Contouring is a makeup technique that seems to have become so popular in the past few years and is no longer a technique only used by professional makeup artist. It seems like nowadays we’re all striving for those perfectly sizzled cheek bones and try everything to sculpt our face the way we want it to look like. One contour kit in particular, that has been hyped up quite a lot is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit so it’s only natural for a makeup hoarder like me to be curious to try it.
But before I’m telling you my thoughts on the palette I just wanted to quickly share my thoughts on contouring with you. I think contouring can be a wonderful thing because it can help you emphasize your best features just that extra bit more. On a daily basis I tend not to contour much and when I do contour I usually only do so in the hollows of my cheeks, to emphasize my cheekbones, along my temples and sometimes along my jar line, so pretty much in the three basic areas. I’ve never actually contoured my nose and I don’t ever do a full on Kim K style contour because it’s just not my thing. On the whole I’m pretty content with my facial features on most days (I’m sure we all have those days when we despise the face looking back at us in the mirror), so I only use contouring to emphasize certain areas but I don’t use it to drastically change my features. I think when it comes to contouring it’s each to their own. I personally prefer to keep it quite natural and rather go for a dramatic eye makeup or bold lip because I don’t like the feeling of layers and layers of product on my skin but these are just my personal preferences. If you love that full face contour on a daily basis, you rock it!
But back to the Anastasia contour kit. As you can see if you compare the first picture to this one mine is looking very used now and is quite scratched up. I really like its sleek black packaging but I don’t think the cardboard like material is ideal if you use yours a lot and throw if from makeup bag to makeup bag like I do. I’ve only had my palette for about 3 to 4 months and look at the state it’s in. Definitely not cute anymore but then again I don’t mind as much because it doesn’t come in the most gorgeous packaging anyway. Plus the packaging is quite handy for a contouring palette, which makes it good for traveling and due to the cardboard like material it is very light.
So once you open the palette you see that it contains 6 different pans, 3 highlighting shades and 3 contouring shades. The shades in the top row from left to right are Vanilla, Banana and Sand. The bottom row from left to right is Java, Fawn and Havana. What I really like about the palette is that once you’ve used up a shade you can replace the pan with a new one. Also Anastasia Beverly Hills has come out with a bunch of different shades, so you could always replace some of the shades with other color that might suit you more.
My most used shades out of the palette are definitely Banana and Fawn. Since Banana is a yellow based highlighting shade it’s absolutely perfect to set your concealer with under the eye area as it cancels out any dark circles. Since I’m quite fair skinned Fawn is the perfect contour shade for me because it is a very ashy cool-toned brown. Since it is quite greyish/ashy it comes closest to looking like a natural shadow on my skin. Sometimes when I want a very strong contour (which is a very rare occasion) I go for Java as it is slightly more pigmented and also warmer, which makes it stand out more. However, I never really use Havana as it’s more reddish and doesn’t really suit my complexion.
All of the six shades are mattes except for Sand, which is the only shimmery one. I, personally, prefer shimmery highlights but Sand is not simmery enough for me, so I usually go for my beloved Mac Soft and Gentle, but I do really like to use Sand as a brow bone highlight.
I find that all of the shades are quite powdery, which is why they tend to leave my palette looking quite messy as you can see in the pictures but I do think they apply very nicely on the skin and are easy to blend.
Swatches left to right: Vanilla, Banana, Sand
Swatches left to right: Java, Fawn, Havana
So is the palette worth it? If you are either an obsessive makeup hoarder like me or really interested in contouring/contour on a regular basis I think it is. You get quite a wide range of colors, so the palette includes something for almost every complexion. I use three of the six shades on a regular basis and there’s only one shade I don’t use at all (at least not on me) so I think it’s definitely worth it,
One thing I’ve also noticed is that ever since I’ve gotten this palette I have contoured more often because it makes contouring so easy. You literally have all you need in one palette and the shades are so easy and quick to blend, which turns contouring from a chore into an easy part of your makeup routine. So yes, I’d definitely recommend it.
What are your thoughts on contouring? And what are your favorite products to use?