MAC Cream Colour Base Improper Copper: Review, Swatches and FOTD

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MAC Cream Color Base in Improper Copper Review

By Contributor: Tejinder

Today I am reviewing and swatching a cream highlighter which is quite famous among the beauty bloggers and professional makeup artists. I bought it around an year ago and love it for the dewy glow that it gives me.

MAC Claims: Versatile and multi-purpose, Cream Colour Base can be applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturiser, or powder. Smooth and easy to apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers – colour effects range from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application. Cream Colour Base is fragrance-free.

MAC Cream color base Improper Copper Review swatches photos

My Review:

I got the Improper copper shade which I use mostly to highlight my cheek bones. It is a very pretty shimmery copper shade; a multipurpose product that can be used on the brow bone and tear duct, or as an eye shadow on its own as well. It has a creamy, soft and light-weight texture which is very easy to apply on the cheeks. You can apply with a brush, sponge or finger although I prefer to apply with my fingers. It is very eye caching and gives your face an instant radiance and subtle dewy effect. It blends effortlessly and looks classy when used on evening/night parties as provides the perfect dewy glow on the top of cheekbone.

MAC Cream color base Improper Copper Review

Many of the professional makeup artists use this product on their clients. It can be applied on bare skin or over foundation too. It is quite pigmented but need 3 or 4 swipes to build up proper colour. In the morning you can dab a little to give natural look but for a night out parties you can build up more. It can be applied on its own on eyes but creases a lot after 2 or 3 hours. So would recommend using it on cheek bones.

This can be used as a base for many eye shadows to make them more pigmented or can be used over the blushes as well. It stayed fine and longer on my normal skin but for oily skin beauties I would recommend applying some powder underneath to enhance staying power and give a natural look. It contains shimmer but does not look overboard; gives a really nice sheen when light hits it.

Packaging: It comes in a round shape black pan with MAC logo engraved on the top. It has a transparent top where you can easily see the colour if you have many. Colour name and quantity is mentioned on the bottom of the pan. Packaging is very simple but light-weight, sturdy and travel friendly.

MAC Cream color base Improper Copper Review swatches

Swatches in natural light

MAC Cream color base Improper Copper Review swatch


  • Multipurpose: use as a base for eye shadows/blushes or apply as a highlighter on cheek/brow bones
  • Sturdy and travel friendly packaging
  • Very soft and smooth texture
  • Blends effortlessly
  • Good pigmentation
  • Improper Copper is very pretty shade to suit most Indian skin tones
  • Gives natural glow to the face
  • Great staying power for normal skin
  • Contains subtle shimmer


  • Expensive
  • Staying power may be an issue for oily skin beauties due to creamy texture
  • Creases a lot when used on eyes on its own

MAC Cream color base Improper Copper Review swatches blog

Price: Rs.1500

Overall verdict: It is the best highlighter I have used – gives a subtle glow to the face and brightens up the looks. It may be not suitable to oily skin beauties being cream based but apart from that cannot fault it.


    • yes dear..My friend has NC42 skin n mine is NW35..
      I have tried on her too…it look perfect…do give it a try sweetie..

    • yes dear..Mac is very expensive brand but totally worth the price.
      u must try, it would suits you ….

    • thanks meraj…yeah mac products r expensive but u never regret after buying it…
      must try this one…

    • hehehe…yeah u should..This is the only highlighter which i u must get it…
      Thanks dear :)

  1. the only thing i have against highlighter is that it makes my skin look oiler especially that I live in a humid country.. do you have this problems too? let me know..

  2. Looks so pretty on the swatches! I just recently start appreciating cream make ups (because i’m an oil tank and prefer matte make ups), however i’m more of a drugstore kind of girl, i don’t think i own a single MAC Product haha

  3. I always wanted to buy the cream colour base but well I should try it out at the store first since i have oily skin


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