Contouring, strobing, perfectly groomed brows. All things that are here to stay. While I don't always embrace the fully contorted face, I see the appeal. Make Up For Ever has made it easier to contour (sculpt, actually) all the things with their Pro Sculpting products for brows, lips, and of course, face. I've sculpted my everythings and have the lowdown. Read on!
Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in 50 Brown Black 0.2 g (colour) + 0.4 (highlight) $27 USD / $32 CAD
I initially wasn't quite sure how one sculpted brows, but the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow is a simple process. It's something you likely do already, but everything you need is conveniently stashed in one pencil. The pencil is home to a brow pencil, matte brow highlight, and the always necessary spoolie. The pencil portion has an angled tip, which is perfection! The tapered shape makes filling in brows quicker and easier with a natural look. The pencil is fairly firm when swatched, but applies nicely on brows, with a soft look that isn't harsh.
The matte powder lives in the inner portion of the pencil, and has a sponge tip for application. I found the powder a bit, well, powdery and needed to be blended well to not look dry and cakey. I like the idea of the browbone highlight, but this formula doesn't wow me. Also, it seems like there is only one shade of highlight available, which won't suit darker skin tones.
Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Lip in 10 Rosewood 1 g (colour) + 0.9 g (highlight) $27 USD / $32 CAD
I usually dab a bit of highlight on my cupids bow to finish off my look, but MUFE has taken lip sculpting a little bit further. The Pro Sculpting Lip combines a semi-matte lipstick with an iridescent powder-to-cream highlight shade to give lips a fuller look. I have the shade 10 Rosewood (one of four available) that is a medium depth raspberry hue with a pinky-white gold highlight.
The lip shade is fully opaque, and a really easy wearing formula. The highlight is to be dabbed on the centre of lips to add light and make lips look rounder, and fuller. I found the effect didn't photograph too well, but looks pretty spectacular in person. The highlight shade melds with the lip shade without looking like an obvious second shade. Instead, it looks like you have perfectly plump lips.
The main event, of course, is the face. The Pro Sculpting Face Palette combines four cream shades- matte highlight, contour, shimmer highlight, and blush- to contour to your heart's content. The kit also includes a very handy guide that explains face shapes and the best ways to contour each of them.
The cream shades have a really easy to apply and blend formula, that is nicely pigmented, but also easily buildable. I wasn't sure how the contour shade would work for me, as it swatches quite deeply, but the shade is perfect once applied. While I don't contour everyday, I can see myself utilizing the highlight and blush (a pinky-peach) shades very frequently as the formula is dreamy and looks incredibly natural on skin, and the shades are perfect for my fair-light skin tone. For application, I've been using a Sephora Collection Pro Contour and Highlight #80 and find it works really nicely with the cream formulas. It is the perfect size for precise application and blends product into skin for a natural effect.
Overall, I am really happy with these products! They're deigned well, and take a lot of the guess work out of contouring if you're new to the game. Have you tried any of these? Want to? What are your go-to product for contouring and highlighting?