Seventeen ‘Define and Conquer’ Contour Kit | Review

Seventeen Contour oneI don’t think there’s a woman out there who doesn’t love contouring – the ability to give ourselves skinnier faces without giving up Hobnobs? Hell yeaaaah.

I wrote an Idiots Guide to Contouring earlier this year, and my routine and products have been much the same since then. However, I recently caught wind of a new contouring kit from Seventeen and of course HAD to give it a whirl. Seventeen is one of our favourite drugstore brands and they’re always bringing out pretty innovative stuff.

Seventeen Contour twoI picked the Define and Conquer Contour Kit up the next time I was in Boots for the teeny tiny price of six quid. Packaging-wise, it’s sleek and sturdy, and has a big mirror in the compact for extra super handiness.

What really appealed to me about this contour kit was that both shades are matte. Highlighters in contouring kits are usually shimmery, which is fine for cheekbones and the bridge of the nose but can lead to a serious case of sweaty upper lip syndrome – and who the devil wants that? The Seventeen highlighter is a matte, light powder, which is more pigmented than a finishing powder but still quite subtle. Seventeen Contour threeUnbeknownst to me, I picked the kit up in shade Medium. How was I to realise there are two options? My mind is busy thinking about important world issues such as who my favourite is on X Factor and when exactly tortilla chips become nachos. Anywho, the two-shade option is really good, because my only criticism of this product was going to be that the highlighter may not be light enough for those with pale skin. It suits my perma-tanned face just fine, but the contrast would be much more pronounced if I had the lighter kit. I’d recommend actually using your brains and your eyes to see which palette best suits you before buying.

Seventeen Contour fiveThe kit comes with a handy little guide showing you where to apply the powders in order to get the shadow and highlight that contours your face. I will say that the one thing I’ve learned about contouring is that everyone’s bone structure is so different that one technique doesn’t really fit all in this way, but it’s still really useful for those brand new to contouring.

Overall, I really like this product. I tend to go for a more matte makeup look in winter, so contouring with powders as opposed to cream products as I was before suits me really well. I also think the pigment of powders makes contouring smaller areas like the nose much easier as you don’t end up with a look so subtle it’s actually unnoticeable. The highlighter also has the extra benefit of covering pores really well, making the skin look much more flawless.

I do have one additional little niggle, and that’s how quickly I’m getting through the highlighter. As you can see from the picture, I’m already seeing the pan and this is only after like two weeks of use. Maybe it’s me getting carried away with all of the pore-hiding goodness, or maybe there needs to be a bit more product. WHO KNOWS, EH?

If you’re in the market for a new contouring kit, then I would definitely recommend giving this one a go. You can pick it up in Boots stores or on their website. There’s currently a three for two offer on across all cosmetics in Boots so GO GO GO, little monkeys.

Have any of you tried this product? 

14 Responses

  1. Jessica Edmunds November 16, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    I agree powder over creams anyday, I struggle with combatting oily skin let alone something wet-ishhh on my face! I’m not sure if i have tried seventeen before so I need to give them a whirl! xxx

    • Claire November 22, 2014 / 9:44 am

      Yaaaaah so true, you especially don’t want to be battling with creams on oilier areas like the t-zone. You definitely need to give Seventeen a go, you’ll love it! xx

  2. Nina November 16, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Sounds pretty good but running out in two weeks might not be the best – I love a good contour 🙂 x

    • Claire November 22, 2014 / 9:45 am

      Indeed, that’s the only thing putting me off as otherwise I love it 🙁 xx

  3. Annabel November 16, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    Another vote for powders over creams, I can’t handle the mess and uneasy blending of a cream. Seventeen are defiantly a overlooked brand though!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Claire November 22, 2014 / 9:45 am

      It can result in SUCH a mess, you’re right haha! Couldn’t agree more, Seventeen need way more credit 🙂 xx

  4. Nicola November 17, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    I did that exact thing with the Sleek contouring palette – now I’ve just got a bronzer! I wish they’d make the highlighter bigger than the bronzer. Will defo give this a go though! x

    • Claire November 22, 2014 / 9:47 am

      Ahh really? At least it’s not just me/just this palette then! They definitely should, especially seeing as one of the main points of contouring is not to go too OTT with the bronzer. Let me know how you get on with it though 🙂 xx

    • Claire November 22, 2014 / 9:48 am

      Yay glad there’s another Seventeen fan – so underrated! This could be perfect for you then, let me know how it goes xx

  5. afsha June 21, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I might gift this to a friend but I should probably try it out myself first we both have pretty much the same skin.!!

  6. afsha June 21, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I might gift this to a friend as it does seem quite the catch but ill have too try it out mself as we both have pretty much the same skin!! :}

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