here) I feel like this is designed for the everyday person who maybe isn't a makeup expert but wants to have a go at contouring like the professionals. I find that using a cream contour product gives a more defined look than a powder. Sometimes I like to use this and top it with a powder product if I want my face to be really scuplted, but I reserve that for evening wear.
The reddish brown shade does look a bit scary and very warm at first. It's definitely not something that those who prefer a more grey based contour would like, but it definitely doesn't appear quite as red toned once it's blended in. Personally I quite like a slightly warm contour but hopefully Clinique will bring out more shades if this becomes a popular product.
As far as application goes, the the chubby stick design means that you can literally just draw it onto your face where you want it. Being a cream product, it's easy to blend it out using either a brush or fingers. I like using the Real Techniques buffing brush and I find it easiest to start with a little bit and build it up with another layer if I want a bit more colour. You could also, of course, use a stick concealer a few shades darker than your skin in a similar way, but I was curious to try a cream product designed for contouring.
|swatches left to right: S&G, L'oreal, Benefit|
|swatches left to right: Sleek contour, Sleek highlight, Seventeen contour, Sleek highlight|
The Boots Seventeen Define and Conquer (£5.99 here) also contains both a contour and a highlight. The major difference between this and the Sleek one is that the highlight shade is almost matte, which I appreciate as it's also good for setting undereye concealer and keeping the area bright. I did a review of this one back in October (here). My first impressions were very good and I still like it, but I have come to the conclusion that this is more a Summer product for me because the contour shade really is quite warm (warmer than the Sleek version). I can then use it as a quick contour/ bronze shade, blending it up onto my cheeks too, like the bronzers I mentioned above.
here) is different from the other products I use for contouring in that it is much cooler in tone. This is good in that it looks very shadow-like, but I feel like if I wear this on its own with a blush, it can actually be a bit too cool toned on me. My favourite way to use it is to bronze up my face using the Soap and Glory solar powder first, then use the Real Techniques contour brush to put a little of this right underneath my cheekbones in a more concentrated area. It just steps up my everyday quick contour a notch. I do this when I want my face to look particularly sculpted, usually for evenings out, special occasions or when I'm going somewhere I know photos are going to be taken.
here) is technically a bronzer but I find that it's a really quite cool toned one with not a lot of red or orange in it at all. The shade is somewhere between the Soap and Glory etc bronzers and NYX taupe, making it a good in-between. This one has such a smooth creamy texture that's pretty amazing quality.
Do you have any favourite contouring products that you think I should try?