With the whole contour and highlighting trend going around lately, brands have been bringing their A-game when it comes to releasing products to match what consumers want. With hourglass releasing their ambient bronzer and BECCA doing their collab with Jaclyn Hills, the hype for contour and highlight products is real.
I myself, have accumulated a tiny collection of highlight and bronzing products.
Sleek contour and highlight kit in light
Hourglass ambient bronzer in luminous light
Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in natural
Not pictured: Benefit Hoola, which I finished and threw away. Will repurchase in the future.
Mac mineralized skinfinish in perfect topping (the 2014 version)
BECCA skin perfecting powder in rose gold and moonstone
BECCA skin perfecting liquid in moonstone
The texture for the sleek contour and highlight kit is more chalky than the rest. However for the price, the product it is totally worth it.
Texture wise, BECCA has the nicest powder formula. It is smooth, buttery and a dream to apply.
Shade range wise, gotta give it to Bobbi Brown.
I wish Hourglass would come out with more shades of their bronzer because it is so pretty.
I want to try NARS Laguna and the Too Faced chocolate bronzers.
I only recently started being obsessed with highlighters. When done right, it is glowy, healthy and perfect. When done wrong, it can look greasy and shiny. BECCA is probably most well known for their highlighters, especially after their recent collaboration with Jacklyn Hill for the Champagne Pop Highlighter.
I have the pressed shimmering skin perfectors in moonstone and rose gold, and the liquid shimmering skin perfectors in moonstone.
The liquid formula is the least shimmery out of the liquid and pressed versions. I don’t have the poured formula, so I don’t know how that compares. The only issue I have with the liquid formula is the pump. It is hard to use, and dispenses too much product at one time. It is more glowy than shimmery, for those that want a more natural looking highlight. There is a slight scent to the product, but nothing offensive.
My first BECCA product was the Moonstone pressed shimmering skin perfector. It is a sparkly intense pale gold shade that looks great on paler skin tones. The powder is super silky and soft, a little bit goes a super long way. I don’t think anyone would ever finish one of these products.
I originally wanted to get Opal, but it was out of stock so I settled for the rose gold shade. On me, I don’t use it as an highlight but more as a blush. I layer this over a nude blush to give it a bit more of a pink tone + shimmer.
The pressed contains 8g for 38USD
The liquid contains 50ml for 41USD
BECCA products are expensive, but in my opinion worth it. I will never finish any of these product, and they are so beautiful.
I just wish the pump wasn’t so annoying.
As any member of the makeup obsessed community would know, contouring has been the new IT thing for the longest time. However, outside of the small circle of beauty addicts online and in real life, a lot of people don’t seem to know the difference between contouring and bronzing.Both methods just use a darker shade of something under the blush area, right???
Bronzer focuses on warming up the skin so they tend to have a bit more warmth to them. Contouring is supposed to give your face more dimensions, which is why contouring products tend to be grey toned since it is supposed to mimic a shadow effect. Some bronzers contain shimmer to really give you that sun kissed look, but you should never ever use a shimmery product for contouring because the shimmer will reflect the light, which kinda defeats the purpose of making it look shadowy.
Bronzer can be applied around the face with a fluffy brush, from the temples to under the cheekbones, and then down to the chin in a “3” motion. It is meant to bring warmth and colour to the face, which is why a lot of bronzers lean towards a orange / gold tone.
Contouring is mainly applied under the jaw with a more precise brush right underneath the cheek bones in a diagonal line, stopping when it lines up to the iris of your eyes, and down the sides and bridge of your nose. Basically, you want create a shadow illusion by shading in the areas you want to appear slimmer. Contour is meant to sculpt your face, while bronzer warms up your complexion.
Recommended bronzers: Nars Laguna (contains shimmer), Hourglass ambient lighting bronzers (also has shimmer), Benefit Hoola (Leans grey, so can be used as a contour)
Recommended contour: Sleek contour kit, Anastasia contour kit, Mac mineralized skin finish natural (2-3 shades darker than your natural skin tone)
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