Laura Mercier Contour Palette: Review
When unboxing the product I was impressed by the inclusion of a sizeable mirror and a mini how-to guide that neatly folds out from the lid. The magnetic packaging snaps shut really securely into a decent sized-compact that wouldn't be a huge faf to cart around with you.
Inside, there are three contour colours and two highlight colours. Being quite pale, I knew that the medium and deep contour colours would be too dark for me on untanned skin, so I dived in to contour colour #1. You get double the product in this shade so I didn't feel like I'd been mugged off with colours that were way too dark for me.
The creamy contour is very easy to blend and is buildable so a more subtle contour is just as achievable as a dramatic look.
I'd discovered that it's all about the tools you use to apply though, and through a bit of trial and error I've realised that a smallish, flat brush is ideal for drawing on the contour outlines, whilst a beauty-blender sponge (mine is from Real Techniques) gives the best blended effect without moving the product too much.
Highlight #1 is more of a golden-yellow shimmer which looks pretty dabbed on the tops of the cheekbones and under the arches of the brows, but a light matte concealer (such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 1 Chantilly) suffices for under the eyes and the lower part of the forehead.
I've found that dabbing on a powder definitely helps the product to last and have been using a dab of Rimmel's stay matte transparent powder to set the product.
I've yet to try out the product with a full-coverage foundation and do need to hone my contour skills somewhat, but I'm very much looking forward to sporting a newly defined bone structure and am sure I'll be a contour pro in no time.
Overall I'm loving this product so far and would definitely recommend it to others - if you're on the fence about buying it why not pop into Space NK and get them to give you a makeover / contour tutorial on how to use it?
Have you tried this product? let me know your thoughts in the comments below!