Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo 01 review, swatches, photos + 156 Large Flat Brush

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo review

The product: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige & 156 Large Flat Brush (Wavy)

This season, Make Up For Ever joins that insane contouring craze with their Pro Sculpting Duo, which they billet as an “undetectable face contour” and recommend using with their 156 brush (the Large Flat Brush or Flat Round Brush, depending on who you ask).

I think this pillow-topped, gel-powder formula is far from undetectable, but still worth checking out. It works well with both the 156 and the 150 brush that I love so much, and comes in two shades: 01 Pink Beige (“light with cool undertones”) and 02 ??? (tan with warm undertones).

MUFE Pro Sculpting Duo Pink Beige review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige review

The sculpting shade: I’m gonna start with the not-so-great stuff, which is to say: like many other contouring products I’ve tried this season, this one totally didn’t work for me. It leans quite orange and looked like an obvious bronzer against my complexion, and I’m not the only one. The best look that I’ve seen with 01 Pink Beige so far has been on Chelle, but even she found the contour shade in this duo to be more of a bronzer than a sculpting shade. (This duo–the highlighter especially–looks totally bangin’ on her, though!)

You can see her look here, but, well… take that into consideration when purchasing, because it’s not just me who was hoping for a much cooler contour out of this one.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo 01 Light Pink swatches review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige swatched heavily/lightly

MUFE Pro Sculpting gel duo review Light Pink

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige

The highlighter: Okay folks, THIS IS WHERE IT’S AT. I don’t love a really bold highlight most of the time, but this highlighter is gorgeous.

You can see individual sparkles from about 3 ft away under incandescent lighting (that’s so not “unbelievably natural,” MUFE), but it’s one of the (very) few highlighter shades that really pops against my fair complexion. Normally, highlighters look really shimmery on me, but are too dark or yellow to give more than a sheen — but this baby lifts the cheekbone right up. It’s still more shimmer than I want from day to day, but I’m smitten!

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo swatches review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige swatches – contour & highlighter heavily/lightly Make Up For Ever contouring duo Flat Roung Brush review

THAT BRUSH, THOUGH: The 156 Large Flat/Flat Round Brush is insanely kitten-butt soft and relatively small, for a blush brush. It’s great for loosely applying a small amount of product and blending it out, and is extremely versatile — it’s great for blush, contour, and setting undereye concealer, plus it can easily handle setting powder and highlighter in a pinch.

And did I mention that it is so soft? I have at last count forcibly petted four people with zero interest in makeup with this brush, and all of them begrudgingly admitted that yes, it’s as soft as a kitten-butt Rae; please stop stroking my face with that. 

Make Up For Ever 156 brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Flat Round Brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Brush review

The verdict?

At $45 CAD, I think this Sculpting Duo can be skipped — unless you want it as a high-impact highlighter/bronzer duo, in which case, go for it.

For an invisible, high-def contour, this duo isn’t the product that you want. However, the highlighter is just gorgeous, and the brush is a total must-have. (Oh, this brush!) If you only have room in your life for one of these two, definitely invest in the brush instead!

Availability: $39 USD/$45 CAD for the sculpting duo; $37 USD/$43 CAD for the brush. Both permanent products available at Sephora and Make Up For Ever boutiques as of March 2015.

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The Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo ingredients: (The ingredients for this duo was a particular pain to type out, eep!)

Light shade: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Carageenan, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Bytl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides).

Dark shade: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77891 (Iron Oxides), HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, PTFE, Dimethicone, Silica, Carrageenan, Xanthan  Gum, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Lauroyl Lysine, Dicalcium Phosphate. Made in Italy.

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  • Oh the sculpting shade is very warm indeed. It actually looks a little orange on your skin, Rae. I think I'll stick to the Kevyn Aucoin one just to be safe :-)

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    • It's even more obviously orange on my face, Lily! Pretty as a bronzer on neutral/light skin imo, but not the best as a contour. :(

  • LOL @ forcibly petting people with makeup brushes. I'm not alone in this! WOOHOO!

  • blushableme

    I tried this in-store and I absolutely LOVE, love, love the highlighter (and I'm not even one to really like highlighting), but that contour shade was too dark and orange on my NW 15 skin. I wish that the highlight shade was sold separately, because I'd definitely buy that, but it's not worth it to me if I don't use 1/2 of the compact.
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    • Oh my god, right???? The highlighter is a DREAM. It's such a shame that the contouring half isn't a more natural/wearable colour!

  • Helena

    I give you full permission to pet my face with soft brushes.

    • *vaults self over table to claim my next face-petting victim*

  • Lulle

    Wait, this is seriously supposed to be the duo with "cool undertones"?? Wow, that darker shade screams orange so loud that my cat ran away from my computer screen (I checked his butt hair for softness by the way, but I still prefer tummy hair. Might be cause he's not a kitten anymore).
    Even for someone with very warm undertones I don't think this shade can be any good at contouring. You want to add shadow and highlights, not dark orange and highlights…
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    • RIGHT??? Like, yes, the highlighter is cool — but that contour is NOT cool-toned appropriate. Or any-toned appropriate, honestly; you're right about contours and shadows! A good contour comes with a measure of ashiness, imo.

      And heh, you're totally right. How could I make such a terrible mistake with my kitten-softness terminology??? D:

  • BooBooNinja

    Ha! I've forcibly pet people with face brushes too. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Hee hee!

    • :D :D Glad I'm in such good company with my weird, slightly invasive tendencies! :P

  • jenn f

    yea….too orange. i picked up the golden shade b/c i prefer a more golden (less pink) highlight but it wasn't quite perfect. of the two, i felt like the golden one spoke to me more but it was slightly like deciding between two things that weren't super exactly what i wanted. i'm gonna try to use these a shadows i think. i'll see how that goes…once i find where i put this thing.. lol
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    • Let me know how it goes, dude! I bet this brown would be good for blending out a smokey black eye (not sure about the darker duo, but it should be passable, right?)

      I can't believe you passed over this highlighter, though. It is SO pretty *.*

  • Honestly, I will never understand this trend to sell us bronzers as if they were contour powders!

    And yeah, the highlighter shade looks gorgeous

    • RIGHT??? I was so excited for this weird onslaught of contouring products, but so far every single one that I've tried has actually just been a really warm (and usually, but not always) matte bronzer. Give us our ashy contours! Give them to us!!!

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