Makeup Geek Contour Powders for Spring 2016

Makeup Geek Contour Powders for Spring 2016
Makeup Geek Contour Powders for Spring 2016

Super soft and buttery smooth, Makeup Geek Contour Powders blend like a dream and have been specifically designed to accommodate skin tone extremes and everything in between. From the lightest of light, to the deepest of deep, we have your shade. Choose from a complete lineup of 8 unique shadesβ€”four with warm undertones and four with cool undertones.

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The Details

Contour Powder, $10.00 (New, Permanent)

  • Break-Up Cool undertones, best for porcelain skin tones
  • Love Triangle Warm undertones, best for porcelain skin tones
  • Infidelity Cool undertones, best for fair skin tones
  • Bad Habit Warm undertones, best for fair skin tones
  • Complicated Cool undertones, best for medium skin tones
  • Half-Hearted Warm undertones, best for medium skin tones
  • Scandal Cool undertones, best suited for deep skin tones
  • Deal Breaker Warm undertones, best suited for deep skin tones

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As a casual not professional makeup enthusiast, I’m curious as to the actual theory on contour: should the contour product undertones match your skin or run the opposite in temperature. Shadows when painted run opposite on colour wheel: Red/Green Yellow/Blue…etc.. Anyone care to edumacate me?

My basic understanding of contour is that it’s supposed to mimic natural shadow on your skin so it should match your undertone. For a very cool-toned person, a lot of contour products pull more on the orange side, so it looks less “natural” and more “this was a horrible idea.” For warmer tones, natural shadows also pull a little warmer. It also depends on how light/dark someone’s skin is–super pale people can get away with very greyed-out taupe colors while deeper skin tones often transition to warmer tones to avoid ashiness on the face. Not a MUA by a long shot but I hope this helps! If I’m super wrong, feel free to correct me like a dark circle

It should to deeper than your skin tone and the shade of your natural shadows on your face.

Pale is grey/taupes because we lack pigmentation and foundation in a deeper shade run to pink or orange… >_< Also most contour run too orange as well.

Light can be either grey(cool tone) or warm depending on your skin tone.

The deeper your skin tone is the more warmth your shadows will have or closer to a deeper foundation shade on your skin. πŸ˜‰

Rachel: that was perfect! I suspected from my days of futzing around with oil paints that shadows should run ‘cooler’ regardless of skin undertone. I love his visual example with the same women wearing a bronzer as a contour compared to the still of her wearing a proper contour. The warm contour looks muddy and the cheeks look overdone.

I saw swatches of these on Instagram, and man am I glad someone’s created a cool shade for deep skin tones. I do hope they expand the line eventually for medium-deep skintones which is what I am. I wonder how large or small the pans are, but I’m very happy that this isn’t a palette.

The lightest warm shade looks like my current bronzer! I might have to get that since my “bronzer” is actually a discontinued eyeshadow and actual bronzers tend to look almost mango on me. Not 100% sold on MUG after the sparklers and previous packaging issues but these look worth a try.

I think Marlena first mentioned these on her channel nearly a year ago (maybe even longer?), so they’ve been in the works for awhile. As my understanding goes the sparklers were launched in a rush. I’m hoping these powders match their blush quality, which I really like.

Concept and theory seem appropriate and in-betweens could overlap/mix two shades. Wait and see, if cool really IS cool. We have been disappointed by MUG before, first with the run of mattes, then with the sifter fiasco. MUG jumped on the contouring bandwagon, which I think may have peaked….or is leaving the station. Marlena’s lipsticks never made it. MUG has become anywhere from iffy to unscrupulous, depending on the depth of your annoyance. The market is pretty saturated with contour products, but these may just be based on the MUG blush formula, which consistently has been a winner. Personally, I’m more interested in the offbeat blush, like UD OC, MUFE Ash Plum, and those Looxis that Rachel mentioned. To me, contouring is a good skill, but a dead horse. And idk the theory behind it, W. I think of shadow as basically being more gray. Also think that shadows vary with the sun: season, time of day, and angle that the sun hits the earth. Think it’s quite complicated.

I can understand your frustration. My reason for hoping these are good is that 95% of the contour product on the market right now are all warm orange or pink tone. Her’s are yellow/orange and cool taupe so I’m crossing my fingers.

the words out of my mouth when I saw the email promo: a lot late for that party.

I’ll b-slap my brain and tell it to stop stewing about 50 shades of grey. It doesn’t like to accept that something is too complicated for it to grasp. It surrenders unequivocally when faced with astrophysicist. I get in only to get utterly lost ZzzzzZZZzzzzz

The sun is hitting at just the right angle today and this makes me smile.

Wendy, you crack me up!!! ?And I really needed that this morning, badly!
You summed up exactly how I feel about how VERY late in the contouring game this release is.
And yeah, the sun is out and shining here too, and that’s good enough for me!

Have you used MUFE Ash Plum as blush? I have many of the Artist Shadows and I am excited about using some of them as blushes. Any feedback?

Yes. As blush, and as contour. Like it, light/fan brush. Not too into contour. Want to try the pink gray, too. Maybe pink tile and, Ooh, ocher pink. Gotta get ’em first. Yay offbeat blush!

I am sure the MUG lovers will be happy to finally have contour powders from them.
I have a few contour powders I already really like by KA and Marc Jacobs that are on the cooler side and work for my skin tone. Also with the CAD dollar being poor, I have to be wise in what I purchase from online sites as it will end up costing me a lot more.

Unless these are some kind of earth-shattering miracle formula of contouring powder, I’m just going to stick with my LM Bronzer 03 and for a cooler take, Nyx Taupe. Because they both work just fine for my “deceptively darker than you look” “magic skintone” “slightly iridescent” (terms used by MUA’s about my skintone, not of my own originality ).

In theory sounds good, but I’d really need to swatch these to see if they would work. Also I have the shade and light palette which works well for me. How many contour shades does a girl really need? Especially when I am not contouring all that much.

I like MUG and will support Marlena when it comes to eyeshadows and the like. Just hard to get excited about a wheel re-invention.

I hope these are as good as their blushes. It’s nice to see a company includes shades for very light and very dark tones. I’m going to wait for reviews, though, considering how much I dislike their eyeshadows.

You don’t like MUG eye shadows?! I don’t think I’ve heard that before. I like the natural shades, just not the brighter ones. I dig the formula n the price.

I know a lot of people love them, but I’ve tried several and think they’re pretty awful. I thought they were dry, most were underpigmented, and the mattes didn’t blend very easily. I tried a foiled and it was super crumbly. I gave up after that.

Contouring uses photography principals of light and shadow to enhance an image. That being said, I can’t wait for you to review these Christine!

Finally, after I held out on contour products during that entire craze, lol! Was expecting these to launch awhile ago. I did end up getting NYX taupe but I feel like it’s too stark for my skin tone, so I’m going to snag the warmer porcelain one and hope for the best.

I bet these contour shades aren’t as cool toned and awesome looking as they look here. I bet its the lighting and they are totally different. I don’t have faith in the honesty of Makeup Geek’s leader, sorry.

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