10 April 2015

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

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Over the past few months I've found myself completely obsessed with contouring products. As a chubby faced girl, contouring is something I've been trying to master for years, in the hopes that I'll be able to fake a slimmer face. Contouring in general seems to have really taken off on the beauty scene over recent years, with everyone giving it a try for themselves. This is great - because it means more and more brands are bringing out specific products and kits to make contouring easier and quicker!

A picture of Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

The Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit is the latest contouring beauty that I've been trying, a contouring kit which features 3 shades covering contouring, bronzing and highlighting. Presented in a super slim and very lightweight palette with a big compact mirror, the kit also comes with a Smashbox contouring brush and a pull-out 'Shape Matters' insert with how-to's for using each shade dependent on your face shape, which is really handy for those new to contouring and unsure how to achieve the best look for their face shape. A handy little diagram is also adhered to the compact mirror inside the palette, with a guide on where to apply each shade - great for when on-the-go, too! 

The Smashbox contour brush which is included with the kit is very handy, a tapered contour brush which is the perfect size and shape for contouring - although I do prefer to use other brushes for the bronze and highlight shades in the kit. The brush itself isn't a standard full size brush, more a travel size, but still a great addition to the palette. I did notice after the first couple of uses and the first wash, that there were a few loose bristles coming out, but after those first few uses it seems to be fine. Considering most cheek products and palettes don't come with a free brush, I think it's a great addition to the kit. 

Personally I think the 3 shades within the kit are spot on. Each shade is matte, without a speck of shimmer in sight, with buttery soft powder formulas and no fall-out whatsoever. Each shade is very easy to work with, applying well and blending very easily for a more natural looking finish. The contour shade is a lovely cool-toned brown with a touch of taupe that works really well to create a natural looking contour without looking too harsh or obvious. The bronze shade has just the right amount of warmth to work with a variety of skin tones, a slightly golden bronze shade that is cool in tone and not a touch of orange in sight. Lastly we have the highlight shade, a pale highlight that's almost champagne in colour and very subtle, working well to lightly illuminate and highlight.

Am I a fan of the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit? Most definitely! I think it's a fab little kit, great for everyone from contouring addicts to those just starting out with contouring, too. The contour brush is a great addition and both the Shape Matters leaflet and little guide on the compact mirror are really helpful for getting contouring, bronzing and highlighting right. 

What do you think to the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit?

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  1. I'm a big fan of contouring too and have tried quite a few different products, this one looks fantastic, I love that it comes with a brush too. xxx

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    1. It's so handy having a kit that comes with it's own specific brush! And it really is the perfect shape and size for the contour shade :) xo

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  2. I have never contoured or bronzed before so a kit like this would be super helpful!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. It would be great for you in that case - the handy leaflet and guide on the compact mirror make contouring, bronzing and highlighting an absolute breeze! xo

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  3. This looks amazing, I always think I am rubbish with contouring especially using a bronzer, but this little kit looks great, I like how its not to dark - its a big worry of mine with having pale skin.
    I will keep a look out for this when Im next out shopping
    Gemma
    GemmsBeauty

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    1. The shades are subtle enough that it's be suitable for pale beauties! It's one of those perfect kits where each shade can be built up if need be, but a light hand when applying makes it great for paler skin too :) xo

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  4. You should do a tutorial :)

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    1. Unfortunately tutorials aren't really something I do, but I'm sure there's lots of tutorials available on YouTube :) xo

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  5. This looks fabulous - definitely want to give it a go as contouring's fast becoming a staple part of my makeup routine!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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    1. Once you try contouring, there's no going back! xo

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  6. This kit looks great! I love a good old contour! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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    1. Me too :) It's a fab little kit xo

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  7. This looks great. I really want to try a decent contouring set so I may treat myself! x
    ELEANORMAES

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    1. Let me know what you think to it if you decide to add it to your beauty stash :) xo

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  8. Think I may be sold on this...I do want to treat myself to a decent contour kit!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I really love it! If you decide to give it a go, make sure to let me know what you think to it :) xo

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  9. This is such a lovely product! I love how the shades are quite light looking as well, which is perfect for paler skin.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely. You can build up each shade if need be too! xo

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  10. This sounds perfect! I'm wanting to test out a few more contour products and this sounds like it would make a lovely addition to my collection! Thanks for the helpful review!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. You're welcome Heather, I'm glad you found my review helpful! xo

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  11. I really like the look of this. I just bought the Barry M one, which is the same as this xo

    http://lifebeautyandem.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I want to try the Barry M one to see how it compares :) xo

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  12. First off my love you deffo deffo not chubby faced! Secondly, this is a fab little review. I use the Seventeen contouring kit and this looks like a fab little upgrade :D

    Mel ♥ everyword

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    1. Haha, I definitely do!! I didn't realise Seventeen had a contouring kit, I will have to check it out :) xo

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  13. I've been on the hunt for a great contour kit and this one sounds like a serious contender :) xx

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    1. Let me know if you decide to give it a try :) xo

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  14. These look like the perfect 3 shades for contouring! No garish orange or muddy brown tones in sight! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. Exactly. So few high-street products manage that, which is why I think Smashbox is worth the splurge for a contour kit like this! xo

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  15. I love contouring and I started hoarding/trying so many brands. This palette is now on my list.

    Creepers & Cupcakes

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    1. What other brands have you tried for contouring products? :) xo

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