You know I’m a sucker when it comes to celebrity beauty products – I literally cannot get enough. Slap someone’s name on it and I’ll probably buy it – but, I guess that’s their whole strategy…
So, when I read up that Rihanna was launching Fenty Beauty exclusive at Sephora (helllloooo VIB Rouge points), I started saving. I literally was drooling watching the launch party Snapchats, Instagram Lives, etc.
I wanted to wait a little to see some of the bigger beauty guru reviews before I decided what to purchase and review, obviously. My budget wasn’t exactly ready for 15 highlighters and 40 foundation shades, but I love me a good contour stick, so here we are.
We all know I LOVED the KKW Contour Stick (despite that I’ll probably go through it by the end of this month and it doesn’t last what-s0-ever). But, the formula is just so easy to use from pros to beginners, it’s so hard NOT to recommend it. I was SO pumped to try this contour set out. For once, you get so much more product – like a freaking jumbo glue stick. I could use SO much and really not even feel like I made a dent (which is so relieving when you’re trying to make a luxury cosmetics product last…obviously). The packaging is a little bulkier, but soooo cool. All three contour sticks adhere together with a magnetic component – god knows, I’m always digging around into the bottom of my makeup bag for the contour stick or the highlight stick or vice versa.
I gambled for the Medium kit (simply based on my history with contour sticks). I play Sephora.com like the lottery and hope for the best!
First impressions – you definitely need to ‘warm up’ the stick on the back of your hand, using the natural heat from your body to soften up the formula a bit. If you just go in to contour, it is complete solid and it may wipe away some of your foundation/base as opposed to build on top of it. It’s a stiff consistency (which did make blending much harder than other contour items I’ve tried). I also found it super beneficial to use a ‘lighter-weight’ foundation underneath the contour, once I got going the build up was pretty dramatic.
That being said, this is a really hard stick to use if you’re a beginner at makeup. Not only is the end of the stick really thick (so you have to make sure you hit your contour marks justtttt right), but when blending you have to make sure you are moving in a very precise motion (to the direction of your hairline, up through where you want your contour to be defined). If you swerve just slightly out of your lane, cleanup is necessary. You can see below one side, I wasn’t so careful and ended up spending a good deal of time trying to fix it. The line you can create is SUPER thick, while the highlight stick doesn’t really do the concealing I would’ve liked.
For the shimmer stick, I’m extremely underwhelmed. It barely showed up anything at all on my cheeks! On centered focal points like the nose and cupid’s bow, I could see some legit sheen, but the cheeks was a no go.
Of the three, the contour I’ll continue to use, but probably won’t purchase again. Did anyone have a positive experience with this trio? Comment below!