Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder


90 reviews

88% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$


Talc, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, PTFE, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is just the nicest contour... and I have repurchased at least 3 times already. I don't do instaglam contouring by any means but I do enjoy a natural contour and use a contouring product just about every time I do my face. This is probably my all time favorite after trying so many. I use the Medium shade. It's not to warm or ashy. It blends with little effort and can be applied minimally or built up for an exaggerated look, if that's your thing.

The product is solid. But I also really appreciate the packaging! It is compact but sleek. There isn't a useless applicator. The little velvet pouch that it comes in is a nice touch that protects it from banging around your makeup storage. It isn't an inexpensive product by any means, and contour takes forever to use it so I just really like that it's not beat up and gross by the time you work through a whole pan! Also perfect size for travel.

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on 12/12/2018 10:25:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have always been scared of contouring for some reason. All of the over contouring on Instagram scares me but if you’re looking for the most natural fool proof contouring product this is it. I use the Kevyn Aucoin contouring brush and apply the shade medium (I’m nc20) to the hollows of my cheeks, sides and tip of my nose, chin, forehead and temples. The result is chiseled without being too noticeable. I feel more polished and like I have cheekbones! I highly recommend this product to anyone nervous about contouring.

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on 12/12/2018 4:32:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

I got the shade Light since I'm fair skinned around N15 and expected it to be grayer in tone but it's actually very skin-like, just deeper. Makes the most natural contour! It's very silky to the touch and blends beautifully. I barely tap the brush and that's enough to build slowly. I also find the packaging very esthetically pleasing. Might also get the shade Medium for more dramatic nighttime looks, excellent product overall!

on 8/20/2018 1:49:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

No surprise here, this is a beautiful contour powder. Blends beautifully and I feel like the medium shade can cater to a wider shade range than you'd originally think, thanks to the blendability and buildability. You don't get a ton of product, but you also don't use a lot when contouring so it should take you a long ass time to finish this. That being said, it still is a ton of money to spend only on a contour product (can't really use this as a bronzer as it's too cool toned). If you're looking for more bang for your buck, check out the Contour Books that Kevyn Aucoin seems to be pumping out every year. I have volume 2 and it's beautiful. It costs more than the contour powder alone of course, but you'd still get a full size contour (medium), plus highlight, plus cream contour and cream highlight and 4 eye shadows for maybe $20 CAD more than just purchasing the full size contour.

Would definitely repurchase this if I lost or broke it. Would highly recommend if you can manage the hefty price tag.

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on 11/13/2017 3:37:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I contour with bronzer then do this over the top and girl my cheekbones are for days! But I opened my travel bag and it’s smashed everywhere and it’s too expensive for a small powder

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on 10/17/2017 9:36:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I've had this about a year now (yes it is long lasting) and it is ok for cheekbones but not for my nose. For some reason it goes on patchy and it is hard to blend. Either I have very obvious uneven contour lines on the sides of my nose, or there is nothing at all. It just completely disappears when I try to blend it. I've tried different brushes and powders underneath it and always end with the same result. I exfoliate my skin frequently so it is not that. I like the colour but don't think it is worth the hype.

3 of 4 people found this helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I never used contour before, but I'm glad I started with this. This little powder compact works wonders.

I got medium, which is a bit dark for me, but I just use way less. It's very pigmented, so be careful to not use too much.

It definitely gives me that sharp cheekbones look. I like using bronzer with it. I'm definitely not the most precise when it comes to make up application, but this is super easy to use.

This is definitely something that's intended to be use on the edges of your face, and its brown color is definitely on the cool side (as opposed to "ashy"), which is great for contour, but will look like actual dirt if you rub it wherever else: don't mistake this for a bronzer, and don't use too much of it! If like me, you got too enthusiastic the first time around, use a blending sponge to absorb and blend any excess.

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on 7/18/2017 5:18:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Brown

WOW soo finely milled you only need a touch of it! Blends very well and is a great cool brown (the medium shade). I was afraid it would be too warm given what it looks like on screen. I've been using NYX powder blush in Taupe but that has been discontinued. The quality of KA The sculpting powder is SO much better it isn't even funny. The NYX in comparison is hard packed, grey, and difficult to blend. My goodness this is worth it! I prefer powder for contouring rather than cream so this is fantastic!!
Update 3/2018: Causes blemishes on me! I was surprised but it has consistently caused this problem--I stop use and the blemishes along my contour go away. Start up and they return. I've gone back to NYX. Sigh.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

I bought this in the old packaging for nearly 60 dollars a few years ago. It was and probably still is the most expensive single product in my collection. (I don't count palettes cause if you look at them as singular products the prices differ). It was, and still is, to this day, the best contour powder I have ever used.

I have nc40 skin tone, or NARS syracuse I believe, or Armani LS 6.5-7. I was worried it wouldn't show up but it still does. I don't know how deep your skin tone can go for this product but I was previously misled it was only good for light to medium skin tones.
It gives such a natural contour, and when I look at it, or use it again I still wonder why I wasted my money buying my other contour palettes when I already had this. I don't even use those anymore unless I'm using the shades for another purpose (there's a great bronzing shade in the ABH powder contour shade, I believe it's the medium palette).

Everytime I use this I don't get any comments from my overly critical sister about how I look muddy, or it looks like I have a streak of dirt on my face. It's great.

I would recommend to everyone, however with a small warning to try it out to see if it works for you in the store. Skin tones vary so much, not only by shade, but by undertones and what not so it's good to check.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm carrying a few extra pounds and I find it amazing what a little simple cheek contour can do do my face. TheBalm Bahama Mama has been my HG contour for years now. I despise warm contour. I want something shadowy and ashy.

KA beats Bahama Mama in terms of ashy and longevity. I do find KA has to be built up but I guess that's a good thing for contouring so you won't look too done.

I added a picture of both side by side.

The only problem I've had with KA is that the pan is very sensitive to any oil on cheeks/brush. More so than any other product I've used. I've had to repeatedly scrape off too layer from pan.

I bought the KA to go at Sephora which includes sculpting powder and the KA Hight light which is also AMAZING!!!

Edited to add: this review is for Medium color. I am N20

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