REVIEW: Avon True Color Contouring & Highlighting Products

by - February 19, 2018

When it comes to contouring and highlighting, I'm not entirely sure that what I like is what everybody else likes. I'm good with that, actually. If I'm going to contour, I want it to be subtle and just give dimension to my face with a lightweight texture that doesn't really look like I've added more makeup to my face. Otherwise, I'm admittedly just not going to contour. And when it comes to highlight, I'm more of a lit from within glow kind of girl on most days with occasional days when I want a little bit more intensity, but never, ever a metallic stripe on my cheeks. Because I have very specific tastes when it comes to this kind of thing I was really curious to see how the new Avon True Color Contouring & Highlighting* products were going to work for me.

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I've got three products to review for you guys today. The first is their Transforming Light Contour Stick*, which is a dual ended cream contouring stick. Next is the Illuminating Stick*, which is a cream highlighter stick in the same format as their cream blushes. And finally is the Moonlit Highlighting Powder*, which is... you guessed it, a pressed powder highlighter.

Avon True Color Transforming Light Contour Stick in Light*
Cream contour sticks are actually my preferred way to contour because I find that when they have a good formula they really buff into the skin well and genuinely look like a shadow rather than like product. I'm happy to report that this one has a really good formula. I apply this in lines where I want contour, which for me is under my cheek bones, the corner of my forehead and under my chin. What I've found works best to blend this one out is my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because it's nice and dense and I find that it blends and buffs the product really nicely into the skin without blending it away and is just the right size for getting a nice, precise contour. I set this with a very light dusting of translucent powder and I find that the wear time is quite good, although it does fade throughout the day. I don't really use matte cream highlight personally, but I really, really love the contour side of this stick and wish I could get just the contouring cream on its own.

Avon True Color Illuminating Stick in Champagne*
The first time I swatched this, I was certain that there was going to be no way this shade was going to work for my face, and I still maintain that it wouldn't if I were to apply it straight from the stick. However, if I just sort of rub my fingers over the top of the product and then tap it into my cheekbones it ends up working for me and I quite like to use it on light makeup days to bring a little bit of light to my face. It's not a really in your face highlighter, in my opinion, and when applied with my fingers gives a kind of lit from within sheen but it's definitely present on the skin. I don't necessarily love to pair this with a powder highlighter because, while I do think it gives an amped up look, I think it can have the tendency to emphasize the texture on the tops of my cheeks. I'd say that overall, I think this is a decent stick highlighter, but not my personal favorite.

Avon True Color Moonlit Highlighting Powder in Quartz*
This is another one that I wasn't quite sure was going to work for my skin and actually ended up working quite well. It's another one that can look too dark in a swatch, but loses some of the pigment when applied to the cheeks. This has a strong peachy undertone to it, which I personally love because it makes the highlight appear more natural, but if you're looking for a really bold, in your face highlighter and you have light skin like my own, this probably isn't going to be the one for you. On my skin, this definitely is a more subtle, lit from within type of look, which is my personal preference. On a deeper skin tone, I think this could be an incredibly impactful highlighter and the strong peachiness of the undertone could mean that it won't look ashy. My only real issue with this highlighter is that it does contain some fine microshimmers that I can see on my face and that's just not really my jam personally. That said, they are subtle and I think this would be a really great highlighter option for someone who is looking for something a little bit more subtle and natural than a lot of what's going on in the market right now.

As you can see, the contouring stick has a really great undertone that isn't too grey. On my skin tone, it's basically exactly the exact type of shade that I like to use to add some depth and dimension to my face. The cream highlighter has a strong bronzey gold undertone when swatched straight from the tube, but applied and pressed into the skin with the tips of my fingers I absolutely find it works on my skin. And the powder highlighter is a very peachy toned highlighter that isn't super intense on fair skin and would probably be really lovely on a deeper skin tone as well (though, of course, I'm just guessing on that front.)

Overall, my favorite and most used product in this collection of new releases from Avon is absolutely the Transforming Contour Stick*, which I've found myself reaching for every single day and have a sneaking suspicion that I'll end up ordering a back up of. I also think both of the highlighting products are well formulated and that there will be a lot of people who will really love them, even if they aren't 100% to my personal taste.

As always, you can order Avon products through a local representative so, if you're interested in picking any of these up, head over to or to find a rep near you!

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