Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

Hey Beauties!

I just wanted to say sorry for the lack of posts lately the last 2 months have been absolutely crazy for me, with my mum getting a kidney transplant, my final month of college and our family dog passing away its been a little crazy this month so i hope you’ll forgive me but i am back now and ready to go!

I wanted to talk about the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio to say I was really excited to try these out is probably a little bit of an understatement because anyone know knows me will know how obsessed i am with contouring it’s like cosmetic surgery without the actual surgery, if done right contouring can change an entire face!
Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

From Left to Right: Bronzer, Contour, Highlight

In this trio you get a contour, a highlighter, and a bronzer. The contour is a deep cool shade that sculpts to create shadows, the highlighter is obviously a light shade with a yellow base to push features forward and the bronzer is a warm toned transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the highlight and contour shades.
Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review


Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review


Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review


I think that Smashbox always makes some of the best contouring and highlighting products because they know what they are doing. There is never any warmth or any sparkle in their contours and the bronzer is a really nice warm tone without those horrible overly red tones that are sometimes common in bronzers, and with the highlighter there’s nothing to say other than, beautiful. All of these shades are beautifully blendable you can build up the coverage or go sheer just by the different ways you apply if you were to use a damp sponge like a like a beauty blender, you’d get a more diffused soft look or if you just used a brush or your fingers you would get a more defined angular look. It’s all about how you apply the product to yourself.

Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

The staying power of these products is impressive once they are applied they seem to set so once its on your face its staying there, this would a fantastic idea for those of you who find that your makeup doesn’t stay and ends up gone by lunch.
If you want these to say a little longer you could even try layering with a contour powder that way you get intensity but you are setting this product as you’re using a powder on top. You just need to make sure to blend well.

Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

When I first saw this I thought you bought either the contour, highlighter or bronzer individually, but to find out it was a trio set was amazing because I don’t think ive seen anything this good of quality before as yes, you do get contour and highlighter sticks but I find them to all be a bit too red toned to use. Personally i love the idea of a crayon/pencil type product that lets you be as precise as you want to be there’s no messing around dipping into pots or pans you just literally draw it onto your face, blend and you’re done.

Something that also really impressed me was this trio comes with a sharpener dedicated to these crayon/pencils, how many times have you seen doing something like lipliner or eyeliner and then you have to go hunt for a sharpener because its because blunt! Brands almost never supply sharpeners with their products so this was a big plus.
Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio Review

You can find the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio online at, and on Smashbox counters nationwide. The Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio costs £35 which all in all is a great deal think about what you’re getting 3 pencils with a fantastic colour and shade, longevity and simplicity the idea is just fantastic
I thought i would just add a video from Smashbox that shows you how to use these products incase anyone wanted to know.

8.3/10 Overall

Easy on the go use in pencil form

Comes with dedicated sharpener


You need to work fast as they set

you can't buy these individually

Contouring made easy! These ultra-blendable, creamy sticks glide effortlessly onto skin for targeted, precise application and a totally even finish. The result? To-die-for features—from defined cheekbones to a perfected nose to a sculpted jawline
Lasting Power

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  • Francisca

    Oh my gosh, this sounds so interesting?! I’ve never tried crayon contouring but now I’m definitely intrigued!


  • It sounds like it’s been a tough month for you, and I’m sending love!!
    These sticks look interesting. They don’t look too emollient, which is what I worried about. Impressive!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I definitely agree with your review because I have these as well. I thought they were good, but they weren’t 100% perfect. I think your metrics are excellent! xx

  • The Gossip Darling

    Sending my love your way. Hugs.

    Love this review. I love the idea behind this but I would love to purchase individually!

    Mel |

  • I like the fact that it’s in a crayon format. Very easy to apply 🙂

    CJ | From Manila with Love Blog

  • Laura Jane McCarthy

    Ooh love this product! I might have to give it a try. Thanks for the in-depth post 🙂

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin’

  • So sorry to read about your dog passing 🙁 These contour sticks look amazing. I’m really pale but these seem light enough even for my complexion.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  • Victoria

    So sorry to hear about your dog, such a horrible thing to happen! Thanks for the love on Instagram, that’s what led me here. Loving your blog & may have to go and buy these contour sticks now, I’ve been looking for a decent contouring set for a while now. Love seeing Scottish bloggers so will definitely be back for a nosy! xx

  • So sorry to hear about your dog! 🙁

    Those Smashbox pencils look amazing. I have yet to try them out but they’re at the top of my list to try!

  • I definitely want to try this trio x

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, I can’t imagine how you all must be feeling. Sending lots of love <3 This is such a great review, have you seen the W7 dupe? It's about £3 and includes the three pencils and sharpener, I'd love to see a comparison to see how they compare xx

    Gemma • Miss Makeup Magpie ❤️

  • Rachel ?

    These look pretty cool! I can imagine you have to work fast with them as they are a thin pencil! They shades look perfect though! It’s a shame they can’t be bought separately!

    I bet using these can give a good precise contour!

    Good post lovely

    Rachel, X