The contouring trend is long over, but Catrice still decided to launch a new contouring palette. They did one that is excellent, which I reviewed a long time ago, but sadly that was discontinued. So now they have decided to bring it back, but rather than a shimmery highlight and a contour shade, the reincarnation has a matte highlight banana powder, a matte contour shade and a translucent setting powder. How did I get on?Read more
Cream contour. Not a product I ever thought I would use. Contouring has had its moment I think, but for many beauty lovers it is a standard element to their makeup look. I go back and forth between periods where I do not and do use contour. I am currently going through a no contour phase. But when Catrice released their Triangle Artist cream contour stick, I knew I wanted to try it.
Catrice Triangle Artist Contour Stick 020 Ashy Brown
Lately, Kat Von D has become quite the controversial brand as her personal opinions have sparked quite the reactions in the beauty community. However, aeons before all that mess happened, I purchased the Shade & Light Contour palette. Not to be confused with the Shade & Light eyeshadow palette, this is the face version of that palette. Of course, contouring and face palettes have had their moment in the beauty community as well it seems, but I like this enough still to talk to you about this in a review.
Kat Von D Shade & Light face contour palette
ELF is such an affordable make up brand and it had been yonks since I had tried some of their products. Since the European website is about a year behind on what is available in The States, this is something that easily happens. I heard so many people rave about some of their newer releases and I couldn’t get my hands on them. Then when I randomly checked the ELF website one day, I found all the bits I was curious after and bought some. The item that intrigued me the most? The face palettes. These are my thoughts.
ELF Face Palettes
Illuminating, Contour (light), Blush (light)
(blush in the middle not included in review)
I love doing these 3-in-1 reviews! It is a great way to show you a review of 3 similar products that are comparable and might work the same. Today it is up to contour and highlight palettes from the drugstore. These have been a standard item in many high end make up lines, but lately, budget brands have started putting out more and more contour palettes. But which one to get?! I decided to try some. This 3-in-1 review will deal with contouring palettes from Maybelline, Catrice and W7.
W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow bronzer & highlight palette
Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette 010 Ashy Radiance
Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette 01 Light Medium
A make up technique I only just started applying is contouring. I don’t do it every day, and I definitely am not very good at it. I feel I just haven’t found the right brush yet to ensure a nicely blended contour. So far, I’ve succeeded in drawing a line, but I usually find them too harsh. In addition, I have a very narrow face, contouring the sides of my face is thus something I do not always fancy doing. I had never ventured into the realm of contoured eye looks yet and so this post features tons of firsts. A first attempt at a noticeable contour as well as a contoured eye look including a cut crease.
For a first attempt at a cut crease I don’t think it’s too shabby. My only problem is that the minute I open my eyes the entire effect is gone. Pity, but that’s what usually happens with many eye looks in my case. My eye shape simply doesn’t allow me to do elaborate crease work other than darkening it up. They also don’t like winged liner, which is another reason why I hardly ever use it. I like the overall eye look though, despite the fact that the cut crease isn’t as sharp as it could have been. It’s sort of a pin up eye look, but with a bit more interest.
Face wise I kept things simple and went in with what can quite easily be dubbed as my current favorite blush: Benefit Coralista. I used a Real Techniques contour brush to contour my cheeks, nose and forehead. In the last picture below you clearly see the forehead contour. In the picture right after the eye close ups you can more clearly see the cheek contour. I’m still not sure I’m feeling it. It’s one of the reasons why I go back and forth between applying contour and not doing it at all. It’s not something I think my face really needs. I like doing it on my forehead because it’s high and it’s a good way of adding some more shape to it. But without a cheek contour I easily forget to do my forehead.
Eye look close up
Base: MAC Face & Body foundation in C1, MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW20, Catrice All Matt Plus Transparant powder
Blush: Benefit Coralista
Bronzer/ Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Naked Basics:
- Venus on brow bone
- Walk of Shame all over lid
- Faint in crease
- Naked 2 used to blend out crease
- Crave in crease to deepen faint & apply cut crease effect
Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly effect false lash wings in black
Brows: Catrice Eyebrow Definer & eyebrow gel
Lips: YSL Rouge pur Couture The Mats 208 Fuchsia Fétiche
What do you think: should I contour more often?