September 20, 2014

tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer (Park Ave Princess): pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I love contouring, and I love tarte, but tarte's The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer just did not work out for me. The shade is their iconic Park Ave Princess - which many people love, hence whey it's so popular within the tarte line. But Park Ave Princess and myself just don't get along; our color tones just don't match up and I can never get Park Ave Princess to work for me as a face product (bronzer, contour). Although I did like Park Ave Princess in the tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss!

However, I've gotten some questions about this product and thought I'd write up a review post and show some photos and swatches to maybe help out those that are interested in this product. Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

tarte The Sculptor
Contouring Face Slenderizer
Shade: Park Ave Princess


tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $24.00 (0.09 oz full size). Available on the tarte website, at Sephora, at Ulta, at QVC and everywhere else tarte cosmetics are sold.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

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 tarte's The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush.

My Review...

Like I said at the start of this post, me and Park Ave Princess just don't get along. I know tarte says it's a shade designed to compliment all skin tones, but not my skin tone. It's just too orange of a shade for me and never looks natural. I know a lot of people can wear Park Ave Princess and look amazing, so that being said, if you are a fan of tarte's Park Ave Princess then you will be a fan of this product.

I was actually very excited about this product... I had been looking for a cream contour product that wasn't in a pan to use on my face and that wasn't just a cream foundation stick in a darker shade. This seemed like the perfect product; a twist-up chubby pencil that would deliver creamy contour color. This would have been the winner of my cream contour hunt, but this only comes in one shade at the moment: tarte's iconic Park Ave Princess.

Even though the shade and myself don't get along, I still gave it a few test drives for review purposes. I find that it's easy to apply and blends out fairly easily... almost too easily though, as you can over blend it into almost nothing if you're not careful (which would defeat the purpose of the product).

I really wanted to use this to contour my nose, because it seems like the perfect size product for that area. And it is a great size product for contouring the nose, but again, the shade is what makes it unusable for me.

I did use tarte's The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush to blend this product out on my cheeks, forehead and nose. I have a separate review of that brush coming up shortly after this post (spoiler alert: I love the brush!).

Because the color was so off for me, I never could leave it on long enough to really test its staying power. I immediately washed it off the first time I tried it. The second time I gave it a good hour but everytime I looked in the mirror I wanted to wash it off. And the third time I put it on, then sat down to watch a movie and stayed away from a mirror for at least 3 hours. It stayed on just fine that whole time, but most people want a product to last longer than 3 hours and unfortunately I can't comment on that.

I think if you like the Park Ave Princess color and are looking for a cream contour product that is easy to use, this is one you should definitely consider. But if you're like me and don't like Park Ave Princess on your skintone, then skip this product -- at least until tarte decides to add more shades.

I think if tarte came out with more shades this would be a bigger home run hit than it is right now.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this contour stick? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

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