Hey guys! Today I am reviewing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. Contouring has very quickly become a growing trend among celebrities, makeup artists, and really anybody to incorporate into their daily routine. I, for one, love to contour and highlight. For a long time, I was playing around with different bronzers and contours such as the NYC “Sunny” bronzer, Too Faced’s “Chocolate Soleil” bronzer and Benefit’s “Hoola” bronzer.
What I have come to realize though, is that contouring and bronzing are different techniques, and require different products. Bronzing for an all-over, sun-kissed glow is typically used with more of a shimmery golden, orange-y product, while as contouring is to really define the hollows of your cheekbones and slim down your face. In order to mimic the natural shadows of your face, you want to use a product that has more of a grey cast, with no shimmer.
Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released their contour kit, which is a palette of three highlight shades and three contouring shades in order for you to customize your perfect contour and highlight. Let’s take a look!
This is what the palette looks like:
So the palette comes packages in a protective sleeve that is very similar to the design on the front of the palette. The packaging is a back cardboard that closes magnetically, and when opened, it displays 6 pans approximately 1.5′ in diameter.
The top row has 3 powder contouring shades (left to right) Vanilla, Banana and Sand. In the bottom row, there are 3 powder contouring shades (left to right) Java, Fawn, and Havana. All these shades are matte, except Sand which is a shimmer.
Each pan is held magnetically to the palette and has a little opening at the bottom right for depotting or placing in refills, which Anastasia now carries on their website!
(Vanilla, Banana, Sand)
(Java, Fawn, Havana)
Every shade is very pigmented and distinctively chosen for a wide range of skin types. I would personally recommend Fawn for fair to light skin types, a mix of Java and Fawn for light to medium skin types, and perhaps a concoction of Java and Havana for medium to deep skin types. Since there are three shades, it leaves a lot of room for experimentation and you can play around to see what fits you.
As for the lighter shades, I think it would fit light to medium skin types a little but, but don’t worry, deeper skinned tones guys and gals! Anastasia has released a wide array of contour refills! And when you purchase 6, you get your own palette. All for $40!
All in all, I am still playing around with the shades to see what works best for my skin tone (medium, warm tones), but so far, I am loving a mixture of Fawn and Java, and I am loving the Banana shade to set my under-eye concealer, and Sand for a highlight right above my cheekbone. I sometimes use Vanilla to brighten up my skin below my contour to make it stand out even more.
Have you tried out this palette? What are your thoughts?
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