Thursday, 16 April 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - Worth the hype, worth the price, worth the wait!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit £39 Cult Beauty | Beauty Bay 

Anastasia Beverly Hills has got brows down. Dipbrow and Brow Wiz! But when the blogesphere started buzzing over her contour palettes, I tried to resist. But it quickly became clear this was more than just hype and now I know why…   All hail the holygrail of contour kits.

I’ve been using this since February and wanted to give it a really good road test before I shared my thoughts. Concerns out the way first;
  1. I worried this would be something I’d buzz over for a few days before banishing it to the pile of “occasional” make up, gathering dust. I mean who has time to contour on an almost daily basis? Well thanks to this contour palette, I do! There’s absolutely no faffing around, everything you need to highlight & contour is in one handy palette – it’s as quick and easy as bronzing.
  2. I worried I’d look like this…
    Done properly contouring is a wonderful tool, done badly, you look like Lil' Kim. So here’s the truth – the powders are so soft and blendible, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong.
I’m pretty sure you know the deal with this palette by now – 3 highlight shades, three contour. Available in 3 colour ways I’ve got the light/medium palette, it’s important you get the right one for your skintone, but it’s also a very versatile palette with 3 contour shades that allow you to mix and match to suit your skintone. It’s also the only one that includes the must sought after “Banana” shade.

Vanilla – An off white/cream matte highlighting shade. This one gives a subtle highlight.  I tend to use it on the forehead, bride of the nose.
Banana – A yellow toned powder, this one if amazing under the eyes. Yellow tones counteract blue tones making it ideal for disguising eye bags and brightening the eye contour. I use it after my concealing to set and create a blurred effect.
Sand – A champagne shade with a frosty shimmer. This one’s very pretty. I use it above the cheek bones for a stand out highlight. Also a lovely brow bone highlight.
Java – An olive toned contour, it’s slightly darker than Fawn, I use it on the temples and jawline and to intensify the cheek contour if I want a more dramatic contour.
Fawn – A great starter shade for contour – not too dark, not too warm with a neutral undertone. For me, this is the best contour shade, I use to chizzled the cheek bones and contour the nose.
Havana – the warmest of the contours, for me it’s more of a bronzer and I tend only to use it along more hair line – where I usually tan first.

The best thing is the palette is refillable and customisable – there’s a hella lot more shades to choose from! I’ve got a feeling I’m going to fly through Banana and I won’t have to wait until I’ve used the whole palette to replace it -  genius!

I genuinely think anyone could pick this kit up and start to highlight/contour. The shades are very pigmented and the powders are incredibly smooth and blendable – hence why you can’t go wrong. Applied too much? Simple blend (and blend) with a fluffy brush until you achieve a seamless look. I used to think there’s no way I could be bothered to contour/highlight every day, but with Anastasia Contour Kit, it’s easy peasy and pretty damn quick. In the past I’d have to fiddle about with a couple of bronzers and a highlighter, and a finishing powder. Now, everything you need is in on handy place. Most days I’ll simply sweep a little Fawn under the cheeks to create an illusion of cheek bones, dust Banana under the eyes and dab a little Sand above the cheek bones – less than a minute… done!

Bottom line, it’s a very good, very handy and very easy to use contour kit for amateurs to artists alike - 10/10 Are you sold?


1 comment:

  1. i love this palette but have really loved the kat von d one. there's a cream contour/highlight palette fr laura mercier i think i want to try next.


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