Contour palettes are two a penny and let me tell you I am sick to death of muddy contour bronzers and stark highlighting options. What ever happened to subtle definition? Well if you are a fan of a natural approach to contouring you may want to try out Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer which is a brand I have only just been introduced to. Sure Studio 10's aims are to cater to mature skins but do you know what their soft formulations, delicate shades and thought out palettes really do appeal to all!
The packaging is what I would expect from a brand aiming to please an older audience - no thrills in that it doesn't require a fancy font or glitter motif to make it appealing, instead we have a sleek, dark palette that looks classic and is in a similar vain to Laura Mercier's packaging. I guess the best term to describe the approach is unassuming? In side the compact you have three pans of colour: two cream, one powder which I don't tend to enjoy as the powder fall out can end up in the cream products but so far that has not been the case. The compact itself is made out of plastic so it rather robust and perfect for everyday use as well as travel.
"Developed for ‘real’ women, with hectic lives and concerns about looking their best, everything from Studio 10’s weightless cream textures, to wearable colours and the (genius!) palette proportions have been thoroughly thought-out by brand founder Grace Fodor – the embodiment of the ‘Studio 10 woman’. Paraben-free and enriched with anti-ageing ingredients, each product in the concise range has been developed to disguise, cover and correct the signs of ageing, without relying on heavy, cakey formulations that completely mask your natural colouring. The slimline palettes are comprehensive (and practical) making on-the-go touch ups a doddle, while Visible Lift Face Definer’s super-simple three steps to sculpt, enhance and glow, enable you to fake a face lift from the back of a cab!"
Isn't that a brilliant description? I am a make-up train wreck at time, running from meeting to meeting, relying on public transport and of course battling the Glaswegian weather means that I am no stranger to applying make-up on the go. As I said I like subtle contouring products, something that looks natural and creates a realistic shadows and depth to my face and that is exactly what the Studio 10 contouring powder does - a cool toned olive green tinge brown that has an element of grey. If you thought NARS Laguna was a good call wait until you have used this. It seamlessly blends into the skin, feeling light and velvet like and creates cheekbones from nothing. If you are new to contouring this is the powder you want in your arsenal. It reminds me a little of Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder only you get more bang for your buck with this palette. If I'm being truthful I'm not a fan of the blush within the Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer and it is through no fault of the brand - the gel formula is easy to apply, provides a natural flush and will suit most skin tones but it does have a slight sheen that I'm not overly keen on. It really is as simple as that. The highlighter is a whole different ball game - my goodness do I love it, a light subtle golden shade that adds an illuminating glow to the skin without the need for glitter particles. It brightens the skin and adds a light from within glow and works perfectly all over the face, be it applied to the inner corner of the eye, the cupids bow or even on the décolletage. If you are a little wary of highlighting products this is the one to try - it doesn't highlight imperfections and wears beautifully even on the oiliest of skins.
At £30 this is one of the best contouring palettes out there, you can find it here via Cult Beauty - link.
- This post contains a press sample.