Saturday, 7 November 2015

NEW IN: MAC SCULPT AND SHAPE POWDER REVIEW

Hello ladies :) Happy weekend to you all :) I'm staying in this weekend as I have pretty hectic week ahead and I'm recharging batteries :) I am really looking forward to catching up on some tv series and Youtube. It's been a while since I slept in so I'm excited for that too. 





I'm really excited to show you the new addition to my ever growing contouring collection. As you know, as I moaned about it many times before, I'm super pale so finding a product that isn't orange on me is pretty damn impossible. I'm forever on a lookout and this one just dared me to try it. MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder in Bone Beige & Emphasise is a mini contouring palette. It comes in black plastic packaging with a transparent lid and a MAC logo. I have to admit packaging itself doesn't wow me. I would prefer the all black lid. I find it a little cheaper looking than most of my MAC products, even though plastic itself is good quality. 

Inside you will find two shades. Emphasise is a highlighter of a semi matte finish which is great, especially if you don't necessarily like the shimmer highlight. It's great for setting your under eye concealer or to highlight high points of your face. Because it's matte it will work great for oily skin as well. Bone Beige is a matte bronzer of a slight warm tone. It's nowhere close to red or orange and makes a pretty good contour shade. It's fairly light which makes it great for pale faced :) Pigmentation is only ok in my opinion, so if you have a pretty heavy hand, this one is perfect for you.

Both powders are very finely milled and soft to touch, almost creamy in formula. I made a mistake of using a slightly wet brush on a highlighter and it went hard. I had to scrape of the layer for it to be usable again. It's a little annoying and I find that in every powder MAC formula I used so far. It's a huge inconvenience and yes, I know, I probably should learn my lesson by now, but buying MAC I expect pro products and sometimes they disappoint. I actually quite like the effect the bronzer on me as it's really light and does a contouring job well. It's really easy to blend and using a good brush, you'll have yourself new cheekbones in a minute. 

Would I purchase again? Probably not. It's a little too costly for what it is, in my opinion. Hunt for that perfect contour isn't finished yet. So far I'm more impressed with Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour and Smashbox Shapematters palette contour shade (click on links for reviews and swatches). Don't get me wrong, I don't regret buying Sculpt and Powder as it's a handbag friendly option and quality of powders is good. I just don't find myself wowed with it. My first impressions were great but having the powder that hardens so quickly left me less than impressed.

I wonder, what do you think of MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder? Have you been tempted to buy it? Maybe you did and have formed an opinion that's different to mine? Sound off in the comments below :)
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14 comments

  1. This looks perfect for on the go but some of the new drugstore contour releases look pretty good too & are a lot less pricey. I'm a sucker for contour products though & will check this out next time I'm at a MAC counter! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Totally agree. There are plenty similar at drugstore prices. It's not as cool toned either, so I would't repurchase. But it is great for travelling so I'm not regretting the purchase x

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  2. Since I like subtle contouring, this sounds like a product I might actually like. Thanks for your review! :)
    http://carolinapage.eu

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    1. It's lovely for a light effect but again, not too cool. It should be perfect for your skin tone hun x

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  3. Ohhh I love mine, but I would probably only purchase Emphasize again though because I rarely use Bone Beige (a bit too warm for me).

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    1. Totally agree. Bone Beige is a tad too warm for me too, although not too orange and it looks nicely if used to warm up a Complexion. I wouldn't repurchase though x

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  4. So glad you wrote this post. Have been undecided on whether to buy this product for a while now but after reading this I think I might see if i can find something more affordable instead. Great post!

    Kate// http://katerosexo1.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Glad I could help :) I saw so many glowing reviews calling it cool toned where in fact it's not even neutral. What a shame, as I had a lot of expectations. Unless you're tanned - it's a no go x

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  5. I love MAC but I think not of each their product is perfect. I have never tried the contouring powders but I think they should be better for their price. Thank you for the review may be I won't buy this small palette.

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    1. Totally agree! I think I'll stick to lipsticks from now on :)

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  6. I want Emphasize for so long but your swatch makes me a bit unsure, it doesn't seem that pigmented. Or is this not the same as the individual shaping powder Emphasize?

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    1. It's the same and pigmentation isn't the best. What you have to take into consideration is the fact I'm super pale and the colour just isn't showing on me. I don't think it has the best pigmentation though.

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  7. This little kit doesn't look too good to me, for the price I would like the contour shade to be a much better option. And not good that the powder hardened so easily. Great, honest review! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Thanks Dagmara. Totally agree, it's not the best product and have to agree with Zmalowana, where she mentioned MAC pressed products to lose on pigmentation. It's not the worst contour kit I own and it does look fairly natural but the fact I had to scrape off the layer of highlight shade it's unacceptable. Plus the contour shade is warm, not too red but still way too warm. I expected more from pro brand

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