Smashbox Contouring Palette: Review, Swatches


Smashbox Contouring Palette: Review, Swatches

Hi All,

I got this off Ebay earlier this year when I decided I wanted to learn contouring. After reading a couple of posts and watching youtube videos I realised this is what I needed to give my otherwise round face a more sleek and sculpted look. Since I was clueless and a bit lazy too, I decided I wanted a kit with all 3 components (Contour shade, blush & highlighter) in one so that I wouldn’t have to get further confused and so that I’d have something concrete to start with.

After a lot of browsing and hunting I decided this Smashbox contouring trio was perfect for what I had in mind and got it after finding a good deal on Ebay πŸ™‚

Smashox Contour_palette

What Smasbox Contoruing Palette Claims

  • Contour Palette in ‘Cheek Chic’ includes the following shades: Matte Bronzer Pale Apricot Shimmer Blush Warm Rose Blush
  • Contour, highlight and color your cheeks with this sleek palette. The matte bronzer and two lovely blushes will take you from everyday natural looks to evening.

Smashox Contour palette back

  • Price:$24 approx. However I got the unboxed palette for under 800 INR.
  • Quantity:5.58g

My take on the Smashbox Contouring Palette:

  • Packaging:As visible, this palette is a duo wherein one pan is the contouring shade and the other has 2 separate ½ pans of a blush and a highlighter. It comes with a mirror and is quite sturdy but again I wouldn’t advice one to carry this during travel since there can be some breakage as visible in my palette as well. It broke during one of my trips and thank got it was just a chip and not the entire pan! What I love most though about this palette is the instruction sheet in pictoral form. Its what helped me learn to use this properly.

Smashox Contour palette

  • Color:This shade comes off exactly as visible in the pics. The contour shade is a dark matte brown which is super pigmented and can be used as a matte bronzer as well. The blush shade is a pretty apricot with a tiny hint of shimmer which is again well pigmented. The highlighter shade is a very mild baby pink shade with denser shimmer in it which is a beautiful shade to use on it own as well.

Smashox Contour palette instructions

  • Pigmentation & Texture:This the only palette ever in my experience wherein all 3 shades are so intensely pigmented. All 3 powders are soft but the dark contouring shade is super soft and has a velvet feel to it which I adore. Its so pigmented that I don’t even need to swirl the brush in the pan. I just dab it and the right amount of product is picked up πŸ™‚ With regards to fallout, there’s hardly any…only a tiny bit with the blush shade.

Smashox Contour palette shades

  • Staying Power: The contouring and blush shades have a long staying powder of about 6-7hrs, however, the highlighter fades of relatively quickly within an hour or so.
  • Application: I use an angled contouring brush while applying the contouring shade and a blush brush for the blush and highlighter. I dont use any separate technique for application and just follow the instructions as given. So there’s is no way to go wrong πŸ™‚ The only key here is blending. If the blending is not done properly then you could end up looking like u fed your cheeks a humongous bar of Cadbury! πŸ˜‰
  • The only extra thing I do during application is using the brown shade on the sides n my nose to make it look longer and a touch of the same at the temples to make my face look slimmer. And that’s it! I’m good to go! πŸ™‚ :))

Smashox Contour palette swatch

Pros of Smashbox Contouring Palette:

  • Texture is smooth and velvety. Hence you only have to dab the brush once or twice instead of swirling it around.
  • Hardly any fallout
  • Comes with a mirror
  • The shades in this palette would suit a lot of skin tones.
  • Its a very compact palette.
  • The pictoral instruction sheet is great for beginners.
  • Good staying power.
  • Worth every penny πŸ™‚

Cons of Smashbox Contouring Palette:

  • Availability is a huge problem. This brand is not available in India
  • Not very travel friendly unless you wrap it multiple times with bubble wrap.
  • Its pretty pricey although it can be bought for less if you’re ready to buy it unboxed.


  • Pigmentation: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5
  • Staying Power: 5/5
  • Availability: 2.5/5
  • Price vs. Quality: 4/5
Have any of you ever used a similar contouring palette?

