Personally, I've always been super into the bronzed look so I'm all for the contouring bandwagon! Not to mention that I have chronic baby-face syndrome so I look like I'm 15 unless I have some contouring going on.
The new NYX Wonder Stick is a one-stop-shop contouring stick. One side has a dark contouring shade and the other has a highlighting shade. The consistency really reminds me of the Loreal concealer sticks (which are also amazing for contouring!) and is really easy to blend into the skin without looking cakey.
This contour stick comes in 4 shades: light, medium, deep, and universal. I picked up the universal shade because I liked how the highlight shade was more yellow-toned unlike the more pink one from the light shade. These sell at Ulta for $11.99 but I picked up mine for about $9 after using their $3.50 off $10 coupon!
I picked the universal shade because of the more warm-toned colors. My skin is pretty neutral but my face naturally has some redness, so super pink highlight shades are a no go for me.
The contouring shade is definitely red-based and I was a little worried that it would look ridiculous on me because I'm pretty pale. But, I was pleasantly surprised because it doesn't look too red on the skin and blends out to a really nice color. The highlighting shade is yellow-based with a slight shimmer. The shimmer isn't too crazy and looks iridescent on the skin.
I used the contour stick just like I would've with any type of contouring/highlighting powder. I applied the contouring shade in the hallows of my cheeks, my jaw line, the sides of my nose, and on my temples.
I put the highlighting shade anywhere where the light would hit my face: on my cupids bow, chin, middle of thr forehead, bride of the nose, under the eyes, and on the tops of the cheekbones (or the cheekbones you're trying to create).
The contouring stick goes on super smooth and blends out easily. I used a damp beauty blender to blend it out and it worked perfectly. I wouldn't recommend using a brush to blend this out, however, because I think it might look a little too harsh and cakey that way.
My final thoughts and Review:
I think this is a really great product! If you're looking for a cheaper highlighting and contour product than this is a perfect one. The effect it gave was a super pretty, natural looking contour. If you're in the market for a dramatic contouring/highlight then I probably would recommend getting a different product or just applying this with a heavier hand.
- Easy to apply and blend
- Natural look
- Not very dramatic
- Might be too creamy on oily skin