If you’ve read my bog for a while then you’ll know I’m into my contouring. Like, very into my contouring. Like, ‘burn all photos of me before 2013 because I can’t stand looking at my natural moon face’ into my contouring. So of course when I saw that Sleek were releasing their Cream Contour Kit, I nearly piddled with excitement. Like most of other females on the planet, I’d lusted over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit for a long time, but could never quite bring myself to fork out the £40 to buy it. At £10.99, the Sleek dupe was much more up my (skint) street, so I couldn’t resist snapping it up.
I opted for the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in the shade Medium, but it’s also available in Light and Dark. The kit contains six shades, ranging from light to dark. Now, one of my issues with the ABH kit was that I didn’t understand why I needed six shades, and assumed I would only use two of the shades and thus waste the other four (which would be like £26.60 worth of product – NAH, not happening). However the Sleek kit comes with a handy little guide to contouring that actually explained to me the point of using all six shades. And it finally made sense to me! Of course the shadow that you want to create underneath your cheekbones – ie. very hollow, borderline skeleton-like – isn’t the same as the shadow you want to create down the side of your nose, or around your temples. You don’t want your temples to look sunken-in and sharp, after all. Here are the Sleek kit instructions on how to use each shade, thus getting the most from the full palette:
So it’s all good in principle, but what’s the contour kit like in practice? Firstly, despite what you might think looking at that weird bubbling in the above photo, the creams are nice to use and easy to work with. The instructions suggest using an angled contour brush to blend, but I’ve been alternating between my buffing brush and a blending sponge – I’d say using the sponge takes a little longer but leaves a more seamless blending result. They are quite thick, and some people might find it a bit daunting when they first apply shade 6 in particular, but just remember to keep blending and all will be well. I really like the 3 darker shades, and these create a subtle but buildable shadow effect.
However, for me, the lighter shades on the kit just don’t work as well. I think this is partly a shade issue, as none of them are quite light enough to give me the highlighted effect I on my skintone. Maybe I’d be better off with the highlighter shades from the Light palette, but then the other problem is that I also find the formula a bit too thick to use under my eyes. I prefer light concealers or fine powders on this area as it’s too easy for makeup to settle in my fine lines (I’m so old, sob) or pores, but because this is so heavy duty it ended up looking quite cakey. I also found it harder to blend out along my cheekbones.
So to sum up, I do like the kit overall but as the weeks have gone on I’ve now stopped trying to work with the lighter shades and only use the darker shades. Considering the palette is so reasonably priced, I don’t really see this as a waste of money (whereas if this had happened with the ABH version, I would have erupted into a Hulk rage), but if you definitely want to get use out of all the shades then I’d suggest doing some heavy swatching to fully research which kit will be best for you.
I think Sleek have done really well providing us with a more affordable cream contouring kit, and it’s also worth mentioning the amazing quality of the packaging. It’s sturdy and comes with a handy mirror in the lid, making it perfect for traveling, especially when you might not want to lug around a million different contouring and highlighting products. I picked my Sleek Cream Contour Kit up from Boots, but it’s also available in Superdrug and online at Sleek’s website.
Have any of you tried the Sleek Cream Contour Kit, or the more expensive Anastasia Beverly Hills version? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!