I’ve never really been into contouring. More out of laziest then anything I think. By the time I am done my blush, I just don’t even feel like doing extra steps. However, sculpting and contouring have been everywhere the last few years so I decided to give it a try. Being an avid Youtube watcher, the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powders seem like a consistent favourite. Instead of getting the powder contours, I decided to get their cream contour, which seemed more natural from his Creamy Glow line which included a sculpting cream contour in medium and a cream highlighter in Candlelight (Duo #4).
I am so happy I bought this kit because it is really great for beginners like me. The pigmentation looks quite dark in the pan but sheers out beautifully, which means you don’t have to worry as much about making a mistake if you are beginner. I usually just use a finger and dab onto the contour area and sheer out the edges with my fingers. You can use a brush as well. Since it is quite sheer, you have the choice of layering more product on if you want a deeper contour. However, for beginners like me, it is great to make the mistakes with a sheerer product until we become more confident with our contouring techniques.
The colour is a very neutral brown that is great for mimicking natural shadows on the face. Longevity-wise, I feel like that it lasts a good part of a day (6-8 hours). If set, it will probably even last longer.
Likewise, the highlighter is also great for beginners. It gives a beautiful, subtle, light warm golden sheen. I think it would appear differently depending on your skincare. Like most cream highlighters, it gives more a glossy type of glow. I use it my fingers and apply it on the high points of my face, like my cheeks and the bridge of my nose.
One of the cons of this product is the amount of the sculpting cream they give you. I could imagine it being used up pretty fast if you used it everyday. Plus, it only comes in one shade and will only work for certain skin tones.
VERDICT: I would wholeheartedly recommend this product for contouring beginners. It gives such a natural contour and highlight and the application is easy to control.