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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit | Medium/Dark

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit Medium Dark  (2)
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Everybody's crazy for contouring... Well, not everybody, I'm not much for the whole thing, although, I do enjoy highlight (or strobing as it's been dubbed.) I see the appeal though; a more chiseled look, more prominent contours, but it's an extra step that I can't see myself adding to my everyday makeup routine. That said, there are some great contour kits/palettes available that include everything you should you want to get a a Kim K sculpt (or something a little bit more natural.) Smashbox is one of such brands, who offers up such a kit: Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit. They've recently introduced a second shade to their roster for medium and deep skin tones. I'm nowhere near the right skin tone to use it as a contour kit, but I thought I'd show it off for those who are as it's too good to pass up. Ready for a closer look?

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The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit is designed to make contouring as easy as possible with everything you need to get the look you want. The palette is compact, with three shades (a contour shade, bronzer, and highlight) and a full mirror. The mirror is a pretty generous size, and would work for applying makeup if traveling. Also, it includes a handy diagram illustrating where each product should be placed. If you should be a contouring pro, it's easily removed. The palette comes with a travel size contour brush as well, which is such a great add on, but the quality... Not so much. I have a few Smashbox brushes in my collection, but this brush just isn't up to their usual quality. The synthetic bristles are almost too synthetic, as they don't blend product but just push it around in a streaky mess. You'll want to use your own brush.

As mentioned, you get three shades in this palette. The contour is a deep, matte brown that is quite neutral in tone and should work on the majority of deeper skin tones. The bronzer, well, Smashbox calls it 'terracotta bronze' and it most certainly leans very red in tone. I really can't say how well this shade will work on deeper skin tones, but I can't see this being a good fit for those in the medium category. The bronzer has a stain finish with very soft shimmer/radiance. Rounding things out, is the highlight. The highlight is a warm, peachy matte shade to add a natural highlight without any glow or radiance. All three of the shades are richly pigmented (is it wrong that I kind of want to use them as eyeshadow?) and a smooth formula. I found they didn't blend so well on bare skin, but over makeup, I had no issues getting a smooth finish.

While these shades don't work for me personally, I can see this being a great kit for deeper skin tones. I feel like it might be too dark for those who have a true medium complexion though, but the Light/Medium kit is also an option. The kit is a great option if you're new to the contour game, as it includes everything in one easy to store palette. That said, it would be even better if it had a glowy/radiant highlight option. Are you a contour fan? What do you think of kits like this: yay or nay?