Review: Tarte The Sculptor in Park Ave. Princess 1

Good morning lovelies!
I recently received a sample of Tarte’s the sculptor contouring stick.

I have always stayed away from creme products thinking they wouldn’t work with my combination skin.  Over the last month or so I have discovered that this isn’t always the case.  The last few creme products I’ve tried have been amazing and my skin handled them just fine.  I’ve always used powder bronzer to contour so this was very different!

Price:

The full size retails for $24 for .09 oz of product.

Description:

A slimming face slenderizer in tarte’s signature park ave princess™ shade making it easier than ever to contour like a pro.

Chisel your cheekbones in seconds with the sculptor contouring face slenderizer, an innovative contouring tool which helps create the illusion of a slimmer, more defined face. The stick applicator comes in tarte’s signature park ave princess™ shade designed to complement all skin tones. Create instant definition and the look of high cheekbones with this easy-to-use tool, while creating a naturally slimmer appearance on the neck, jawline and nose. For the perfect blended look, apply with the slenderizer bamboo contour brush.

Powered By: Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
vitamin C: antioxidant free radical fighter that helps prevent signs of premature aging, while brightening the skin
vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant
mineral pigments: soothe and soften skin

Application:

This twists up so there is no need to sharpen which is nice.  This was really easy to apply and blend.  Tarte does make a dual ended contour brush ($32) that you can use with this, but I had a similar brush and it did the trick.  The product is very creamy and easy to work with.  The only problem I experienced was a little crumbling of product.  The edges started to break apart.  I didn’t have the product up too high and wasn’t pressing very hard so I’m not sure why it happened. As you can see, the color is a little warm which means it may pull a little orange on you.  Some foundations seemed to make this problem worse than others.  When it was too warm, I applied a light layer of neutral bronzer over it to fix the problem.  Because the color is a little lighter, don’t expect a strong contour out of this.  It is very subtle which I liked.  Again, if you want a stronger contour, you can layer a darker contouring powder over the cream (which will also set the product.)

Lasting Power:

This held up well throughout the day.  Because it’s a creme product I set it with either some powder or another powder contour and I’m sure that helped to lock it in.  Of course, it did break down a little by the end of the day.  But, by no means was it completely worn off.

Did it cause irritation:

Thankfully, my skin has always loved Tarte products and this contouring stick is no different.  My skin had no irritation/allergic reaction either when first applied or throughout the day.  There was also no scent or added fragrance to this.

Overall Thoughts:

I really loved this product!  Because it is a creme you will use it faster than a powder.  I love that this gave such a subtle contour and looked very natural.  I know other creme contouring sticks are making their way to stores and I am curious to see how those compare to Tarte’s the scuptor.  I think it’s a great to wear during the week when you are maybe wearing less makeup and want something softer.  It didn’t take me long to blend out and wore beautifully throughout the day. This is available in three different shades.  They made a park ave. princess 1, 2 and 3 which is great.  Shade 1 is, of course, the lightest and they get darker with 2 and 3.

If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, Sonia Kashuk, Covergirl and Loreal make contouring sticks as well!

Have you tried this out?  I’ve love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a beautiful day!

xoxo Lizzie

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