Maybelline V-Face Duo Stick in Dark: Review and Swatches

While I just reviewed a strobing product, I couldn’t resist picking up one of the few drugstore contouring products I have seen in the Indian market and I wasn’t surprised to see that Maybelline was the brand to launch it. Another reason why I was soo interested to buy the Maybelline V-Face Duo Stick was that I had never used a cream contour and this looked like the perfect product to start with.

Price: Rs 650 for 8.5 gms

The Maybelline V Face Duo Stick comes in a dual ended retractable packaging. One end contains the contour cream bullet while the other end has a cream highlight bullet. The packaging is sleek, user-friendly, pretty sturdy and travel friendly so all in all a big thumbs up in the packaging department.

Both the contour and the highlighter have a very smooth and creamy formula so it applies on the skin very easily. The texture ensures that the product blends without a lot of effort and the finish is even though I would suggest using fingers instead of a sponge or a brush as it ensures more control.

Coming to the shade, the contouring stick is available in 2 shades – fair to medium & medium to dark. I bought the medium to dark variant which is supposed to be perfect for fair to medium skin tones. The highlighter is a beautiful champagne colored highlighter and the contour is a mid-toned brown shade.

I did find the contour to be a little a little too warm for my skin tone and it does look a little unnatural on the skin. Another issue with the stick is that there are just two shades, and the one I got was the darkest but it barely works for my skin so I would definitely not show up on dusky skin tone. The highlighter on the other hand is beautiful and would compliment all Indian skin tones.

Both the highlighter has a decent pigmentation so a single swipe works to get a nice layer of color while the contour needs a bit of a layering to show up on the skin. The staying power is decent and the highlight and contour stay for around 3-4 hours,  a bit more if you wear it over a primer and set it with some loose powder.

All in all, the product is a pretty decent contour kit of a sorts with a really good quality contour and highlighter in a user-friendly packaging. The shade selection is a little disappointing and wouldn’t work for anyone who has a skin tone darker than NC 41 but it is a good option if you are a beginner.