The MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palettes Are Très (or Tres) Dimensional

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MAC All the Right Angles

*** THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ***

TO: My fair beauts

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SUBJECT: I found a highlighter that shows up on us!

Allow me to introduce you to the MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palettes.

Now let’s get acquainted! ✨

There are four of them, which are like little trios, ranging in shade family from Light to Dark, and each one comes with a cream color base, a shaping powder, and a sculpting powder. The cream product is on the lower part of the compact, and the powder tray slides snugly over it so you don’t have to worry about ruining your day by getting schmutz in the cream color base. And they also come with a mirror.

What I’m getting at here is that these little black boxes are great for traveling!

In the photo above, I’m not wearing any blush or bronzer, just All The Right Angles in Light to showcase its full effect uninterrupted.

Right off the bat, the shade of the sculpting powder (called Bone Beige) seemed off to me. MAC describes the sculpting shade in this kit as a warm brown, but compared to my beloved Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer, Bone Beige is a couple shades darker and less warm.

On my skin (my undertone is usually pretty neutral), it appears more…fleshy. It doesn’t look off at all, and I don’t feel the need to wear blush when I’m wearing Bone Beige. It just threw me off upon first glance because it wasn’t what I generally expect from a lighter contour shade… I usually expect a corpse grey.

MAC All the Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Light

MAC All the Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Light. Shades — Luna (bright white with shimmer), Emphasize (off white with fine pearl), and Bone Beige (matte soft brown)

The cream colour base in Luna is aptly named. It’s white and sparkly (not glittery), so your cheekbones can shine like a crescent moon in the night sky. The shaping powder shade is called Emphasize (accurately named, though not as cute), which is a nice subtle glow — great for daytime or no-makeup makeup. I like wearing it in my inner corners on light makeup days. It’s subtle but effective in brightening up the area and making me look like I actually slept last night.

My faaavorite way to wear Emphasize is on top of Luna, which is how I’m wearing it today! Every time I pass by a mirror and catch a glimpse, I stop, do a double-take, and then go “damn girl, you’re glowing.” I’m not sparkling; I’m glowing. It’s not very often that I find a highlighter that can actually highlight my skin tone, so I am very impressed.

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium. Shades — Hush (soft peach with icy shimmer), Accentuate (peachy beige with fine pearl), and Sculpt (soft matte taupe)

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium Dark

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium Dark. Shades — Naked Universe: (golden beige with shimmer), Lightsweep (warm beige with fine pearl), and Shadester (mid-tone leathery brown)

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MAC All The Right Angles in Dark

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Dark. Shades – Improper Copper (copper with high-karat gold), Warm Lights (clean peach), Definitive (midtone reddish brown)

Not only am I satisfied with my angelic glow, I really dig how simple the palette is to use, and every time I use it, I’m so happy with my base makeup. This palette doesn’t just photograph well; it looks phenomenal IRL on skin.

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The powders aren’t chalky, either — not even Emphasize, which is pretty close to white! I think Bone Beige also works well because it isn’t too cool or too warm, but it’s a happy medium that doesn’t translate to “Instagram contouring” and instead looks natural. 

All The Right Angles enables me to create some really beautiful dimension with minimal effort. I mean, what more could you ask for?

These puppies are $40 each ($10.53/5g for 2 powders and $18.95/4.5g cream base). A single cream colour base at MAC is $22 for 3.2g, and the shaping and sculpting powders are $17 for 6g. So with the MAC All The Right Angles palette, you save $2.67/g on the cream colour base and $2.83/g on the powder products. You also get them in a clean, sturdy little black box.

So, what are your favorite products to sculpt and highlight with? Do you prefer cream or powder?


Nicole Fraser-Herron


Nicole was born a red-headed fairy child and nothing has changed. Ditching the mountains tucked away in East L.A. for the mountains in Oakland, she became a photographer with a flair for too much glitter. You can check out her work and follow her adventures on her website and @elephantinfantry on Instagram.

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  1. Katie says:

    Eek! I am so excited for the fair one. I am very very fair and can never find a good highlighter. Lightscapade is ok but just not 100% right. When do these come out?
    Thanks for the review!

  2. Kwmechelle says:

    Stupid question: are the bases like concealer? I’m new to these so I’m not sure how to use them. I assume the sculpting powder is for contouring & the shaping powder is for highlighting? Btw- you take phenomenal photos 🙂

    • Not a stupid question! They’re basically just cream highlighters, so you would put them on top of your liquid foundation or cream concealer, just on the high points of the face, like the cheekbones. You’re spot on with the powder purposes, though.

  3. Erin says:

    I’m a big lover of Becca’s SSP liquid in pearl. I find it’s just right all the time.
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  4. Alison M says:

    You look incredible in that first photo!!! Sooooo gorgeous!
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  5. Rachel R. says:

    The light version of this seems promising! The contour doesn’t look too warm or orange, which is where I always have problems with contour powders.

    I prefer powders, because I have oily skin. My favorite contours for very fair skin is Sephora Blush in Tranquil and Notoriously Morbid contour powder in Necromancy. I like a lot of highlighters. My favorite matte highlighter is Laura Geller French Vanilla. I usually wear shimmer highlighters, though. Standouts are The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer, Too Faced Candlelight, City Color Cosmetics Intense Exposure Highlighting Powder, Notoriously Morbid Divinations Blush in Osteomancy, Looxi Beauty highlighters, e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearl, and e.l.f. Blush in Gotta Glow.

  6. Carly says:

    Ooooh! Me gusta! I love me a good hidden product packaging.
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  7. Chris25 says:

    These look lovely!
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  8. I don’t often sculpt and highlight but when I do I like cream products for highlighting and powders for contouring!
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  9. Silke says:

    This post is godsend! Since summer is coming up I was looking around for a bronzer, but to no avail. I have the same haircolour/skintone as you so the search is over 🙂 May I ask what lipcolour you’re wearing in the picture btw? It looks absolutely stunning!

  10. Stephanie says:

    What lipstick are you wearing? It’s gorgeous!

  11. Adia says:

    These look amazing! I’ve been debating between the darker 2 options but need to swatch in person before I decide. Love how convenient these are!

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