Sonia Kashuk’s Chic Defining Contour Stick, a Near-Dupe for the NARS Cappadoce Matte Multiple, Saves Dollars While Defining Cheekbones

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Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

The new $10.99 Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

Ring-a-ling! Ring-a-ling!

I’ll get it! That’s the sound of the NARS dupe alert. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In this case, it’s chiming for Sonia Kashuk’s new $10.99 Chic Defining Contour Stick, a near dupe of my beloved (but MUCH more expensive) $39 NARS Cappadoce Matte Multiple.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick

The Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick ($10.99)

Both baked golden brown cream sticks have a matte finish (here are swatches of NARS Cappadoce), and both of them can quickly sculpt cheekbones that would rival Johnny Depp’s circa the O.G. 21 Jump Street era.

Both of them are also easy to blend on bare skin or atop foundation — probably due to how lightweight and thin they are, which is great, because it keeps my skin from feeling like it’s suffocating under an inch of plaster.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick Swatch

Where the two differ, most obviously, is price ($10.99 versus $39), but also in the shape of the tip. The Multiple’s is huskier, wider and flatter, and it covers more surface area while sitting flush against the skin, whereas the tip on Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick has a slightly smaller (but still husky), rounded, more precise tip that seems to fit the space under my cheekbones a bit better.

Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick Before and After

Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick on bare skin (just under-eye concealer, brow filler, mascara and gloss)

Sonia’s also has slightly grayish taupe undertones, which I think might give it a small advantage when it comes to sculpting out the hollows of the cheekbones, where the subtle gray more closely imitates the appearance of real shadows. When looking at it strictly as a contouring product, I think Sonia’s Chick Defining Stick makes a very compelling case for being better than a NARS Multiple.

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Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Stick with a MAC Lipglass for scale

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

But, if you’re looking for a cream product able to do more than just contouring, Cappadoce might be worth the extra booty. It’s a more buttery golden brown and, consequently, probably a bit better for adding some toasty warmth to your face, neck, shoulders, arms and anywhere else.

Cappadoce also lasts a tad longer on my combination skin — about 6-7 hours — than Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick, which I find myself touching up after 4-5.

Really, though, I think both of these contouring products are champs. One is just a lot less expensive than the other.

PRICE: $10.99
AVAILABILITY: Available now online (currently unavailable online) and at Target stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Agata says:

    This stick looks awesome. Is it available in other shades? I think this one would be too dark for me.
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  2. Divya says:

    These are definitely pretty good on you! The price difference is just incredible!
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  3. Chelsea says:

    I have been stalking my Target for this!

    • Karen says:

      I think this would look great on you. If you end up grabbing it send me a pic! I want to see your killer cheekbones.

      How was your loooong weekend? What did you guys do?

      • Chelsea says:

        I have pretty good cheekbones, so I’m definitely excited for this!

        I went to Chicago for a few days over the weekend for a girlfriend’s bachelorette party! I’d never been there before. We didn’t do a ton of sightseeing, but we went to the Navy Pier, to a karaoke bar, and to a comedy show. Good times!

  4. Ana says:

    Hi Karen, your skin looks so good. Are you still using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic?
    Can please share your skin care routine? Thanks

  5. Amanda says:

    Yes! Share your skincare routine please !!

  6. The price diff is astounding … plus the round tip i feel is better for precise application.. If I see it as just a contouring sticks it gives tough competition to NARS Multiple.. Amazing product!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. The price diff is astounding … plus the round tip i feel is better for precise application.. If I see it as just a contouring sticks it gives tough competition to NARS Multiple.. Amazing product!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. April Walker says:

    This was great!! I woulve never known about this had I not read this!! Sad because I have a Target 10 min from me!!! A few medical issues keep me in the house most of the time but I have a Target list, one of my fav stores, this will be added to my list thanks to you!!! Thank You!! XO

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome, April! I love Target too. My nearest store is 5 minutes away and I swear I am there practically every other day.

      I hope that your medical issues get better soon. Sending you good thoughts and kitty hugs from Tabs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I’ve always found the flat tip of the NARS multiples less easy and intuitive to use as compared to rounded tips. If only I could get my hands on Sonia Kashuk products!
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  10. Dee says:

    Whenever anyones asked me what a much needed beauty product is Ive always said a cream contour stick ( like the old mac sculpting sticks). It JUST Makes sense and yet such few companies make it..I dont know why! Clearly…SK gets it lol. Good for her!

  11. Fancie says:

    I wish this came in a darker shade. I’d be all over it!
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