As promised, today I’m going to review my contouring palettes: Tom Ford and Smashbox.
I have been obsessed with finding a contouring palette since it became the latest craze sometime last year. I searched everywhere in Dublin, tried every different brand, asked at all the counters/departments to no avail. Even online there didn’t seem to be any specific palette for contouring available to us Irish girls.
I was advised by multiple sales assistants, including at the Dior counter that they had to make do with using bronzers and foundation to achieve a contoured look. My first attempt at this was the Dior Nude Skin face powder which I do love, it’s actually better used to top up during the day if you are prone to oily skin (no real need for topping up since I started using Smashbox products as reviewed previously) If you do feel you need a touch up throughout the day this is a great product, very light and gentle on the skin, I actually use it sometimes if I want coverage without foundation for a quick trip out.
Eventually I found a contouring palette at Tom Ford in Brown Thomas. This is a definite must-have if you love a strong contour as the creamy palettes really highlight and define your face with a noticeable difference. There are only 2 shades in this palette, a contour and a highlighter so it’s not the most diverse palette out there and certainly wouldn’t cater for all skin tones, which could explain why I feel it creates a very dramatic look – I’m very pale.
It’s not the cheapest out there, I think I paid just over €60 for mine in December 2014 but it was worth it. Though there are only two palettes, they both work extremely well. Cream is difficult to work with, especially when it comes to blending. I always found it easier to contour and highlight before applying my foundation with this palette and topping up slightly afterwards if needs be. Although I use liquid foundation, the cream is a different texture to this and it can be very time consuming to try to blend in. Below is an example of how this palette works (I didn’t go overboard here, I think a lot of contouring actually looks quite fake!)
Recently I purchased the Smashbox contouring palette which had been sold out evertwhere (including online) for months! I was so delighted to pick up this genuine palette, specifically designed for a girl’s contouring needs! There are three palettes in this, a contour, a bronzer and a highlighter. These are a powder format, much easier to work with and blend than creams as any excess product can be buffed away without endless scrubbing and cover-up. I love this palette, again not exactly cheap but when looking for decent products that will go a long way the price shouldn’t put you off. This palette even comes with a special brush to get you on your way.
I can’t rate Smashbox products highly enough, as you may have read in previous posts I’m a convert; their products are just so pigmented and long-lasting, perfectky designed for all skin types – I’ve definitely got combination oily and sensitive skin which makes most foundations and contour application a nightmare but not with these. Below is an example of how the Smashbox palette looks when used with other Smashbox Products (liquid HD Halo foundation, Photo Finish Colour Corrector primer).
So, to sum it all up, I would advise going for a powder contour palette if you want a subtly defined look without having to spend ages blending. The cream palette is amazing and I definitely haven’t stopped using it but I do keep it for occasions when I want a little more drama and have the time to spend making sure it’s perfect. I never go over the top contouring because it’s just too much in my opinion, I’ve seen some really amazing contouring but I don’t want to look that heavily made up! Whatever suits you it can easily be obtained with either of these palettes.