Smashbox The Cali Contour – Review!

I am all for this palette, and if you read my August Favorites you already know that. But let me break down to you why I like this palette so much!

Face palettes are something I am kind of drawn too since I don’t really have that many of them. Besides they are really handy. So when I see a palette where I think most of the shades will fit, then I get very tempted, and with this palette the temptation was too high. It also helped a lot that I have become a bigger and bigger fan of Smashbox lately. I am not a big fan of their eyeshadow formula,

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So why is this good then? Well, two thing. The one is (for me) the shades. I do think if you are light to medium you should too. If you are very fair or more in the darker range of medium then I am sure there are better options for you. But for me it’s perfect because I do get use out of every single color.

The second thing is composition. Because this face palette really got what I need. There is this matte highlighter shades that work great for setting my concealer or just lighten up areas of my face without the glow. If I do want the glow, I got one option that will work all year round, and another option that looks great when I have that summer tan going on.

I then have a nice warm bronzer to bronze up my face, and a cool-toned contour shades to deepen the shades under my cheekbones or do a nose contour. To finish it all off there is a really nice warm blush that goes very well together with the rest of this palette. This palette has all you need for a sun kissed look in one handy palette.

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The quality of both the palette itself (packaging that means) and the powders are overall very good. The palette it quite heavy considering it’s so compact, but it does have a decent sized mirror. It also feels sturdy and nice. I have traveled a bit with it and it seems to be handle that well, not that I throw my bags around that much though. With 20.56 g of product (that seems like a random number) there is a decent amount of product , and I like that the shimery highlighters are smaller than the other products that you most likely use more. I mean who pans highlighters? (You got my full respect).

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The matte highlighter and the blush are working perfectly. I have nothing bad to say about them. The bronzer and contour are also really really nice, but they are quite pigmented. I personally prefer bornzers and contours that are a bit on the lesser pigmented side. I mean I want them to be good quality, but I prefer a more buildable one. Not to say these are bad at all, I just have to use a bit of a lighter hand and make sure I blend. With that said they blend very easy.

The highlighters are maybe the least impressive powders in this palette. They work fine enough. They are not glittery or patchy, the colors work nice for me and all that. They are just a bit subtle. For this to be the perfect palette I would have liked them to be a bit more intense. They do give a nice subtle glow though, so if you like that then awesome, but I chose to use these as a base, and then throw a little bit of something extra glowy right in the center.

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Overall I am very very happy with it. Especially since all the shades worked so nicely on my skin tone. It’s not really that often I find a palette where everything fits. Even though I would have preferred the two highlighter shades in the middle to be slightly more intense I am loving this palette over all!

If you have a similar skin tone as me this is for sure worth an extra look!

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