The MAC Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette (35 GBP) is a 6 pan powder contour and highlight palette that comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium Dark. I bought the palette in the shade light/medium (for reference, I have NC35 skin in MAC foundations).
Light Medium is quite light (you’ll notice that some of the swatches disappear on my hand), making me think that I could have gone for the darker shade option. This surprises me as i’m usually always in the light to medium range of makeup products so I wonder what the shade limits are for deeper skintones.
The texture of these powders are nothing different from the standard MAC powder formula. While some shades are on the heavier/chalky side, all can be blended out on the skin and last all day.
The top row contains highlight powders meant to brighten or set certain areas on the face. I wish these powders had more of a sheen or a matte finish but they contain subtle shimmer. When buffed into the skin, it’s not a disco ball but it’s not what I typically prefer:
Emphasize is a white colour that has some subtle shimmer
Cream is a banana yellow with some subtle shimmer
Accentuate is a light peach shade with subtle shimmer
The bronzer/ contours are really strange. They all appear extremely differently when applied than they do in the pan. All of these shades have a matte finish and pick up nicely on the brush:
Taupe is neutral soft brown shade (darkest of the 3 bronzer/contours)
Sculpt is very similar to Bone Beige, which is a neutral light brown shade
Bone Beige is a bizzare name, and appears extremely different when applied than it does in the pan. Bone Beige is a soft brown with rosy tones to it (that I could actually use as a blush)
Overall, I think MAC is years late on the contour/bronzer/highlight book trend. Although it’s very much alive, brands have come in and raised the bar for powders like these, not leaving any room for late or mediocre formulas. This reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour Kit. In fact, it’s almost an exact dupe (except the ABH palette is all matte with the exception of a shimmery peach highlight). So with that, you likely have more products that serve this function than you would like in your makeup collection so adding another one to the range wont add much to your collection. The formula’s are functional but forgettable so while it’s a nice palette, I would pass on this. For those who may not have something like this in your collection, see if you can find a drugstore option with formulas and finishes that you like and save he 35 GBP…
Why MAC, WHY!