October 20, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Face and Body Collection

If you always wanted to contour and highlight like the pros, M.A.C released Face and Body Collection consisting products just for that. Shaping the face can help to bring out the bone structure so there's more dimension to your face. Contouring is when you want to create shadow and depth, such as under the cheekbones, around the hairline, sides of the nose to slim it down and socket of the crease. Highlighting is when you want to bring out features on your face such as the cheekbones, brow bone and cupid's bow of lip. Here's what I bought from the collection:
  • Pro Sculpting Creams: Cream-to-powder formula for contouring the face and eyes. It has a smooth, emollient texture that's easy to blend and the pigmentation is is very concentrated. The two shades I bought were:
    • Accentuate: peachy beige. This shade is far too light to contour but it can be used for highlighting, such as  the cheekbones. The peachy-tone warms up the skin a bit so it's not stark white and unflattering. 
    • Coffee Walnut: cool, dark brown. This shade might seem too dark but I got it because all the other darker shades were too warm, they almost looked like bronzer colors. This has a bit of a grey undertone to it so it looks more like the natural shadow. Even with fair skin like myself can use it, just use a light hand and make sure to blend it in well.
For contouring, I like to use a firm angled brush like M.A.C 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, it fits into the hollows of the cheeks and around the hairline with precision but can still be buffed out for a softer look. For highlighting especially with cream products, I like to use my fingers to pat  it on and blend for more control. 

  • Light Touch Pressed Pigment: Highlighter in a powder formula. The colors come in M.A.C skin-tone shades, Light Touch is described as W10 which is a pink-y undertone. The finish is quite shimmery, sort of a glittery, frosty metallic shine. The texture is also very powdery but smooth to the touch and the sparkles tends to fly all over when using a brush. You can also apply it on damp skin for a wet look and to lessen the fallout. Because it has big particles of shimmer, this product might not be best on oily skin or with skin that have large pores as it could show them more.

Overall, I think this collection could have been a little better. I wish M.A.C brought back their Sculpt and Shape Duo which were contour and highlighters in powder form. Powders tend to work better on oily skin but creams do have a more natural look and blends into the skin better. The Pressed Pigment might be too glittery for some but it's a type of product that you can only use on specific areas of the face  and not all over as you would start to look like a disco ball. What did you think of this collection? What are your favorite products to contour and highlight with?

Glamour Girl

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  1. Thanks for the review. Do you think this will work on darker skin? My customers skintones are dark, to ebony.

    1. For Coffee Walnut, yes I think it will work on darker skin tones. For Accentuate, it might look a little ashy but it depends on how dark the person is. :)


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