I feel as though contouring has been around for ages now. (In fact it was probably put into practice by professional make up artists a hell of a lot longer than when ordinary girls started taking it on). If I remember rightly, the first time I saw a picture of a contoured face in action was that famous one of Kim Kardashian, all stripes and stokes of tan shades over her face.
It looked so weird then, and yet these days, I don’t think there any many girls who could say that they haven’t tried at least one form of contouring, even if it’s a ‘diluted’ version of the real strong contour that quite honestly still scares me a little.
Saying that though, I’d be lying it I said I hadn’t been a little curious about the trend and what sort of results could be achieved with a mainstream, high-street product. There are so flipping many contouring products out there right now for a start. Seriously, we’ve never been so spoilt for choice with one certain area of make up in the past year at least. There are contouring kits out there now to suit every skin tone and type not to mention price range. But as with most of my make up and skin care, I’m definitely a high-street/drug-store gal (not exactly through choice, it’s more a case of I just can’t afford all the lovely expensive things). But I will go nuts in Space NK one day when I feel like I can treat myself, and have saved a pretty penny beforehand.
Anyway, off I skipped to Boots a few weeks ago to try and track down the contouring palette which a couple of my favourite YouTubers (notably Suzie from HelloOctober) had been raving about; the L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette. It had mixed reviews following its release, but I like the idea of a cream contour over a powder, and thought the medium/dark shade would be a good match for my skin tone.
I finally got the palette in Asda of all places a while ago, as my local Boots and Superdrug had both sold of it when I last checked. A promising start??
The packaging is ok…nothing that fancy to be honest. Just a standard black plastic case with flip-top lid and a see-though window on the top half. There is a light cream which is effectively your highlighter, but it’s totally matte without a hint of shimmer which may or may not be a good thing for you depending on personal preference. (I actually have only used this only once or twice to be honest; not that impressed with that side).
The second side of the pan obviously holds the actual contour shade; again in a cream formulation which is very thick and looks pretty dark and intimidating when you see it in the palette…
It looks even more frightening when you put it onto skin as you can see from the picture, and so I was a little dubious about trying this. But as it turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. And on a good foundation day, it can look quite nice.
I think the key thing with this contour is to make sure that your foundation is a decent one and suitable for a relatively heavy cream product to sit on top. I found that the overall look of the contour changed from decent to patchy, muddy and crap depending on which foundation I went for; so make sure you are comfortable with your base!
L’Oreal did also bring out a contouring double-ended brush to go with the palette, but I had heard of a different way to apply this, so I went with using a flat and tapered brush to apply the contour, and then went in with a beauty blender to blend it all in. Which turned out better than I thought it would so that’s been a nice surprise.
I used the handy little guide at the bottom of the palette to work out where to apply the product, as aside from the obvious ‘general cheekbone’ areas, I’m often quite baffled as to where else the stuff goes. One of the places I had never thought of before but I’ve found to make big difference to the overall look is the forehead; and applying some contour there definitely helps to angle the face and provide some definition.
Once I’d applied the ‘stripes’ I had a moment to myself in the bathroom where I realised how stupid I looked and generally started feeling pretty awkward and uncomfortable….So of course, I go and take a selfie, to document the moment….
Awkwardness over, I blended the contour into the skin and actually like the way it disappeared (in a good way).
It’s very pigmented and seems so dark when first applied, but work with it using either a brush or sponge, and the contour does quite a nice job. It’s quite subtle too, and going by the photos alone you can’t see a great deal of definition, but it does add a subtle hint of cheekbone and better bone structure which let’s face it, we would all like to have wouldn’t we?! I know I would anyway.
I don’t think much of the highlighter to be honest, but I’ve heard other girls that do so it’s personal preference there I think.
For the price, I think it’s a reasonably good product and worth trying out if you’re curious about contouring. I must admit that I’ve found it’s slowly creeping into my make up routine more and more days of the week now…Maybe I’ll give another palette a try soon.
Speaking of which, if you have any recommendations of a contour kit that you’ve tried and loved then please let me know! I’d love to hear from you. Take care and I’ll be back soon x
The L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette is available in two shades, light/medium and medium/dark and is priced at £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug.