Just Landed: Clinique Contour & Highlight

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts hasn’t it!? I’m not the best at testing and writing about new releases as they come out, and there are so many other girls out there who have the whole thing down. But when these two new releases from Clinique dropped on my desk, I was intrigued. One quick swatch later and it’s a total case of “you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention” kinda situation…

I know Kim Kardashian is killing one half of the populations love of contour (and fuelling the other half) but for me a strong contour is a look that my face carries rather well, so I wasn’t afraid to pick up a slightly darker and warmer one-shade-fits-all contour stick and give it a good swipe. And the highlight? Well that one’s a no brainer…

As far as contour and highlight duos go, these are my all time favourites. I know, that’s a pretty bold claim, but hear me out. The contour may look terrifying, but it actually blends so beautifully and seamlessly into the skin that it can be used on paler skin tones and can also be built up for darker skin tones. One to two swipe and blends (depending on the occasion) does it for me and I use a dense buffing brush to blend it out. Ashy toned contour girls should steer clear as it is on the warmer side, but (IMO) this warmth is inevitable when you release one single shade of contour and try to please the masses (Note to Clinique: more shades soon please – I’ll buy them all).

The highlight is an easy peasy, blend with your fingers kind of affair. It’s less shimmer more sheen and looks incredible wen swiped over cheekbones. It’s one of those “impossible to over-do” products and is the perfect middle ground between icy and gold highlights – more of a pinky/nude sheen – almost rose gold – almost verging on Jemma Kidd’s All Over Radiance Highlight in Rose Gold. 

When worn together this duo has the “hello cheekbones!?” effect on friends and family that I could quite literally have only dreamed of before. The amount of people I’ve accompanied on their purchase of this in the past few weeks is insane so there’s definitely something to be said for the reactions to this duo. 

And if nothing else – these make me feel like a Kardashian in half the time it takes to make up a real one. Leaving more time for digestive biscuit eating and question time re-runs. So classy…

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74 Comments

  1. 12 Feb 2015 / 8:45 am

    I really love the look and sound of the highlighter, great for quick and easy application too! x

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  2. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:03 am

    Love the application idea- there aren't enough cream bronzers around in my opinion! These look lovely on you, Suzie x

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  3. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:10 am

    Looks gorgeous! Definitely want to try these out, and your review was great!

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    Devon x

  4. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:11 am

    Its looks like a beautiful product 🙂 and easy to use! x
    KMales

  5. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:45 am

    these sound sooo good – i really need to try them ! x

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  6. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:50 am

    Lovely pics Suze! I'm still getting the hang of this, but I love how subtle it is!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  7. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:06 am

    OMG I would be super excited about trying these – love the pictures too! xx

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  8. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:07 am

    I am desperate to try this, I love how easy the application is and have always found Clinique products to be pretty darn good. Love your photography too.

    Kristy | http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk

  9. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:08 am

    They look so easy to use, especially to get right into the cheekbones! Definitely like the Django reference…

    Lauren x
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  10. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:29 am

    I really want to try contouring, and these sound really great! Everything I've tried from Clinique has impressed me, so I'll need to pick these up.

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  11. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:41 am

    These look fantastic! Contouring scares the hell out of me, but these make it look relatively accessible!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  12. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:12 am

    They look easy to use and effects are awesome! 🙂

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  13. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:23 am

    Looks so simple to use and really natural on you

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  14. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:42 am

    Need to try this! It looks so beautiful!

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  15. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:42 am

    Sort of like the Charlotte Tilbury beach sticks… I need!

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  16. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:43 am

    This product sounds so great & they work so well with your skin! A bit scared that the contour stick might be too dark for me though… I'll have to hold out for more colours 😀

  17. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:45 am

    These look so easy to apply!

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  18. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:48 am

    They look gorgeous! To bad they are so expensive.. 😛

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  19. 12 Feb 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Thanks for making such an easy tutorial for this! I've wanted to try but was overwhelmed by the HUGE pallets of contouring powders.

  20. 12 Feb 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Such simple application! Really have to try this one out x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  21. 12 Feb 2015 / 1:36 pm

    This is such a pretty and natural makeup look !

    Sara,
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  22. 12 Feb 2015 / 1:40 pm

    This post just reminded me I have the Tarte version stashed away somewhere that I must re-discover. The Clinique one looks a little too warm for my skintone but I love the idea 🙂
    xxx Claire
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  23. 12 Feb 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Looks like really convient and easy-to-use products! 🙂

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  24. 12 Feb 2015 / 2:23 pm

    These seem so convenient! I'm definitely swatching them soon!

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  25. 12 Feb 2015 / 2:29 pm

    I want to try these so much! They sound amazing!

    Stephanie
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    xxxx

  26. 12 Feb 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I'm scared of one-shade-fits-all type products as I'm very pale but the highlight sounds beautiful, definitely needs to be swatched soon 🙂

    beauty visions

  27. 12 Feb 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Totally on my list of things to snag! I've been looking at them for ages and they finally released here!

