The art of contouring is something I myself have not yet mastered. I have watched the likes of Kim K, Kristen Leanne and Jeffree Star show me what I am supposed to be doing that I have struggled endlessly to get it right. I have always ended up with unblended, dark lines across my face where the shadows are meant to fall instead of perfectly chiselled features like the faces of my makeup idols. I have used various different blending products and techniques but it has taken me a long time to find a product that I love and can use! This is where the Illamasqua Gel Sculptcomes in!
I was catching up on my socials one evening when I happened upon a weekly YouTube vlog by Emma Inks in which Emma was applying her makeup. Like the oddball that I am, I took to Twitter to ask Emma which contour stick she was using to create her subtle, easy to work with contour in the video and she informed me of the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt – Silhouette which I promptly went and purchased! Go and check out Emma’s vlog and blogs, you may also be able to find a product you love from watching her awesome weekly videos!
This product is available to purchase directly from Illamasqua and retails for £25, fortunately when I ordered mine I also received a complimentary gel liner! While it seems a little expensive, it really isn’t – a little goes a long way with this gel sculpt contour stick and the product is of the highest quality!
After receiving the contour stick, I immediately gave my face a bit of a contouring and I instantly knew that suddenly I would be able to contour! Despite looking intensely dark in the stick, it actually goes onto the skin lightly and blends out flawlessly. As this is a ‘cream’ / gel contour, you should be using this over your liquid foundation but underneath your powders to avoid any product transfer.
The gel sculpt smells delicious and is easy to apply and blend out; because of its easy to use stick packaging it allows for precision contouring for those smaller areas like the nose and around the chin or along the jawline. I must admit, initially I was intimidated by a ‘liquid’ contour product as I had been steering clear of these in favour of the powder alternatives but I dare say my powder palette’s are going to take a backseat to this easy to use product!
I spent some time doing my make up and taking some pictures to demonstrate the cheekbone and forehead contouring, please bear in mind that I am not a professional make up artist but I was able to create a beautiful, natural shadow for this makeup look!
The below demonstrates the transition from no make up at all to eyebrows only, contour application and blending out.
In the below pictures you can see the shadow of the contour once the blush and highlight had also been added.
And the finished product :
Products used :
- Kat Von D – Lock It Hydrating Face Primer
- Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- Anastasia Beverley Hills – Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony
- Anastasia Beverley Hills Renaissance eyeshadow palette
- Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation blended with Kat Von D Lock It Liquid Foundation
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
- Illamasqua Gel Sculpt Contour
- Kat Von D Lock It Brightening Loose Powder
- Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette – Cherry
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost – Ice Cold
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil
- Too Faced Better than sex mascara
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick – No Tea No Shade
- Kat Von D Lock It makeup setting spray
What is your favourite contour product and why?
I wanted to confirm that I have NOT been paid or compensated in any way for this review – This was paid for out of my own pocket and is an honest recommendation.