2016 / 2017 – Maybelline V, All About The Shading

I guess they’re still on the contour kick, along with a whole lot of shading (and fading)…  

Still a fan of the trend?  Apparently it’s going strong backstage – and in Asia (not surprisingly, since they tend to be ahead of the times.) 

CoverGirl TrueBlend Contour

Sharing newness that I only saw at BeautyBudgetBlog so far…(I am writing this on the 31st, so we shall see.)

This three-color cream palette will be available in Light, Medium and Dark, and supposedly launches today… There are so many products of this ilk to choose from – partially overwhelming, as most people don’t do this on a day to day basis – but what’s nice about this one is that it does appear to be pretty natural in coloring – easy to use, and far from over the top.  

For me personally, this was strictly a ballroom dance or ice skating “thing” – on ice, or under hot lights, you need to see expression.  While it certainly can make a difference, contouring can make a daily routine long-winded and too high maintenance.  Not for everyone, but I guess nice to have the option.

Maybelline Master Contour V Shape Duo Stick

I feel like everywhere I turn these days, there is a new version of a contour product or palette out…  Maybelline will be coming out with yet another one themselves – called the Master Contour V Shape Duo Stick, the uber-chubby stick is meant to make your Life easier as far as your shading goes.

As I looked at the image, I have to say I wasn’t convinced it would necessarily be easier – awesome that to shades are combined but in my experience, dual-sided shades, paired flush together as these are, tend to blend without you intending to mix them!

Interestingly, BritishBeautyBlogger agreed, so do read her review if you are interested (link as above.)  What do you think about the double-sided sticks?


Crush On Blush Palette

I love this limited edition Crush On Blush Palette from Smashbox.  The Tarte Bling It On i son my radar too, but this is really lovely.



The palette includes:

• 4 Blushes in Warm Apricot, Guava, Rosy, and Rosette
• 1 Bronze Lights in Suntan
• 1 Soft Lights in Shimmer
• Get the Looks Insert



It’s nice to see a collection of blushes along with a highlighter and bronzer, allowing for a gentle flush…and some subtle contouring.  $45 isn’t inexpensive, but it feels like a lot of goodies for the price – and Smashbox’s quality is terrific!


Illamasqua Sculpting Palette

I’ll be honest, I’m kind of overwhelmed by the plethora of contouring palettes these days!  I mean it’s GREAT, don’t get me wrong – being “in season” means there are countless options to choose from!  But therein lies the debacle – overload!

I actually really like the look of Illamasqua’s Palettebut it may not be as suited to the masses as many of the “trios” that are out.  The shades are a hair less intuitive – ones you would find in a pro contour kit for makeup artists or performers (Ballroom, stage, actor etc…) who need true definition at a distance.



In that way, I’m not sure this is ideal for a beginner – contouring in and of itself isn’t outrageously complex, but hues like these might well require a more solid grasp of shading…as well as what works best with your tonality.  

The shades are as follows:

  • Rush – champagne shimmer
  • Cirrus – ivory brightening matte
  • Heroine – cool-toned matte contour shade for fair-medium skin
  • Nimbus – matte grey under shadow
  • Steal – softly warm coffee bronzer
  • Create – peach-toned matte contour shade for darker skin tones

I have seen some nice reviews, but I think it’s fair to say one needs a lighter hand and proper brushes here so that the end results are natural…not painterly!


Kat Von D Shade + Light

I just saw this new Shade + Light Contour Palette by Kat Von D.  It isn’t surprising that companies are tying new products in to the massive trend that is contouring (I’ve written about the topic many times!) See the word “contour” and suddenly a palette with varying tones of brown, taupe or auburn, paired with some brighter, highlighting tones are “contouring.” (Should I put in the “lol” I am thinking?!) 😉

But no matter what the palette is called, or what trend it plays to, it’s always nice to have a selection to choose from – one product, many uses.  We LOVE that!

This palette features a trio of quads – Neutral, Cool, and Warm, along with a handy guide!

  1. 3 x 0.08 oz Base shades in Laetus (creamy nude), Lazarus (cool taupe), Ludwin (peachy bronze) 
  2. 3 x 0.04 oz Contour shades in Samael (dusty fawn), Saleos (smoky brown), Succubus (rich rust) 
  3. 3 x 0.04 oz Define shades in Solas (espresso brown), Shax (jet black), Sytry (chocolate brown) 
  4. 3 x 0.04 oz Highlight shades in Lucius (soft beige), Liberatus (pinkish ivory), Latinus (golden bisque) 
  5. Step-by-step contouring guide

Per Sephora: 

Transform your eyes through the art of contouring. After tapping into makeup pro secrets, Kat Von D created this first-of-its-kind eye shadow palette. It’s specially-designed for eye contouring, a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes.

I think the colors are great and, again, always nice to have a variety of options.  Keep in mind (as I’m sure you already know), you are never limited to the pairings palettes offer – mix them up and play around!  Warms and Cools and Neutrals can look fabulous together, and so long as you have varying intensities (light, mid and dark), you can contour so as you please! 

Sephora and the Art Of Contour

I LOVE what Sephora has been doing with the whole contouring trend!  Contouring is not AT ALL new – in fact, I’ve been doing it for YEARS….just as countless makeup artists, dancers, performers…well before me.

Contouring is a great skill to have in your arsenal – it can be incredibly subtle (to perk you up on a “rough day”) and it can be wildly defined and striking (think: bright lights, stage, photography etc…)

But a lot of folks don’t know HOW to properly contour…and the result can be frankenstein-type terrifying, or focus on the wrong areas all together! Seeing taupe-to-tan “gashes” on one’s face isn’t at all attractive.  Nor are “hot spots” of white, non-blended highlighter, over-brazen bronzer...or streaks of obvious blush. Clown territory, and I’m sorry…there’s something just plain odd about clowns. 😕   

Enter Sephora, with some incredible tutorials – thorough AND easy-to follow! 

Sephora.com e-mail photo

Sephora.com e-mail photo

What I REALLY love is that they show the different face shapes, and how to contour according to the shape YOU have.  


FiIiiiiinallly, someone addressed this angle – I’ve been waiting decades!  This part makes a HUGE difference, because we all have different areas to play down and to “spotlight.”

Sephora.com e-mail photo

Sephora.com e-mail photo

Online and in-book “tutorials” or “how tos” of the past feel so half-done.  Seeing it, pulled together in such a professional and user-friendly way, is AWESOME.  Sephora goes yet another step further, and not only features products catering to the trend, but also separates them by formula – I love that.  Everyone’s skin texture and needs are different, so this really helps.

Sephora.com e-mail photo

Sephora.com e-mail photo

Way to go, with this one, Sephora!  You don’t have to be a makeup artist, or hire one to contour for you – artists are FABULOUS, don’t get me wrong (I’ve admired makeup artistry since I was a wee thing!)  But…since most of us have to fend for ourselves in the morning, or before an event, it’s really good to know how to do it for ourselves…and how to do it properly for our own unique bone structure.