Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette Review

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Now the warmer months are finally here I am reaching more for my bronzers to get the sun kissed look I love! When the Smashbox Cali Contour Palette arrived I dived straight in!

The Smashbox Cali Contour Palette

The Cali Contour Palette comes in golden bronze packaging, it pops open easily to reveal a full sized mirror and six stunning warm bronze shades. It is lightweight making it perfect for my handbag and when we can pack our suitcases in the future! The palette includes a useful how to guide which will benefit everyone at any skill level to make the most out of the gorgeous shades, it promises to be:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Effortlessly blendable
  • Buildable to your preferred finish
  • Easy to use and suitable for every skill level
A full sized mirror with six sun kissed shades!

Cali Contour has the perfect balance of finishes with four warm natural matte powders – contour, blush, bronze and highlight partnered with two shimmer highlights for the perfect sun kissed finish! Each shade is wearable for all skin tones and highly pigmented making easy to customise your look.

The pans easily accommodate larger makeup brushes


L-R – Contour, Shimmer Highlight, Matte Bronze, Highlight, Shimmer Bronze Highlight, Matte Blush


I am not often a fan of face palettes there is often a shade or two that don’t work for me that I often give them a miss to avoid waste, however I have been happily proven wrong with the Smashbox Cali Contour palette! The shades all work in harmony together and are the perfect balance of mattes and shimmers making it easy to create a polished look in minutes. The shades are all buildable and sit beautifully on my foundations causing no movement which is always an essential! The mattes deliver a stunning natural finish without looking muddy or too orange and the shimmers have the ideal hint of luminosity without speck of glitter, combined they create a gorgeous fresh sun-kissed glow. I have experienced no settling into my fine lines or pores, the formula is lightweight and fine leaving a smooth finish every time.

I must admit over the years I have often shied away from contouring, the few attempts I tried when it became popular thanks to the Kardashians left a lot to be desired! The Cali Contour palette has made it easy for me to achieve a natural contoured look, perfect for makeup enthusiasts at any level and makeup artists it includes everything you need. I really appreciate the size of the pans which easily accommodate my larger brushes without the need for any fiddly manoeuvring! The formula is gentle enough to be used on my eyes as a shadow for the easy everyday monochrome look I love. I have found all the shades to be long wearing and do not often set them as they have such great staying power. I am so impressed with the Cali Contour palette I find myself reaching for it daily and love that all the shades are flattering on my fair skin, this will be perfect companion once we can travel again! A summer staple for me!

Easy to use with a handy how to guide included

Smashbox are cruelty free!

The Cali Contour Palette (£35.00) is available from Smashbox, Cult Beauty* and LookFantastic*. Internationally available from LookFantastic*, Sephora* and Ulta*.

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Wishing everyone a healthy and happy week! Sarah xxx

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2 thoughts on “Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette Review

  1. It has some lovely shades Sarah. I am not a big contour type of girl but you are tempting me with this one. I love that it comes with a mirror too so you can carry it around to get the best light! Wishing you a lovely weekend. ❤️

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