Makeup by Mario Medium Dark Soft Sculpt Bronzer Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

Makeup by Mario Medium Dark Soft Sculpt BronzerMakeup by Mario Medium Dark Soft Sculpt Bronzer ($28.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a medium brown with muted, warm, slightly red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt soft and finely milled, though it was moderately powdery and thinner. It had very faint gold micro-pearl throughout, but it didn’t translate on my skin.

Thankfully, the thinness didn’t translate into application or texture issues, both of which I’ve experienced with similarly-textured bronzers, which can emphasize my skin texture and make me look dry/parched on my skin. The bronzer had medium, buildable pigmentation that lasted well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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Formula Overview

Soft Sculpt Bronzer

$28.00/0.42 oz. – $66.67 Per Ounce

The formula should have a “soft, smooth” consistency that delivers “buildable” coverage. It has a smooth, finely-milled feel with light powderiness in the pan, but it wasn’t enough to be messy or complicated to pick up evenly. The finish was very matte to the point where it was a little flat against the skin and tended to absorb any luminosity from bare skin or base products.

This type of texture has not worked well for me in the past, but I didn’t have issues with this one, thankfully! The powder was applied evenly to bare skin, blended well, and didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They had medium to semi-opaque, the buildable color payoff that lasted around eight to nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt Bronzer swatches.


Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.

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