Guess what’s on the agenda today? How did you know 🙂 Yes I am waffling all about the Smashbox Contour Stick Trio. I decided I was going to pick these up with my Boots points, so I had been patiently saving my points and then I went online to browse the Boots website. They were on special for €38…and so… they were bought and the story begins.
So as you can see there is three pencils. A highlighter, a bronzer and then a contour.
You get a sharpener in the box too which I think is very necessary as these pencils are really creamy so use up very quickly. I think if you were using these everyday you wouldn’t get a huge amount of time out of them.
Here they are swatched on my arm. You can see how pigmented and creamy they are.
The highlighting shade is pretty light, I could probably do with a shade lighter for my pale skin, this is the story for most of these kind of things.
The contour shade (in the middle) is a grey toned brown, perfect shade for it. And then the bronze shade is a warmer toned brown for warming up your complexion, as I am sure you know 🙂
So onto using it on my mug.
First up here I am without any of the Smashbox Contour Stick Trio’s applied and some lovely bed hair too 🙂
I first apply the highlighter stick.
I applied it under my eyes, the centre of my nose and eyebrows, the tops of my brows and above my cupids bow.
Then the bronzer.
Smashbox say use the product in an x formation and I think it does work best because you tend to use less product than just drawing lines around your face. I personally use it around the periphery of my face and then blend it down. You could use the contour shade in the same way too, I just like the warmer shade around my face. I don’t contour my nose or anything like that because I feel that it is pretty small already so I don’t really find it necessary.
I use the contour shade of the Smashbox Contour Stick Trio just on my non existent cheekbones.
I am only gorgeous I know 🙂 Again using the x formation around 2/3’s of the way down my cheek. Just follow where you naturally have a hollow. If you’re chubby like me do the fishy face to find out where it is.
So then onto blending. Blending the Smashbox Contour Sticks is actually really easy, they don’t take much work at all. I just use whatever foundation brush I used. I blend the bronze shade into my skin more, whereas with the highlighter and contour shades I keep the blending more isolated to where I applied them.
You can see the bronze and the contour shades do warm up my complexion and give a slight illusion of definition on my cheeks, happy days. The highlight shade really doesn’t do a whole load for me, I’m just too pale.
Here is the whole shabang with powders and lipsticks added and the gruaig looking a bit better too.
Overall, I really like the Smashbox Contour Stick Trio. They are easy to use, easy to blend and the colours are mostly good. They are by no means a necessary step in your makeup routine. For me, I like them for when I want a more pronounced contour for going out. I will layer contour and highlight powders over top. Or for a more subtle highlight, I will just set the Smashbox Contour Sticks with face powder. Obviously there is tonnes of alternative products to get your chisel on, the sticks are just a handy one as they are small and easy to control. It’s only a matter of time before the highstreet brands are all over it and bring out their own versions. I look forward to that 🙂