Anastasia Beverly Hills was the first brand that introduced us to the contour palettes and it went big really quickly afterwards. I recalled lamenting in the way that only beauty bloggers do when a hyped up product is not to be found about how much I needed this in my life (When really, I don’t). However, a trip to New York, and three Sephora’s later, plus a 20% discount (it was during the VIB sale in November of 2014), I walked away with the Anastasia Contour Kit ($52, available here) and a big darn smile on my face.
Featuring six magnetic, and depotable pans in the entire palette, there seems to be a one-fits-all mindset when putting together the colours. It was months later that the brand decided to expand their offering, a second palette suited for darker skintone. There’s nothing exceptional about the palette or the pans aside from the fact that you can easily move them around to different palettes if you happen to travel quite a bit or simply don’t like reaching out for too many different palettes in the morning.
As expected from a brand that makes you pay $52 for six pans, the quality of the product is phenomenal. Buttery texture (albeit with a little bit of fallout) and pigmentation that is just spot on, it was a worthwhile purchase from those aspects.
Features 6 perfectly crafted highlighting and contouring powders for sculpting and defining your features.
- Sand – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Neutral, Warm, Beige
- Vanilla – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Neutral, Warm, Beige
- Banana – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Neutral, Warm, Cool, Beige, Olive
- Java – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Cool, Beige, Olive
- Fawn – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Neutral, Cool, Beige, Olive
- Havana – Skin Type: Light, Medium; Undertone: Neutral, Warm, Cool, Olive
Where it fell a little short is the contour colours. While I love the fact that they’re all matte, and the highlight shades are simply gorgeous (I love the simplicity of it!) One would expect that contour colours to be more universal and less orange. As you can probably tell from the swatches above, I’m not too impressed by how orange the first and third shade in the bottom row seem to be. I unfortunately don’t see myself getting a lot of use out of it, and that is really disappointing because the quality of the powders is simply great.
Overall, while the highlight colours were on-point in terms of the quality of texture and colour selection, the orange tones in the darker shades make it a little bit of a disappointment.