Release Date: Now (Online) / September 13, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
A cream-to-powder formula for sculpting and shaping key features. Silky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded. Apply where extra dimension is needed, eyelids included. Provides moist, skin-soothing, natural-looking sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.
This review is for the new Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture, which releases with MAC’s Face and Body collection. MAC describes this as a neutral pink beige.
The Pro Sculpting Creams have the same packaging as MAC’s Powder Blushes.
The Pro Sculpting cream has a fairly thin cream consistency. Pure Sculpture has good pigmentation and a color that reminds me very much of my favorite bronzing cream–Chanel’s Bronze Universel–though the MAC Pro Sculpting Cream has a much thinner texture. The product leaves a semi-matte finish to the skin but doesn’t quite obtain the “powder” finish MAC talks about. Pure Sculpture is a very suitable contouring and bronzing color for NC20 skin and could be used for NC25 skin also. It doesn’t have a orange tone or unflattering fake tan hue to it.
I enjoy using this bronzing cream for the same reason I like bronzing creams in general: they sink into the skin and look more seamless than powder bronzers. MAC’s claim that the product is buildable also holds true.
While testing this particular product, I used it under the cheekbones, to contour the sides of the jaw, through the temples, across the forehead, and on the sides of the nose. I wore the product all day and didn’t have problems with the color fading.
I like the thicker consistency of Chanel’s Bronze Universel more (for reason that I explain in the Ease of Use section). But given the at-the-counter price difference (see Price section, below), MAC’s Pro Sculpting Cream is a solid alternative.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
The formula allows you to spread and buff out the sculpting cream easily. But, the product also doesn’t hold up under buffing as well as a thicker formula does. I find that if I use a circular buffing motion with this product, it becomes patchy and I have to go over smaller areas again with more product. I’ve found that the better method for getting even color is a tapping/downward swiping motion instead of a traditional buffing motion.
For $20.00 you get 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of product. As a rough comparison, MAC’s Cream Colour Base costs $18.50 and contains 3.2 grams (0.12 ounces) while its Cremeblend Blushes cost $20.00 and contain 5.6 grams (0.19 ounces).
For reference, Chanel’s Bronze Universel costs $48.00 and contains 30 grams (1 ounce) of product. You get infinitely more product per dollar with Chanel’s bronzing cream. So investing in Bronze Universel will actually save you money in the long-run. But MAC’s Sculpting Cream will be a better choice for those who don’t use bronzing creams on a daily basis (since it will take you years to use up 30 grams of product) and if dishing out nearly $50 in one setting is difficult.