January 17, 2016

Step by Step Contouring with Smashbox

Over the Holiday season, also known as the party season, I've been reaching for my Smashbox contouring kit over and over again. This small and compact palette has been my go to product for almost perfect cheekbones over the past couple of months.
The contour powder is the star of this trio. The color is perfect: not too orange and not too ashy either. It can be quite dark on my skin but applied with a light hand and blended in it's everything I hoped for. The bronzer is a deeper tan color than what I'm used too. In the summer however I'll be able to use it and not need to carry around a seperate bronzer. The highlight doesn't show up too much on my skin which I appreciate as I'm only getting into the glowy/dewy look. I feel like all three are a bit on the powdery side but that is something I can work with as I like the pigmentation and blendability (is that even a word?). The included angled brush is great for laying down the contour but I always use a fluffier brush to blend and apply the bronzer.
Let's talk packaging: The three powders come in a hand-sized thin shiny black compact that's perfect for travelling. You will get fingerprints all over it but they are super easy to wipe away compared to the rubber packaging of a certain high-end brand (Yes - I'm talking about you, NARS!) There is no space reserved for useless sponges or mini brushes that we would throw out. Also for all of us newbies to contouring Smashbox have included a sticker with easy to follow instructions!
Which is your favorite contouring palette?

P.S. This is a recycled post that long time readers may have already come across. 
Unfortunately I'm currently fighting the flu, hope to be back soon.


  1. Great help! I'm such a beginner at contouring and don't really know what I'm doing. I've drooled over the Anastasia contour kit for months now and my sister got it for her birthday last month so I 'borrowed' it and was really disappointed. So glad I didn't splash out, this seems like a better alternative!


    1. I'm so glad that I found this as I'm sure that I would have caved sooner or later and ordered the Anastasia palette :D x

  2. I only discovered the magic of contouring like last year or so but now I can't resist to apply a little highlighter or contouring here or there ;) At the moment I'm using a Sleek palette, which is really good. However my favourite contouring tool is a bronzer by the brand Technic.

    1. Haha I can't resist a subtle contour either! I've never heard of Technic before, my go-to bronzer is the one from The Body Shop! xx

  3. This review is really helpful :-) I have been looking for a new contouring kit!


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