush? An eye palette? Well, it's pretty much whatever you want it to be. I want it to be all of those things. It almost reminds me of a clown outfit in the circus... it has to be because of the polka dots!

What the MAC website has to say about Powder to the People:


Play with polka dots to create highlighting effects on your eyes by blending the colours of this ultra-fine, lightweight pressed powder with a velvet-smooth finish.

10 g / 0.35 US oz

(colors swatched separately)


(colors swatched blended together)


Powder to the People is described as Pink Polka Dot. Basically it's a pink base dotted with tan, brown, yellow and blue dots. A bit intimidating!

When used as shadows, this actually gives off quite a bit of pigment. I really wasn't expecting much from it! The above swatches are done dry with no primer. I applied it in the eye pic below dry with firm brushes on top of the tan side of Beth Mask. The powder was easy to apply and blend on the eye. It'll look fabulous when used with any of the new Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners.

All blended together as a cheek hue is where it got REALLY interesting. In the swatch above you can see it went to a deep nude. I used it as an all over cheek color, but those paler than me may like to use it to contour.

I think this is a really cool concept, and I love that it's such a versatile product. The only negative you'll hear from me on this one is that when the shades DO swirl together, it's not pretty. However, it doesn't effect the pigment on the shadows because you can wipe it off... but wiping that much after using as a blush stands to waste product. It won't seem like much after a time or two, but if you use this a lot it'll add up.

Now for the FOTD! I was so excited to play with this one. Just look at it! The colors are so fun and it can be used on the eyes and the cheeks! I had to go for it. At first I thought the look I had in my head wouldn't be that loud, but the combo of the eye and the lips brought neon to a whole new level... oddly, though... I likes it!

Products used to create this look:


* 3LAB ‘Perfect’ BB Cream in #02

* Lancome Dual Finish Powder in Matte Bisque II

* Powder to the People (all swirled as a blush)

* Powder to the People (as a shadow - light tan on the lid, brown in the crease, yellow at the inner part of the eye, the blue under the lower lash line)

* MAC Beth Mask (tan side on the lid before the powder was applied, brown side smudged out on the top and then used on the outer corner of the lower waterline)

* MAC Blue Charge Zoomlash Mascara

* Anastasia Brunette Beauty Express for Brows & Eyes

* MAC Entertain Me Lip Pencil

* MAC Booyah! Pro Longwear Lipcreme

For more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release as well as the Q & A with Beth Ditto.


MAC Powder to the People retails for $38.00 and can be purchased at your local MAC counter (try Nordstrom) or store, as well as at It is listed as limited edition.