If any of you are fellow makeup junkies, you’ve most likely heard about the coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I have wanted this for what feels like eternity(!) and was so disappointed to see it wasn’t going to be available on this side of the pond when it was first released. When it was finally available, on Cult Beauty, it was sold out everywhere for months on end! – What a tease!
You can imagine my excitement when I spotted it in Sephora in Miami a few months ago.. and for a steal at around £27! -There may have been some high-pitched squealing involved!
I bought the Light to Medium palette, mostly because I wanted to try the banana powder, and also because the Medium to Tan shades looked too dark for me. The Medium to Tan palette is only available in Sephora in the US, for some unknown reason!
The palette is made of thick, smooth cardboard and has a magnetic closing. It contains 6 pans, 3 powder highlighters (Vanilla, Banana, Sand) and 3 powder contour shades (Java, Fawn, Havana). Sand is a shimmer highlighter, while the others are all matte. Each pan is removable, and secured by a magnetic bottom, which makes it really easy to replace if you hit pan on your favourite one. – I love that!
Vanilla is borderline for me, and is much better for those with fairer skintones. Sand is a shimmer highlight, without the glitter and has a slight pink undertone to it, making it look unnatural on my complexion.
The banana powder is a great dupe for the Ben Nye Banana Powder which again, is another product that’s hard to find in the UK. This yellow shade masks any redness, and works really well to set concealer under the eyes, without making it cakey.
Fawn is the coolest contour shade in the palette, making it so easy to use, while java and havana are warmer. These are great for darker skintones and I think they’re better suited as bronzers or eyeshadows.
There is some fallout with every shade in this palette and they’re quite powdery, which is slightly disappointing. On the upside, they’re highly pigmented, apply smoothly and are easy to blend.
This is a great palette for a make-up artist working on a range of clients, and I like it for that reason, however, for myself, I don’t love it and therefore am not sure that I would repurchase it.
Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit? How do you chisel your cheekbones? 🙂