    May have to make a little weekend stop at the Clinique counter 🙂

    xx

  28. 12 Feb 2015 / 3:45 pm

    I've really been wanting to try these! I have a Clinique gift card from Christmas that I still haven't used because I'm so indecisive haha. These look so lovely though!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  29. 12 Feb 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Need to get my hands on these! They make your cheekbones look gorgeous x

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  30. 12 Feb 2015 / 4:54 pm

    the contour does look a bit terrifying but you make it look really natural, might have to try it 🙂

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

  31. 12 Feb 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Definitely want to try these – the bronzey tone of the contour will be perfect in the summer!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  32. 12 Feb 2015 / 5:40 pm

    I love the look of these, they seem like such a perfect shape for application!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  33. 12 Feb 2015 / 6:06 pm

    They look amazing! Would love to give them a try!
    Love

    Pili

    Records of my Troubles

  34. 12 Feb 2015 / 6:40 pm

    This looks like such a easy way to contour, surprised no one has thought of it before! The highlight looks so pretty!

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  35. 12 Feb 2015 / 6:48 pm

    That looks truly gorgeous on you!

    Ruth, itsaruththing.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  36. 12 Feb 2015 / 7:29 pm

    These look so beautiful blended into the skin, especially the contour!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  37. 12 Feb 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I love the look of that highlighter but I think the contour would definitely be too dark for my deathly pale skin. If they bring out more shades of that though I will definitely give it a go.

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  38. 12 Feb 2015 / 8:33 pm

    the contour looks like an amazing colour really shapes the face

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  39. 12 Feb 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I've seen these popping up everywhere at the moment I definitely need to give them a go they sound amazing xx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

  40. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Contour and blend well in the same sentence. I'm in.

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  41. 12 Feb 2015 / 9:17 pm

    These look like a great contour and highlight combination. 🙂 x

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  42. 12 Feb 2015 / 10:55 pm

    The highlighter looks great for a quick glow!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  43. 12 Feb 2015 / 11:00 pm

    You do pull off a strong contour well!

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  44. 13 Feb 2015 / 12:13 am

    These looked amazing in the shops I must get! 🙂

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  45. 13 Feb 2015 / 12:40 am

    oOOoo this looks so nice I might pop in and check it out

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  46. 13 Feb 2015 / 2:25 am

    This seems like a really amazing product! Clinique is really stepping up their games with their new new releases.

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  47. 13 Feb 2015 / 2:32 am

    This gives such a nice effect and looks so easy to blend! Fingers crossed for a cool toned contour stick soon!

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  48. 13 Feb 2015 / 9:41 am

    That highlight is beautiful!!! Xx

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  49. 13 Feb 2015 / 10:16 am

    These looks so cute and easy! Glad you like them, now I need them lol. They look amazing on you

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

  50. 13 Feb 2015 / 10:40 am

    These look lovely! Have to try! x

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  51. 13 Feb 2015 / 12:33 pm

    For contouring I always use my Topshop bronzer. It's so good! 😀

    -Emily

    www.monodays.blogspot.com

  52. 13 Feb 2015 / 1:32 pm

    These look soooo good, I need to try them so badly!!
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  53. 13 Feb 2015 / 5:13 pm

    These look so pretty, I love the contour shade! Beautiful x

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  54. 13 Feb 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Sooo cool I must find it

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  55. 13 Feb 2015 / 6:41 pm

    WOW you can see such a huge difference in the brightening! I love Clinique they have such amazing products xx

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  56. 13 Feb 2015 / 6:54 pm

    These sound so interesting! X
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  57. 13 Feb 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I just nearly bought these online yesterday! I wanted to see a good review on them,so glad i came across this (and your blog) looks like i'll need to try these out!

    Erin

  58. 13 Feb 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I can see why you like them so much. They look great on you! Very soft and natural

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  59. 13 Feb 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I just can't get the hang of powder contours- I've tried a couple but the colour just turns out really muddy on me. Maybe I should try a cream product? This looks super easy to use.

  60. 13 Feb 2015 / 10:18 pm

    so pretty!

  61. 14 Feb 2015 / 4:55 pm

    These look so interesting! x

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  62. 15 Feb 2015 / 11:25 am

    Such a lovely product – looks so natural as well!

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  63. 16 Feb 2015 / 2:51 am

    Easy contouring? These sound right up my alley, although I'm definitely going to have to wait for a few more shades, the contour looks a little too terrifying for me! Your cheekbones look amazing though, so/

    little miss fii || Fii x

  64. 16 Feb 2015 / 3:35 am

    I've always been a bit hesitant about cream conturing, however these look really lovely! I've always loved clique – I think I may need to give them a go now!

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  65. 16 Feb 2015 / 10:55 am

    Cream contouring seems to be much more popular now, which is great! They look so much more natural. Must try the contour stick, looks amazing.

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  66. 16 Feb 2015 / 5:44 pm

    They are so much in vogue…

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  67. 18 Feb 2015 / 12:53 am

    Can't wait to try it! 🙂

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  68. 21 Feb 2015 / 11:00 pm

    these sound and look so good!! lovely post!
    alice x
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  69. 25 Feb 2015 / 8:07 am

    I've seen these reviewed in a few places and they do look really easy to use, but I think the contour stick is just going to be too dark for me. I'll probably get the highlighter though, that looks fab!

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