Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette in "Light": Review and Swatches

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MAC is upping its contouring game this Spring with the release of the new All The Right Angles Contour Palette ($48 CAD). Available in four color combinations, the palette contains one highlighting cream, one highlighting powder, and one contouring powder. To see my thoughts on the "Light" palette, click........
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette
The All The Right Angles Contour Palette is a combination of MAC's Cream Color Base ($17 CAD for full-sized 3.2g, 4.5g are included in the palette), Shaping Powder ($21 CAD for full-sized 6g, 2.5g are included in the palette) and Sculpting Powder ($21 CAD for full-sized 6g, 2.5 are included in the palette). So in terms of cost per gram, the palette works out to be slightly more expensive. But taking into account the packaging and the option of trying all three products in one palette, this product works out to be a pretty good deal.
A fairly thick but compact square compact houses the Sculpting and Shaping Powders on the upper tier, which slides out to reveal the Cream Color Base. I really appreciate that MAC separated the powder and cream, which makes things much more mess-free.
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette in "Light"
Cream Color Base in "Luna" (4.5g): This is a white shimmery highlighter with a cream formulation. The cream is quite lightweight and the finish is more natural than tacky. The product sets fairly quickly after application so it's won't slide or slip on the skin. "Luna" is fairly sheer so it's easy to apply without going overboard. I can see this product working really well as a natural cheek or browbone highlight for very fair to light skin.

Shaping Powder in "Emphasize" (2.5g): This is a pearly ivory white powder for those that want a less shimmery highlight. The color still has shimmers but it's a lot more subtle. Personally, I would have preferred a matte white given that "Luna" is already so shimmery. The formulation is soft and finely-milled; the pigmentation is good and the application is smooth and easy to blend.

Sculpting Powder in "Bone Beige" (2.5g): A warm soft brown, "Bone Beige" has a sheer formulation that allows easy-to-control sculpting. The application is just a tad patchy but that's not a deal breaker. I personally am not a fan of the warmer color. I like a more taupe-brown when it comes to contouring;, even for those with warmer undertones, a cool-tone brown better mimics natural shadows.
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette in "Light"
Overall, I think this is a pretty nice contouring palette. The price is quite up there compared to some of the other popular contouring palettes on the market but I like the inclusion of a cream highlight. Also, the palette is very compact, making is perfect for traveling.

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