Monday, June 23, 2014

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Face Contour Kit and Sculpting Brush: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Products featured were provided for review.
Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to attend the Make Up For Ever Get Sculpted event at my local Sephora (read more about it here). The event was held in celebration of the launch of the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit at Sephora. So today I would like to review the Sculpting Kit and the 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush for y'all in case any of you wanted to "get sculpted".
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The kit I have is a press sample, the kits sold in stores have a solid black lid with a mirror.
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit in "2 Neutral Light":
What it is:
A compact powder duo that includes one highlighter and one contouring color that will help you achieve a natural sculpted look. The kit is available in four different shades.

*Note: The Sculpting Kit pictured is the press sample version of the product. 
The Sculpting Kit comes in a sleek black compact with a large mirror on the underside of the lid. The compact is very thin so it's super travel friendly.

Formulation & Pigmentation:
Both powders have a finely-milled, soft, matte formulation. Although the texture is soft, the powder doesn't get all powdery and messy. The pigmentation is not super intense but it's buildable, this allows a better control of how "sculpted" you want your face to be.

The highlighter looks a bit shimmery in this photo but both powders have a matte finish.
158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush:
What it is:
Dual purpose contouring brush designed to be used with the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit or any contouring products.
Brush Design:
The duo ended brush has one rounded ended designed for applying highlighting powders. It's shaped very much like a traditional blush brush so it can definitely be used for that as well.
The angled edge is designed to be used with the contouring color, it has a more tapered design so you can use it to make slightly more defined lines.

Quality & Construction:
Like all brushes from the Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Collection, the Sculpting Brush is constructed in 25 stages by 30 people. The fibers are synthetic but feel incredibly soft and luxurious. Both ends of the brush are super dense and pick up powder easily.
Rounded side of brush.
Angled side of brush.
Below is a contour/highlight diagram I did following the instructions I learnt during the Get Sculpted event, it is recommended that contouring/highlighting powders be applied after applying your usual setting powder, this way the colors will blend more easily. Highlight should be applied before the contour and blush can be applied after contouring.
1. Using the rounded end of the Sculpting Brush, apply small amounts of the highlight powder from the kit onto:
  • the front of the cheeks below the eyes
  • the bridge of my nose
  • between and above the brows but far away from the hairline
  • the brow bones right below the eyebrows
  • cupid's bow
  • the chin
2. Using the angled side of the Sculpting Brush, apply the contouring color:
  • concentrating right in front of the ear and slowly blending the color towards the front of the face, stopping two finger width away from the lips
  • at the temples
  • near the hairline while dragging the brush towards the face
  • at the jawline
I think both of these are high quality, makeup artist calibre products from Make Up For Ever. For those that already adorn contouring, this would make the perfect addition to your collection and for those that want to get into contouring, the duo will provide everything you need to get that perfectly sculpted look!

P.S. Buzzfeed actually just posted a video that shows the magic of contouring, it's quite hilarious!

Do you contour? What products do you use to achieve those Kim Kardashian cheek bones? Let me know in the comments below!

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