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I’ve used Benefit Hoola for quite a while for that. I still love it but I’m looking to switch it up! I hear good things about that chocolate one from Too Faced.

I use the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil for bronzing. I really like the matte finish and the color (which you can apply lightly on fair skin or more heavily on darker, so I think it may work for many skin tones). And the chocolate scent, of course! πŸ™‚

Could someone please tell me how you know what color code you are? I have seen it all over the place for years, but I don’t know what it is, nor who makes the designation as to what you are.

It’s the MAC shade labels. I think NW is neutral warm and NC is neutral cool? I could be wrong. But I find that NC suits yellow/warm undertones and NW suits cool undertones. You can go to any MAC counter and just ask to get your color matched. πŸ™‚
For reference, I’m a light-medium skinned Asian and I use NC30 πŸ™‚

They are the MAC foundation colours. Pink undertones are NW, yellow are NC. The bigger numbers are darker tones. You can find out what you are by going to a MAC store or counter. πŸ™‚

Anything cream with a cool or grey undertone. Looks more natural that way cuz shadows tend to have a grey or cool look to it :3

I have three products that I use for countouring. My main two are MAC mineralize skinfinish natural in medium deep (a couple shades darker than my skintone), and benefit hoola. I have them swatched on my blog here: http://projectswatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/project-swatch-6-highlight-contour.html Once I swatched them, I realized that Hoola is a better product for me, since it’s cooler/ has less red in it.

I also have a taupe-ish Inglot eyeshadow that I occasionally use to deepen the shadows. I think it’s 349.

I just recently purchased Chanel’s bronze universal and so far I really like it. Iv been applying it with the angled contour brush from the sigma bunny collection. I’m really pale (N4 @ Mac) so it work as a contour on me

Hey Christine I was actually wondering about this particular shade of sculpting powder, do you if it was limited edition or if it is just a pro product ?? I’m dying to have it cause none of the bronzers i have make good contouring powders so..

Christine, when you mention the LE product, I am assuming you are referring to the Sculpt & Shape Duos.
I was wondering how the Accentuate shaping powder compares to the Too Chic beauty powder.
Thanks!

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Sculpt is permanent at MAC PRO stores πŸ™‚ I don’t use the duos – I actually use a single pan of Sculpt! Accentuate doesn’t compare at all — Too Chic has a TON of shimmer, probably 5x as much as Accentuate! Accentuate is much more refined and finely-milled.

I’ve tried many products for this… my current favorite is ELF powder in Toffee, Benefit Hoola and Giorgio Armani Bronzer in 01. MAC 109 brush is my best ally for contouring.

Other products I’ve tried are The Body Shop matte bronzer 01, Lancome Star Bronzer 04 (I still use this one when I want to look tanned), MAC MSFN Deep Dark (I don’t recommend this since I looked orange). One I do recommend is MAC Copperplate eyeshadow.

My skintone is NC35

Oh and I use NYX Taupe blush for the moment but I really don’t like it, doesn’t look natural ! I used MAC Cork for quite a while but didn’t really like it either. I just ordered Benefit Hoola so we’ll see how that goes. I’m NC20 in MAC,118 in MUFE HD, Ceylan in NARS SG, and Nude in Revlon Colorstay πŸ™‚

I don’t usually contour because my skin is so fair that I have a hard time finding a bronzer that doesn’t look really dark on me. But when I do I use the sleek face contour kit. Its so good, I prefer the highligher side but the bronzer is good too.

What MAC shade are you? I find the Sleek kit WAY too orange. I’m NW10 and use MAC’s Omega eyeshadow (how many times can I tell people about this before they think I’m crazy???).

Benefit Hoola! Only one that works on my super pale skin and doesn’t look like orange streaks (looking at you, MAC MSF) or dirt. Forever grateful to Xsparkage for introducing me to it.

MAC Sculpt
MAC Pressed Amber
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

my favorite is currently pressed amber. it works amazingly and the marbling makes it look more natural. I’m NW15 or maybe a little lighter.

for daytime i use MAC 138 and if i go out at night i use a Sephora Professional 56 Brush.

I’m about NC20 right now, Gobi/Ceylan in NARS Sheer Glow (Gobi at the moment.), #117 in MUFE (Slightly too light.).

I use any of the following:

1. MAC MSF Natural in Medium Deep. Such a sheer, soft powder, so makes a great more natural highlight on skin. It doesn’t provide too dramatic of a contour, but gives a subtle dimension.

2. Before it was discontinued, NARS Tuomota, but now for a cream highlight I use Illamasqua’s Cream Pigment in Hollow. It’s sort of a greyed-taupe. Blendable and can be sheered out nicely.

3. MAC Sculpt Powder (I believe it’s a PRO product.). I use either Bone Beige or Sculpt.

4. Too Face Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. (I think the above products are better for contouring, but I use this one when I’m in a pinch and want to do double duty of bronzing and contouring.)

I also sometimes will contour with darker foundation shades about 2-3 shades darker. Maybe 4. MAYBE. If i am tan, I will go darker. Right now, I would stick with 2 or 3 at most.

Wow I feel special because I use the same thing as Christine haha! I too, use the MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in Sculpt. I’m NC20.

It’s the perfect medium brown that leans a bit cool or taupe, which makes it look more like a shadow. The $$/oz is very good too, and the texture is sublimely smooth and silky, without being powdery or chalky. In my opinion, it’s definitely a step above things like Hoola and Chocolate Soleil.

I use Too Faced bronzer in Chocolate Soleil. Mine comes in a compact as a duo with their Candlelight pressed powder, which I use for subtle highlighting.

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