Hello Cheekbones with Clinique

This is a review of Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour (RM95) and Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight (RM95). I will also feature one of their Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes in Defining Nectars (RM115). These are available in stores starting this month, so if your local counter does not stock them yet, I’m sure they’ll arrive anytime soon. Are you excited about making your cheekbones more prominent if they are not already?


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First, let’s talk about the chubby sticks. I thought these are very handy and for lazy people like me, the ease of use will actually encourage me to perhaps contour my features more. For contour, I usually just bring out my cheekbones. I’m too lazy to draw on my nose and jawline. Furthermore, I sweat easily, so it’s a moot point defining my nose when I’m going to rub it away sooner or later. These chubby sticks are really quite chubby. They are bigger than any chubby sticks available (though I haven’t seen previously launched chubby cheeks because they weren’t available here), but in this case, size does not really matter. I could still use them with ease.


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The size is perfect to draw on the hollows of the cheeks. Curvy Contour is rather pigmented. On my warm yellow based skin, this appears to be a warm brown which is dangerous because it can turn orange and muddy on me. So if you have similar skin tone, be careful how you apply this. I make it work by using a minimal amount and I blend it out like crazy. I have tried using my fingers, a dense brush and a fluffy brush. I find that Real Techniques Expert Face Brush works great to sheer out the pigmentation. The RT Contour Brush and RT Stippling brush work well too. These 2 brushes blend out the pigmentation, making it very subtle on my cheeks. The colour is not ashy enough to imitate shadow, but it does work when applied tastefully. Another way of using this is to warm up the face. Apply where you would a bronzer and blend. On a good note, it doesn’t take much effort to blend. The texture is smooth and it dries powdery.

Super Starlight is a very subtle highlighter. Against my skin tone, the soft champagne shimmers kind of disappear. However, if I apply it all over my face and step into the sun, I’d twinkle like a Stephenie Meyer vampire. I mean it in the best of ways though. If you shy away from anything shimmery, fear not! Under dim light, it gives you the perfect glow so wear this when you go out for a dinner date.


Defining Nectars


For the blush, I chose Defining Nectars to try. It is of a peachy coral hue with 3 different depths of pigmentation. The lightest shade can be used as a highlighter while the darkest shade can be used to sculpt. However, it is difficult to pick up individual shades with a blush brush, a bigger fluffy eye shadow brush is needed. Truth be told, I probably won’t be bothered with individual shades. I swirl my brush on the pan to pick up all 3 shades for a soft sheen of peachy coral. I can however, use my blush brush to pick up 2 shades together. So I can angle my brush to pick up the lighter 2 shades or the darker 2. The effect is quite different when applied on the cheeks. There are 3 other shades if you prefer something else: Defining Roses, Defining Berries and Defining Nudes.

Below are the swatches for your reference.




And here’s how I wear them. 1) No blush or contour yet 2) Draw a stripe of Curvy Contour on the hollow of my cheeks and Super Starlight on the highest point of my cheekbones 3) Here, I used the Real Techniques stippling brush to blend out Curvy Contour 4) Defining Nectars added to the apples of my cheeks


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So what do you think? I certainly think this is contouring made easy. And convenient. I think I’ll just leave these products on my vanity so I can reach for them easily. So far, I’m really enjoying the more sculpted look. Do you contour?


xoxo Lily


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  • SOLD hahaha! I want this chubby contour! It looks really great on you! The blush is pretty too, but eh-I have enough peachy blushes to last me 10 lifetimes! But I’m willing to try this contour thing out! I don’t do it every day because it’s too much work, but this looks easy! I like easy.

    • Lily

      Same here. I don’t do it because it’s so tedious, but this is so darn easy.

  • That looks easy! But nope, I don’t contour. I guess everyone just has to get used to my pancake face LOL 😀

    • Lily

      LOL at pancake face but this is a breeze 🙂

  • Paritashah26

    The blush is gorgeous! i thought the contour shade will be too warm but it looks so perfect on you! I might actually get it 🙂

    • Lily

      It can get too warm so lots of blending is needed. You have to try this, Parita. And let me know what you think!

  • Ha! “However, if I apply it all over my face and step into the sun, I’d twinkle like a Stephenie Meyer vampire.” Loved that! This does seem like a super simple way to contour the face, and I really like the chubby stick format.

    • Lily

      The little chubster fits the hollow of my cheeks perfectly. One swipe, blend and go 🙂

  • Emma Bovary

    I think the contour looks really pretty on you – it isn’t something I tend to do but having it in chubby stick form makes me want to try!

    • Lily

      Hi Emma, I know right? I always thought it would be a good idea, to have cream contour in a stick and I’m glad to have finally tried one. It’s so easy and plain awesome!

  • Hello cheekbones indeed! I don’t really contour that much, but I’d definitely love to give these a go. They look easy to use!

    • Lily

      I think that’s the whole point – foolproof contouring!

  • I think I’d end up using Curvy Contour as my everyday eye shadow — that’s exactly the type of colour I like to contour my eyelids, but it’s not gray enough for my regular contour.

    • Lily

      Eyeshadow? That’s a great idea! I should try that 🙂

  • I love contouring and highlighting! I am worried the contouring shade would pull yellow on me too but I really want the Super Starlight! Thanks for a great review and your cheeks look lust-worthy!

    • Lily

      Thanks Agata. Super Starlight is very pretty. It gives a subtle sheen when not under direct sunlight 🙂

  • I want the highlighter! I suck at contouring so I never do it, but HIGHLIGHTERS, I love, lol!

    • Lily

      You have to get it then. I love that it dries powdery 🙂

  • Liz

    I can’t be bothered with contouring even on the most patient and zen days. What I’m surprised by is not that there are so many contouring products out now but how BROWN they all still are. You made this work really well but I’d never buy such a warm contour shade for myself.

    • Lily

      I know what you mean. Why aren’t contouring products more ashy?

  • That contour stick REALLY scares me, lol… I like the blush color though. I feel that if I contour too strongly my faced looks caved in, not a good look. Then again, what do I know, I never try.

    • Lily

      Not everybody needs to contour and in Asia, it’s definitely not widely practiced 🙂

  • Jaa

    Cheekbones in an instant! Love the idea! I thought for sure Curvy Contour would be too orange-y, not at all huh? Or is it because of your expertise to make any makeup look so natural! 😀

    • Lily

      Hey Jaa, I was surprised it wasn’t more orange, but if I’m not too careful, it does look a bit too warm for contour 🙂

  • That curvy contour stick looks really scary in the tube (or it does to me), so big and dark, but hey it looks pretty amazing on you!

    • Lily

      Thanks Sofia. At first swatch, I had the same feeling… It’s so dark! But it’s all in the blending 🙂

  • Hi Lily! It was only a matter of time Clinique released contour and highlighter chubby sticks. I was pretty sure that the contour would definitely be too orange but it seems like a perfect match on yours? Very interesting! I’m so obsessed with the Mary Lou Manizer highlighter at the moment that I don’t need something else – just yet, lol.

    X Alice

    • Lily

      Hi Alice, I just found out today that Lancome has a contour / highlight duo stick called Le Duo. They have 5 different shades and they seem to lean cooler compared to this one. I don’t think we have it here in Asia just yet but I’d be interested to try 🙂 I’ve read good things about the Mary Lou Manizer though. Looks very pretty!

      • Oh really? Will keep an eye out for those. I haven’t seen them either. Thanks for the suggestion, Lily! X