Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

I may be late on the ABH Contour Kit bandwagon, but I have been experimenting with this bad boy for a few months. I think it is good to have a nice kit, whether you use it frequently or not, because it is there for you whenever you may need it.

The palette features six powders, 3 which are highlighters (2 matte, 1 shimmery) and 3 matte contour shades and retails for $40.

I personally don't use it everyday, mostly just when I want definition or on special occasions.
Top - Vanilla, Banana, Sand
Bottom - Java, Fawn, Havana
Direct light
 L-R: Vanilla, Banana, Sand, Java, Fawn, Havana

I enjoy using Vanilla and Banana mixed together under my eyes and on my forehead and chin to highlight the area. My favorite contour shade is Fawn, as it is more neutral toned. Java and Havana are a bit too warm, so I use those lightly as bronzer.
Indirect light
Now on Anastasia's website, you can customize your own palette! There are 21 different powders that retail for $14 each, but if you purchase 6 it becomes $40. 
I love how my face looks sculpted! Unfortunately, Vanilla and Banana don't really "highlight" my face since they are an exact match for my fair/light skin. I really do wish Anastasia would make lighter shades that would show the highlight more prevalently like it does for medium skin tones. Sand is a gorgeous shimmery (not glittery) highlighter. It gives your skin a healthy subtle glow, not a crazy disco ball party.

Pros: Like I mentioned before, this is a great kit to have regardless if you use it often or not. The shades are gorgeous, the pigmentation of the powders are great, and the shades compliment a wide range of skin colors. Now, you can even build your own palette on Anastasia's website by choosing six shades that will compliment you best!
Cons: Unfortunately, it is quite expensive and sometimes can only be found on Anastasia's website. Also, it tends to be out of stock often. Finally, the "lightest" shades don't really highlight fair skin tones as well as it does for medium skin tones.
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  1. Thanks for the thorough, balanced review! I'd been super curious about this and it may not be worth it for my super fair skin. The contour shade looks great on you! xo


  2. I've been lusting after this palette for so long! It's on my wish list still cause I'm trying to convince myself I don't need more highlight/contour shades! haha!

  3. I've been looking at this online, too. Thank you for stating that the highlighters aren't light enough. I think I'll give it a pass.


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