Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick in Medium/Tan Review

Contour products are starting to become as addictive as concealer to me. I’m always up for trying something new, especially from the drugstore. I’m not into buying contour palettes because I feel like I’d end up using only a couple of shades, so I’m always gravitating towards products like the Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick. It comes in Light/Medium and in the shade I got, Medium/Tan. While the Burberry Contour Pen is nice, I’d still prefer to find something cheaper and it doesn’t include a highlight shade.

Here are my thoughts.

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Burberry Face Contour-Effortless Contouring Pen Review

I tried a drugstore cream contour over the summer, but unfortunately it did not agree with my skin. I watched a review about the Burberry Face Contour Effortless Contouring Pen and the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen and wanted to give them a try. I went to Sephora to look at them because I wasn’t sure if I wanted the Medium or Dark contour shade. I went with Medium to keep it more natural. I didn’t end up getting the highlight shade because there are micro-glitters in it (nothing crazy, just not my thing).

Here’s what the brand has to say about it.

Enhance, define, and sculpt the face with this runway-inspired contouring pen. It creates soft shadows to enhance, define and sculpt the face. With a perfect design for precise application, the lightweight texture blends on seamlessly for subtle, natural-looking shadows and contouring without leaving behind any harsh lines. Its domed tip ensures precise, mistake-proof application, making it the ultimate on-the-go contouring pen. There’s a pen for all skintones: one for light-to-medium complexions and a darker shade for medium-to-dark tones. Sweep it under the cheekbones, jawline, and along the nose to sculpt, shade, and define features, or apply it to the eye socket for a wide-eyed effect.

Packaging. Simple and sleek. It’s a gunmetal twist-up tube with a smooth matte finish. The brand and shade is printed along the side. I’m not super wowed by it, but it is functional and I like that it’s a pen style versus being in a pan for ease of application. Just swipe, blend, and go. Rating: 4/5

Performance. The consistency is velvety and applies very smoothly. It blends nicely with a brush or your fingers. It’s also buildable, I like to do two layers, because one is a little too sheer. It does look like there is a sheen to it when swatched, but it’s not evident after it’s blended. If you want a really strong contour this might not be for you, or give the darker shade a try. In a way it’s a good thing because unless you go ham on it, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it and having an obvious striped effect. There is an insert that gives application instructions (the YouTube video will help too!). I think the color is actually quite nice too, it’s not as grey as the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder so it just looks more natural. It also wears well through out the day and I don’t need to set it with a powder. It also doesn’t break me out (insert sigh of relief here). Rating: 5/5

L to R: application from tube, blended with brush, after blush & highlight

Price: This retails for $37 USD for 0.5 oz of product. I know you’re paying in some part for the name cause this isn’t cheap and obviously the packaging is well made. It does perform well and I’m not against paying more for a really good quality product, but for some reason I’m having a hard time fully justifying the price on this one. I did mentally debate a little before I bought it, but since I knew I could return it if it was completely awful I went ahead with it. I wish it were more in the $20-30 range. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.3/5

I’ve been using this alone lately without even bothering to use any bronzer. With the Kevyn Aucoin powder I feel like I need to use a bronzer to balance it out a little. I think the kicker on this one is how long it will last, if by next month I’m already almost done with the whole half ounce of it, I probably wouldn’t repurchase. If I can get a few months use from it then I think it would be worth buying another tube. It just seems like so little for so much, but I do like the natural definition it gives.

What do you guys think? Anyone else give this a try yet?

My thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

When I heard about the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette I knew I just had to have it. First off, the packaging is just gorgeous in a very old Hollywood glamour kind of way.

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SO luxe.

I’ll admit, just looking at the pictures of the bronzer in the pan made me a little hesistant as I’ve been permanently attached to my Bahama Mama bronzer from the Balm which is a lot warmer and matte. The CT does have a bit of shimmer and I worried that it wasn’t going to show up as strongly on my skin tone.

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Taken in natural light.

When swatching the bronzer, you will notice some shimmer, kind of like a satin finish. It’s in no way super glittery. The highlighter is a beautiful yellow tone that I thought would give just the right amount of glow without looking shiny (key when you have an oily T-zone).

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Contour & highlight swatched.

I used my Nars ‘Ita’ brush to apply the bronzer to my temples, underneath my cheekbones, & jawline. I used a small duo fiber brush (I think it’s a Crown brush, but there’s no name on the handle) to apply the highlight. Both applied easily and blended well. Although the bronzer does have a kind of satin finish, it doesn’t actually appear that way on the skin.

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From L to R: no bronzer; bronzer only on L side of face; bronzer, blush & highlight

I used Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush (thanks to Annie from anniesbeautyblog.com for inspiring me to break this out again!) to complete the cheek look before applying the highlight shade, which I thought was a little subtle. I think it’s because the shade kind of blends into my skintone. While it doesn’t beat my favorite highlight, the Balm’s Marylou Manizer, it’s still pretty. I used it on the high points of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, chin & Cupid’s bow. I’ve also used this as an inner corner highlight and love it for that purpose. I also ended up contouring a little around my nose and I have to say, I like the effect it gives.

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L: before contouring the sides of my nose; R: after contouring

The final look.

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FOTD

So the verdict is, I love the bronzer, but I just like the highlighter. I’ve been reaching for this every time I do my makeup; my the Balm bronzer is currently on the back burner. Although it’s a softer contour than I’m used to, I think it’s pretty. I think if I’m really looking for a stronger contour I’ll go back to the Balm, but for now I’m really enjoying the Bronze & Glow.