Saturday 15 August 2015

Cream contouring on a budget feat. Makeup Revolution, Essence and W7.

Good morning ladies. On the news front, I joined a 30s club yesterday. There were few tears but in the end a lot of excitement too. 30s are the new 20s right? So I washed away my tears and I'm planning to enjoy myself for the next 10 years :)

Today I'd like to take on board not so new trend, that is a cream contouring. We have so many options these days. We have a contour. You can use both cream and powder or just stick to one. No matter how scary cream contour may look when you're watching tutorials, when done right, it's actually the easy option, more wearable for sure. If watching Kim K MUA scarred and scared you for life, don't fret, try it first, you may actually like it. I truly think that, by using creams for your contour needs, you end up with more natural outcome. All you need is a contour shade and either a brush or a sponge and you are on your way to become a contour master.

There are many high-end options on the market these days. We have a bronzing base from Chanel, chubby stick from Clinique or new contour sticks from Smashbox. They are all on more expensive side of things and if you're new to contour you may want to start with more budget friendly options. If you don't like it, then you didn't spend too much and if you like it, then this is only the beginning.

I have 4 products for you to consider, including one palette. I find them all budget and beginner friendly and they don't disappoint. Quality is decent at least with few being actually really amazing products. 

Essence Soft Touch Mousse in 03 Matt Honey was my first ever product purchased for cream contour . I wanted to learn and it being £3.50 and available at my local Wilko was definitely a plus. I saw few polish beauty vloggers recommend it, so I jumped on a wagon. It has a really light consistency of a mousse and it's really easy to blend. Colour is a little on a warm side, it being a light camel, honey shade. Nevertheless it will work for your bronzing needs and if you'd like to make it more cool toned, you can mix it with a little of Color Tattoo Permanent Taupe. It has a decent staying power. On it's own it'll last 4-5 hours and powdered down up to 8 hours. Available here.

When I experimented a little with my first product, I thought it will be nice to have a little variety so I started searching my favourite budget brand that is Makeup Revolution. I saw reviews that their Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette in Medium-Dark can be, in fact, used for cream contour, I bought it the very same day. It features 8 creamy shades (all swatched for you below). As none of the shades are actually something I'd use on it's own I started to mix them together and you can come up with so many colour combination, it's actually pretty great. Some shades are more ashy than others, meaning you can create a pretty decent contour shade by mixing them up. Staying power is pretty much the same as with Essence. However in my opinion they are very creamy so you may want to set it with the powder. It's available here for £8.00.

Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette top 4 shades

Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette bottom 4 shades

From left: Essence Mousse, MUR The One Blush and W7 Bronzing Base
I was lusting after Chanel Bronzing Base for a while now. I just knew, I wouldn't use it so much as to justify the spend. So when I saw that W7 does a pretty darn good dupe, I ordered it without thinking twice about it. I tested Chanel as I had a tester from their counter against it's cheaper W7 version and I really can't see the difference except maybe in packaging. Nevertheless W7 packaging is actually really well made, except for very plasticky top. Make Up & Glow Bronzing Base has a slight shimmer to it but it's perfect for bronzing during summer. It's my most reach for product when I need a little tan to my face. I personally use it before any contour to give a little bronzed look to my face and then continue with the contour. It's here for £4.38 (sale price) as standard RPR is £7.99

Lastly my newest addition to the cream contour collection - Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu. The range is a total dupe for their Nars counter products and costs £5 per stick. These are blushers, however I was speaking with my blogger friend Anna and she recommend it to me. It's the darkest of any of the previous products but it blends beautifully. It's pretty perfect for achieving that chiseled look you've been lusting after. What I like about it it's the application. It's the stick so you can just draw a contour on your face using a side of the stick without having to use a brush and then blend it out with a sponge or a brush whatever you prefer. I use a Zoeva buffer blush normally for my nose and Glambrush T16 for my cheeks and forehead. It's available here and in Superdrug.

The winners for me are two products that I now use together. I use W7 bronzing base to lightly tan my complexion first and then top it up with contour using The One Blush Stick from MUR. These two are my perfect go to cream products for summer. W7 gives me a subtle glow to the skin and MUR chisels my cheeks to the point of perfection. I don't set them with powder now but I may do when summer's over. 

Thank you for reading.

Dorota x

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  1. I've never used a cream contour ... Hmmm you may have swayed me to! The ultra conceal palette looks amazing - I'd just need it in the palest colour! Xxxx

    1. I would probably wait for the cream contour palette to come out in Autumn :)

  2. I've got MUR ultra cover and conceal palette light-medium, and happy with it, but to thick and sticky under eyes area ;p, great post!

    1. Yes I don't use under my eyes either. I also have a light one and use it to cream matte highlight :)

  3. This post is great! I learned something new about every single product you mentioned which is helpful because I have considered buying them :)

    1. Hi Ella :) glad you found it useful :) I have few more post about budget friendly contouring, the most recent being Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour. Just search my blog to find out more :) thank you for your lovely comment X X


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