What the hell is this scary-ass dark crayon thing? That's what I thought when I got the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour crayon. It's so dark. Geez, Clinique is just going to make more unfortunate women look like poor Giuliana Rancic (sorry, GR). The Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight crayon, no problem. I'ma stick that in my kit right away because I love a handy highlight. But this Sculpting Contour thing -- it's such a weird, burnt caramel shade, and it's so. very. dark!
But Clinique has cred, and a great makeup artist (Jenna Menard) on board besides. Unlikely they'd foolishly release a shade that no-one could wear, right? Of course right. Let's look.
Here's my before and after. I've used the Sculpting Contour and the Sculpting Highlight. I'm sure some people will think maybe I could have used more, but I think you can still see how the duo subtly enhances bone structure and glow. And it looks so natural! Goofy step by step:
Isn't that a weird shade? Not one I thought would work with my complexion, anyway.
Note: I didn't draw any Sculpting Contour colour down beside my nose or on my lids. Frankly, I forgot for these photos, but I wouldn't have anyway. I use my fingers to blend everywhere else, then use what's left on my fingertips to shade from the hollow just under the beginning of my brows down the sides of my nose. If I need more, I dab a wee bit more colour on my fingertip then blend. (Baby steps work best when it comes to contour colour in general.)
After a quick blend... you can see the Sculpting Contour colour sheers out really well, right? In this shot, I've swiped the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight on my browbones under my brows, and on the tops of my cheekbones. I always use a highlight if I'm using bronzer or a contour shade to enhance my cheekbones because it creates a greater range or contrast between the shadow and light (my natural skintone becomes the middle of the range).
See how natural? That Clinque Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour is nothing to fear at all. *whew*
And here in this prissy photo, after I'd put on L'Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Lip Color for this post, I remembered to add a bit of contour colour down the sides of my nose and around the tip, blend a bit of highlight on my forehead and down the bridge of my nose, and add a wee dab of Rodial Hyaluronic Cheek Sculpt ($38 at Murale.ca in March) on the outer curve of the apples of my cheeks. See how you can't tell where I put stuff?? Tee hee!
clinique how-to charts
The Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($33 CAD and $25 USD at sephora.com) and Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour ($33 CAD and $25 USD at sephora.com) are oil-free. And now they're staples in my makeup case – they're ideal if you don't want to have to use makeup brushes (I rarely do, these days).
Have you tried either of these Chubby Sticks? Do you think you might? Are the above Clinique charts helpful?