According to Google, contour and highlighting were the two most searched beauty-related topics of 2015. Last year was, without a doubt, the year of sculpting. With an array of products now available on the market, it seems as though this trend is here to stay.
Contour and highlighting are methods of makeup application; which gives your face dimension, enhancing the natural bone structure of your face. Made famous by Kim Kardashian, sculpting is a cheat’s way of reshaping and re-defining particular areas of the face. You can fake a nose job, create the illusion of higher cheekbones and even make your face appear much slimmer, all with the help of a few makeup products.
So how do you chose which product is right for you? With so many brands coming out with their take on the contour/highlighting phenomenon, it’s easy to get swept up in the makeup madness. However, the high street (or drugstore as it’s known to our friends across the pond) have been a little late to the party. For those with deeper pockets, the options have been endless. Laura Mercier, Tom Ford and Anastasia Beverley Hills, to name a few, have all created iconic sculpting products making even the cold hearted go weak at the knees. However, for those who can’t afford the splurge, the choice in products has been a little sparse.
As much as I love my Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate palette, I feel a little guilty in dabbing into this product on a daily basis. Now don’t get me wrong, when I say daily basis, I really mean occasions which don’t require full on drag makeup. I certainly don’t contour and highlight on a daily basis.
So where was I? Oh yes…I’m far too cheap to use my Tom Ford palette on a daily basis. Enter L’Oréal Paris. I should have known really. If I wanted to find a product; which not only saves me a bit of money, but has an amazing quality, L’Oréal was the direction I needed to go towards. Not forgetting that Boots and Superdrug are constantly offering 3 for 2 on all L’Oréal makeup products. An all round winner in my books.
The Infallible Sculpt range, promoted by Kim Kardashian’s very own sculptor Mario Dedivanovic, features a fool proof 3 step guide to a perfectly chisled face. Rather than caking on the layers, L’Oréal developed natural finished products to create a contoured look without looking over done. I’ll admit, I wouldn’t necessarily reach for these products for a special occasion or night out, but for less glamorous events, they’re right up my alley.
So let’s start with the base. The Infallible Sculpt Foundation comes in only two colours; light and medium/dark. The formula is actually much lighter than a traditional foundation and serves as a primer for the proceeding steps. It contains ‘grip technology’ to ensure the sculpt products adhere onto the skin for up to 24 hours. The consistency reminds me of a BB cream, but despite its sheer nature, the coverage is not too bad. It managed to cover the pigmentation on my face to an acceptable degree and feels incredibly soft and weightless on the skin. This is definitely a product; which can be used on a daily basis with or without the contouring for a natural, fresh-faced look.
The next step is the palette. This also comes in two shades – light/medium and medium/dark. Both options contain a non-glittery highlight shade and a cool-toned contour shade; which are very buildable. What I love most about these palettes is that they have a cream to powder finish. This means that using these palettes completely erradicates the need for cream contouring and powder setting. Not only does this save time, but it leaves a perfectly natural finish to the skin. The concept is simply genius and it’s about time that the beauty world revealed a product like this. I picked up the medium/dark shade; which is slightly more warm toned than the light/medium palette, however, the consistency is so light, it doesn’t leave my skin looking ‘muddy’. I was impressed with how well the shades blend out, considering they are in a solid rather than liquid form. I’ve never been on board with compact foundations, but this palette feels very creamy upon first swipe.
L’Oréal also offer a Sculpt Brush; which is used in conjunction with this palette and a personal favourite of Mario Dedivanovic. The Infallible range also contains a Blush Trio and a few eye products. So far, apart from the foundation and contour palette, I’ve only tried the mascara; which can I just say is AMAZEBALLS! L’Oréal have really hit it out of the park with this collection.
Overall, the longevity is impressive of both the foundation and the palette. I love the concept behind the collection, making it super easy for even the less makeup savvy to get a beautifully sculpted look. They save you a ton of time with setting and blending the creams together and give you a very natural, non-cakey look. The palette, in particular, is very handy for travelling and eliminates the need to pack a cream contour, highlighter, setting powder and bronzer. I would, however, not forget your concealer as the ‘highlight’ shade in this palette may blend out seamlessly, but it does nothing for concealing under eye circles.
Have you tried out any of the products from the Infallible range? Comment below with your experience.