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 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.
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 ^
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
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!