Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit Review, Photos and Swatches

Here is a full review of my beloved Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit I used for the How To Contour Your Nose Makeup Tutorial.

Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit

The 2-piece kit comes with a Contour Palette in a glossy black packaging, along with a red angled contour brush and a cheat sheet with detailed instructions on where/how to apply the product.

Inside the Contour Palette, you will find a huge mirror and a sticker with instructions on how to apply the product on one side, and 3 colors – a cool-toned brown for Contour, a warm tan for Bronze and an ivory for Highlight – on the other.

The powders are smooth, blendable and leave behind a semi-matte yet natural-looking finish that wears well without fading. They also give decent pigmentation and show up nicely on my NC30 skin. However, I do wish the Highlight color could be a teeny bit lighter and more shimmery.

The biggest surprise for me was the brush. Though flimsy looking, its bristles are soft and actually deposit color while blending everything nicely. In addition, the angle fits perfectly along my cheekbones, making contouring really easy.

Lo and behold the magic of the Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit!

Before and after using Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit

Overall, Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit is a great and easy-to-use tool to highlight and contour features. Highly recommended for those with light to medium skintones.

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Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit is available at, Nordstrom and Ulta for $45.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I’m nc25, will the bronzer look good on me or will be too dark for my complexion? thanks! I love, love your blog!:)

    • The bronzer shouldn’t be too dark on you. I wear NC30 which is just a tinge darker than you and all three colors looked natural on me =)

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