I own zero Barry M cosmetics. Nail polish, sure. Makeup, zilch. And it looks rather nice. So I bought a bunch, including the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit, £6.49.
Now this type of kit wouldn’t normally float my boat. Powder contour kits at the drugstore can be a bit, err, ropey.
Don’t get me wrong, there are highstreet brands that do good ones. Sleek is one. Makeup Revolution, another. But on the whole I tend to avoid.
But this Barry M kit swatched so nicely. The powders felt creamy and super soft. The kits come in two colourways, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. Both have three pans, one highlight, two contour.
I have the Light to Medium kit, but the colour selection is a little dark for very fair skin. The light shade is OK. Nice yellow undertone but more setting powder than highlighter on my skintone. And a bit chalky.
The two contouring shades have the classic problem – one a bit too grey, the other a bit too red. The powder formula isn’t the best either. A little too pigmented and tricky to blend.
But it’s not a total miss. You can make it work, applied with a very light hand after foundation and setting powder. Mixing the two contour shades together. Blending as if your life depends on it. Using a warm shimmery bronzer on top.
Plus it makes for lovely eyeshadow. Have been enjoying it on the eyes greatly. As eyeshadow it has the perfect amount of pigment and blends beautifully with only a little fall out (though be sure to tap off the excess).
Plus, the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit is currently free when you spend £8 on Barry M cosmetics at Boots, here.
And for zero pounds it’s a steal.
Til next time,
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