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Contour Powder Swatches, Comparisons, Photos

Contouring / Sculpting powders

Top row: NYX Taupe blush, NYX Haywire matte eyeshadow,
Bottom row: Inglot 363M eyeshadow, Inglot 342M eyeshadow, MAC Sculpting powder in Scupt

I’ve done a roundup of contour powder swatches before, but since I have some different products I’m using to contour these days, here’s an update.   Seeing swatches of Chanel Notorious contouring powder inspired me to experiment with using purple-grey eyeshadow to contour, with fantastic results.  If you haven’t seen swatches of Chanel Notorious yet, the lovely Karima of Shameless Fripperies has a fantastic comparison post with a swatch here.

 MAC Sculpt, NYX Taupe, Inglot 342M, Inglot 363M, NYX Haywire Swatches
Contour powder swatches – with flash:
MAC Sculpt, NYX Taupe, Inglot 342M, Inglot 363M, NYX Haywire

MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt (a pro product, now available online) is my go-to contour product – the pigmentation is at the right level to make it easy to work with, and it adds definition without ever looking muddy.

I recently re-purchased NYX Taupe after getting rid of it – it really is a great contouring color, but I think it’s better suited to someone who is paler than I am

I love the coolness and depth of Inglot 342 Matte, but if I’m not careful about blending, it can make me look dirty – so I only use it when I have extra time to play.  It is quite pigmented (since it’s an eyeshadow), which also makes it a bit harder to work with, but means that the finish is quite natural, since very little product is needed.

Inglot 363 Matte is a cool grey-purple-taupe, and works well as a contour product, though again it is quite pigmented and I need to be careful with application (I often use a stippling brush).

NYX Haywire matte eyeshadow actually isn’t perfectly matte – it has a very slight sheen, but it still works well as a contour product – the sheen disappears when applied lightly.  It’s another grey-purple-taupe, slightly greyer and cooler than Inglot 363M. I’d love to see it swatched side by side with Chanel Notorious (any takers?) – they seem similar to me, but it’s hard to tell.   This is less pigmented than the Inglot eyeshadows, and thus easier to work with as a contour product.

On days I want an extra-sculpted face, my go-to routine is to use MAC Sculpt first (placing it everywhere I normally contour), then add some NYX Haywire under my cheekbones only.


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MAC Sculpt Powder Review, Swatches, Photos

As I mentioned, I’m on a bit of a contour powder kick right now. Today, I have a full review of MAC Scupting powder in the shade “Sculpt” for you.

MAC Sculpt, which is permanently available at Pro stores & online, comes in pan form only.  I’ve placed mine into a small compact I bought at TKB Trading – I prefer to have contour products in a single, rather than in a large palette.

Sculpt has a good texture – it’s easy to blend, and it lasts quite well on my normal to dry skin.  The pigmentation level is just right. It goes on fairly sheer (which is what I want in my contour products), but is buildable to any level of depth that I might want.  I think it would work best on fair to medium skintones. MAC Pro carries several other sculpting powders that would be better suited for deeper skintones.

The color is great for a contour powder – much better than the matte bronzers that many use to contour, which are often too red-toned to be ideal.  It’s virtually identically to the powder in the MUFE Sculpting Kit #2; maybe a touch lighter.  If you want a contour powder in pan form, I would definitely recommend MAC Sculpt.

MAC Sculpt is available at Pro stores only, but if you don’t have a Pro store near you, you can call them to place an order (flat rate shipping). U.S. 1-800-387-6707; Canada 1-800-387-6707 ext. 8555. You can read more about MAC Pro on Temptalia.

MAC Sculpt is now available online at maccosmetics.com.


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