Kevyn Aucoin • The Sculpting Powder • Bronzers
|Would buy this product again.||89%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I unfortunately wasn't blessed with razor sharp high cheekbones á la Natasha Poly, but fortunately, I can fake them with contouring! I really love the contoured look, but I've had my fair share of disasters trying to with warm-toned bronzers, ughh. Now that I'm more knowledgeable, I realise that cool-toned, grey-brown powders are the way to go, and decided to purchase Kevyn Aucoin's 'Sculpting Powder' based on all the positive reviews.
I think they've changed the packaging - mine is a very small little plastic box with 3.10g of product, whereas I've seen other versions with 6.5g of product. Anyways, the powder is a mixture of brown and grey, with cool undertones - not a hint of red or orange. It's very pigmented, finely milled and applies nice and smoothly. I have nothing like it in my bronzer collection, but 'Omega' eyeshadow from MAC could definitely be it's cool-toned cousin. The powder only comes in one shade 'medium', and completely matte.
I use it by first creating a 'pouting' face - I see my cheekbones better this way rather than the 'fishy-face', then using my brush, I dust the powder right under the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, nose and jawline. I do very light, buildable strokes, first creating the contour line, then using my brush to blend it out the line. It really does mimic a natural shadow on my skin, I like to apply it very lightly under my cheekbones, down the sides of my nose, the tip and on my temples. On each of these areas, I see noticeable definition, and to me this product to me deserves all it's critcial acclaim. Furthermore, I just LOVE using this as in my eye crease, it gives such beautiful depth to my eye make up. No issues with fading throughout the day either, although I do wear long-wearing foundation.
I sincerely hope that they release a cream version, since creams always look more natural on the skin. Aside from that however, it really is a phenomenal contouring powder.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Green
I haven't tried this on my cheeks yet but I tried it on one side of my nose as an experiment and when I saw myself in the mirror it looked like there was a shadow, like a LITERAL shadow on one side of my nose
edit: okay so I tried it on my cheeks...I don't like it. I think I'm the only person but I seriously do not like it...I heard a lady on youtube saying how u have to learn how to work with it and I guess that's what I gotta do cuz I'm not letting 60 bucks go to waste... sigh...maybe my hopes were too big...meh oh well...
EDIT again: so I watched this video by monsiieuralex (is that how you spell it?) and he talks about how you should use a bronzer before putting on the sculpting powder and he uses the chanel notorious but I love the effect it gives though, I just need to try it on myself! I'll keep updating, seems like I've been all over the place in regards to how I feel about this product...
(4rth experiment-actually probably like the 7th but whatever)
NEWEST EDIT: it FINALLY works for me...what I used to do before was use the brush to create a line and then try to buff out that line and that was not working at all, what I do now is just take some and buff it into the skin but I use a darker shade of foundation first to sort of act like a bronzer but that's only so the product looks a little better, the only downside is that I have to build it up quite a bit, and the staying power isn't amazing tbh....
OKAY THIS IS MY FINAL EXPERIMENT REVIEW:
I FINNNNAAALLLLY figured out how to use this on tan skin...I use that method that monsiiueralex does with his contour I was talking about and I also use a foundation that's a little lighter than my skin tone with this-it's winter so who cares anyways- so it shows up more and I use a highlighter and it finnnaallly looks okay, I also add a hint of natural looking blush to blend it in a little more at the apples of my cheeks but yeah :) SO WORTH THE MONEY NOW OMG FINALLY , I also realized it's not just the contour, it's also the highlight that's important :) but that's another thing I guess
to get a better idea of what I do watch monsiieuralex's contour videos, I just don't do the whole making it masculine looking thing lol but his technique makes makeup look noticeable but natural and that's always what I like to do
It's not worth how much it costs... who the heck prices their products? It's not a rip off, that makes it sound like it works poorly-and it doesn't it's pretty good it's just not "plastic surgery without the plastic surgery" type of product. I think you need a whole ___ load of stuff to get plastic surgery without the surgery ;)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
This powder is like plastic surgery in a little red, plastic case. I have been in search of the perfect contour powder for a long while, falling victim to matte bronzing powders that ended up too warm-toned/orangey on my skin.to suffice. This item is quite pricey.... $42 for 0.23 oz of product isn't cheap. But the powder is so finely milled and the quality is outstanding.
There are so many great reviews on this product, and it does indeed live up to the hype. It effectively contours one's features in a way that looks natural and flattering. I use it to make my cheekbones more defined and to diminish the bulbous tip of my nose, and it really works and transforms/contours the face in a way that doesn't look overly made-up or drag queen-esque.
I was not a huge fan of the packaging. It comes in a plastic, red case with a mirror and stiff/course brush. Although this is a matter of personal preference, I like my cosmetic items to be "pretty", especially if I'm paying upwards of $40 something dollars for it. I would prefer if they left out the mirror and brush in order to revamp the packaging into something more aesthetically appealing.... but that's just me being whiney and picky, lol.
But overall, outstanding product. I am so glad this powder exists, as it has become a staple cosmetic item I use daily. It truly works wonders and, if applied correctly, can transform your face in a natural-looking way. Goodbye orangey bronzers!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
An old favourite(before I met Chanel Notorious), it's a muddy colour that contains no red or orange in it. But it's still a little bit too brownie and dark on me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Love it. Gorgeous contour eve
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I finally decided to give this expensive bronzer a try, after hearing so many good things about it. And I find it totally worth it. It creates a very natural contouring. The powder is very densely compressed and I feel like it will last forever. The brush it comes with has pretty stiff bristles but work just right with the powder.
Overall, I think this bronzer has the best contouring shade, and wins over Hoola b/c of the packaging; It beats NYC sunny by the shade and the enclosed brush.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this!!!! Med olive skin for ref. it allows me to sculpt my face in a subtle but noticeable way. The color is great, really does look like a 'shadow'. Highly recommend!!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This product is super expensive. I plan on trying a cheaper version of a grey toned powder. That said, I do like it, so if I can't find a cheaper version I may continue to splurge on this once in awhile. It isn't some miracle product. There really is not a huge difference when I use this. That said, I do think it helps make my face look just a bit thinner though that could be wishful thinking. It blends well and has the right cast to mimic shadow. Just make sure your face is completely dry (no dampness from moisturizer) when applying or you will end up with a muddy mess.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Relaxed, Medium Eyes: Brown
I'm cursed with my father's bulbous tip of a nose, so I'm glad my search for the perfect contour powder has ended. I bought this powder (color:medium) at Barney's for $42. Pretty pricey, but worth every penny. I've tried bronzers, eye shadows, and other contour powders. But the problems I had with previous products were that the color was wrong, end up looking muddy/blotchy on my nose, too pigmented and instead of looking natural I looked like I preparing for a drag show, or it was too shimmery to use on the sides of my nose. This powder is silky, easily bendable, the perfect color that looks natural, and it goes on lightly but is build able. I would definitely repurchase if I ran out but, there's plenty of product and I doubt I'll need to in the near future.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is a great contouring powder and I'm not sure why this got labeled in MUA as a bronzer because it's not warm enough. However, on cool-toned people, it might come off as a bronzer, but it's perfect for my warm and light complexion. The texture is butter-smooth and you must take care not to over-apply; it's quite pigmented so start lightly. The brush that comes with the powder is useless, as are most applicators packaged with products. I would repurchase.