I fudged up on this one.
I saw the release and immediately knew I wanted to snag this for a review. I was in Australia at the time, so hopped on their website. Of course, I was having issues using my card being out of the country and trying to use an American website, but finally was able to get one ordered. Stupid me made-up a combination of my billing and shipping address, so although I pay for 2-day delivery, it took about 3 weeks to get to me once I was able to correct the error.
After all that, I received it and I’m sure it froze, refroze and froze again for some serious expansion and contraction within the packaging. Also, I find the best possible way to get a sculpting stick is just to pick it up in the store – and even then, you might end up with a broken one due to their shipping methods. I reached out to Benefit ASAP and they’re sending me a brand new one! But, I didn’t want to wait to review it, so here she is.
I had a lot of great things to say about the PUR Cosmetics contour stick – except that I purchased mine broken, as well (and frankly, was just too lazy to care to replace it). It was a really blendable formula, and I loved the color (although, just one shade is available which doesn’t allow for much diversity). The same thing goes for the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick – there’s one shade (which just so happens to work for me), with a warm undertone. That being said, if you’re really pale or really tan, this isn’t going to work for you. I can even envision those with dark spray tans on their face not being able to work with this.
Outside of the lack of a color range, the convenience of these things are phenomenal. I think it’s SUCH a pain to carry around my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette or worse, my Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour palette in my purse outside of my small, travel makeup case. Who knows – if I’m leaving work and want to go out for a bit, what’s a full face of makeup without a good contour? Keeping these in your handbag just isn’t convenient – never mind making sure you also have the appropriate brushed to apply with on-hand, as well.. Having a smaller, quicker option for contoring is just a dream. Even with the PUR stick, I never touched the light side – I use concealer or a single MAC face powder for highlighting and setting my eyes, so I feel its just an unneccessary product to carry around on a day to day basis.
Below are some before and after pictures, with my application and then post-blending with a damp Beauty Blender. I chose to use short, line-type strokes as opposed to harsh lines – I feel it provides a more natural shadow for an everyday look. Would probably use a straight line or setting powder to carve out my cheekbones if I was taking photos, heading to a formal event or just looking for more overall definition.
Has anyone else tried this? What did you think? – E