New product review alert! I saw an advert for the new Maybelline Master Contour V Shape Duo – and straight away thought ‘what a great idea!’ I’m all for space saving make up for the occasions when I only need to take a small make up bag (which is rare for me, let’s be honest!) but still – I like the idea of it!
So contour sticks arnt new (especially to American cosmetics fans), but are steadily trickling down from premium to drugstore make up isles in the UK! … And Duo sticks takes it one step further!
Although there were rumbles from my sister pointing out/ cleverly asking ‘what do you do if you run out of one side before the other ?’ (-as you have to use the stick on its side) we couldn’t reach an answer so we concluded it was a good idea to buy one! (Il get back to you later regarding what happens!)
The stick is quite thick, and isn’t perfectly round so each side is almost 2/3 of a full round stick, making it not perfectly cylindrical…great for drawing on the skin!
The stick is suprisingly silky and blends very well – and the colours have the good undertone. I went for the ‘light’ as it seemed to have the most convincing colours, the ‘medium’ was a bit more yellow in tone so although the highlight side in the medium shade would’ve been better for me as my skin is quite tan, the contour shade was much more convincing in the ‘light’ than the ‘medium’ stick!
….Wow – that was very confusing to write!….
The ‘light’ stick’s contouring side looks shadowy rather than bronze, which is great, as bronze can make the face look dirty! The highlight side is quite light with a yellowish to neutral undertone – so very flattering.
You can see here the colours on the ‘light’ stick, highlight and contour – I will say the highlight is a little light for my skin – but blends in to gently lighten.
You can see below the product swatches first drawn in, semi blended and fully blended. It really is so easy to blend but it a powdery silky texture for a cream stick so I would be careful if your skin in particularly dry. Not because the product is drying but the texture doesn’t offer any moisture.
The contour stick sits well on the skin, as you can see it avoids settling into lines and stays on the surface without sinking in!
The directions on the back of the master contour duo say to blend with fingers – although I think you could do this with the texture – You would get much better results with a buffing brush, probably better with a brush than a beauty blender due to the powdery finish.
As I said this would be really great for a small make up kit, its so space saving and is really great for on-the-go-ers, go-out-after-workers, day-to-nighters and the first-time-contourers….The texture is comparable to higher end contour sticks from Smashbox ( £35.00) and is very impressive for Maybelline price of £6.99!
See it on the Maybelline site here!