The Smashbox website is currently having a sale for UP TO 50% off Bestsellers and the Cali Contour Palette is one of the featured items. I reviewed this palette back in May of 2021 and while I still think that it would be best for normal, combination, and oily skin types, I figured that this was an excellent occasion to share how I get it to work for my dry skin. I can use the top right and top left shade on my dry skin throughout the year without any issues. However, the yellow setting powder, two highlighters, and the bottom right bronzer shade are the ones that give some trouble.
This blog uses affiliate links (marked with **). When you purchase through links on my site, I may earn a small commission. Learn more here.
It’s really not difficult to work with if you have dry skin, it is just that, in my opinion, these powders need to absorb some moisture to look their best. I find that when worn over dewy foundations (the more moisture the better), they melt into the skin and do not appear dry. When I wear some of the powders in this palette with my top foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear, NARS Natural Radiant Longwear) they can look dry and powdery. However, over dewy bases like the Smashbox Halo Tinted Moisturizer and the Urban Decay Hydromaniac, they melt into my skin nicely with no dryness.
As I mentioned in my initial review, except for the top right shade, I think these shades are a little dark for my skin tone (Estee Lauder Double Wear 4W4, NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Tahoe). It looks like Smashbox has renamed this version as Deep, but mine says Medium/Dark. They also have a Light/Medium version if you have a lighter skin tone than mine. The highlighters are still a little dark for me, but after getting out into the summer sun they do work better but there isn’t much impact. I am assuming that someone darker than me would get more of a highlighted look with these shades. Again, I still think this would be better suited to normal to oily skin types, but I am happy to be able to use it in the summer months or with the Smashbox Halo Tinted Moisturizer (which I love using anyway).
The regular retail price for the Cali Contour Palette is $43.00 and the current sale price is $25.80. I think that is an excellent value at both prices, but if you are interested, I would encourage you to also read my full review to get all the details.
Other Recommended Bestsellers in the Sale:
- Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush, $32.00 (on sale for $16.00)** – You can read my review and see a comparison to the elf Ultimate Blending Brush by clicking here.
- Halo Healthy Glow All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25, $41.00 (on sale for $32.80)** – You can read my review by clicking here and see a comparison to the Urban Decay Hydromaniac by clicking here.
If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like down below. If you’d like to check out more of my content, click here for the best place to start.
Disclaimer: I purchased all products featured with my own money. This site receives a minimal commission from participating in the WordAds program and using affiliate links. For my full disclosure policy, click here.