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  1. I wanted their primer but never thought of looking on ebay. Waise I have round face too,which makes me look like one blob on another blob πŸ˜• πŸ˜• I will have to try this with the primer now :-))

    • their primer is so famous na Emm? and Dr. Neeraj has also mentioned it so many times that even I feel like getting it…but unfortunately i hardly use primer so i always give it a miss in favour of something else..

      Emm, contouring is a boon for round faces….i do it so many times…hehe…and luv it when my face looks slimmer and more chiselled..

  2. i dont use any spl products zara..i have this mineral powder kit and there is a darker shade in that..i normally use it..though i dont contour most of the time as i am not an expert at it

    • hey Sam, how r u doin? i guess A will be a better person to answer this since i am not aware of the NC and NW funda.. πŸ™

      this is a pretty general shade which wud suit fair to medium skin tones…it may not show up on extremely dusky skin tho….i hav seen ur pics and i do think the contouring shade wud suit u well tho..

        • need for any thank you’s πŸ™‚ we r all here to help each other learn…ive learnt so much from here as well πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

          u can order it thru a friend or even on ebay if ur comfy with online shopping..there r some great deals there..also, smashbox has another contouring palette they have come up with..u can also check that out…

  3. Hey Zee.. I have been meaning to ask Ana abt contouring… and here you post an article on it πŸ™‚
    Love this box… its soooo perfect na :-* :yes:
    I love the concept of contouring…. isnt it awesome that a few right colors can make us look so diff and beautiful :beauty: :inlove:

    • absolutely Poorni…its exactly wot i wanted when i started off…all i knew was that i wanted a thinner face…and thanks to the instruction sheet actually….i used to look at that and use it simultaneously..

  4. i have been eyeing dis for so long. me 2 chubby cheekss :clap-n-jump: :clap-n-jump: :clap-n-jump: zara can u give d link of d ebay seller :-))

  5. wud be a great product for my round face. i just checked on ebay india but its not available. πŸ™ gotta make do with a darker powder or foundation to contour my face.

  6. looks nice.sleek n compact. :-)) bt i hvn’t tried contouring yet :shame: :shame: sometimes i mess up even my blush application n contouring is like :pray: :pray: :pray:

  7. First Hoola nd Now this palette :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:
    i sooooo want this and hoola Zara …. :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((
    I guess you send me gifts rather then the ebay details …. what say ??

    loveddd your review honey and am def. going to buy this πŸ˜€ ….. it sounds so perfect and even for gifting this is perfect isnt it ?? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • now i know ur gona get these Rash….its just a metter of time..and ur definitely gona use them well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      haha! this is pakka gud for gifting also…especially to a contouring newbie who wants t learn how to do it..

  8. How you manage to get a good deal everytime Zee!!!
    I liked the blush!
    Does contouring look natural Zee? I mean in daylight can one tell that you are wearing these shades on face??

    I want to give it a try πŸ™‚ I have a round face like this smiley πŸ™‚ :))

    I think I’ll try somethin with my blushes at home first, if that looks ok, I can try a kit like that… Is Lakme earth rose ok as a contouring shade?

    • hehe..its sheer luck paddy…and i tend t buy thins only on sale…m a sale hogger ..hehe.. :blush: :blush:

      the thing with contouring is that if uv done it darker then ur face will luk more chiselled and then the shade will be a bit more visible but if uv done light contouring then its not THAT visible…but the key lies in blending…u have to keep blending well so that the shade merges in ur skin and no harsh lines are visible..then it looks gorgeous…

      hehe…me too hav a round round wala face..thats y i do alot of contouring and am always on the hunt for a gud contouring shade…

      i hav the lakme rose too but ive never tried using the brown in that seperately….ill hav t check it out first….

  9. wooww Zara :clap-n-jump: :clap-n-jump: u’ve got perfect thing for contouring :dance-leftright: ek reference pic bhi deni thi na how u do it ?? πŸ™

    i’ll have to save a lottttt now to get so many things i want :duh: :drunk:

    • i do it exactly like the pic switty..shame to shame πŸ˜‰

      this is the perfect kit and the perfect combi also of colors….i got a nice pretty blush and highlighter…muft! muft! muft!

  10. I dont think it was an Indian brand. Sorry Zara..I really dont remember.The lady at the parlour was my mom’s close friend so she gave it to me n taught me how to use it since i had decided to do my own make-up


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