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Friday, December 05, 2014

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit Review

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

Little known fact Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit is Kim Kardashian's contour kit of choice (powder at least), in fact she stated this a few years ago before the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit was available for general purchase and pretty much encouraged the brand to bring it back. Well low and behold as of a few months ago Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit creeped back on to counters ans as a result sold out countless times. I was lucky enough to be gifted a kit and can see why Kim Kardashian rather enjoys it.

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit contains all you need to sculpt the entire face, the compact kit contains three well sized powders: a bronzer, a contour powder and a highlighter as well as a brush and step by step guide. The contour brush that is supplied is a little on the small side, the brush head is angled, dense and of decent quality but if I am entirely honest I don't use it to contour. The small size is great for adding highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones but otherwise I reach for larger and altogether.

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

So yes three wells of powder each of which have been intended for different uses. From left to right we have the following powders: a light and ashen grey toned contour powder, a warm toned yet natural light golden bronzing powder and lastly a slightly yellow toned, matte highlighting powder. Each powder is soft to the touch, finely milled and well pigmented but easy to blend out. If like myself you aren't the best at contouring or don't have a light hand (again guilty), this is a great kit to begin your contouring journey with. The step by step guide provided makes it fool proof to apply, it also doesn't hurt that neither the bronzer or contour powder are muddy meaning it looks natural each and every application. If you like to add a little light to your face but don't want a shimmer based highlighting powder then the highlighter within the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit will be something you enjoy. Although it is matte, much like the other two powders it is not heavy, chalky and oddly it looks entirely natural on the face. I rather like it for blending down my nose and to set under eye make-up.

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit

My only gripe with the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit is that it only comes in one shade option which will not suit all. Typically speaking I would imagine that it will be great for most light to medium complexions but any skin tone that veers deep or pale may be left in the cold. I like how fuss free the kit is, the texture and pigmentation of the powders but would love to see more colour options in the future.

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit £35 via Boots - link.

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17 comments:

  1. Such a cool product! x
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  2. I really like the sound of this palette except for the brush, I don't really need it!

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    Ana Leote | Meet Me @ 2 am

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  3. This looks really nice. My favourite contour palette is from Charlotte Tilbury and the F6 MUA contour brush is fab! You should try it if you haven’t already!

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  4. *love struck eyes* Have to add this to my xmas wishlist! looks great

    ExoticKissesz/UK Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Looks pretty! But am I the only one who has no use for palettes with varied deeper contour shades and yellowy highlighters? I can totally see why MUAs would like a palette with a selection of contour shades, but for personal use I only ever stick to one colour.

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  6. I feel like I need this even though I have so many contouring products, definitely going on my wishlist xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  7. I've been looking for a palette with all 3 in so may give this a try.!
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    Xx

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  8. I love my contouring products. This looks amazing, I am yet to try any smashbox products however x

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  9. Really want to try this out!!

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

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  10. i ant to learn how to apply
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  11. I love that there is an ashier contour colour! Sometimes everything is a little too warm for my tastes.

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  12. Always wanted to try contouring but never really found the right shades. this comes with 3!

    Fancy Nancy’s YouTube

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  13. Oh this looks great. There are some contour kits/palettes that have so many shades, I wouldn't know which colours to use to be honest!

    This kit would obviously make the job A LOT easier! Thanks for posting this.

    Emma | The Fashion Six

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  14. Ohh this looks like such a handy Palette for Contouring! ^ ^

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  15. Love the shades!

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