Colourpop is one of my all-time favorite makeup brands. I use their eyeshadows and lip products almost every day, and quite enjoy their eyeliners. While browsing the Colourpop site recently, I realized that they carry a product that I have never tried: “Sculpting Stix”! These are sticks of products that can be used to contour and highlight your face. At $5 apiece, I decided it couldn’t hurt to try them out. Plus, I had only ever tried powder contouring, so I was excited to see if I would like this better. Let’s take a look at how it went.
So, this is what the sculpting stix look like. I also purchased an eyeshadow in the shade “Puppy Love”; all proceeds will be going to the Best Friends Animal Society. I will do a mini review on the shadow at the end of this post. Anyways, as you can tell from the picture, the contour cream is packaged in a twist-up pencil. One of the first things I noticed about my products was that the twist-up mechanism seemed to be broken. It took about 10 minutes of fiddling with the stix to get the product to twist up. Thankfully, it is now working.
Here are the swatches for the products. My highlight shade was Castle, which is a pale yellow peach. My contour shade was Easy Peasy, which is a mid-tone warm biege.
The formula is very buttery, smooth, and highly pigmented. A little bit of the product goes a long way!
I followed a standard contour map for my face, which is pictured below. The only other product on my face was a thin layer of E.L.F Acne Fighting Foundation.
After getting my face all mapped out, I grabbed a Real Techniques buff brush, and began to blend in the product. I think this would have blended even better with a Beauty Blender, but alas I do not have one yet (gasp!). Even so, it did end up blending without too much resistance, and had a very natural looking finish.
The photos above were taken in natural daylight. I did not do anything to my face besides put on a thin layer of foundation, and use the sculpting stix. I am very pleased with the results; I have quite a round face, but here it looks like I have some definition. Furthermore, it is a very subtle, natural looking contour – which is what I was hoping for! Overall, I really loved this product. The one negative aspect would be how hard it was to fix the twisting mechanism, but I think mine may have been part of a bad batch. That being said, I was able to sort it out and I think these are going to be added to my daily makeup bag.
Now, onto the eyeshadow I purchased, Puppy Love.
Puppy Love is a cream-pink eyeshadow with a golden sheen. I found it to be a different texture from most Colourpop shadows. It is a mixture of creamy and chalky.. It isn’t bad, but I wasn’t expecting it to feel so different from all the other shadows I have tried. Here is the swatch:
As you can see from the swatch, this is rather sheer and subtle. I think it makes a great inner-corner and brow-bone highlighter. I don’t really see me using this on my lids, but I will definitely put it to use. Plus, the $5 I spent on it is being donated to an organization that is striving to reduce the number of dogs being killed in animal shelters – which is a cause I am happy and proud to support.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these products! I hope the review was helpful. What other Colourpop products should I review for you guys?