Cream Contouring with Beauty Junkees Brushes

Hello my lovely little frendz! I have a double-for-your-money post today. A two-fer. It’s both a cream contouring tutorial plus a review and intro to a new line of brushes I recently tried and liked. Oh wait-maybe it’s a 3-fer because I have a giveaway too! Anyways, read on por favor.

Looking forward to spring beauty trends, I think we’re going to see more subtle contouring. Don’t get me wrong-contouring is still very much on the map, but various brands are putting out cream contour palettes, often a more natural way to add dimension to the face. Laura Mercier, Cover FX, NYX, Lancome, Becca, Stila and Anastasia Beverly Hills all have skin in the game.

This cream contouring tutorial shows how to apply and blend using synthetic kabuki brushes. I am using the RCMA VK#11 palette with Beauty Junkees 5-piece Kabuki Brush Set.

I am excited about these brushes because not only are they lovely and soft, but the value is banana bread. They are insanely comparable to the blogger favorite, Sigma, but way cheaper!


Left to right: Flat Angled Kabuki, Round Kabuki, Tapered Kabuki, Angled Kabuki, Flat Kabuki

If you were to purchase the Sigma 5 Piece Sigmax Kabuki Kit, it would cost you $96.00 and the Sigma Brush Cup Holder is an additional $25.00 making the entire set $121.00.

The nearly identical Beauty Junkees 5 piece Kabuki set with included brush tube is $47.88.
More than half the cost of the Sigma set. Yeah, let’s talk about it.


I love this brush tube. I recently took it on a weekend trip and not only did it protect my little precious-es, but it made getting ready a lot easier because I didn’t have to mess up my friend’s bathroom spreading my brushes out everywhere. Plus, once you open it up, you have not one brush cup, but two! One for face brushes, one for eye brushes!

In the video tutorial, I’m using my holy grail RCMA palette as shown above. If you look at the bottom row, the second to last shade is called S-1 and it’s ideal for cream contouring! I used the 2 lightest shades in the center of the middle row for my highlight, even though it was maybe a tad too light even for my pale skin.

As you’ll see in the video, I apply the highlight, then contour colors with a concealer brush, then go in with the Beauty Junkees kabuki brushes to blend.

Shop the brushes here and make sure to use these discount codes:

25% off 1 Individual Brush: WAKEUP25
$10.00 off the 5 piece Kabuki Brush Set: WAKEUP10

Now for the giveaway!
One person will win 2 Beauty Junkees brushes: the Flat Top Kabuki as seen in the video and their Pro Blending Brush for eyes, something I think everyone needs!



  1. Colleen Boudreau (Collifornia)

    02/17/2015 at 11:04 PM

    Thank you! 🙂

  2. Callie Bell

    02/18/2015 at 11:42 AM

    I can’t complete the twitter part of the giveaway? I already follow you!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/18/2015 at 11:48 AM

      Oh that’s ok! Thank you for following Miss, Callie! 🙂

  3. Michelle

    02/18/2015 at 11:47 AM

    Sigma brushes look amazing!! I’ve been eyeing them for the longest time!

  4. Kaydee

    02/18/2015 at 11:48 AM

    Love this giveaway!

  5. Dana S.

    02/18/2015 at 12:10 PM

    Love your blog

  6. Jasmine Diane (@thejasminediane)

    02/24/2015 at 12:52 AM

    I would love to start contouring with this brushes! This is a great giveaway and these would be a great beginning for my beauty kit!

    Jas |

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