Absolutely love this product. I'm NC15 / NC20 and Coffee Walnut is the perfect shade for me. I bought the 163 brush to blend it with & it works well, but I actually prefer to use my fingers to apply it to the cheekbone area. It is ridiculously hard to find a cream contour product so I hope MAC keeps it around. I tried Illamasqua's cream pigment in Hollow but it was way too greenish / ashy & it ended up looked like Halloween corpse makeup on me lol.
Coffee Walnut is the Goldilocks of cream contours - not too warm, not too cool, just right! :)
I'd buy this again, perhaps, managed to get one off ebay, i also have tom fords shade and illuminate which outshines this by a mile. I got the shade coffee wallnut as it has the greyest undertone to create a shadow in the hollows of your cheeks. I find it's TOO creamy and hard to blend, tom ford blends like a dream and i wear that over foundation whereas this, i have to use gossmakeupartist technique and put it under foundation then stipple foundation over it and apply bronzer over that. It's a good product, but there's better, i'd give it a 3.5 if i could.
I'm always on the hunt for the latest contouring technique to perfect my make up and get the illusion of a perfect facial bone structure or the best highlighter to add light to the high points of the face, so I was really excited when MAC launched a limited edition of six Sculpting Creams back in September. It wasn't easy to get hold of one of them as all the limited editions fly off the shelves on line, but I got lucky at London airport.
Coffee Walnut can be described as a gray-ish medium dark brown, a very neutral shade that does not lean towards warm but is quite neutral. The texture resembles a very compact stiff cream, it has very good pigmentation and buildable coverage if you fancy more intensity. I used my fingertips to apply it just under the cheek bone but I prefer a brush to blend it, don't really like a harsh line that would make my features too severe. It dries down to a natural finish and lasts a full 6-8 hours.
Good product to have if you are into contouring, but you can probably achieve similar results with less effort with the powder version which is permanent at the MAC Pro Stores.
I got this in the color Copper Beech - I actually wanted a different color but this was a limited edition item I guess, and they were down to only a couple of options at my local Pro store. I asked the SA about whether these were going to become permanent additions to the line, she said they had all thought they were but they are not.
And that's a real bummer, because this product is terrific. I'm at the age where I really feel like cream products give my skin a much nicer sheen, and are just generally less 'dry and lined' looking. This is great for contouring (although it is a warm shade, which actually works well with my coloring but I would imagine it wouldn't for lots of people) but it's also great just on the eyes for a super quick look with mascara.
Love it, and would buy more if I could.
MAC released sculpting cremes to the general public last fall and I purchased one in the color coffe-walnut, which is a neutral/cooler-toned brown. Not very red or orange, actually very neutral and quite shadow-like. Almost like a very dark tan Hard to describe. The texture is very similar to the creme blushes, but a bit dry (unless the room is hot and the texture gets a little softer.) This looks great as a contour and a little rubbed into the hair line and temples. It looks like a mix between an actual tan and a natural shadow. Hard to describe. But when used correctly on the face, it can have an effect just as profound to the face as eyeshadow to the eyes. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I will never be able to be without it now. Thank goodness MAC pro will continue to carry these.
This is the first ever cream bronzer i have purchased, it is in the shade "pure sculpture". Initially I was nervous how this would apply for contouring, i tried it over my foundation (ester lauder double wear), but found it difficult to blend this way. I then tried it under my foundation, applied it fairly heavily, and then blend it out with my foundation over the top...this works beautifully. It gives a very natural, but still sculpted look.
I bought this in Coffee Walnut a couple of weeks ago at MAC. I am about an NC43 for reference. I bought it specifically to use for contouring my face. The thing about contouring is that powders or creams are supposed to seem a bit grey in color. That is because it is supposed to look like a shadow on your face, so obviously the usual bronzer would look odd. You need a grey-based contouring cream or powder to create that natural shadow. Anyway, I really like this product. It's subtle on my skin so it's not overly dramatic. But it definitely creates some type of definition. I usually blend this in and layer it with NARS Casino.
I am interested in trying the darker color though, since I do think this color is better suited for lighter skin tones.