Contouring kits have taken the makeup world by the storm! Whilst I’ve been always on the fence about a full-on, chiselled contour for everyday purposes, a subtler defined version has always rocked my boat. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts.
Colour wise, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit has 2 palettes (light to medium and medium to tan) and 6 shades in each. I have the light to medium version that has the following colours (from left to right)– Vanilla, Banana, Sand, Java, Fawn and Havana. All of these shades with an exception of Sand are beautifully matte and generously pigmented. Sand is the only ‘supposedly’ gleaming shade in the palette and instead of adding a halo highlight; it falls extremely flat by placing specs of glitter. As for the rest of the shades, the deposit of pigment on the skin varies based on the brush you use. I did buy the Nars Ita brush alongside this palette and still stand by it being one of the easiest brushes to work with for contouring. Be warned, the bristles on the brush are not the softest.
The formulation is extremely soft and blend-able. For my colouring I end up mixing all three shades keeping the intensity of Fawn and Havana closer to the edges of my face and ensuring Java is the transition shade between my foundation, blush and contour. The lighter colours Vanilla and Banana are my staple concealer setters. They add a diffused lightness to my face, but definitely do not work standalone for highlighting. To add a smidge of drama, I usually go in with a lighter concealer and then set it with a mix of both these shades.
I’d definitely rate this palette 9/10 as it has quickly become a staple in my collection. I’m currently coveting the Lorac Pro Contouring Kit and will report back once I do try it!