Searching but are yet to find the best cream contour product for you? Allow us to step in and help.
One hurdle that may be keeping you from finding your match is the confusion between bronzing and contouring products. A key difference to remember is that a contouring product should produce a skin-like shadow, whereas a bronzing one adds sun-kissed warmth.
It’s also why a lot of people prefer a cream formula over powder. The more buttery it blends, the more natural-looking the finish will be.
Whether you’d like it to come in a stick or a pan, here are some of the best cream contour products for you to peruse…
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour
We say: With a Best in Beauty Award and a 4.7 star rating under its belt, this is one cream contour that’s member-approved. It’s buildable and easy to blend, with the only downside being that it’s only available in one shade.
You say: “I personally love cream products and this one gets me excited. It is such a beautiful undertone and the shade is perfect for light to medium skin! If you haven’t tried cream contouring, you definitely should, especially with this amazing stick. It is sooo creamy and pigmented.” – Oliviamakeup
$46 at clinique.com.au
Maybelline New York Master Contour V-Face Duo Stick
We say: Don’t want to spend more than $20? We hear you. For those looking to experiment before investing, this Maybelline pick provides a good starting point. And as an added bonus, it has a cream highlighter on the other end!
You say: “This was one of the first cream-based contouring products that I used when I started to learn about contouring. I used the shade light. It comes in a twist tube which is easy to use as well. I found the texture to be creamy and easy to blend. With some other cream contours, they have sometimes left a harsh obvious line on my face despite my efforts with a beauty blender, but this is not the case with this product.” – Vtjh
$10 at Chemist Warehouse
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick
We say: If you’re after shade variety, you can’t go past the Fenty Match Stix. Catering to all skin tones and undertones, you’re bound to find the right level of cool, warm or neutral among the 14 shades. They work best when warmed up, so if it’s cold out you may want to swipe some on the back of your hand before heading towards your face.
Editor review: “I’ve used the shade ‘Mocha’ religiously for years. I was shade matched at a Fenty counter and it’s the perfect cool-toned contour for my complexion. The finish is quite matte and it stays all day. I think the Match Stix are one of Fenty’s most underrated products.” – bh’s Sam
$42 at Sephora
Tom Ford Shade And Illuminate Highlighter
We say: If you’re not afraid of a little luxury, this Tom Ford pan is a makeup artist favourite for a reason. The cream contour is richly pigmented but still blends to look like your cheekbones are just naturally chiselled.
$130 at Myer
MECCA MAX Off Duty Contour Spectrum
We say: On the other end of the spending spectrum is this affordable pick from MECCA’s in-house brand. Available in Medium, Deep and Rich, it’s a user-friendly stick that’s easy to work with. A lot of reviews mention that it’s best blended with a brush.
$18 at MECCA
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
We say: Just because it doesn’t have the word ‘contour’ in the name, doesn’t mean it can’t be used as such. With a big shade selection, Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick can be used to sculpt and shade your face just as easily as it can provide coverage. Simply choose a colour that works!
You say: “I was watching Desimakeup on Youtube do a tutorials on her highlighting and contouring routine, and she actually used this as a contouring stick. I tried it out yesterday for an event and I love it! It glides on so creamy, its easy to blend. . I found that the colour is better than a bronzer as bronzers on my skin sometimes go muddy. But as this was an actual foundation shade I think the pigmentation was better.” – Miss_Bella_Boo
$73 at Myer
Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt™ Shaping Stick
We say: Can we really have a round-up of cream contour products without mentioning the man who put contouring on the map? No, we didn’t think so. Soft, natural, and with no orange tones in sight, Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist has nailed this shape-shifting formula.
$43 at Sephora
Do you use a cream contour product? Have you tried any of these ones?