Makeup Product Review: Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit with Photos and Swatches

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit
Product Description:
 Smashbox describes their Step By Step Contour Kit ($45.00) as "Cheat genetics by using our 3-in-1 kit to add dimension to the face with shades to contour, bronze and highlight.

This is a pretty convenient palette for shading the face and adding dimension where it's needed. Contouring and highlighting the face are steps that I feel should not be left out of any makeup routine as it can easily give a face balance and definition. Read more about Contouring & Highlighting here.

What I love:
-The packaging is pretty fantastic- thin, flat and easy to store or travel with.
- The large mirror is very handy for on the go makeup applications or fixes.
-The powders are completely matte and extremely pigmented. They photograph beautifully and aren't too chalky or powdery when applied. They are also smooth and super blendable.
- I have had this product for a while and although I use it pretty often, I haven't even made a dent in it so I am sure it is going to last me a really long time.
- The middle bronzing shade is my favorite and it is what I use most often to either bronze or contour my face depending what look I am going for.
- I like that a guide is included for beginners. Knowing where to place the powders is very important in achieving the perfect look. The instructions provided are easy to follow.
What I Don't Love:
- The first two shades of contour and bronzer are pretty accurate in description. The darkest shade is a bit too dark for my very fair skin though and I either have to use a very light hand or really blend well to avoid a dirty gray cast. Having used it on some of my clients I noticed that it worked best with darker skin tones so I would recommend it to be used lightly and blended well for the fair skinned or to otherwise be used on darker skinned individuals only. 
- The lightest shade is described as a highlight powder. When I choose highlighters to purchase and use I usually go for something much less matte with just a little bit of shimmer or glow. This specific shade doesn't do much highlighting in my opinion especially on my very fair skin. To me it seems to be more of a setting powder usually used to set foundations or concealers which is what I use it for instead.
-The price is pretty steep compared to some of my favorite bronzers that I feel work just as well.
-It's nice that a small travel brush was included but I find that it's a little junky and too tiny to handle. The hairs have already started to separate a little bit which causes application to be a little uneven.
All in all I would recommend this product for darker skinned individuals but will continue to use the darkest shade with a light hand when using it on my own face and the lightest shade as a setting powder.
Do you own this Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit? If so, what do you think of it?
Please recommend your favorite bronzers, contour products and highlighters so I can try them. I love discovering new great makeup products.
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