Let's talk contouring, shall we? Has contouring always been around or is it a relatively new thing? I have been very late to hop on the contouring bandwagon. I think the reason why I have been so reluctant to try it out is because of the fact that I am guilty of a rather heavy hand. I don't want to go too OTT, nor do I think I am quite up to applying contour and highlighter a la Kim K and getting perfect results first time round. I know blending is key but there's some mornings where I just don't have time to stand in front of the mirror and blend my entire face with a beauty blender. That said, I want to be good at contouring. I want to be able to contour my cheekbones so that they look sharp enough to slice your finger on. I've never really had the tools to do so though, until now.
We all go through tough days, days where you get in from work and wonder what the point is. Where you wonder if you actually need a job after all. I can live off ASDA Smart Price Baked Beans, right? When I have days like this, I buy stuff. Usually make-up although I am prone to cheap tat from China via eBay and unsuitable shoes. Upon my recent down day, I purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit and I have not regretted it since. Which is great as it is priceyy.
About the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit:
"Anastasia Beverly Hills' easy-to-use 'Contour Cream Kit' is comprised of six blendable shades with a smooth and creamy texture. Perfect to create the illusion of higher cheekbones or a softer jawline, these velvety formulas have a lightweight feel on the skin and impart a subtle, dewy finish."
Available in four different shades, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit consists of 6 different cream shades which help to create a chiseled jawline or higher cheekbones. I purchased the lightest shade in the range which was Fair, although there is also Light, Medium and Dark on offer. The 6 cream contouring shades are described as being sheer-yet-pigmented and whilst I wouldn't say they were sheer, they are definitely pigmented!
The shades within the palette are Soft Light, Lustre, Fair, Fawn, Shadow and Mink. The top three colours are the lightest, most suitable for highlighting, whereas the bottom three are most suitable for contouring. The first time you use the cream shades, you are taking off a thin waxy layer which is actually a different shade to the real shade below. This is most noticeable in the three bottom shades within the palette in the photos above, especially with Mink which is the furthest right on the bottom. Once you have got past the waxy layer, each shade is really light in texture whilst being rich in pigmentation.
Palette shade wise, I am very happy I purchased this in the shade Fair. I am very pale so buy the palest shade in foundation then I have to add lightening drops to them in order to lighten them further and I think the Light palette would have been far too dark for me. The top three shades, Soft Light, Lustre and Fair are perfect for brightening and highlighting, especially the shade Lustre which has a bit of a shimmer to it. I find the darkest shade in the palette, Mink to be slightly terrifying in the pan but once applied to the face lightly and blended in, it is the perfect contour shade. The other two brown shades, Fawn and Shadow are also perfect for using in between the light and dark shades as a sort of transition shade.
When used with either a tapered contour brush or a beauty blender, the cream contour shades blend perfectly. I was actually quite surprised at just how perfectly they blend together. Don't get me wrong, the first time I tried it I looked ridiculous and couldn't leave the house but after a bit of practice you start to wonder why you haven't done it sooner!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit may be pricey but it is worth every penny. Not only is the packaging made consumer-friendly with the magnetic close lock but it feels really sturdy. I wouldn't mind travelling with it, nor would I be worried about baggage handlers throwing it about and praying it remains in one piece. You get a lot of product for your money with each of the 6 shades containing 4.5 g and as a little goes a long way anyway, this palette will last you a while. I am so impressed by this product and whilst is may be slightly expensive at £39, it is definitely worth the money. It is long-lasting, creamy, pigmented and best of all, it makes you look like a slightly better looking version of yourself which is rather remarkable!