Contouring and now, strobing (basically, an emphasis on highlighting) is all the rage. To be honest, it’s not something that I do on a regular basis. If I’m going out at night or have a special event or appointment, I’ll do my own light version of contouring and highlighting.
Because I like creams, I bought a Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick from em Cosmetics, and I just pulled it out of my stash as my Friday Find. I love the name, chiaroscuro – light and shadow in italian. I think it’s a great stick for contouring beginners like me, for quick use or for travel.
Just a quick word about em Cosmetics. Does anyone know what’s going on with it? Has Michelle Phan had her more than 15 minutes of fame? She doesn’t seem to be in the limelight any more. And now that L’Oreal owns em Cosmetics, she seems to have receded. There are a number of products from em Cosmetics that I like a lot, including the Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick, and I hate to see the brand fade away. So if you know what’s going on, let me know!
Stick makeup is just so handy. I love the white metal case of the double-sided tube.
It has a darker contour side and a lighter side for highlighting. It comes in 4 shade combos: Fair, Light, Medium, and Deep. I just noticed that Fair and Light are sold out on the em Cosmetics website at the present time, boo! But Medium and Deep are in stock. I bought Light a few months ago.
The highlighter side is a lovely rose gold shade, and the contour shade is perfect for me, not too dark.
I love that it’s so easy and super-quick for me to apply. I don’t have the patience for a contour palette but maybe someday I will. The cream stick goes on very smoothly and is a cinch to blend. I just draw it on and blend often with my fingers and occasionally with a brush. Because of my bangs, the areas I use it on are somewhat limited. I use the contour along the sides of my nose, along my jawline, in the hollows of my cheeks. I use the rose gold highlighter at the tops of my cheeks and on the bridge of my nose. It lasts for several hours.
The creamy Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick is perfect for those with dry or normal skin. It would be too creamy for those with oily skin.
Like a lipstick bullet, the contour and highlighter sticks shouldn’t be turned up too high during use because they could break. I read reviews from users who broke off the bullets because they turned them up too much. I haven’t had this problem.
The tube contains 8 g/0.28 oz. and is priced at $24. It seems to me that there’s a lot of product. I think it’ll last me forever which is great because I really like this contour and highlighter.
Have you tried any makeup from em Cosmetics?