We’ve become manically obsessed with contouring as a beauty technique - and as a chipmunk-cheeked gal, I totally get it. Contouring, with all of its magical face-altering ways, has connotations of proper makeup artistry – not just throwing on a bit of slap for colour and kicks, but actually faking your facial proportions with clever trickery of the light? That’s serious makeup, which makes it totally attractive…and also a little bit scary.
Which is where this Clinique duo comes in. These creamy, oil-free shading and highlighting sticks are the least intimidating take on the contouring trend I’ve encountered. In fact, they make it – dare I say it – rather fun. Subtlety is the name of the game; both products give a very natural, sculpted-but-not-scary-in-the-slightest type of look.
If you’re familiar with the Chubby Sticks franchise then you’ll know its main appeal is the sheer ease of use of the products – and these are no different. Just draw on over your foundation, and buff out with fingers or a brush (I actually think fingers work best, as they help to warm and blend the product into the skin). Simples!
At first glance, the contour stick looks alarmingly warm, but thankfully it blends out to a lovely, natural looking and shimmer-free tone. As for the highlighter, it imparts a gorgeous, luminous sheen that helps to lift the cheekbones and illuminate the face.
|Both products blended in to the skin|
It’s pinker in tone than the golden shades I normally pick to perk up my sallow skintone; I’d love to see more colours added to the line to cater for different skin tones and ethnicities, and I’m hopeful we’ll see this a little further down the line.
At €23 a pop, they’re on the spendy side – but they’re quick, they’re easy and they work. In fact, they’ve swiftly become my go-to contouring picks on a day-to-day basis (the Charlotte Tilbury palette is still my choice for a big night out; I think cream contour products look more natural and fresh, whereas powder looks more polished).
What do you think – do you love contouring, or are you totally over the trend?
See my favourite Chubby Stick for lips in action or check out this post on Chubby Sticks for cheeks!