Shadow Play! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Review

If you’re into highlighting and contouring and you haven’t heard of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, then I have no words . . .

Highlighting and contouring kits were always available to professional make up artists but she brought out the first (correct me if I’m wrong) contour kit for the beauty enthusiasts and the regular consumer.

I know Kim K let the big make up artist secret out but the highlighting and contouring technique and kits and products are becoming more popular than One Direction (before the loss of Zayn Malik) and the hype and obsession is real! Every company is coming out with some contour kit or another. Unfortunately, only Smashbox brought their version to Mzansi (South Africa) and you know how I felt about that . . .

Honestly, we aren’t spoilt for choice . . . but let’s move on, because I feel like I need some cheese with my whine!


We hear the name Anastasia Beverly Hills so much so here’s a brief insight into her and the company.

Anastasia Soare is known as the brow queen who initially took the world by storm with the Dip Brow pomade and Brow Whizz and other fabulous brow products. If you have an eyebrow issue, she can hook you up!

Born and raised in Romania, it’s hard to believe that she went to America knowing very little English According to an online article, she watched Oprah to improve her skills in English and motivating lessons.

And she’s not only an astute businesswomen and talented make up artist/creative genius. She studied architecture, engineering, maths, and drawing in Romania before getting her aesthetician licence . . . this lady has a whole lot of grey matter too . . .

With very little resources, she started a salon in Beverly Hills in the US, managed to get a small bank loan, and there was no skelm mashonisas here, it was legit. and the rest is make up and beauty history. A mashionisa is a kind of dodgy loan shark for reference

Oh and she got to meet Oprah, now that’s really making it!

Despite her brow biz success, I really took notice of the brand when the contouring kits hit the shelves in 2014.


The marketing jargon: This best-selling, easy-to-use palette contains three highlighting and three contouring powders that work together to help you sculpt, define, and enhance your natural features. Create the illusion of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, a softer jawline, or a slimmer nose with these soft, silky formulas that can be applied as subtly or dramatically as you like.


Of course, the powder will HELP achieve those things placed strategically on the face coupled other products, it doesn’t just pop out the palette and work by itself. The pans do pop out though and you can now customize your palette with refills.



There are six sizable shades in this kit. Each pan holds 3g of product so that’s roughly, two MAC eyeshadows for reference.

The kit is made out of a sturdy cardboard, which looks a bit cheap but the actual powders are in metal. I would have been great if it included a mirror, just saying. Unlike the Smashbox contour kit, there aren’t any step-by-step instructions. However, while the Smashbox contour kit has three shades, this kit has six.

The shade names on the cardboard sleeve.
The shade names on the cardboard sleeve.

Three highlight shades and three contour shades.

The highlight shades are

Sand – champagne with a slight shimmer

Banana – Matte pale yellow powder

Vanilla-Matte peachy/beige

The highlight shades swatched.
The highlight shades swatched.


And the contour shades are:

The contour shades swatched.
The contour shades swatched.

Java – Matte Medium brown with a neutral undertone pulling slightly warm

Fawn: Matte greyish brown

Havana: Matte Warm deep brown


The shades, while insanely pigmented are very sheer. This is great because it’s difficult to plaster your face and end up looking like a hot mess it and it’s easier to build up the product. This is one thing I’ve learnt when powder contouring, always start with very little and build up the colour by adding more product until you reach the desired effect. There is little fallout, probably because these powders are so sheer. Every shades blends like a dream. It didn’t oxidise on me. The Banana shade sets under eye concealer like nothing else I have used to date, your concealer is going nowhere! It has the most beautiful brightening . . . like ‘ I-need-my sunnies-now ‘ bright . . . in a good way. There isn’t a single shade I cannot use from this palette. Even Sand (though it doesn’t give me the BAM highlight that I like, like I get with Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal). It highlights the faces beautifully.


I like to contour with the Real Techniques Contour brush.
I like to contour with the Real Techniques Contour brush.

I use Fawn to contour. This is true contour shade that really mimics a shadow and is deep enough for dark skinned girls like me. Brown beauties, rejoice, the shade shows up. The other contouring shades really warm up the skin and create a natural flawless effect. You can really chisel out those cheekbones and sculpt your face or tone it down for every day. This is a standard kit but they have about 14 new refills you can buy to suit your needs. However, while some shades pull a little warm on really fair skin tones and the Banana shade will make you look jaundiced if you are really fair or ashy if you are very dark, this will suit 90% of skin tones, in my opinion. I love this palette and it was worth every cent.


You can buy this kit at or on

I would go with our local online shop, customs can be a (censored).

Price: R949


Dupe: Yes, I know, this kit is ssssssspensive, but there’s a dupe for it. It’s called the AC On Tour Highlight and Contour kit. It’s available from on Instagram, a local, third party, reputable, legit seller. I held off on this post because I wanted to make certain that she did indeed have stock of the AC On Tour Kit and that you could buy it readily and get it in a few days. The shades are about 95% similar. The kit has three highlight shades and three contour shades. The Anastasia Beverly Hills powders are very finely milled and the AC On Tour kits are a hair less sheer but still super blendable

Price: R450

Don’t ever say a sister didn’t hook you up!

Have you tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills products? I would love to hear your thoughts. Until my next post, stay blessed and beautiful. Love you all, lots and lots like Jellytots!




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