Contouring has been the buzz-word for a few years now (see also: strobing), and although I am not a professional MUA in any way, God knows my face (with non existent bone structure) could do with some definition.
With this new series of posts (Tried & Tested), I wanted to do a mix of my makeup collection + reviews, starting with contour. I might also venture into blush, liquid lipsticks, primers, etc.
One general tip to remember is that your contour shade should be a cool/grey tone to look like an actual shadow, rather than a peachy orange tone that most bronzers have.
Here are the Contouring / Sculpting products I have tried, and what I feel they each work best for (or not).
NYX Wonder Stick ($11.99)
This is a dual-ended contour and highlight stick, which comes in 4 shades. I think this is great for beginners, who want to venture into contouring without breaking the bank. The product blends well, specially with fingers or a beauty blender, and gives a very natural look. The highlight side can be used to amplify the look, but I personally don’t get much use out of it.
The colour I have (deep) seems to be a little more orange than I would like. However, I will try to set this with one of the NYX powders from the Pro Palette mentioned below.
This was the first sculpting product I purchased (2013) and I got the shade Light-Medium. The CT Bronze & Glow was the rave everywhere, and I knew I had to get my hands on it. Although the product is called “bronze and glow”, the words “sculpt” are embossed on the dark side, and is recommended to be used for contouring.
The packaging and the highlight are gorgeous, but the contour shade does not show up on me much, and I find the powder to be very hard in texture. I might have to try the darker shade, or maybe use a different brush. For a $68 price tag, I would have expected the product to WOW me at first use.
I did a full review and demo of this product earlier on my blog (read here), and it still lives in my handbag. It’s a good colour, and very easy to use, specially for the nose or smaller areas of the face.
The only downside for me here is the price, which is a bit steep at $37.
A bit of an overkill for an everyday user like me, this palette offers a great variety of shades for different skin types for both, highlight and contour. I mix some of the contour shades to get the perfect look, but to be honest, I haven’t given the highlight shades much of a go yet.
The product does have mixed reviews from bloggers, so you might want to try it in-store before ordering. Not bad for $25, though.
My everyday go-to product – the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder is fuss free, effective, compact and a great shade (for me). It also comes in a lighter shade now in the UK atleast.
The only concern here is the steep price point, but I have been using this everyday for 6 months and still haven’t seen a dent in the product.
My favourite tools to contour with, other than my fingers (for cream products) are the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt brush, and the Wayne Goss 02 brush for a softer look. Morphe also does some really good (and reasonable) contour and highlight brushes.
What are some of your favourite Contour products?