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I've always enjoyed using make up and trying new things out but I had never really considered contouring as it seemed a bit above me and I assumed the only people who would contour would be experts who really know what they're doing with it. However after getting into watching beauty videos on YouTube I realised it's not just for experts and also learnt how it should be used. A few of these videos featured this sleek contour kit, so as a fan of sleek products anyway, I decided to try it.
This contour kit comes in a compact palette including a matte pressed powder and a shimmery, illuminating highlighter. The packaging lives up to the brand name - sleek. The box is quite helpful with a little guide on the back showing how to use the kit. The actual packaging of the product is matte black and includes a mirror inside which is very handy for putting in your handbag and using it on the go throughout the day. The kit is available to buy in three different shades, which are: light, medium and dark. I opted for light as I have white skin and don't want the shade to be too dark or obvious.
I use the pressed powder over my foundation, applying it with a brush just under my cheek bones and round my jaw line. I often find that contouring can look too dark and over the too but this looked really natural. It's also buildable depending on how dark you want it. It was fairly easy to get the hang of and I found it really effective. It defines and sculpts my features and also has a slight slimming effect on the face. The main reason I bought this was for the contouring powder but the highlighter that comes with it was a great bonus. I apply this to my cheek bones, brow bones and down the length of my nose. When the light catches the face it illuminates these parts and gives a gorgeous glow without being top shimmery which is perfect for me as I'm not a fan of a shimmering face!
I'd definitely recommend this contour kit to anyone interested in giving it a go as I think this is a great kit to start off with at only £6.49 in Superdrug. Contouring has now become a staple part of my make up routine and really adds a new dimension to make up.
Well done Sleek on another fantastic product!
So contouring was a part of make up that was completely oblivious to me until later along the line. Nowadays its obvious we can contour with bronzers, darker powders etc but Sleek have managed to simplify the whole idea, introducing it to a whole new audience and offering it at a very reasonable price!
Firstly, the packaging of this, as well as all sleek products are beautiful - black and well manfactured! This compact comes with two powders and a mirror on the lid, which is actually fairly large and so easy to 'contour' with.
The two powders in the pan are incredibly pigmented. The darker contouring shade takes up most of the space in the pan. It is quite a dark shade to begin with in the first place, I feel I can only use this pan for more dramatic contouring, however the shade is continuous throughout their colour choices - light, medium and dark, therefore could be hard for beginners to work with. The second powder in the pan is the highlighting shade, which varies between the colour choices. I have this palette in medium, which comes with a champagne, golden shade that is quite pretty!
Sleek includes a leaflet with this product to explain contouring, which for a long time was really a technique used more by the media rather than every day people, however if that doesn't help there are plenty of tutorials on youtube that can demonstrate how to contour your cheekbones, nose etc, whatever you want to play down and emphasise!
This retails for £6.50 which is quite reasonable considering how long this product lasts, with 14g of product, and can be bought online or at your nearest Sleek counter.
I am a sucker for new make up products and when I saw this in superdrug I had to give it a try!
The sleek face contour kit is designed to enable the wearer to drate contours on the face which enhance the definition mainly in the cheek bone area by adding shadows.
The kits are available in light medium and dark so you choose according to your skin tone, being of african descent I chose dark but for caucasion individuals you would go for light andyone inbetween would go for medium. The kit cost just over £5 which for what it is I think is reasonable.
Contained in the kit are 2 powders one is a pressed powder used to create the shadow and one is a shimmer powder which will contrast with the shadow helping to create definition. One downside for this product is that there is no bruch provided so you do need to have your own brush to apply the kit. A good point is that there are wrtten instuctions about how to use, so if like me you have not used such a thing it is very helpful.
To use I first of all applied my regular foundation as normal. I then followed the instructions and used the pressed powder first of all just below the apple of the cheek bone going up towards the hairline until there was a noticable shadow created I then blended a bit with my fingers to make it less obvious. I then applied the shimmer powder onto the apple of the cheek, I found I had to put quite a bit of this but then again I was being a bit cautious in case it went wrong!
Finished effect? not as defined as I thought it would be but I think it was because the first time I used it I did not want to go over board it was a bit better the second time.
The best thing about this is that it can also be used on the eyes and the nose, I do not use it on my nose, simply because I don't think for me it is necessary but I have used it on my eyes and really loved the finished product, instructions for eyes and nose application are also included. For the eyes I just used the shimmer on the eyelid, then the powder on the crease for definition, you can leave it like this but I find it looks much better when you also apply shimmer beneath the brow.
All in all for what it is it comes at a good price and I like that is has multiple uses and I think it is worth a try, gets easier to use the more you get used to it. It's a thumbs up from me and I don't really use sleek products that often!