As most of you probably know or have noticed, contouring and highlighting is one of the biggest makeup trends happening right now. I know myself and many others have been obsessed with this make up technique. Beautifully sculpted cheekbones, defined jawline, what’s not to love? L.A Girl just released their new line of contour sticks which I was very excited about. I love their concelears, BB creams and beauty brick palettes. So, I thought it’ll be a great idea to try these little guys out.
The packaging of these are really cute! They are big chubby twist-up sticks and the product itself is dome-shaped. They have a transparent lid so you can clearly see the shade you want to pick. I picked up the bronzer in the shade ‘Suede’ and the highlighter in the shade ‘Radiance’
‘Suede’ is a warmed tone matt shade and ‘Radiance’ is a cooler champagne shade. The entire L.A Girl Velvet Contour Sticks range includes 3 Bronzers, 3 Highlighters and 10 Blushes. This formula is also paraben free with added jojoba seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter and grape seed oil.
The texture and application of the bronzer is so creamy and velvety smooth, it glides effortlessly onto the skin. Once applied to the skin — it’s as super easy as just drawing a line under the cheekbones. I swiped it along my hairline, jawline, and in the hollows of my cheeks and used an angled face brush to blend it out. I found this really easy to blend without experiencing any harsh lines, or cakey-ness. However I did notice that if you over-blend it will quickly start to disappear into the skin. I didn’t experience this with the highlighter which was very odd. I even tried using difference tools for blending (beauty blender, angled contour brush, fingers, etc) and I think the best tool to use would be a densely packed angled face brush, or your fingers. Anything else will just end up making the product disappear… which leads me to the conclusion that this product may be a little hard to work with for most people… such a bummer! On a more positive note, it’s a cream to powder formula that is neither oily or sticky on my skin. Once blended it does have a very natural finish but you can always build it up for a more defined and sculpted look. Just be careful though, because it’s very pigmented so it can turn into a hot mess real quick (if you apply too much) I did notice that some of the shades in the collection do contain traditional illuminating qualities (shimmer or glitter particles) so just keep an eye out for that. And lastly, as for the staying power, it lasts around 5 hours on my skin.
The texture and application of the highlighter is very much the same as the bronzer, but I do find that the bronzer glides on a little more smoother than the highlighter, however, it still blends really beautifully into the skin. I used the highlight on the top of my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and tip of the nose. I used the warmth of my fingertips to apply this, and to blend it out. I prefer using my fingertips to apply this, because as I previously mentioned it doesn’t glide on as smoothly as the bronzer so if you apply it directly from the stick it may disturb your foundation or any products applied underneath. The pigmentation of the highlighter is very sheer. I had to swatch it quite heavily for it to show up in the photo above, it definitely gives off more of a natural sheen on the skin rather than an intense one, so if you’re into more of an intense highlight, this may not be for you. Staying power is around 5 hours on my skin.
Quick Tip: If your skin is more on the oilier side, follow up with a loose, translucent powder to set the cream in place for extra staying power.
My final thoughts? I’m very pleased to say I love these contour sticks, aside from the fact that the bronzer is a little hard to work with. I’ll still be reaching for these quite often, even if they’re used as a base for my powder products. If you’re in the market for an afforbable cream contour & highlight then I would recommend trying these out!
The L.A Girl Velvet Contour Sticks retail for R99.99 each at Dis-Chem Pharmacies Nationwide.
Dis-Chem is currently running a beauty fair promotion on where you buy 3 and only pay for 2 on all L.A Girl Cosmetics until the 6th of March. So, don’t miss out!
Have you tried the L.A Girl Velvet Contour Sticks? What are your favourite contouring/highlighting products at the moment? I’d love to hear in the comments below!