Contouring is one of those things that simply baffles me. Playing with the shadows and curves of your face to highlight or conceal is just so neat. I have been playing around with contouring for quite some time now and am still learning new ways to perfect the contours of my personal face shape. Smashbox just recently released a nifty trio of chubby sticks that are actually contouring, bronzing, and highlighting pencils. I've been looking for the perfect products to test out cream contouring with and I have to say, this trio is absolutely perfect. The Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio is a beginners guide to perfecting a cream contour.
The formulation on these chubby pencils is incredible. They are creamy, pigmented, and blend out so gracefully that even someone with a heavy hand can achieve a flawless finish. Cream contour always scared me off because I felt like it would be too difficult to keep a foundation base and still achieve a nice contour. These sticks make it so easy to control where you're placing the product and are just the right size to not go overboard and create a muddy texture. The highlighting shade is a very subtle brightening neutral tone. For my complexion it isn't light enough to really create a dramatic difference but the formula does smooth out any rough texture and creates a more rounded appearance to my T zone. As for the bronzer and contour duo, I can't really decide which one I enjoy more. I do know that the contour shade is a bit darker while the bronzing shade is a tanner more subdued brown. Both together create this gorgeous shadow affect to the cheeks and under the chin that I just am so impressed on how natural my contour looks.
I did have a bit of a tough time finding the right brush or rather technique to blend out these products. You know those funny little flat foundation brushes you always get in kits but never really put to use? One's similar to the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush or the Sephora Wide Foundation Brush, these are perfect for blending out a cream contour. I found that a flat brush that isn't too dense was more convenient on controlling where the product blends. With the right amount of pressure you can really play with these sticks. On natural days I tend to just use these alone for contouring and when I'm wearing a more full face, they're a gorgeous base to a powder bronzer. I really hope Smashbox brings out a wider range of colour choices so that everyone could give these a try because they are so user friendly and a perfect introduction to cream contouring.