I enjoyed trying my first ModelCo item so much yesterday I thought I would do another one of their items today. I don’t currently contour. I know, I know. It adds great definition to the face and I know it can really change the look of makeup but it’s one of those things I don’t really know where to get started with. I bought myself a Barry M Contour kit a while back, it had three shades and a little how to guide of where to use them, so it looked like it would be a good place to start. The kit was powder, and I found it really hard to blend. Worried I was beginning to resemble a zebra I stopped using it and have been on the look out for another place to start ever since. Needless to say, I was happy to see this would be coming in Aprils Glossybox – it was the first sneak peek and was announced in March’s box. My Glossybox card says:
“This chunky contour crayon makes defining cheekbones both easy and precise, gliding over bare skin or foundation.”
This is a sample size 2.1g crayon of contour stick, full size is 4.5g and the best price I found was £12.00 from Lookfantastic.com. If the sample is a similar price per gram as the full price stick, then it costs £2.66 per gram, or £5.60 for the sample.
The contour stick is housed in a bright pink plastic tube. Secretly, I was worried the product would also be a bizarre shade of pink but thankfully it’s not. The ModelCo branding and product name are on the front of the stick, and the company contact information and place of manufacture (China) are on the reverse. One thing I really like about this is it simply requires twisting to get more contour out – no sharpening required. I’ve untwisted mine all the way in the photo above so you can see how much is included. Glossybox have done a great “how to” guide for how to use this stick, it says:
“Directions: Start by using your index finger to work out where the line needs to be drawn. To do this, place your finger beneath your cheekbone to see where the shadow would naturally fall, and use ModelCo’s contour stick to draw a line under your cheekbones. Finally, use your finger to blend the colour in a seamless finish.
Then, trace your finger along your jawline, down the side of your nose and justt above your temples. Take a buffing make up brush and use it to blend the lines into your skin. Keep blending until any harsh edges disappear, but so just enough contour is still showing – you ideally want a suggestion of shadow rather than a definite line.”
The Glossybox guide also says this can be used on eyes and lips – but I’m not going to try that I whist want to try contouring. I find the crayon really easy to apply, it’s really smooth and glides on to my skin. I’m also really pleased to say this blends so easily. It doesn’t take a lot of rubbing to create the effect of shadow with no harshness of line. I apologise for the quality of photos above, there is no natural light in the bathroom in this hotel (which is where the only mirror is) and it makes it really hard to capture details.
Hallelujah! I’ve had what can only be described as a moment. My face looks more slender and defined, which after a week of cocktails and pancakes for breakfast is a really welcome sight. I can’t believe the effect it’s had on my overall look, and the difference it’s made to my self confidence. Admittedly, I haven’t tried another contour stick to compare it to but I don’t think I need to. This is easy to use, a good price and delivers results – what more could I want?