We all know that Kim Kardashian’s ‘glam squad’ make-up artist Scott Barnes made her the queen of contouring when this Instagram snap of her pre-blending was published online.

Everyone has tried to emulate her sculpted look ever since, and yesterday, I had a try using the Studio 10 Face Definer Palette that I was sent. I am by no means a make-up application expert, and contouring is one of the hardest things to pull off; but I found the below YouTube tutorial by Cult Beauty using this product and followed this, along with the images the brand sent (also below).

The Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer Palette (£30 from Cult Beauty) contains a matte bronzer, along with a cream blusher and cream golden highlighter. They are paraben-free, and contain moisturising Hyaluronic Acid and anti-oxident Nyamplung Oil.


After you have applied your base foundation, it’s time to make the bold and scary marks on your face with the bronzer, highlighter and blush. The image above shows you where to put each; but basically, the highlighter should go in the areas that light naturally hits, and the bronzer in natural areas of shadow to create depth.

When I started to apply the highlighter, I noticed that it didn’t look at all like the images. It didn’t add light, but instead disappeared in with my skin colour- making it very difficult to see where I had put it. It didn’t look like the same product being applied to the model at all! It was also very greasy and oily, and left my face looking like i’d been leaning over a deep-fat fryer all night.

I carried on though, hoping that it may look better when blended out; but it didn’t. The bronzer is a great one on its own for contouring (so I think i’ll de-pot it); but the blusher and highlighter are just too greasy to work.

I had to do a repair job with pressed powder, concealer and Benefit’s Rockateur to take the horrible shine off my face, and get my skin looking normal again.

I had high hopes for this palette from the YouTube video and the images I had seen of the model; but it greatly disappointed me and isn’t one I would pick up and use again sadly.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

Image Credits: 1) Kim Kardashian (Instagram), 4) Studio10