As the proud owner of a baby face, I’ve always been intrigued by contouring. Surely being able to carve a bit of definition out of my chubby cheeks with a bit of make up is nothing short of magic, right? Despite my intrigue, I’m yet to properly get the hang of the art of contouring and when faced with the Crown Brush Contouring Pack I was left feeling a tiny bit intimidated by the realm of shades in front of me.
My previous contouring experience comes in the form of a powder contour and highlight duo that was difficult to go wrong with, so the thought of switching to a cream formula was a tad daunting. At first I decided just to go in all guns blazing and give it my best shot without looking in to how to use it properly, and whilst it didn’t go well it wasn’t the worst attempt. A few YouTube tutorials later I was ready to give it another go, this time armed with a whole lot more information on how to make the most of it.
The 10 shade concealer palette itself houses a range of ten shades with varying undertones, meaning it can be used for concealing blemishes as well as using the darked shades to sculpt and define. Whilst the shade range covers a lot of bases and seems like it would work well for most skin tones the lighter shades aren’t quite pale enough for my ghostly complexion. This is to be expected when you’re as pale as I am, and just means that I can’t go for the lighter concealer to highlight but can still use it to cover imperfections.
The cream to powder formula of the concealers applies super creamy, making it a dream to blend in to the skin. I started out using the palette to contour after foundation but I find that it works a whole lot better when used before instead. Having a range of shades to hand means I can make my contour as defined or as soft as I’d like, which is really useful for creating a range of looks. It’s quite high coverage, meaning the darker shades do require a fair bit of blending, but as previously mentioned they blend well to leave a flawless finish.
When it comes to blending, you need the right tools. Luckily the Contouring Pack comes with three brushes that are perfect for this – as you’d expect! Alongside the concealer palette comes the C436 Mini Duo Diber Blender, the SS032 Pointed Blender and the SS001 Deluxe Large Oval Foundation brush.
From a brand called Crown Brush you’d expect good brushes, and that’s what you get. Make up brushes are one of my “things” right now and I’ve been collecting new brushes left. right and centre. Despite their purse friendly prices these brushes are some of the best I’ve tried recently with the Pointed Blender becoming a firm favourite. Each of these brushes has a sturdy wooden handle and don’t shed their bristles with use or cleaning.
Now that I’ve tried some of their range for myself and seen how great value for money they are I’m already making a list for my next order. The C441 Pro Blending Crease brush is veeeeeery highly review and a supposed dupe for my beloved MAC 217 but at a fraction of the price, so I imagine that will be making it’s way in to my collection come pay day…