You’ve all already heard about it by now, but Kim Kardashian West has finally launched her own makeup line. Since I’ve already tried out Kylie Cosmetics, I thought I’d give it a go with another Kardashian/Jenner beauty product. Right from the get-go I knew I wanted to try KKW Beauty‘s first products, which happen to be contour and highlight kits. Aside from eyebrow products, natural contour and highlight are my second favourite steps when it comes to doing my makeup. When you have soft features such as myself, it’s nice to add in some more definition and depth.
There are tons of cream contour kits already out there in the world of beauty, however this was the first one I ever felt the need to pick up. Why you ask? I think we can all agree that this launch being highly anticipated since Kim is the queen of contour. From seeing other reviews, it’s obviously that everyone has their own view on what contour and highlight should look like. Some prefer very dramatic results, while others such as myself prefer the more natural, perhaps even unnoticeable route. Yes, foolishly spending $48USD plus $14 shipping, PLUS $18CAD (taxes hit hard) on makeup is absolutely insane — I know — but sometimes curiosity gets the best of us! I went ahead and purchased the Creme Contour and Highlight Kit in shade Medium.DUO BRUSH.
The kit comes with a duo end brush that has a sponge on one end, and a kabuki brush on the other end. The sponge reminds me of that one guy you had/have in your life that gives you mixed and mismatched signals — just very confusing! Sometimes it works fine, but most of the time it doesn’t do much at all — actually it tends to move the product around your face in a patchy way instead of blending it in. The weird thing is that it worked best when a few hours have gone by, and when my skin is already oily. The kabuki end however is my absolute favourite, and in my opinion I’d say it works wonders paired with the dark contour stick. It’s a very soft brush that makes the application very easy to control and maneuver around the product for a nice natural contour. I love the size of the brush since it’s perfect to travel with, however the sponge side really needs major improvements.
CONTOUR + HIGHLIGHT.
On the Medium Highlight stick there’s a matte side, while on the other end is a shimmer. I’ll admit that the first time using the matte highlight was very unimpressive, in fact, the first application I had with it are the results in my photos. Upon first application it was very thick and take time to blend out. However, I’ve had this kit for 2-3 weeks now and have figured out a way that works best for my skin. This is going to sound a bit unconventional, but it works best when the product is a bit warm (I haven’t used A/C once during this summer). The product slides on a lot smoother and is never patchy on warmer days. That being said, a product shouldn’t have to rely on a certain condition to work it’s best, especially at the KKW Beauty’s high price point. I do however like the coverage from it and does help to brighten up the areas. On the other hand, the shimmer highlight is gorgeous. The glow it gives your complexion is very natural and is the perfect, “I spent hours in the sun” kind of look.
As for the Contour stick, I honestly love the shades that were picked out for the Medium Kit. The lighter contour end is a perfect caramel tone, while the darker contour is ever so slighty warmer and deeper shade. Overall they balance each other out perfectly, which is a relief since other cream contour kits that I’ve swatched are either too red, too orange, or too cooled toned on my skin — KKW Beauty pretty much nailed it with this one. Before I go on I should mention the amount of product you get on each end (same on the highlight stick) is utterly ridiculous that it pains me to know that I spent so much money for product that’s about the same size as my thumb nail. To make myself and other’s who’ve also purchased this kit feel better let’s go back to the pros. Each end glides on extremely smooth like butter. Blending this product in with the kabuki brush is foolproof. The results are a beautiful natural bronzed look that I can honestly say is the look I’ve been always wanting to go for, but could never really achieve without mixing many colours and other products together.
YAYS & NAYS.
There are quite a few things I actually really like about this kit. It’s made really simple for both those who are and aren’t experienced with contouring, the colour selections are on point for the medium skin tone, the creaminess of the contour sticks make the end result beautiful and flawless, and last — I like the cute nude compact packaging. All that being said — the things I don’t like about the kit are how much product you actually get (0.9 g of product in each end…ugh), the inconsistent hard sponge end of the makeup brush, and although I like the minimalistic packing, I also think it feels and looks way too cheap to be worth almost $100. And although I like the contour stick I’m not sure if I’m going to repurchase it again — unless more products is included, or if the price is lowered to reflect it’s actual worth.