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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: Review

August 13, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I have another review for you today! I mentioned a couple posts back that I was testing out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and I’m finally ready to review it. This kit was released as limited edition several months ago and there was major hype over it but it sold out before I could get my hands on it. It has now been re-released on ABH’s website and is permanent, with new shades available for purchase as well. It appears like this original palette is currently sold out on Anastasia’s website, but they have been redoing their site, so it could be a glitch.  It sells for $40USD and contains 6 shades- 3 highlight and 3 contour colours.

The Packaging


The packaging of this palette is pretty simple and very compact. It’s a basic cardboard case, but it does feel pretty sturdy. The material of the palette is a bit of a dust collector, but they did provide a sleeve to help with that. The pans inside are able to be popped out, which is a great feature especially for Makeup Artists because they can customize their palettes for their client’s different skin tones. There is no mirror included with this, which bothered some, but it wasn’t an issue for me. I’m not a makeup on the go kind of person, so a mirror isn’t necessary.

Highlight Shades

All of the shades in this palette are insanely soft. They are some of the creamiest powders I’ve ever seen. They do spread some powder around, but it doesn’t lead to fall out. I’m going to include pictures of each shade below of the pan, then the swatch without flash and then the swatch with flash.




The first shade in the palette is Vanilla. This is a matte shade that has a slight peach undertone, which makes it perfect for counteracting dark circles. As you can see from the picture, this is pretty similar to my skin tone since I’m very fair skinned, but it still works well. I don’t find it to have a huge impact on it’s own, but mixed with the next shade that I’m going to mention, it’s very brightening. This is something to keep in mind though, if you have lighter skin than me, Vanilla might not show up on you. I think this shade works for light skin, but would be ideal for medium skin.



The second highlight shade is Banana and this is a light-medium yellow. At first, the idea of this shade scared me. I was concerned it would look yellow against my fair skin, but it blends beautifully and really brightens under the eyes and the centre of my face. I place this and Vanilla anywhere where I highlight and it works wonders. It not only brightens but sets as well.



The last highlight shade is Sand. This shade is included as a true highlight type shade. This is the only shade with shimmer included in the palette as well. This highlight is beautiful in such a subtle way. It’s not an obvious highlight, like the Mary Lou Manizer for example, but it looks like natural glow.


From left to right: Vanilla, Banana, Sand ^

Contour Shades

Now onto the contour shades. These have the same impressive pigmentation and texture as the highlight shades.



The first of the three contour shades is Java and it’s sort of the middle man of the 3. It has some grey like Fawn and some brown like Havana. I like to use this shade to deepen my contour after using Fawn.



The second contour shade in the kit is Fawn. Fawn is a true contouring shade, rather than a bronzer. When I first used this, I was a bit confused because it didn’t seem dark enough but I’d never used a true contour shade before. This isn’t dark dark like a traditional bronzer, but rather medium-dark with strong grey undertones. The grey tones create a shadow, so it doesn’t need to be super dark. If you have very fair skin or are new to contouring this is the shade for you. It’s pretty fool proof, since it can be built up to your desired contour strength.



The last shade in the palette is Havana. Havana is by far the most bronzer like shade. It’s the deepest and has the strongest brown undertones and some red undertones. This shade is the warmest and can be used to warm up your skin before contouring. Since I have fairly light skin, I usually don’t pick a bronzer this warm so it’s not my most used shade in the palette. It is still useable for fair skin, it’s just not a shade I gravitate towards. For darker skin tones, this would be more suitable.


From left to right: Java, Fawn, Havana

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Top Row: Vanilla, Banana, Sand

Bottom Row: Java, Fawn, Havana

Overall, I’m really enjoying this palette. It’s super handy to have all my powders in one place. Fawn is one of my favourite shades in the kit, since the contour looks like natural shape to your face. I think that the price is fair for what’s included and the quality of the powders. These powders are so buttery that minimal blending is needed to get them to look soft and natural. In all, this kit has become part of my full face routine, which definitely makes it a hit.


There you have it! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried this kit or want to try it!


Bye for now!








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      Thank you! Ya I’ll for sure check out your blog.

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      Awesome! I’ll definitely pop by your blog as well. I love finding people with a similar style 🙂

  • Reply anamariebragg August 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I have been wanting to try this! I usually use powders for contouring on a Silat basis, but not highlighting. Did the highlights really make the areas you applied stand out? I use a very light foundation as my “highlighter” and either a deep bronzing powder or deep foundation as my contour depending on the event!

    • Reply Chelsey August 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      I use a lighter concealer first (MAC NW15) and then apply the powders which helps to set and brighten even further. I don’t think the vanilla shade does much on it’s own since my skin is so light, but mixed with banana, it really does brighten. When I was going for a full face I used to use a cream contour, but now I’m finding that I don’t need to since I started using this. It is such a buttery powder that I find just running the brush back over it is enough to blend it out.

  • Reply Author: Cheryl Allison August 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I am still trying to find this???

    • Reply Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Ya I have no idea what’s going on with that

  • Reply Laura August 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I want one of these SO badly! I need to get to a Sephora ASAP before I go through makeup testing withdrawl 😛

    • Reply Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      They actually aren’t at Sephora anymore. I can’t find it on Anastasia’s website either 🙁 I’m having Sephora withdrawal as well.

      • Reply Laura August 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        Believe it or not, I have NEVER bought anything at Sephora because I never have any money when I go there (I need one closer to home for when I have paycheques coming in, seriously)

        • Reply Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          Ya, I can’t go in there and not spend too much. You pick up 3 things and there’s $150. It seriously is a ‘Shut up and take my money store’. I have gift cards I’ve saved from my birthday to use so it’s not so wallet sucking lol

          • Laura August 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm

            oh man, i wish. my mom doesnt support my ‘habit’ so those will never be in my possession 😛

          • Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 11:41 pm

            My mom would never buy me them either. I got Steve’s family to get me one and Steve got me one too. Steve supports my addiction 🙂 lol

          • Laura August 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm

            Oh geeze, where can i get myself a boy like him? 😛

          • Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

            lol the sobeys deli apparently haha

          • Laura August 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

            Nope, I have forever sworn off Sobeys boys. The struggle is real xD

          • Chelsey August 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

            Oh very true lol

  • Reply Lucy August 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I have to get this! Great review 😀

    • Reply Chelsey August 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Stay tuned because I have a surprise coming very soon 🙂

      • Reply Lucy August 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

        Yay! I love surprises! ^-^

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    Amazing giveaway! I’d love to win because I want to start contouring and this kit seems perfect

  • Reply alyssak_l o v e s August 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Love this kit! So essential! 🙂

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