Wednesday 12 April 2017

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit Review

I don't do beauty reviews that often, mainly because I don't really know what I'm talking about but I've bought a few new bits recently and I think they're all worthy of a blog post. Todays is about the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit. Ordinarily this wouldn't be something I would buy, I love my Seventeen Contour Kit too much and would always repurchase that if I needed a replacement, but this came free with an order recently and I'm actually really impressed.
I love my current Contour kit as its so quick to use but it doesn't give me loads of definition, I do have a very round face though at the moment! so I was really intrigued to see if this would be able to give me that - and it did! I think it's because with this kit you get a bronzer and a darker powder to create even more definition whereas my current kit just has a bronzer to contour with and a highlighter.

Step 1, 2 & 3

  • I found it a bit odd that highlighter was first but I don't use it a lot so I really didn't know much about it! The highlighter is really subtle which is good but on the other hand I did find with this I had to build it up quite a lot for it to show at all. 
  • I love the bronzer in this kit, it gives such a nice glow! I apply this to my cheeks, the sides of my nose and a little on my forehead and really blend it in with my powder brush. I've found it's really pigmented so when it goes on it can be quite a shock at first and you think what have I done? I start off very lightly and add more if I feel like I need it rather than going straight in there and needing to blend for ages. 
  • After bronzer I add some of the darker shade to the hollows of my cheeks, like the bronzer it's pigmented so I really try not to get too much on my brush. Aswell as the hollows of my cheeks, I also brush some under my chin and around my jaw and thats where I've noticed a massive difference. I like to go over it with my powder brush after adding some blusher, making sure it doesn't look like I've covered my cheeks in bronzer. I always get paranoid my bronzer looks muddy or just slapped on so I really take time to buff it all in. 

So in terms of the finished look it gives me and the three steps, I'm really impressed. I love the bronzer step and that combined with the contouring has made a big difference to how I look and feel. It does take more time than my current routine, there are more steps and I do like to blend it a lot but I think it's worth it and it really has made me feel so good when I've gone out after using this.

Another thing I really like about this kit is the packaging. That's a big thing for me when choosing what to get, things have to look pretty, instagrammable and not be too chunky. This is quite a thin palette, perfect for travelling and fits in my makeup bag really well. The only downside to this is that theres no mirror anywhere. They've chosen to put the instructions where it would go, which I do really like and did need but once you know what you're doing, theres no need for them really is there? So even though this is good for travelling, you'd still need a mirror with you.

Overall I think it's a brilliant palette, the highlighter isn't the best I've ever used but it's rare I put it on anyway so really that doesn't matter. The darker colours are perfect for me and actually do make a difference. In terms of how long it lasts, I can put this on in the morning before going out and I've found it'll still be on by the evening.

I'll definitely be getting more use out of this in summer and turning to this more than my Seventeen palette when I have a bit more time to get ready. It's currently £6.49 at Boots and Superdrug and both usually have some sort of offer on when you spend over a certain amount.

Have you tried this contour palette?

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