To my glamour babes that love to sculpt, shape and, contour their faces to perfection, I commend you highly. I don’t know how you make contour applications look so effortless, it’s a lot of work! All the different powders, and where to apply them, Oy! It felt like a full time job without the paycheck, lol. An hour is way too long for me to get gussied up nowadays. But, it was for a wedding and my first contour application, and I’ll admit, I did have fun learning how to enhance my features with the Pixi+Maryam Maquillage Collection.
Maryam Maquillage is a fashion and lifestyle blogger that teamed up with Pixi Beauty among three other well known beauty gurus (Caroline Hirons, Aspyn Ovard, and Judy Travis) and created The Strobe & Sculpt and Strobe & Bronze Palettes ($20 each), along with a Sculpt and Strobe Brush ($14).
The palettes are lovely, but are not for the fair skinned. I can see them having a better audience for those with medium to deeper skin tones. The contour and bronzing shades in each palette were too dark for my complexion unfortunately. I was unable to work with them. I felt where I contoured the areas of my face I had created dark harsh lines, which made my skin appear dirty or you can even say muddy. Mind you, I used a light hand during application. I actually had to dabble in my ABH Powder Contour Kit for light skin to achieve the natural look I was going for. I was however able to use the highlighters in both palettes. Those shades I can say flatter all skin tones. The Strobe & Sculpt and Strobe & Bronze Palettes have the same formulation. They are finely milled, buttery smooth, nicely pigmented, blend out evenly and easily, and are build-able. The contour shades are matte, highlighters have a pearlized finish, and the bronzers are matte and pearlized. The shade names are in the back of each palette, exactly like the ItsJudyTime Palettes. No mirrors are included. Here’s a fun tip! To keep your contoured face looking impeccable all day for at least 10 hours. Mist Pixi’s Makeup Fixing Mist ($15) all over the face (eyes closed) to keep your makeup from moving. I swear by this setting spray, its one of my favorites.
The Strobe & Sculpt Brush is okay. It is a soft, synthetic fiber (vegan friendly) brush used for applying contour, bronzing, and highlighter. One end is tapered designed for highlighting. The flat edge buffing end is amazing for bronzers and sculpting.
I didn’t get good use out of it. The bristles were a little too fluffy for my taste when wanting to sculpt around my features. It kinda blended everything all together as to where my contour never existed, only my strobing skills. On that note, I think you need more than one brush (preferably denser) to blend out your work in order to see a beautiful contour take shape. You can save your pennies for now.
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Stay beautiful! Xo.