If you have been following the spring 2010 fashion week shows, you would have noticed that there are lots of sculpt cheeks with the hollow cheeks look. MAC’s Shape & Sculpt Powder came just in time for this and is a nice beginners’ tool to achieve highlighting and contouring. The Sculpt & Shape Duo powders give a very natural subtle highlighting and contouring look. I personally won’t want the hollow cheek look for everyday but it is nice to do some highlighting and contouring once in awhile.
MAC Shape & Sculpt Powder is very subtle and won’t give you any sharp lines on your face. It is also matte without shimmer or shine. I bought Accentuate/Sculpt Duo for $25.00 CAD. Normally these sculpting and shaping powders are only sold individually at MAC Pro stores for $25.00 CAD each. It makes the duo a very good deal as it would take a long time for me to hit pan since I would only use a little bit of product at a time. This came out as a duo for the DSquared collection and also comes in Bone Beige/Emphasize. This is my first sculpting powder, as I previously only used bronzers and darker blush for contouring; however, I do have quite a few highlighters, but with shimmer.
I am a bit on the fence for Accentuate/Sculpt and I haven’t decided if I really like it. It is just OK because I find it a bit too light on my skin tone. I like that it is subtle and is a nice matte highlighting/sculpting duo without shine, but I do find that the colour is a little to subtle and too light. Normally, I alternate in between NW35 or NC40. Accentuate (peach) is a nice subtle highlight for the bridge of my nose, tops of cheeks and brow bone. Sculpt (brown) barely shows any conturing/sculpting on my skin when I applied this on the hollow of my cheeks. I was hoping to create a higher and more defined cheek bone look but it just didn’t work with the brown colour. However, Sculpt does work nicely on my crease and I was able to create a nice depth on my eye crease. The brown also worked nicely on the sides of my nose, giving me a slimmer and more defined nose because I have a flat Asian nose. I think I would need a darker brown for the hollow of my cheeks and I wish MAC had released this in more colours. Previously in 2007 the Sculpt & Shape Duo was released with two additional colours: Lightsweep/Shadester and Warm Light/Definitive.
The 165 brush is a limited edition repromote and was previously released with the Blonde, Redhead, Brunette collection earlier this year. I really like this brush as it is very soft and does not shed. It also has a very soft and narrow angle to it to create a softer and more natural highlighting and contouring. The point also makes the application more precise. In contrast to to the MAC 168 large angle brush or other similar shaped brushes from another brand, I find that the 168′s angle is too sharp and too wide, making application less natural with sharper highlighting and contouring lines. Occasionally, the 168 and similar brushes with same the design would grab more product. In general, I find that the 165 brush enhances the natural bone structure and shapes contours better.