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Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit Review, Photos and Swatches

August 1, 2011

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.

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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.

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.

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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Swatches of Contour, Bronze and Hight


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



Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit is available at Sephora and Smashbox.com for $45.

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5 Comments

  • Reply khymm August 2, 2011 at 12:37 am

    ohh it looks so natural!

  • Reply onlyfr33b33 August 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I really like this! Hey, can you do a review/eotd for NARS Cap Ferrat?

  • Reply nicsy September 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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

    • Reply Phyllis September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      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 =)

  • Reply Anna January 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

    This is great! I wish you will make a video and upload it at youtube so we can really learn it step by step 🙂

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