Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit | Review & Results
$40 for 6 refillable shades | sephora.com
Product Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)
This contouring collectible contains six blendable formulas to sculpt and define features. Darker shades are ideal for shading and defining, while lighter shades sculpt and enhance features. Removable and refillable, the set contains all the color needed to start expertly emphasizing eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline.
SHADES: Vanilla (matte pale beige), Banana (matte light yellow), Sand (shimmery neutral shell), Java (matte warm medium brown), Fawn (matte medium neutral brown), Havana (matte medium bronze brown).
Quick Review: Its an okay bronzing/contouring/highlighting/eye shading palette at an amazing price. It’s not making me tap dance or do the boogie, but its still nice to have. Hopefully there will be more shade options when the palette and refills launch in late May.
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They hype surrounding this kit lead to a bevvy of false sephora.com reviews and Instagram rants. In true Monster form, I stalked this affordable kit online until I was able to snag one. Within a few hours it was gone, leaving those with unfulfilled lemmings an agonizing wait (the product will officially launch in late May). So is it worth it? Based on the price – absolutely…but read on.
Without the smoke & mirrors of flash photography and Photoshop, more often than not (and even on YouTube) contouring just looks unnatural, sometimes odd, even when done by talented artists. I would highly suggest lots of practice before heading out into natural daylight with your newly contoured look.
←Complete look with Anastasia Contour Kit + the magic of Cymera. See below for unretouched images and swatches.
The textures of the powders are fine enough – although I found the matte highlighters a bit drying and will likely not translate well on drier skin types or more “textured” skin. They seemed more like shadows vs. highlighters or face powder. Fawn and Java were more suitable for contouring the jawline and nose since they had more neutral undertones. Havana might work on darker skin, but on medium skin tones it pulls a more warm bronze tone which is too red for anywhere else but the cheeks.
If you’re someone that doesn’t like to spend a lot of time on your makeup or in any way consider yourself a novice – you can comfortably skip this kit. While I like it well enough, I prefer the Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder (I have 3 shades and just bought my 2nd #2) for contouring, highlighting, smoothing and bronzing. Unfortunately they’re $50 a shade – so the Anastasia Contour Kit has it beat on that front. Overall, its a good kit and an amazing buy. Its not a product I “gotta have” but I’m sure it will get used up over time based on convenience alone.
At the end of the day, the Anastasia Contour Kit ($40, sephora.com) deserves your attention. Refillable, inexpensive and with relatively good quality powders – it makes learning to contour fairly easy but still requires a certain level of expertise and the patience of going through strange YouTube videos.
L-R: No makeup, foundation/powder, contoured, finished look. Also proof that face angle is so important.
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