I remember standing at the Anastasia Beverly Hills stall in Sephora for a while debating on whether to get the powder or cream version of the contour kit. After swatching and blending it all on my hand and googling reviews, I had ended up grabbing the original powder in Light/Medium. The palette contains 6 generous pan size products, three highlighters and 3 contour shades.
Vanilla – A matte peachy nude for light to medium skin with warm beige undertones.Banana – A matte warm nude which universally flatters all undertones.Sand – A shimmery soft beige for light to medium skin with warm and neutral undertones.Java – Soft mocha for light to medium skin with cool olive undertones.Fawn – Toffee nude for light to medium skin with cool, beige and olive undertones.Havana – Coffee brown for light to medium skin with warm olive undertones.
I always mix Java and Fawn together to give me that perfect cheekbone depth. Havana is too warm for me to contour but it would work best as a bronzer to warm up the face.
I haven’t really touched the highlighting shades until last month and I’ve had this palette for a good year now. I’ve used Banana to bighten under the eye area (which is game changer!) and Sand to highlight to face. Vanilla would be good to highlight under the eye but it’s just a tad too light. If I fancy a matte highlight, Vanilla would be the one to use however it can look chalky if overused.
The pigmentation good and you’d need a light hand to get a natural contoured look. If you do over do it, it’s easy to blend out due to it’s smooth texture. It doesn’t go on patchy and have found it long lasting. It’s easy to use and great for beginners, but is pricey if you’re new to contouring. I’ve heard some people use the contour shades to fill in their brows but looking at the shades, it’s a tad too light and or too warm for me. It’d be interesting to test out though.
I seriously cannot live without this palette. This palette is suitable for whatever the occasion, from day to night. For an evening look, I love to combine this with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. I will be repurchasing 4 of the shades, Banana, Sand, Java and Fawn, when they run out. The palette allows you to replenish and customise with the other available shades available. This has definitely lived up to the hype and everyone needs this in their makeup collection.
Have you tried anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills?