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Contour. Contour, contour, contour. Have you heard about contouring? You can’t move one inch without a makeup brand releasing their own must have kit, or a makeup artist filming a “best way to get chiselled cheeks” video. The problem is I suffer from what I like to call moon face syndrome. My face is round, REALLY round. Those cute chubby cheeks babies have that are supposed to disappear as you reach adulthood have clung onto me for dear life. I have cheekbones yes, but only the top edge. Perfect for a hint of highlight, but below is as convex as a baby’s bottom. The absence of even the slightest hollow to place my contour usually results in friends and family telling me I haven’t blended in my foundation well enough, even after a serious session with my beauty blender in which my arm feels like it’s going to fall off.
However, I have not lost hope just yet, and I’m pinning my dream of achieving the perfect definition on cream contour. Supposedly more blendable than powder and easier to build colour to get that flawless finish.
Therefore I have decided to dip my toes into the cream contour kiddy pool and test out the cream contour palette by Sleek MakeUP.
This is their cream contour palette in Light and it consists of three highlight and three contour shades, as well as a mini guide on where to place each shade for the best finish.
Here are swatches of all six colours.
First impressions, I am glad I picked up this kit in Light. As you can see I have quite a tan from lounging in the sun and the contour shades are just darker than my skin. This is a plus point for me as I usually pick shades too dark due to my natural olive complexion and it ends up looking to obvious. However, if you have quite fair skin, even this palette might not be suitable.
The creams are all soft in texture and sit nicely on the skin. My only complaint so far is the scent. Unfortunately they have quite a strong chemically almost plastic smell, which isn’t the most pleasant but I am hoping on my face and after blending this won’t be so much of a problem.
So, following the instructions provided I applied a smooth line to each area, picked up my beauty blender original and micro and blended for dear life!
So after a lot of blending this was how my cheekbone looked:
Now I am definitely still no expert on contouring but I have to say after using Sleek’s contour kit, I feel there is a subtle dip below my cheekbone, or at least the illusion of one. It is certainly something I need practice with but this kit is perfect for a novice like me. I found the smell of the cream subsided once on my face, and any streaks I was concerned about when first applied, disappeared once blended, leaving a reasonably smooth finish. If you are looking to try a cream contour, I would strongly recommend you think about this one. It ticks a lot of boxes for me, one of which is the price (£10.99). After all why should you have to rob a bank to be able to get on board with the latest makeup trends!