IOPE Perfect Shading Stick was purchased by Cosmeperks.
I got this contour stick at the same time I got the (amazing perfect, straight to my faves) same collection perfect cover cushion, but yes it took me 6 months to review this stick. Being my first contour stick it makes sense, no? I didn’t know how to use it, deal with it, fix the things that didn’t go that well… but all that is past, and the review of this Contouring stick is finally here!
+ A shading stick that gives a clear contour to the face with a natural shading effect.
+ Soft wearing + Silky feeling:
- Creamy Silky texture is gently applied to your skin even after it has been applied many times, and it finishes smoothly without stickiness.
- Contouring makeup with natural shading: Shaded colors with no redness make it possible to produce more natural contouring makeup.
- Smudging tips that anyone can easily produce: It can be used by smoothly spreading it with the ‘smoothing tip’ of the built-in latex material, and it is easier for anyone to smudge easily and quickly.
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Yellow Iron Oxide, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Talc, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Cetylpyridyl / Piperidine-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Fragrance, Pearl Powder, Cottonseed Oil
How to use:
After base makeup, spread the appropriate amount on the area where you want to shade and smudge the boundary line by using the opposite puff.
My Skin Type:
Combination (dry U oily T), sensitive, needs elasticity, hydration and nutrients – tends to produce more oil when there’s base makeup applied.
IOPE Perfect Shading Stick Review:
I must admit the design is simple and pretty, and no product was so easy to take photos of as this one was. It is very ergonomic and all of it works perfectly, smoothly, there is nothing bad I can say about the design of this stick.
You can even remove the puff to wash it without damaging the stick!
The only think I must point out is there isn’t that much product in total. Okay, I have been using it, but still not that much product – which is actually common in stick products.
This was when I was young and naïve, and didn’t know how to use this stick. I went to the store and asked the lady to show me how to do it, this happened. I mean, there was so much product on my face that all of it just ended up looking grey and dull – truly horrible.
Then I went to the Aritaum makeup class and asked the makeup artist there, because if anyone can teach us how to use these things it’s professionals, right? Right. He taught me that whereas in “bigger and rounder” faces the flat 3 technique may work, in “small and sharp faces” such as my own the 3 shape shouldn’t be round but instead follow the exact shape it naturally has (notice my face shape may be a little squared for some, but it’s mainly… oval) and – this is the most important part – because it’s small I shouldn’t draw anything thicker than what an eyeshadow brush would draw!
It was a true eye opener. Changed my life. I was able to apply contour sticks properly from then on!
So the main point is: all faces need a different application in shape, placement, and size and thus you should investigate and not give up.
I found that shape-wise these are the two that work for me. Top one is a sharper look, done with sticks, bottom one is a softer look, more literally like shading the skin, done with a blur.
But if the shapes were working then why was I still looking so dull? And.. sick-ly? Most people would have known right away that the tone of the stick was completely wrong, but it took me a while.
The Iope stick is so warm that it makes it difficult for non-warm skin tones to use it. I mean, the Mamonde products on the photo are completely neutral (except for the top one which is warm and I put it there as a comparison). And warm tones really make me look awkward.
This is the part that took me longer to figure out. How can I use it?
It’s basically a foundation stick in texture, coverage, everything, which can make for a very heavy application – it makes it uncomfortable to use it as an eyeshadow. It’s a good quality product, just the wrong shade.
Main problem is that they literally only have this shade. If you’re a Korean 13 you already cannot use this because it’s too dark, same if you’re a 23 since it will be too light. But also, it is only good for warm skin tones. So, 21 warm skin tones (which is actually most of Korea).
Oh – and it has the same smell as the perfect cover cushion, although way lighter, which makes it feel like a summery smell. I like it.
In the end this is how I have been using it. I am showing both unedited and edited (I just changed the brightness) for you too see how it is working as a bronzer/blush and not as a contour. It emphasizes my freckles, so I have been using it without foundation (or with very little foundation). Match it with some golden glitter and it looks less awkward!
I will, of course, not purchase it again.
But as I said, it has amazing quality even though it is quite expensive, and if you’re a warm toned 21 skin then you’ll probably like it.
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Have you tried IOPE Perfect Shading Stick?
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