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.

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  1. The glow is subtle and it looks beautiful on you dear! Nice review :) xo
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  2. This is such a nice product sweetie.. vow so many uses I liked it and is worth it .. I loved hw u explained in detail abt its many uses… omg omg u look so so gorgeous and glowy my beautiful darling friend .. Love u :* :* Lovely review as always ♥♥
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  3. Sounds like a good one dear…. I just bought this yesterday but I am yet to try it :)
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  4. It looks beautiful on you! One of my favourite highlighters! ^_^
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    • 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 ….

  5. Wow! Tej you are looking pretty as ever :* . Well reviewed :)
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  6. Great product… you look so so pretty!!!
    Have a great start of the week honey!!!
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  7. Such a beautiful highlighter … I got mac cream highlighter in hush . Love the natural glow it gives me. You looking so pretty dear. Loved the fotd :*
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  8. You look very pretty Tej! The glow is soft and beautiful :*
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  9. I wanted to buy a highlighter and your review sounds good. Think i am going to go for this one it self.

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  10. It looks good on you but I would go for a brighter glow!

    x Karen

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  11. Beautiful natural shade. I like the simmer too. I shall look out for it because MAC is quite a popular brand over here. I’ve been using their skin care range for some time.
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  12. You look pretty dear :) this is nice..
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  13. Adorable color!!!!
    I love this shade Anshita!!!
    Good review.
    Happy Monday

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  14. You really look dewy n pretty! MAC products are a bit expensive but totally worth it.. !:)
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    • thanks meraj…yeah mac products r expensive but u never regret after buying it…
      must try this one…

  15. I really do like multipurpose products like this! Great review! xo
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  16. Tej!! This lighter by MAc is really high quality, it gives you such a natural glow.. *_*
    Love your eye make up look!!
    Marghe =)
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  17. Tej, You look lovely! I so agree this is a great highlighter. <3 <3 Are you wearing Lakme 9 to 5 pink bureau? It's a pretty color.
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  18. This is really a multipurpose product shade! Looks so good on your Tej :))
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  19. It looks beautiful on you honey! One of my favorite highlighters! Love it <3
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  20. I don’t like the cream one version. My skin is oily that’s why it doesn’t suits on me. thanks for reviewing.
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    • hehehe…yeah u should..This is the only highlighter which i u must get it…
      Thanks dear :)

  21. looks beautiful on you…nice review
    I’ll get it soon :)
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  22. this stuff looks amazing…tej..looks awesome on u..very nice
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  23. This looks super pretty on you! And I think it would be perfectly suited for parties :)
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  24. Wow…its an awesome highlighter…looks too pretty on you Tej…very well reviewed…:-)
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  25. 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..

  26. Nice review Tejinder. Detailed one.. love it on you :)
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  27. 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

  28. This is such a pretty shade dear and it looks lovely on your cheeks Teji …..xoxoxo…^_^ <3
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  29. TJ I am NC 42..will this suit me? I need to check this now!! Your review was so apt.!! Btw U look gawjus♡

  30. First of all: I love love love that cheeky smile of yours :-) Second, this color and finish looks gorgeous on you.
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  31. 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

  32. I have oily skin, so this may not be for me. But great review :)
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  33. I use an amazing highlighter by Dior. I repurchased it a couple of times, but unfortunately my little daughter nicked it and I can’t find it anywhere, so I haven’t seen it in the last couple of months.. :0

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  34. Great review! You look fabulous, Dear! :) T.
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  35. Beautiful color! love the subtle glow and how it looks on your skin.

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  36. wow di this shade looks fabulous on u :)
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    • Thanks sweethrt :)
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  37. That’s a wonderful shade and it looks Wow! on you Teji dear :)
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  38. This type of subtle shimmery shades are always my favourite…and you are so beautiful Tej!!
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  39. This sounds like an amazing product Teju, Lovely review and beautiful clicks! :)
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  40. I love their products..I use the cream color base…It is nice and glossy… Looks great on you too!


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