Contouring has become part of my daily routine, it’s so addictive and I think I may have just found my perfect product. The Smashbox Contour kit comes with three shades; a contour, a bronzer and a highlight. I love that there are no unnecessary shades and it also comes with a short brush which is perfect for travelling; it’s really soft and small enough to fit into the hollows of your face but only really works well with the contour shade.
The contour on the left is a cool toned powder, essential for that perfectly chiselled face. It’s a great colour for my skin tone and does exactly what I need it to; actually making me look like I have a defined jawline and high cheekbones! I have found that some contour shades can be slightly too warm toned and they look very unnatural, almost as though I’m wearing a bronzy-blush, so I love that this is the perfect shade for creating shadows on the skin.
I love that there is a bronzer in this palette, it’s a warm matte brown shade that may lean slightly orange, depending on your skintone, although it doesn’t look orange on me. Sometimes I need to warm my skin up a bit after I apply my foundation, and this shade is beautiful. I use the bronzer first and then contour and highlight for more definition.
The highlight is a warm matte yellow shade that looks very subtle on me. It’s undetectable on the skin but gives a gorgeous glow in photographs which I love. As it is a matte shade, it can also be used as an under-eye setting powder as well as in all the places you would normally highlight. My brush of choice for this highlight is the Sigma F, it distributes enough product under the eye area without sweeping away any foundation/concealer underneath it.
As with every other Smashbox powder product I have used, all of these shades are highly pigmented, blend easily and have great staying power. – There’s a reason why the Full Exposure palette is my favourite eyeshadow palette!
The only drawback is that the texture of these shades is quite powdery; it kicks up a lot of powder when you swirl your brush into the product, but that doesn’t translate onto the skin. This little palette makes life much easier when packing for a trip; it’s small enough to travel with and I genuinely use all three shades and the brush. If you’re new to the contouring game, the kit comes with a handy guide that shows you where to use each product according to your face shape.
Have you tried this kit? This is definitely a strong contender and has replaced my other contour palette in my makeup bag. What are your thoughts?