(Mis)Adventures in Contouring: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious Review and Test Run

I start this post with a disclaimer: I am not good at contouring. I have contoured twice in my life, once yesterday (disaster), and once today (…meh). Usually I’d practise a bit more before posting my efforts, but it seems a LOT of people want to know how this product looks on skin sooner rather than later.

For a post where the Ombre Contrast is used by someone good at contouring, check out this post by the lovely Xiao of Messy wands.

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Being a newbie, I had no idea which brush to use (Xiao used the Hakuhodo 210) so I picked out the G5521, Small Pointed Yachiyo, B214BkSm Highlight brush, S111 and Kokutan Eyeshadow C brushes for my attempt. I ended up using the G5521 to do most of the work, and the Small Pointed Yachiyo to blend difficult areas.

Oh and here’s another swatch

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Heavy on the right, smudgy on the left.

Before

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I tried to create an even base using Shu Stage Performer, Bobbi Brown Corrector and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

Half and Half

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Contour on the right side of my face (the left side of the photo). I’ve contoured my cheekbone, my jawline, and the side of my nose.

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This is where skills come into play, the edges of my contouring are very blunt, which makes it look quite obvious. BUT, if you look at the shadow at the bottom of my neck, then look at the shadow on my jaw or on my cheek, you can see that they’re pretty much the same colour and that’s really what matters. The reason I haven’t even attempted contouring in the past is because the shade is nowhere near what a natural shadow on my face would look like. The Ombre Contraste makes a refreshing change.

Full

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Contouring on both sides of face on jaw, cheek and nose.

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Finished Face

Adding some lipstick (LQ Medieval), blush (Addiction Revenge), and highlighter (Becca SSP Pearl). (And letting my hair out finally!)

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Conclusions

  • I need to practice!
  • But I really love this Ombre Contraste
  • Because it actually looks like a shadow, and not like darker foundation/poorly-placed bronzer.
  • It’s pretty easy to work with and build-up
  • But use a light hand because it’s quite difficult to fix mistakes.

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10 comments on “(Mis)Adventures in Contouring: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious Review and Test Run

  1. You already have very dramatic cheekbones – without any contouring! I loooove the shade of Notorious – must buy! I don’t see it online at Nordstrom; do you know where I can get it?

    A little constructive criticism – I hope you don’t mind – I think your placement is just right, but you went just a little too heavy on the cheekbone contouring. I’d go a little more sheer next time.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Very good first attempt, I’ve to say! Your cheeks look incredibly sculpted to me. Very model-like ;) It is a very hard product to work with but I think your skin tone suits this very well…

  3. Okay, contour me officially interested in this.
    Though I agree with everyone else: gurl, you don’t NEED to contour!

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  6. Your cheek bone is naturally great! Unfortunately this is not available in Asia and I would love love love to try this. I am a beginner in applying bronzer too but I think you have done a great job :D

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