So it took me forever to get this post together, for multiple reasons. One, I’m usually way too tired in the mornings to try new products. Two, I didn’t have a chance to take any pictures because I was busy on the weekends a lot. Three, I wanted to get all my end of 2015, beginning of 2016 posts out of the way. But here we are now, with a new product from Pur Cosmetics. The Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation that I’m sure you’ve already seen all over everyone’s blogs. But my opinion may be different, so let’s go!
The Cameo Contour Foundation from Pur Cosmetics is a dual ended stick with a lighter, highlighting shade on one end, and a darker, contouring shade on the other. It comes in 5 shades ranging from light to deep, covering all skin tones. Each end can be twisted up to use the product, about an inch’s worth on each end.
Pur suggests using a primer and foundation before using the contour stick, rather than using just the stick as your foundation.
Every stick comes with a Contour Blending Sponge. The sponge is about the size of a Beauty Blender and the same bright pink color. It is a different material though. This is much more squishy like the make up sponges you may buy at the drugstore, rather than bouncy like a Beauty Blender. It is round, with one flat side.
I’m not a huge fan of the sponge, but I’m also not a huge fan of sponges in general. I found it didn’t blend the make up out as well as a brush. I tried it both wet and dry and didn’t really have any better results either way. Instead I have been using a flat, narrow kabuki brush to blend out which I find gives me more control and is actually quicker.
I really love the way this product was designed. The dual ended stick is compact, making it easy to store or throw in a make up bag. I find the best thing about this product to be how easy it is to apply. You really just draw it on your face! I wish the stick was just a little thinner because, especially for the contour, I find it applies a bit too wide of a stripe. It’s fun to draw on your face too.
I recently bought a new bronzer from Colour Pop which is cream and comes in a pan. While I’ll be giving a full review later, I find the application a bit difficult from the pan and definitely prefer the stick.
Here I swatched the highlight and contour and blended them a bit to show you how blendable the product is. It goes on like a cream, but the texture turns into more of a powder once blended. I find this helps with the blendability. It’s like a dry cream, if that makes any sense. If it was too creamy I think the blending would be messy and possibly shiny. The powdery formula keeps it matte and in place.
Here we’ve got all the swatches from darkest to lightest. As you can see the two darkest shades are almost identical and the two lightest are almost identical. I’ve been using the shade medium, second from the right.
I love that this comes in such a dark shade for people with darker skin tones! I think all contour shades come across a little orange, which I’m not a huge fan of. I find I have to be very careful.
Left: Just foundation (I think it was Rimmel Wake Me Up?)
Right: After contouring. I think I may have been too light in application, but I do think my face looks a bit more perfected and slim
Left: All streaked up. I followed the directions that came with the product
Right: Blended out. I had a lot of trouble on my cheeks, I think it looks a little messy and orange.
I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with contouring and figuring out how best to use the Cameo Contour. I find my dry skin isn’t the best match for it, and that the product looks patchy on my forehead. I think the contour is a bit orange for me, and would work better if I was a bit tanner. I’m definitely a contouring n00b, and this product made it a little easier to understand.
I’ll probably only really use this on the weekends if I’m going out, because I can’t be bothered to blend in the mornings!