MAC Accentuate Pro Sculpting Cream
If It Matches, Sculpt Away!
MAC Pro Sculpting Creams ($20.00 for 0.17 oz.) are described as a “cream-to-powder formula for sculpting and shaping key features … [s]ilky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded.” It’s supposed to have sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.
- Accentuate is a pale white beige with mostly neutral undertones–it almost pulls a smidgen pink on me.
- Coffee Walnut is a gray-ish medium-dark brown with subdued, orange-tan undertones. It has a slight green-cast.
- Copper Beach is a medium-tan with strong orange undertones. If anything, this shade seemed more appropriate as a bronzer.
- Naturally Defined is a light-medium beige with mostly neutral undertones–perhaps a smidgen warm.
- Pure Sculpture is a softened tan brown. It’s not as orange as Copper Beach–more subdued.
- Richly Honed is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones.
I think the shades in MAC’s Sculpting powder range (which is permanent at PRO stores) are better-colored for contouring, because they’re much more shadowy, and these tended to be rather warm-toned. When you contour, you’re emphasizing or adding shadows, and when you highlight, you’re shaping and sculpting by adding light/sheen. If one of these shades is the right color, it can be a really great product. I’m just not sold that this is the right set of shades–I would have loved to have seen them take the existing Sculpting range and make them into cream form. Accentuate, Coffee Walnut, and Naturally Defined are the closest to neutral, while Copper beach, Pure Sculpture, and Richly Honed are very much warm-toned.
The texture is lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin. I’d almost describe it as a stiff cream, but in the best way. All six shades had buildable coverage, so you could get sheer-to-light color easily, but you could layer just once or twice for more intensity. While I did try using the new 163 brush that came with the launch, I preferred the 193 or finger tips (using a clean spatula to remove product, then warming it up between finger tips and blending it out on the skin). It dries down and has a natural finish. I tested all six of the shades (though used together, not individually), and I had no problem getting a full eight hours of wear with no noticeable fading.
|I like the formula, but I don't think the shade range is ideal for contouring. If you're looking for good contouring shades, try MAC's PRO Sculpting powders - they are a fantastic product that I rarely hear about!|
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