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Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

It took me a while to get into powder contouring. I stand by the statement that cream contouring is a little easier, because there’s something about a cream contour that blends into a natural-looking finish more easily. However, cream products can feel heavy on the […]

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my […]

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It would probably be pretty on medium skin tones, too, though I am sure that the contour shade is too light for deep skin tones.

I opted for the Pro Glow to Go instead of the Pro Glow Palette (which I’m sure is fabulous) because the Pro Glow has several highlighter shades that are too dark for my skin. If your skin tone is darker than mine (and it probably is, because I’m very fair) it would be great for you. Tarte makes high quality products, and I have heard great things about the Pro Glow Palette. I’m sure it is excellent!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)
Chisel, Burst, Gleam

There are three shades in the Pro Glow to Go Palette. My favorite shade is “Chisel,” the contour shade. Oh my goodness, this contour shade is amazing. It might be the best contour shade I have ever tried. It is pigmented and creamy; often contouring products are powdery, but this one is so smooth. And the color is perfect; it’s slightly warm, but it still looks very natural on my skin. I want this in a giant pan!

The two highlighters have very different textures, but they’re both good products. Gleam is my favorite, because it is more buttery and cool-toned. Burst is a champagne shade and a little powdery, but it applies smoothly on the skin. Burst is also especially fine-milled. I often mix the two shades on my cheeks.

This palette is such a great product; the two highlighters are lovely, and I think they would be flattering on many skin tones. And the contour shade is positively divine– seriously, the best I’ve ever used. I adore Tarte, and I highly recommend this palette. It isn’t too expensive, because it is travel size, but that makes it perfect for everyday use or traveling. The packing is also very high quality (the mirror is actually quite large). I just have so much love for this palette!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the most coveted brands on the market. After taking the beauty world by storm with innovative brow products, which arguably started a trend, Anastasia preceded to release a series of amazing lipsticks and palettes. Among these palettes are their […]

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector Review

Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector Review

I’ve mentioned before that I love cream contouring, but I think that I have found my favorite cream contouring product (or contouring product period) to date. I don’t hear a lot about the Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector in the internet beauty world, which is a […]

NYX Cream Contour Palette

NYX Cream Contour Palette

I was always afraid of cream contouring– for some reason, I thought that it would be harder than contouring with powders. I was afraid I would end up looking like I had a brown stripe on my cheek (not a cute look). But as it turned out, cream contouring was just the opposite. It’s easy and natural-looking, and it’s my current go-to for my everyday looks and for going out.

I wasn’t sure how I would like cream contouring, so I didn’t want to buy an expensive set with multiple shades. Instead, I went with the NYX Cream Contour Palette– this one has three shades, and it’s $15. It has one cool-toned brown shade, one highlight shade with a yellow undertone, and one shimmery white highlight.

I love the highlight shade. Alone, it is a subtle highlight, but as a base for a powder highlight it is perfect. It isn’t too glittery, but it is shimmery. I like that I can use it as a base for even the whitest highlights.

The contour shade is natural looking on my fair skin. I like to apply it with a flat brush (but fingers will work) just below my cheekbones, and sometimes on my forehead near the hairline. Occasionally, I even use it to contour my nose (something I have never been able to do with powder products).FullSizeRender (24).jpg

The formula is creamy, but firm. It is less blendable than concealer, but from what I understand this is normal for cream contouring products. I blend it in with a buffer brush and voila, I have sculpted cheekbones (and no brown stripes).

I don’t have a huge arsenal of cream contouring products to compare the NYX Cream Contour Palette with, but I do like it better than the Tarte Contouring Face Slenderizer. I’m a fan of this product, I reach for it regularly and I would recommend it to a makeup fanatic of any budget.

 

What are your favorite cream contouring products?

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

All About Highlighting and Strobing

All About Highlighting and Strobing

If you are a makeup lover, the words “highlighting” and “strobing” have entered your vocabulary in the past year or so. But if you aren’t constantly following the latest makeup trends, you might be thinking “first contouring, now this?” Well, the good news is, highlighting […]