I’m not even going to lie, I think a small piece of my soul died when I shelled out $20 for this drugstore contour powder this past Friday. Don’t get me wrong, 0.28 oz isn’t a bad amount of product and neither is the overall quality necessarily, but $20!? For drugstore!? Is that even legal!!??
Not that it stopped me (obviously). After all, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with contouring lately. Can you tell?
This contour powder (along with this contour kit and these matte lipsticks I’m desperate to try) is actually a new release from the brand Pixi by Petra. I’m not sure who Petra is, but you can find these products in Target (sorry my Canadian peeps) or online at Pixi Beauty if you are in the US or UK.
This contour powder is described as a “silky” and “buildable, matte powder” that will help you to “create the most natural looking definition.” The packaging also claims that this powder is youth-enhancing (I’m guessing this is because of all it’s skin-loving ingredients such as: peptides, aloa vera, and more), but it’s not like I powder my whole face with the thing so I can’t really vouch for any noticeable changes since I’ve been using it.
The Texture: The texture is most definitely silky to the touch. In fact, the texture itself reminds me a lot of Lorac shadows in that it’s so smooth that it’s powdery.
The Pigmentation: This powder is quite pigmented and you do have to take care not to overdo the application or you risk looking muddy.
The Color: Although I would prefer something more grey-toned for my fair skin, the color itself isn’t too warm for me and actually creates a very natural looking shadow.
Personally, I was hoping the color would pull a bit more grey, but in spite of it’s slight warmth, this powder is actually quite neutral and does have the potential to create a very natural looking contour. Unfortunately, it’s a beast to blend.
So far, I’ve found that the best way to apply this powder is with an extremely gentle hand and to use the most precise application possible (I’ve been using the elf contour brush). Essentially the concept is that the more direct you are and the less you apply, the less need there is to blend. It’s pretty hard to do this though and I’m finding that 80% of the time I end up looking patchy and/or muddy.
As is, I don’t recommend this product because I can’t think of anyone this contour powder would be nice for. The color has the potential to suit fair to medium skin-tones which is awesome but it’s just so patchy and difficult to blend that I feel like the color doesn’t even matter. I am hopeful that Pixi will reformulate it soon, but unfortunately this is a fail for me.