I love to bronze up my face and hereby kind of contour it as well. However, I have never used an actual contour product for it. So, I thought I should change that. During summer I saw @fitgingereef on Instagram using the Insta Duo Contour Stick by Rimmel London a few times and to me it seemed like an easy way to start doing real contouring. Or is it?
So, the packaging feels a bit cheap as it is solely made out of plastic. However, of course since it is a drugstore product I don’t mind that it feels cheap especially because it just works and I don’t have the feeling that it will break in some sort of way anytime soon. Additionally, I like that you have the highlighter on one side and the contour on the other side.
The duo contour stick is only available in three color combinations and from those I bought the lightest duo, which is called light/clair and it is swatched in the picture above.
For the application of both the highlighter and the contour I prefer to apply it after my foundation, but before I set it with a powder. This is the normal method and with this product it is necessary to follow this makeup rule, because other wise you end up with a very cakey and patchy looking contour.
On a more positive note, the pigmentation of the contour is really nice, while the highlight is more subtle. Moreover, the contour and highlighter just glides on the skin and it’s definitely easy to use. I also like that you can easily blend both products with a brush or sponge, however however when you use a sponge the contour does get a bit lighter. Nevertheless, I personally prefer to use a moist sponge 🙂
On the left you can see a picture of me before using the duo contour stick and on the right a picture after using it. Sadly, here I don’t see a difference.
However, in this before and after I do see a slight difference! My cheeks look a bit more shizzled in the right picture! Also behind the camera I have been able to create a more contoured/shizzeled look by using more of the product, however when I build up the contour it also get’s very patchy and cakey.
And here is more of a close-up so you can see the highlighter.
So, I really like the highlighter. But…. (you felt that one coming?) I have a problem with the contour, because of two reasons. One, you can’t build it up to create a more glam contour. And two, it only looks good for an hour of two, afterwards it also get’s cakey and patchy…… I do find that when I use setting spray the contour lasts a bit better, and it will look good for around 4-5 hours, which I guess makes it better. However, I don’t feel that way, cause it will still look ugly after a certain amount of time. I don’t mind if this would happen after 8 hours, but that is looks good 4-5 hours IF I use setting spray is too short for me.
I’m not planning to repurchase this product even though it is easy to use. Moreover, I have the feeling that I won’t be reaching for it any time soon unless I want a subtle highlighter.
Which contour do you recommend? I’d love to try it out!