The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40) is one product that I have always wanted but could never bring myself to splurge on. This palette of pressed powders has been on the market for quite some time. I put off buying it because of the price, and because I have MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder in Dark that I use for contouring. But that always felt a little too warm to me; ideally, you are supposed to contour with cool-toned powders because they mimic natural shadows. I caved and bought the Anastasia palette because I really love the cool shades in here, and they’re something I don’t have a lot of.
I purchased the Light to Medium kit, which is the original version of it. It is now also available in Medium to Tan, which I have not tried.
Let me just start off by saying I LOVE THIS PALETTE. I am kicking myself for not buying it sooner. These powders are gorgeous: incredibly blendable, highly pigmented, and long-wearing. They make contouring a breeze. Totally worth the price.
Vanilla (suitable for neutral and warm undertones)
Banana (suitable for neutral, cool, and warm undertones)
Sand (suitable for neutral, cool, and warm undertones)
Java (suitable for cool undertones)
Fawn (suitable for neutral or cool undertones)
Havana (suitable for warm or cool undertones)
Each one is finely milled, which makes blending (a key component of contouring) effortless.
If you’re not sure exactly how to use and where to place these shades, check out some tutorials on YouTube. Once you get the hang of it, it’s relatively simple and doesn’t take more than a few minutes.
To place and blend the contour powders, I use the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. It fits right into the hollows of my cheeks and glides nicely around the temples and hairline. To apply the highlighter powders, I use the MAC 116 Blush Brush. This is just the combo that works best for me.
This is also the first powder with which I have ever been able to contour my nose. Everything else I tried was either off in color or just did not blend correclty. Now, I use the Fawn powder along the sides and tip of my nose and blend out with a small eyeshadow brush, which was in an amazing set of makeup brushes from Costco (!!). It’s the prefect size for placing the powder exactly where I want it and working in a small area of the face.
I mostly use this for nighttime looks, but I have applied it during the day. It wears for hours and hours. As long as you blend thoroughly, the contour powders never look dirty or muddy. This is already a staple product that I will turn to again and again.
Do you have the Contour Kit? What do you think of it?