REVIEW: NYX Wonder Stick in Light/Medium

by - February 12, 2016

I've been wanting to try cream contouring for quite some time, but it was always a very intimidating thing to me. One of my biggest pet peeves is really badly done contour, and I figured that I could end up walking around looking like a dirt smeared insane person if I tried. (Yes, this is indeed how my mind works...) However, I decided to just bite the bullet and give it a try with the NYX Wonder Stick - a product I'd heard really good things about. I chose the Light/Medium shade, because it seemed like it was the safest bet for my skin tone. I've actually been using this really, really consistently for the past couple of weeks and I'm ready to tell you what I think!

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Amplify your look with our all-purpose Wonder Stick that has a creamy finish that conceals highlights and contours with ease. The Wonder Stick is available in 4 different shade combinations to fit every skin tone including one universal shade.

As you can see, this is a really simple, double ended cream stick that is similar to a stick concealer in form. The contour end of the stick has a much softer curve to it than the much more pointed highlight side, which I think is definitely very good thinking on the designer's part because each shape really does help with the application of the product.

I have definitely struggled to find the right contour shade, because I find that if they're too taupey they can end up making me look sallow and sickly, but if they're too warm they end up really pulling orange on my skin. This is a perfect neutral shade to give me a really natural looking shadow on the face. I would say that this would be a bang on shade for fair to light skintones, but I think it would verge on being too subtle if you're much darker than I am and I would recommend going a shade deeper. This product does come in 4 shades (Light, Medium, Deep, and Universal) so I think there is something for a wide variety of people.

The highlight shade is absolutely perfect on my skin and brings just the right amount of brightness to contrast the contour without looking stark or over the top. I think that to get a really intense contrast, you would have to really build this up, but because I like a natural looking contour on my face, this is pretty much the perfect combination of shades. After trying this all over my face, I've found that I prefer to just use this between my jaw and cheekbone to ensure that my contour is sharp but well blended.

My absolute favorite thing about this product is the way that it blends. I tried it on the back of my hand in the store and I was amazed at how quickly it blended out and almost unconvinced that it would do the same on my face, but it really is completely simple. I like to apply this exactly where I want the deepest of my contour to be and then using a Real Techniques Sculpting Brush blend and soften it. It seriously takes no time at all and I'm left with nothing harsh or stark.

Because this is a cream product, you do have to set it with powder but I find that a light dusting is enough to keep this from moving around and ensure that it stays in place all day. For oilier skin, I would definitely set it a little more intensely, but I do still think it would likely work.

Can you tell how much I love this? I think this might be my favorite contouring and highlighting product that I've ever used! The shades are perfect for me and using it is really a no brainer. You can pretty much just slap it on and go! I highly, highly recommend giving this a try if you're looking for an easy, natural looking drugstore contour option - especially if you have normal to dry skin like me and don't want to layer too many powders on your face.

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