Pro Sculpting Duo
Make Up For Ever positions Pro Sculpting Duo as a subtle approach to the more dramatic face contouring phenomenon that has become so wildly popular. The duo is comprised of a pressed powder compact divided into a highlighting shade and a satin-finish bronzer (the "contour" shade). If the idea of creating dimension with a bronze glow appeals to you, this duo can do that—just don't count on it for contouring in the traditional sense and we'll explain why.
Housed in a mirrored compact, Pro Sculpting Duo comes in two shades: 1 Pink Beige (for fair to medium skin tones) and 2 Golden (for medium deep to deep skin tones). The highlighting shades in each duo are stunning! Pink Beige comes with a gorgeous, pearlescent pink highlighting shade and Golden features an attractive luminous gold hue. Both work beautifully to enhance their intended skin tones.
The "contour shades", on the other hand, are a bit less thrilling. Pink Beige's warm-toned bronze shade is OK, but Golden's orange-toned bronze shade borders on unflattering. In either regard, you have to keep in mind that this won't we give you the same effect that a matte/neutral-toned contour shade would. By the way, if you are a bit confused by the concept of contouring, it's the strategic placement of deeper tones to make areas recede/looker smaller and lighter/shimmering tones to highlight certain features (cheekbones, for example).
We also have to point out that the "weightless gel-powder formula" of the bronze shades takes some extra effort to adhere to a brush and likewise requires several swipes to build color. The highlighting powder, on the other hand, is easier to work with, and the radiant sheen it leaves is shimmery-smooth (not glittery). Both powders are fragrance-free.
The bottom line: Pro Sculpting Duo's strength lies in its highlighting, and overall this duo is better at creating a bronzed goddess glow rather than true contouring in the traditional sense. Even, then the bronze shades won't be flattering for everyone, but if you find one that works, great!
- Can be strategically applied to add dimensional bronze glow.
- Gorgeous highlighting shades.
- Won't suit those looking for a traditional contour powder.
- The Golden duo may be too warm for many skin tones
Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance
Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.
Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.
This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.
The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.
An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be averagecertainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brands standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.
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