MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool-toned brown with a matte finish. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is slightly warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is rosier, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is warmer, redder in tone. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is redder in tone, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sculpt has long been one of my favorite contouring powders, and it’s one that I personally reach for as it is the right balance of color, tone, and depth for my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It can be purchased in pan form for $16.50, as it is part of the permanent Pro range, which is available to all online (and if you live near a Pro store or don’t mind ordering over the phone, you can also get it from Pro stores). There are also four other shades available in the Sculpting Powder range, if Sculpt doesn’t seem like the right fit. I have them all, and I’ve always loved them, just that Sculpt is “the one” for my coloring, so I haven’t used the others often. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and blendable (so key for a contouring product!). It wears eight hours on me before starting to fade.

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MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder
MAC Sculpt Sculpting Powder

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder
On lips
  • : Troy Surratt Amethyste Lip Lustre
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I will get this for sure! I’ve been wanting to buy it at the Dalllas Pro store for awhile now, but I want it in its own packaging. I have enough Z Palettes as it is.

Hi Paulina,

It is the same, but you’re referencing a photo that was taken 7 years ago as well, so I use a completely different lighting source, set-up, camera, editing software, computer, monitor, color balancing system, etc. so that today’s photo is more accurate than anything I shot 7 years ago!

Thanks for your reply, Christine! That’s actually really good news for me and my wallet, cause it means I won’t be buying this powder haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a bit too warm for me, so I’ll stick to my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder ๐Ÿ™‚

I have sculpt and I love it. It’s a dupe of Make up for ever #2 sculpting duo as well.

Not a fan of those types of photos except for contouring, since it shows the cheek hollow area the best!

I really hope I’ll be able to snag this when it’s available. I’ve always wanted to try it but would like it in a compact. I don’t really care for the packaging though; too bad this wasn’t released with the alluring aquatic collection.

Wow, you’re eyes are really lovely! Never really noticed or maybe the nuances are more visible in this photo!

Christine, I’ve been looking for a contour powder like this for the longest time but I think this one is not dark enough to contour my skin. Do you know of any other matte contour powder that’s a little darker than this one?

Thank you for your response! But I used to own Taupe in the past and it didn’t really show up as a contour on me either. I’ll keep looking for a darker one. I’ll check out Guerlain Terracota since you gave it such a high rating. Thanks again!

This is the one thing I’m super stoked for in this collection! Do you know how much it costs in Canada?

When I do not see you smiling in a photo, it rather freaks me out.

I have Sculpt and find the pro blush in Taupe is slightly different, but a better colour for contouring for me. I have neutral skintones and the taupe blush is softer, less dramatic even though the shade difference is minimal.

Hmm, I’ve never tried/swatched this MAC range.. I wonder if they have one that’s good for cool vampires? (maybe closer to the Nyx taupe?).

I can’t wait to buy this. I should get 2. It looks perfect on you. I always used MAC Symmetry eye shadow for contouring, then never bothered to order it once it was discontinued in stores.

LOVE Sculpt! It’s a staple product for me. I also really have started to enjoy Shadowy for a more dramatic, nighttime contour. And, I gotta agree with others, so strange to see a non-smiling photo! Still look beautiful, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember I bought all the Sculpting/Shaping powders, but I really just use Sculpt, lol! I’ll have to make an effort to revisit the others!

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Surratt products! I’ve been hearing such good things about the line from The Non Blonde.

I have three MAC sculpting/shaping powders and I really like them: Shadester, Shadowy, and Lightsweep. Sculpt would seem like a nice addition ๐Ÿ™‚

I love colors like this, very multi-purpose. Can definitely see it working as a definition-giving blush, too on medium-to mid-dark skin tones

i keep wanting sculpt but I don’t have a palette to put it in so i’m not sure where i would put it ๐Ÿ™ i wish it came in a potted form

Oooh, you’re testing something by Surratt! Aww, the cool violet lipgloss looks basically clear ๐Ÿ™ Such a roller coaster of emotions.

How do you think this compares to Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate and Chocolate bronzers? I use those to contour and I’m hitting pan so I’d like to try something new. You look amazing btw!

I was super keen for this, but now I’m unsure. I think it will have to be an in-store tryout… which means paying Australia prices *gulp* I am very keen for a contouring powder though…

Would this work well for an NC42 skintone? And I gotta ask, what foundation do you normally use, because it’s flawless! You look striking when you don’t smile, as well <3

I’m all out of my NYX Taupe blush and I’m having trouble finding it in a store around me so maybe I’ll give this a try!

Hey Christine! Im a NC42, do you think this powder would show up/or would be good for my skin, or should I try something darker?

Wow, that is perfect for you! I thing I missed my window on perfect sculpting powders with Chanel’s LE Notorious.

I remember you are not a huge everyday sculpting/contouring gal (unless that has changed?) so it is wonderful to know which your favorite is! I haven’t come across your review from years ago. And your skin, it looks amazing here!

I can live without blushes and highlighters, but bronzers/sculpting powders are my necessities. How dark is this from NARS Casino, Christine?

I used to contour almost every day, but now I don’t because I’m usually testing a cheek product, in which case I only wear that shade I’m testing on my cheek area ๐Ÿ™‚ So I haven’t contoured on a regular basis for years!

I think Casino is darker than this!

Your reviews never disappoint! I’ve been eyeing this for a while ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m also NC 25/NC30. what would you recommend: sculpt or hoola?

Hi Christine, I just started experimenting with contouring. Girl at MAC counter recommended to buy their powder matte blush in Harmony for this purpose. How does it compare to Sculpt? I’m Between NC30 and NW 25… Thank you!

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