I have wanted to venture into at home contouring and highlighting for quite some time now. I am used to having contouring done to me by makeup artists on set, and for a number of years that was a regular occurrence for me. The one thing that I didn’t want, was that same heavy duty on set makeup, that I was used to for modeling, for everyday use. So instead of using foundations or concealers, I knew I wanted to try something with a powder formula. About a month ago, I went to pick up this Highlight & Contour Pro Pallette from NYX, once my local Shoppers Drug Mart started carrying the brand and it was sold out. I took this as a good sign and kept an eye out for it from that point on.
I lucked out because this past weekend when I was in to buy toothpaste, toilet paper, and gradual tan lotion, I saw that not only was the palette available, it was on sale for $25 when it normally costs $30. I’m the type of woman who takes a discount as a divine sign to buy the product I already wanted, so I did. I was browsing the cosmetics section looking for some sale brushes, thinking of something to use with the palette but not sure what when I found this double-ended Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush and I knew it was a perfect fit. So without even asking the price ($49) I purchased one based on the soft bristles, unique design, and overall brand quality.
I got a chance to try both out today and overall I am very happy with the results. They are subtle but noticeable, more so in person than in this photo, especially the highlights as they catch the light. I like using “Ice Queen” under my eyebrow and on the inside of my eyes to give that added brightness and glow. I used “Soft Light” in the middle of my forehead, down the middle of my nose, and on my chin. Finally, I used a blend of the colours “Sculpt” and “Toffee” to contour my cheekbones, the sides of my nose, and the top of my forehead. I did it quite light today as it was just a weekday out running errands but if I was going out for an evening, I could easily build this product to a more contoured look. When I get a chance to go all out, I will add more photos to this post.
This palette from NYX is refillable, with refills each costing $6. I am very curious about “Bone” and “Soft Peach” which are options from the larger 12 colour collection that aren’t included in the eight pictured here. I feel like maybe I would prefer them over a couple of the others that are included here, but perhaps once I start playing around with the “Cream” and “Nectar” shades I will learn their exact function and how to best work with them on my face. In summary, I, like a majority of the other bloggers and reviewers online, love this product and one of the main reasons I feel that way is because of the cool brown tones. Bronzer powder is warm and often has shimmer, but contour powder is cool and in my opinion, should be matte.
I do think this Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush is a fabulous brush for the purpose it is intended for. Both ends have the perfect shape and texture for applying contours to your cheekbones and around your eyes. It also works for the temples and jawline. In fact, you can find a guide on how to use it thanks to the Sephora website, the one on the back of the NYX box is a one size fits all guide while this one is specific to certain face shapes and concerns. I have now discovered that there is an entire line of double-ended contouring brushes from Tarte and I want them all. Especially the Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush, which is vegan and designed for the nose and jawline. Something tells me that I will own that product as soon as I am located close enough to buy one in person as my local store had limited options.
Always remember that especially as trends like contouring become popular, you are under no obligation to participate in the trend. Not everyone is interested in makeup and others simply cannot afford it or are allergic to it. You are worthy whether you go completely without makeup or whether you layer it on like life is a theatre performance. The choice is yours and only yours.