Some girls hunt for the perfect red lipstick, the sassiest of little black dresses, or the comfiest of skyscraper heels. For me, my beauty quest is for a perfect contour kit!
I yearn for cheekbones. I long for a great bone structure, a jaw you could cut glass with and a nose as sharp as Simon Cowell’s put-downs. Sadly, genetics (and the odd eclair) has not been my friend in those departments, so I turn my attention to the magic of contour. A swipe of brown powder there, a daub of shimmery stuff there, and hey presto – I’m Kim Kardashion. (Ish. In bad lighting.)
I’ve previously reviewed the Sleek Contour Kit, and I’ve recently purchased the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit from Boots: however, whilst I’m a big fan of these palettes, I’m really wanting to try a cream contour product. When I’m getting ready in the morning, I find blending a powder can be a little time consuming, and I’ve heard that a cream alternative can halve the time of your beauty regime. When I’m contouring properly (read my full tutorial here), it takes a substantial amount of time to perfect! (However, for a really super speedy contour contour routine, check out my 1 brush, 30 second tutorial).
My dream product for contouring is the Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour kit – however, at £40 a pop and with mixed reviews, I’m reluctant to spend so much on a product which may not be as great as I anticipate. I’ve got some great concealers and powders for highlighting, so I was really only in the market for a dark contour cream, not a full kit.
So meet the newest addition to my makeup bag: Clinique’s newest product, the Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick in 01 Curvy Contour. For £19.99 in Boots (triple points purchase – holla!), it’s half the price of the ABH contour kit.
First off: the boring stuff. What is it and how does it work?
Clinique write that the ‘creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede’. It’s a long wearing, oil free, swivel-up pencil (no sharpener required – bonus points there) which claims to give you beautiful bone structure in seconds. Use on ‘bare skin or foundation to add contour to hollow of cheeks, along jawline and other areas’ – such as nose, chin, and decolletage.
I’ll be honest – Clinique isn’t a brand I buy from frequently. As a 22 year old with a fancy for dramatic, heavy and sassy makeup looks, Clinique often looks a little tame to me – with it’s pale green boxes and minimalist packaging, it’s a pretty unassuming brand that I associate with more ‘natural’ beauty looks. I was pretty surprised to see a contour-specific product added to it’s counters!
If you’ve ever bought a Chubby Stick before, you’ll be familiar with the concept – a big fat twist-up pencil in sleek packaging, it looks simple to use, yet professional. The colour isn’t too intimidating, and when swatched on skin can be built up easily to achieve a desired level of pigmentation.
Playing around with swatches, it seemed that the formula was pretty easy to blend. However, the only way to tell was to get cracking, and draw all over my face…
How to Use
This product is the easiest contour product I’ve ever used. Honestly, even Joey Essex could use this – with no problems whatsoever!
1. I like to apply the Chubby Stick over my foundation. Do your base routine – for me, this is primer + concealer + foundation.
2. Twist up the Chubby Stick if needs be, and swipe down the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, across the forehead, and along the jawline. (For a dramatic contour, add highlighter under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, forehead and chin).
3. Using your finger (or any sort of blending tool), gently buff out the contour cream until you get the desired effect.
4. Could that be any easier? Finish off with the rest of your look, making sure to set with powder.
Before: Contour & Blend
After: Finished Look
This is so easy to use, which is the main thing I love about the Contour Chubby Stick. I can imagine it will last for a while, and the colour isn’t too orange, which I’ve found to be a problem with a lot of contour products I’ve tried.
It blends really nicely, and doesn’t dry too fast, meaning it’s malleable. It lasted well throughout the day, didn’t wear off and still looked great 8 hours later.
However (isn’t there always a however?), there are some things to mention. If you’re a fan of a feisty Kim K contour, this probably isn’t the product for you. Whilst it did give my bone structure a notable boost, it wasn’t quite as dramatic a transformation as I was hoping for. Even with the colour built up, once blended it had a really natural appearance – which is lovely for everyday wear, but I imagine it may not be strong enough for an evening look.
I also noticed that it was great on my cheekbones, but it wasn’t particularly effective down the sides of my nose; when blended out, it seemed to get lost pretty quickly among the rest of my makeup. The shade may also be way too light for some skin-tones – I’m pale and for me, this was perfect.
- Easy to blend
- Easy to apply
- Great on cheekbones
- Good contour colour
- Long wearing
- Not a strong contour effect
- Wasn’t dramatic down the nose
- Too natural for evening wear
- One shade does not suit all
Would I recommend to a friend? Definitely. The Chubby Stick was a pleasure to use, and looked considerably better than a powder contour. Whilst it is pretty natural, that’s really a good thing – nobody wants to look like they’ve been tangoed!
Additionally, I’d definitely buy from Clinique again based on this product – have you any recommendations for my next Clinique purchase?