A look at the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Sculpting Highlight – and the Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes
Recently, there was a flap about a magazine cover that left a certain pop star’s face looking decidedly different…more sculpted and defined. While legions of internet commenters bemoaned yet another photo retouching scandal, it was revealed that her look was the result of something that makeup mavens had known about for years – contouring.
Just as a painter uses shadow and light in their works of art, contouring has been part of countless beauty routines since the first woman decided that some of that black kohl would look nice around her eyes. And now that the rest of the world has caught up with us, the Clinique Hello Cheekbones collection is making facial sculpting easier than ever.
Hello Cheekbones brings the power of contouring in easy to use formulas and simple packaging, so you can achieve the cheekbones of your dreams. Clinique’s new color crayons, Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21 each), help you get serious definition with easy application.
The Chubby Sticks are easy to use; the nice thick shape gives a wide line for blending, but you can also draw at an angle to get more of a skinny highlight or contour.
The Sculpting Contour is a deep caramel shade that will work on all light to medium deep skin tones, but will start to blend in darker skin tones.
The Sculpting Highlight is a pearlized light pink that is much more sheer than you think it looks in the tube. The Highlight barely needed any blending, and it reflected light with just a hint of shimmer.
Both Chubby Sticks were creamy and easy to blend into my cheekbones, nose and jaw line, but I found that a light hand was needed, anything more left me patchy.
You can complete your look with one of the Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes ($32). Each houses a multi-shaded blush in four color choices – Defining Nectars, Defining Roses, Defining Berries and Defining Nudes.
The Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes boast three colors for a contour, color and highlighted look. I found that I also liked to blend the three together for a nice, soft wash of color.
Defining Roses (Shimmer Finish) – red tinged pinks that gave me a slight sun-kissed look
Defining Berries (Shimmer Finish) – a lovely pinky-mauve color
The color is buildable, but required a primer or foundation to really grab the pigment; I don’t think mineral makeup fans would be able to achieve more than a light glow.
Defining Nudes (Shimmer Finish) – slightly bronzed nude tones
Defining Nectars (Shimmer Finish) – soft corals
Though I really like the geometric look of the palette, I think separate pans would have been more effective to use each color separately. Clinique suggests their Eye Shader Brush to contour the your cheeks with the blush, and I agree on using it, or something similar – a flat brush won’t lend itself to blending, and any standard blush brushes will be too large.
Like all of Clinique’s cosmetic products, the entire line is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, so sensitive skin types can rejoice! Overall, I think these are solid products and definitely more than just trying to capitalize on the contouring hype.
I’d like to see Clinique add more colors to their Chubby Sticks, deeper shades for darker skin tones, and a warmer colored highlight. But as a new line to Clinique’s already classic cosmetic empire, Hello Cheekbones is an auspicious start. Brit-Brit would approve.
Readers – What do you think about contouring? Is it part of your daily routine, or a special occasion look?
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Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
skin tone: NC42
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara