A blogger favourite, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium (weirdly the only shade) promises, and delivers, instant cheekbones in a pan. After reading a ton of blog posts where this product’s impact is obvious, I finally gave in, found a 25% off promo code, hit “place order”, and blew my February and March makeup budget in 20 seconds. The version I got is the new packaging I guess, which no longer comes with an unnecessary mini sponge or brush, but contains less product for the same price which is annoying. For being such an expensive product, the packaging is a little cheap feeling and flimsy. There’s a catch that you press to make the compact open but it doesn’t really work very well.
Unlike bronzers that are usually warm toned and glowy, this powder is designed specifically for contouring and is a grey-ish cool toned brown meant to recreate the shadows made by cheekbones. I use an angled Mary Kay blush brush to apply this as it is the perfect size and shape to apply it to the hollows of my cheek. The powder is soft and very pigmented and you only have to touch the brush gently to the powder to pick up enough product, so it will definitely last a really long time. Any excess I brush along my jawline, but I don’t really use it anywhere else on my face at the moment. It’s not too dark for me despite being very pale, and I think it will work for most skin tones. It’s easy to go overboard as it’s so pigmented, so you just have to make sure you apply and blend it out properly.
As you can see, it is a lot cooler tonedand ashy compared to other bronzers. Below is Nars Laguna on the left, Tarte Park Avenue Princess in the middle, and Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium on the right.
This powder works really well at adding depth to the face and creating the illusion of cheekbones, while being very subtle if you apply correctly. Though not a necessary addition to your makeup collection at all – most cooler toned bronzers will work perfectly fine for contouring – I definitely recommend it if you want to step up your contouring game but don’t mind some practice! I’m wearing it a little heavier than I usually would in the photo below (I’m still trying to figure out how to apply it perfectly), but you can really see what a difference it makes! For tips on contouring, I really like this post on Shameless Fripperies using the Kevyn Aucoin powder and will definitely be following her tips.