Monday, April 20

Smashbox Contour Sticks





2015 is definitely the year where the beauty world has gone contour crazy! Palettes and contour sticks are popping up all over the high street and the counters and with such a wide variety to chose from, it can be vary hard to find the perfect product. I have tried my fair share of palettes and kits which have mainly been powder based products but I was yet to find a product I completely got along with until the day this set arrived in my life courtesy of my good friend Mandy who recently picked this up for me during a recent trip to Florida. 

This step-by-step trio contains three cream sticks in a cool toned contour shade, a warm bronze shade and a matt highlight shade. The set contains a sharpener and full instructions detailing how to contour depending on your facial shape, making this the perfect set for beginners as well as experts. Each stick is designed to mimic perfect lighting on the face with the contour made to sculpt the face by creating shadows, the bronze to eliminate harsh lines and provide a smooth transition and the highlight to mimic light reflection and pull the features forward. 

The sticks themselves allow for super easy application as you just literally draw where you want the product and blend out. The formula of these sticks is so, so creamy and they blend out to perfection leaving a much more defined, flawless finish to your make up. Although they are very pigmented they blend out so seamlessly that they are easy to build up depending on how defined you want your look and they last fairly long after setting with a powder. The packaging is so sleek and travel friendly, making these perfect to pop in your make up bag and take away with you. I have tried a similar product before in the shape of the Tarte Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer however I found the shades to be far too orange for my skin tone and the formula of the sticks themselves did not agree with my skin.  The shade range in this trio compliments my skin perfectly and this has fast become a product I am reaching for daily and cannot be without! Although I prefer to use a highlight with more shimmer, I prefer using the cream stick during the day to highlight my under eye area.

My overall verdict is this trio is ideal for myself and the shade match if perfect on my skin tone. I would highly recommend this kit to beginners or anybody struggling with powder contouring as I did. The sticks are now available in the UK from the Smashbox website or from Boots so make sure to check them out next time your browsing the counters. 

What contour products are you loving at the moment?

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