If you are looking for a cheap (relatively) drugstore/high street contour product, this contour kit by Sleek might work for you..
I have the Sleek face contour kit in ‘Medium’ and it works great on tan-olive skintones… The kit comes with a contour shade and a highlighter shade.. It costs about $11.99 on amazon.. The shade ‘medium’ works well on NC40-NC42 skin tones.. I haven’t tried this on lighter or deeper skin tones.. The highlighter is quite mild.. not very shimmery/glittery. which is great..
In Indoor lighting.. Top – Highlighter, Bottom – Contour shade
In Indoor lighting with flash.. Top – Highlighter, Bottom – Contour shade
Natural sunlight.. Top – Highlighter, Bottom – Contour shade
Unfortunately, Sleek is not sold in stores here in the US.. This product is available on amazon.com though and makes for a cheaper alternative to MAC contour/sculpting powder..
My friend Rachna (http://www.youtube.com/user/shamin771) asked me for a product recommendation for contouring.. So, here is a blog post dedicated to the contour product I love.. I am on the constant hunt for the best contour product, esp for my skin tone (NC40-NC42) since I don’t want to look too brown or muddy – that’s what most products tend to do anyways…. and hence, I think most people struggle to find a good contouring product on medium – tan skin tones..
Of all the products I have tried so far, MAC Sculpting powder in ‘Shadowy’ has worked the best for me.. atleast until I find something better.. 😉
Image: MAC Sculpting powder in ‘Shadowy’…
It doesn’t look fancy and comes in a simple pan.. Costs USD $16.50 on the MAC website and contains 6gms of product.. Its available in 4 other colors for various skin tones ranging from pale to deep..
I keep it in a UNII palette to keep it sanitary (you could also use a Z palette for storing this).. This shade in ‘Shadowy’ is the perfect blend of brown with grey (as shown in image below) for tanned, olive skin tones and is perfect for contouring.. Most products I have used prior to this were either not pigmented enough or more so often, not grey enough.. They end up looking too warm on the skin and do not provide a good contour effect – in the end, the skin looks more bronzed than sculpted..
This product can be used anywhere on the face since it has a matte finish – I typically use it in the hollows of my cheek (rather try to create them ;-)), on the sides of my nose, top of the forehead (since I have a wide forehead) and along my jaw line (to hide that nasty double/triple chin!)..
I use a Real Techniques contour brush for application around my face and use a small eyeshadow blending brush to contour my nose.. The product is well pigmented.. Just be careful with the amount you apply.. be light handed and blend well with the surrounding skin..
When used with a setting spray, it stays put all day on my combination-oily skin.. Nice product that holds up to its claim.. 🙂