Hello there beautiful, it’s Grace here,
And today I’m reviewing a product from the very popular brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, who if you don’t know, you really should. This higher range brand has been around for quite some bit and achieves a lot of recognition world-wide, by even celebrities like Kim K, and in particular, for their amazing brow products! I personally have not tried any brow products myself, but would like to in the future as both Christy and Carmelita will agree, this brand is amazing.
I’ve been really in the market to find a good cream contouring kit and because of my fair skin tone, it’s been really difficult. I’ve found that brands like Laura Mercier and Cover FX really don’t cater to many shade ranges. I originally knew about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit when it was realised which was a while ago, but since the shades were way too dark for me, I couldn’t get it. Now, they’ve added two new shades for their contour kits, “Fair” and “Light”. Fair’s the lightest shade in their range so far and is perfect for my skin tone. I was so excited when I found out about this product that I had to buy it.
I purchased it from the their website and since it’s in US dollars, and the US dollar is pretty bad when converting, its a little pricey but I calculated in comparison to Beautybay’s and Sephora Australia’s site (which actually don’t have the “Fair Shade”) and they both range from $66 to $70, and I ended up paying $40 USD and $10 shipping, which converted to $76 AUD overall. Plus, the shipping time was at least a few days to a week tops which is amazing!
When I first got the kit, I was a little bit scared as I’ve never worked with cream contour shades at all and I was a little bit drawn back at the shades, as I swatched the ‘Soft Light’ shade which is placed on the left and the ‘Fair’ which is on the right and ‘Fair’ was the lightest and brightest colour for me. I was also really amazed that the colours were perfect for my skin tone! The middle shade ‘Lustre’ is more of an actual highlight/illuminator which I think is unique for this palette and fun to have a cream illuminator. The darkest contour shade ‘Mink’ is pretty dark for me and I definitely don’t see myself using it, but the left shade ‘Fawn’ is the perfect contour shade for me and the middle shade ‘Shadow’ is a great bronzer shade. I’ve included swatches on the products down below.
So the before and after pics of how the product works is below, and I just wanted to include it to show what it looks like with “mild” application. I didn’t want to go too overboard as I’m not an expert of course and not every can achieve a full glam look without looking too scary. As you can see the highlighter shade dramatically makes a difference and I’ve also highlighted on my inner forehead, underneath my brows, down my nose and on my chin. I didn’t really want to do much correctional contouring on the first few goes but I will definitely try out contouring my chin, underneath my jawline, my cheeks, nose and lips as I feel I’ll be able to.
bare face with only primer/moisturizer before applying any contouring (foundation on)
after contouring and powdering
When applying the products they are very creamy and rich, and I chose to work with both brushes and a BeautyBlender for the best effect I felt. The contour shades are quite pigmented, but not overly pigmented and manage to be easy to blend out, along with the highlighting shades, which aren’t as pigmented as I’d hope but still manage to really create a difference underneath my eyes. The illuminating shade isn’t as pigmented as I would have hoped aswell but after layering a matching powder shade on top I find it looks the best. The highlighting shades do well with powdering on top as long as you don’t use too much powder, as I saw a little bit of creasing underneath my eyes the first few times. After properly applying eye cream beforehand and the right amount of concealer I found them easier around the eye area. The contouring shades stay the longest I feel when you apply a powder contour shade on top, and I prefer to use Kat Von D’s “Sombre” from their Shade + Light palette on top of my contour. For the highlighting I use Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder but you can use any powder on top (but I feel loose powder would be best), and for illuminating, I’ll just use any highlighter/illuminator shade I can find. Here you can see how light and perfect for my skin these shades are.
Overall, I really am enjoying this palette. I feel that its pros are the packaging – which I love. Its perfect for you makeup hoarders like me who prefer Z-Palettes and depotting their shadows and pans, so the easy design they have gives you an option to safely pop out and remove the shades. I really enjoy the consistency of the contour shades and I love the fact that the product has a illuminating shade in it as well. The shades of the product are immaculate for me and match perfectly. They last long throughout the day as long as you powder and use a setting spray. The only things I didn’t love about this palette was the lack of extreme pigmentation in the highlighter shades as they didn’t exactly cover my very very dark circles under my eyes, but that’s honestly expected. The illuminating shade isn’t as pigmented as I would have hoped as well but looks alot better when layered with a highlighter on top.
I also wanted to include the brushes and products I used to blend out the foundation and what I applied before and after, so here you go…
- Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in ‘Siberia’
- Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
- Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel in ‘Blonde’
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
- Makeup Geek Shadows in ‘Barcelona Beach‘ & ‘Twilight’
- Elf Studio Lip Definer & Shaper
- Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rosewater
- Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
- Elf Cosmetics Small Smudge Brush
- Zoeva 222 Luxe All Over Shader Brush
- Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
- Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush
- Zoeva 223 Petit Eye Blender Brush
- Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush
- Beautyblender Pro Sponges