| Review | Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick

Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches


| Review | Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick 

I'm not a huge fan of contouring unless it's going to look natural, which is why I almost never use contour powders. Contour creams are easier to work with and they offer a more natural, real-skin look. Westman Atelier is all about natural and effortless makeup, which really shows in their formulations. This is what I love about the brand, it's about enhancing the face and not changing it. The contour stick is a staple in this simple makeup range and is an easy-to-use formula for all makeup skill levels. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (left) and Truffle (right)

The Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick retails for $48.00 USD and is available at Sephora and other retailers. The contour stick is housed in heavy and luxurious stick packaging with a magnetic cap. The black stick packaging is matte and elegant. The stick also comes with a small cloth pouch for preventing scratches, dents, and other damage to the packaging. This pouch came with my initial purchase of these products but seems to be something they might be phasing out. I'm not sure but the second shade I purchased didn't come with one. The packaging is pretty sturdy and isn't easy to scratch so, the pouch isn't necessary for storage but if you want to be precious about these, the protective pouch is nice. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (top) and Truffle (bottom)

Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Truffle (left) and Biscuit (right)


SHADES

Originally, there was only one shade available in the range but very recently a second deeper shade was added. It seems that Gucci Westman is slowly adding shades to her makeup range and I hope she will continue to do so. I really don't think two shades are really going to cut it for every skin tone. I purchased both shades because while the first shade released works for me, I always felt like a deeper shade would be more suitable for my skin tone. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (left) and Truffle (right) 

The shades currently available are: 

Biscuit - This shade is a very light and cool taupe shade with a gray undertone. This is shade is a beautiful and true contour shade because it really does mimic the look of a natural shadow on the face. This shade is quite light and clearly designed for a fairer skin tone. This shade works for my skin tone as a contour, it is actually my preferred tone and shade for contouring because it looks so natural on my skin tone. This shade will probably only work for fair to medium skin tones, mine being the deepest skin tone it will work on. My skin tone is an NC30-NC35 in MAC foundations. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches

Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches

Truffle - I wanted this deeper shade because I was hoping I could use it as a bronzer. On my medium skin tone, this definitely makes a great bronzer. This shade is a warm medium bronze that adds just a touch of warmth and helps shape the face. I think fair skin tones can also use this as a bronzer if used sparingly. Deep skin tones, this will be a great contour or bronzer but I don't think it will suit all deep skin tones. I personally think it is too light for anyone who has a very deep skin tone. 

Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches

Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Swatches from left to right: Biscuit, Truffle


COMPARISON SWATCHES

A similar formula is the Fenty Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick. I have the shade Amber, which looks similar to the Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit but the Fenty one is actually significantly cooler in tone. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Swatches from left to right: Fenty Amber, Westman Atelier Biscuit, Westman Atelier Truffle


FORMULA 

This cream formula is very lightweight and slightly waxy. It glides on effortlessly on the skin, not tugging or catching on the skin. It doesn't lift your foundation applied underneath. Additionally, the waxy texture clings to the skin nicely and doesn't migrate or move throughout the day. It still blends out beautifully and with very minimal effort. You can use your fingers but I think a dense brush works best. I like to swipe the stick directly to my face and then, take a dense buffing brush to blend the edges of where I swiped. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (left) and Truffle (right)

The formula is very buildable, starting off with a medium pigment and you can always layer on more for depth. I find that for most areas of my face, one swipe of the stick is enough to define and sculpt the face but if you want a more intense effect, you can apply more product. The texture is creamy and blendable but it isn't so emollient or greasy that it moves around the face throughout the day. You can easily blend the product with your fingers or with a brush. I prefer using a brush because it provides the most seamless finish and blend. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (left) and Truffle (right)

I wouldn't say the formula sets on the skin but it does adhere well to the skin. The contour can last beyond 8 hours, depending on your skin types and your current climate. It looks really natural on the skin with a creamy satin finish. It doesn't look muddy or dirty on the skin. I find that this formula fades very nicely and evenly, as well. For a cream product, I find this formula wears so well and continues to look good on my skin long after it has been applied. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches
Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick in Biscuit (left) and Truffle (right)

THE LOOK 

Here is what Truffle looks like on the skin. I will sometimes use both shades, Biscuit for contouring and Truffle for bronzing. Truffle also works well for my skin tone as both a contour and a bronzing product. 


Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Review and Swatches

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I am a HUGE fan of this formula and the shade offerings! I do wish they offered more shades because I really don't think these two shades will work for all skin tones. Considering that they both suit my medium skin tone, there really needs to be more shades to suit everyone. The colors that have been created are beautiful and have such a lovely tone. They look very natural on the skin as either a bronzer or as a contour, depending on your skin tone. The shades don't look muddy or dirty on the skin but just blend into it, leaving a natural color. 

I love the creamy formula and how effortlessly they blend into the skin. The convenient stick form has me constantly reaching for this product and taking it with me when I travel. This is a great contour product for those who are afraid of contouring because it looks so natural on the skin. This product isn't intended to be dramatic or extreme. It is meant to provide a naturally flattering definition and sculpting to the face, which is something I really appreciate. This formula is really for everyone, from a makeup novice to a professional artist. It's just so easy to use and always looks good! I can't recommend this formula enough and I really do think it is one of the star products from the brand! 


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