Stila Contour set

by - July 08, 2019

Whilst contouring is something I do daily, I have always stuck to the same three products for the past few years. I am that set in my ways that I have a mini melt down if I can't find my good old faithful contour brush (which is definitely coffin dodging).  I have recently decided to try and open myself up to trying new products so I can switch up my makeup routine.



On a recent trip to the makeup stores I came across the Stila Contour Duo, I tested the dark shade on my arm as well as the medium. Unfortunately they didn't have any light shades in stock. I am a very pale complexion, however I do like my contour to be fairly chiseled. I also like to have different shades in so I have makeup in my kit to do other peoples faces when needed. I picked the medium due kit, this is not sold with the brush. I purchased both separately so I could use Stila's 'recommended' contouring brush with their product. 

The packaging has a luxurious vibe to it, with the golden sheen and the subtle golden embossing and writing.

Stila's Duo Contour Kit Claims:
"Balance and brighten your complexion with Stila’s Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo. Ultra-creamy and super-soft this velvety duo create a natural, sculpted look that brings facial features to life. With a how-to insert card, it’s never been easier to achieve perfect product placement and payoff.

Create enviable face dimensions with the help of Stila's Custom Contour Duo palette. The Shape and Shade powder's matte properties give a natural, sculpted look and provide buildable coverage without accentuating oily skin.

* Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo Palette
* Buildable, sheer coverage
* Three shade combinations
* Long-wear, non-transfer, waterproof and sweat-proof."


(The above photo was taken in natural sunlight)
The Duo Contour palette definitely gives you two super smooth, creamy products that will glide over your skin with ease. I love the consistency of the products, they are easy to apply lightly and build from there. I have fairly dry skin so I do prefer to stick to cream products, dusting a shadow of NYX Taupe Blush over the top, however here in the UK, I had been importing this product for an overpriced rate, which I didn't mind too much because I love it. However they have changed the range and I'm not a fan of the new product replacement *massive sigh*.
I have swatched both shades above on my wrist to show the heavy application shade and also a lighter application. Firstly I feel that the two shades actually behave differently; the lighter shade has a more chalky consistency than the dark, leaving the dark the easiest to blend. As you can see in the photo, the lighter shade is far too dark for me to use as a highlight with an orange tint to it, which is expected because the store didn't have any of the light Duo's in stock. I do feel however that the darker shade is perfect for my contour. Being waterproof will also make this a little beauty for holidays!

 As I have been using the same contour brush for years, I have tried to give this brush a fair review.
My current contour brush is an angled tapered brush that is not as compact with the bristles. The Stila contour brush has a very dense bristles, that are super soft and pick up the product well. I did find the brush a little difficult to use at first because the head is so wide and has no angle - this is simply what I am use to. I did find that there is a knack to it, or the other option is to apply the product with the small end and then blend with the larger end.

Whilst I will probably never be able to contour like a Kardashian, both the Duo contour kit and the brush come with handy manuals which I feel would be more suited to a beginner at contouring. I cannot fault these manuals, giving basic makeup charts for different face shapes can make the whole process a lot easier for those people who aren't sure.

I will be adding the darker shade into my contour routine sometimes to switch it up, however I won't use the lighter shade simply because it isn't light enough for me. I will grab the lighter palette to test the shades when I find it in stock. I would recommend this product to anyone who may have dry skin, need a contour solution for their holidays or just someone who wants a lovely velvety cream contour option.

Have you ever tried this contour duo or brush? What do you think of the shades?

Samantha
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46 comments

  1. It's nice when it comes with instructions of how to contour, because it can make such a difference!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

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    1. It is very handy to have that included in the kit <3 xx

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  2. Stila does have some excellent packaging. I don't contour per say but I do highlight and bronze a bit. My is long and oval so when I contour I do it make my face look less long.

    Allie of
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    1. They do! I love the gold <3
      Nothing wrong a little highlight and bronzing! xx

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  3. I haven't tried anything from stila yet. Always fun to try new brands.

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    1. I hadn't tried them either, but I am definitely going to try experimenting a little more with new products <3 xx

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  5. This sounds like a great brand, I have never heard of Stila before so thank you for introducing it! I really love the packaging, so stylish! Fab post! <3 xx

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  6. I've heard so many amazing things about Stila but haven't tried many of their products- none of these anyway! I love a good contour and these sound like they do a great job so I'll have to keep them in mind!
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    1. I too had seen their products but these are the first I have tried, definetly a good first impression <3 xx

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  7. Great post. I really enjoy reading it and your photos are so beautiful. I heard only good things about stila products and this conture set looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you! <3
      I will check out your post too xx

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  8. Seems a very good palette and pretty easy to use!
    I liked a lot the fact that there are instruction for the contouring! :)
    XO
    S
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  9. I like the lightest contour possible, I prefer to mark the skin with blush and illuminator. I liked the products you showed.
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  10. lovely review, these products seem nice. It good that contour instructions were included,that is something I could use.

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  11. This looks like a really fantastic set! I fully understand being attached to certain products and brushes though. Once you get a routine in place that just works for you, it can be so hard to change it up. Following you on GFC. Hope you will follow back!
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  13. Still is a good product.
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  14. I never tried anything from Stila, the packaging is so lovely! Everything here looks so lush. As a makeup noobie, I totally appreciate the instructions that come included with this. Thanks for sharing girl! xx

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  15. Sounds a good brand. Never tried this before. So surely deserves a try.
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  16. It looks good !! thanks for sharing this.
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  18. Ooh, you had me at the mention of 'velvety cream'! I love that texture for when it comes to products - for face, eyes, lips... anything! Thanks for the super helpful and thorough review :)

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  19. Thanks a lot :D

    sounds an amazing brand
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  20. Interesting set, I would like to try it!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  21. I rarely contour, but when I do, I love to use simple palettes and I have two that I currently use. I've not bought Stila products in a while but love the packaging here.
    /Madison
    FASHION TALES

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  22. Oh what a nice post! I love everything :)


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  23. Eu amei as dicas, que cores mais lindas!
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  24. Hello,

    So amazing !

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  25. Wow! The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I´m now following you from https://sophisticatedmeblog.blogspot.com/

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  26. I heard many good things about Stila products but I never really had a chance to try them out. Thank you for sharing <3
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  27. I've heard of Stila lately and need to check them out! I love the colors of the palette! It is definitely my vibe. Glad you liked the feel overall. It takes practice to get the contour right and it's definitely possible! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  28. Seems very nice, thanks for sharing!
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  29. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to try it!
    xx- Nina
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  30. Que produtos maravilhosos. Não conhecia!
    Ótima resenha, bem explicado!
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  31. I haven't tried these products but I have Stila eyeliner and love it.

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  32. I haven't tried many Stila products but what I have tried I've always been really happy. Sometimes it's good to move away from our comfort zones. I am pretty loyal with brands too, but it's great to change things up, you never know what kind of gems you find!

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