We all love a beauty dupe and when it comes to contouring there's a lot on offer right now. One contouring kit which has essentially become a cult classic in a mere matter of months is Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Encased in a rose gold shiny loveliness, lies to powders to sculpt and contour your features to perfection. I love two pan contour palette's. When it comes to day to day makeup, I genuinely don't see the need for a six pan palette's and personally end up using these as matte eye-shadows. Realistically most people are doing well to include a swipe of contour and a highlight into their morning routine (some days I'm proud if I managed to brush my hair..!).
As beautiful as Charlotte Tilbury's addition to the contouring craze is, there was one element that left me a little uncertain - the light reflection in the darker contouring shade. I'm generally against anything with shimmer or sheen when creating a contour shadow, but granted I somewhat changed my mind on trying it for myself. The highlighter is flawless and bounces light beautifully off cheekbones, brow arches and nose bridges. This object of desire does come at a price though, hitting you hard in coming in at €65.00. Truthfully I have and will probably continue to fork out obscene figures for beautifully packaged cosmetics, but it is nice to have the option not to.
A great duo-pan contour substitute that's a little lighter on the pocket is Sleek's Face Contour Kit. I generally lean more toward premium makeup brand but this is something I've been using for years. Admittedly the darker contour shade is matte but comparison to Charlotte Tilbury's, a little more along the style of Benefit Hoola. The pigment is strong and blends easily, while the highlighter creates the most gorgeous luminous sheen. This one is also available in three shade, that should cover pretty much all skin tones. Coming in at a bargain basement €9.50.
In all honesty, given the choice I wold probably lean more toward Charlotte Tilbury's offering, purely because I'm a sucker for luxe beauty and the finish is very beautiful from this product. Sleek is a really lovely and very close second for when funds are a little tighter!
Sleek's Face Contour Kit is available from larger Boots stores, €9.50.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is available from Brown Thomas Dublin & Limerick, €65.00.