Cream contouring . . . yes . . . it seems intimidating but the Anastasia Cream Contour kit makes it really easy to choose the shades needed (not desired) to use to get a flawless face.
For reference, I am an NC40/42 in MAC depending on the season.
I got the medium kit, which features three highlighting and three contouring shades.
The highlight shades are:
Banana: Pale Yellow
Cream: Cream with a hint of a beige undertone. Wait, isn’t that off-white. Well you can judge by the swatch.
Coral: Orange/Pink, which pulls more orange than pink. This shade is great for colour correcting on dark skin. Dark circles be gone!!!!
Contour shades are:
Nude: Light mid-tone brown
Cinnamon: A dark brown with yellow undertones making it slightly warm but not orange.
Chocolate: Dark brown , very dark brown. It has a warm undertone but it’s definitely not orange. I love using this deep shade to sharpen my contour under my cheekbones to make them pop!
These shades really do complement each other and help soften and define your features.
With this kit, you can create the illusion of slimmer nose, higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, and a softer jawline, hell you can look like Mona Lisa and tweak that smile if you want!
The consistency is smooth and blends easily. It dries to an almost smooth, velvety texture. I find that spritzing my face with MAC Fix+ makes it easier to blend because the creams dry down fast so adding a bit of moisture will get the blending job done easier (If the product dries while you are blending one part of your face while the other is hanging 10! Hey, it’s happened to me!)
It’s not as emollient as other cream contour products so it stays put and won’t run into each other, which is not a cute look . . . unless that’s the look you going for, you do you boo!
I own the Motives Perfection Quad (Medium) and that is very creamy but barr the yellow shade, the other 3 shades don’t give too much variety in terms of getting a strong contour.
I would have to get another quad in a deeper shade to get the versatility that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit in Medium gives me.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour kit has simple packaging. It comes in a cardboard palette, like a Z-Palette. The individual shades are in metal pans that pop out when you want to refill your palette.
The back of the packaging gives you a bit more information about the palette and has the coloured blocks with individual shades names on in.
I would have liked to have seen a mirror on it but it’s ok, the powder contour kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills doesn’t have on either.
This has a magnetic closure so you don’t have to worry about this opening in case you are taking it with you for travel.
I like to use my Real Techniques pointed foundation brush to apply my highlight and my MAC 185 to lay down my face contour, especially under my cheekbones when I want a chiseled look. I find using a flat angled brush works well to contour my nose using it create thin lines.
That same angled brush can be used to contour the face, especially if you are starting out and are afraid of using too much product. I love blending my contour and highlight with damp beauty blender or cosmetic sponge.
A stippling brush also works well to blend the cream contour.
Two other great brushes for applying and blending out cream contour is the Sigma 3DHD kabuki precision brushes.
If you want to really intensify the colour, you can use a contour/bronzer and highlight powder to set your contour. If not a dusting of translucent powder buffed all over the face will give you a beautiful ‘natural’ look that says “ I woke up like this!’
I recommend using a cream blush and highlighter to blend into the other creams but even adding a powder blush and highlighter will get you to paint the town any colour of the rainbow you want!
Where to buy: www.hastagawesome.co.za or you can try 3rd party sellers.
Price: R999 (I know, it’s ssssspensive and while you can try cheaper alternatives like a lighter and darker foundation/concealer, this really is an awesome investment if you want to get the hang of cream contouring, it’s an art after all, no?)
Will you try this kit or would you like me to go into a more budget friendly option? Let me know, down below.
Until next time, love you all to the contouring heaven and back!