| Review | Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Contour Powder

| Review | Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Contour Powder 

I often go through phases when to comes to contouring. I love the look and if I have the time, I'm definitely going to do it but I have come to embrace the "less is more" philosophy as I have gotten older and so I am not fond of all contouring products out there. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder is legendary and cult classic that everyone has talked about for years. After all, he was the one who brought the concept of contouring to light and popularity. I was so excited when I was sent this product complimentary from Kevyn Aucoin and Octoly for review purposes. 

The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder retails for $44.00 USD and is available at Sephora and other retailers. The powder is packaged in a very compact mirrored compact, with a little button-like release at the edge to open up the compact. It is very travel-friendly and small but it still comes with .11oz/3g of product which is very good! Also, you really don't need much to get the job done. It currently comes in 3 shades; light, medium, and deep.

I have the color light, which looks very light in the pan and you would think it would be too light for my medium skin tone, but it is actually the perfect natural and subtle contour shade! I really didn't think it would show up on me but after tapping my brush in a couple times, the first swipe surprised me. The shade is a perfectly cool toned beige. It will suit fair to medium skin tones and it offers a realistic looking shadow! Getting the slightly lighter shade allowed me to build up intensity when I want to but still makes it easy to be subtle and blend the color for everyday. I think we often get so caught up with the idea that contouring needs to be done with dramatic light and dark colors but that really isn't the case! A subtle shadow is much more realistic than a very deep dark one. 

The powder is soft and does kick up a bit of powder but it adheres to the skin very well! It applies very smooth and evenly. It doesn't get patchy and it blends out very nicely. I like to use a dense precision brush like the Real Techniques Bold Metals Contour Brush to place the contour by swiping the color from the ear down towards the mouth. I don't worry about blending yet! I always place my contour with a precision brush first under my cheekbones, temples, jawline, and on the sides of my nose. Then taking a bronzer with an angled brush I blend out the edges of my contour. I find this gives the most realistic look and effect. It really looks natural and beautiful! If you feel like you have applied too much contour, you can always take your powder brush and buff over the edges.

Below photos of the contour powder in action on the face but also on the eyes (applied fairly heavily that day):

I have to say for months now, this has been my go-to contour shade! It looks so natural and the powder blends like a dream! I even love using it in my crease as a contour shade! This product has really reignited my love for contouring and has really changed my perception about it as well. I don't feel like I need a dramatic contrast between light and dark instead a subtle shadow creates a huge impact! I can see why so many people rave about the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Powders, they are really some of the best in the industry and they make it so easy to get contouring right! If you are intimidated by contouring, I highly recommend trying these powders and don't be afraid to go for a slightly lighter shade because these build up intensity really well!

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