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Friday, January 30, 2015

Year Of The Contour

As many of you may have noticed, contouring kits and tools have become a huge hit this year. Almost every makeup company is coming out with them, including some drug store brands! And they just keep pouring out! Here are most of the contour kits that are available ranging from $12-$50.
NYX Wonder Contour Stick $11.99
For being so affordable, I'm surprised I haven't heard much about this product since contouring it the latest thing. Unfortunately I don't have much to say about it because I haven't personally tried it and haven't heard any reviews on it. So if you've tried it, comment what you're experience was with it!

Sephora Contouring 101 Face Palette $28
This palette looks pretty interesting to me. This is another one I have not heard many reviews on which I suppose is because it's pretty new to the market. But at $28 it's not a bad price.
NYX Contour Kit $30
This palette I'm a little iffy on. It's NYX, which means it's a drug store brand, yet it's $30. But let's do the math: the palette is $30 and it has 8 shades (that are interchangeable) that means each individual shade is $3.75 which honestly is a great deal! Plus the palette is re-usable so I guess you're getting a pretty good deal on this!
LancĂ´me Le Duo Stick $36
This is a dual-ended highlight and contour stick with 5 different shades to choose from. These don't really speak to me, but it's pretty much the high end version of the NYX Wonder Stick I mentioned above.
Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Kit $36
This palette is so pretty! You get a bronzer in Park Ave Princess, highlighter in Champagne Gold, and blush in Posh all in one and it is just such pretty colors. This really appeals to me and I was afraid it was limited edition and thankfully it's not!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit $40
Anastasia, you started it all! This was one of the first contour kits on the market that everyone had to have and now because of this one palette there are tons similar to it! This is the high end version of the NYX palette. It is $10 more and only 6 shades instead of 8, but from what I hear about this palette, it is amazing blazing!
Becca Lowlight/Highlight Palette $42
So we all know that Becca's blushes and highlighters are bomb dot com, so maybe their contouring creams will be just as good. The only downside to this is that it only comes in one shade which is pictured below.
Smashbox Trio $45
Oh my goodness, give me! Jaclyn Hill raved about these contour sticks and now I need them in my life. They just seem so convenient, especially for traveling. The set includes a bronzer, a highlighter, and a contour as well as a sharpener!
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour $45
This is pretty much the palette version of the trio sticks. So if you aren't really gravitating towards the sticks and want a palette, this is for you! It also comes with the angled brush as shown in the image.
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette $46
This palette has soooo much hype right now. I've heard this is better than the Anastasia contour kit but shhhh! You didn't hear that from me. I definitely have my eye on this palette, but I don't think I would get any use out of the darkest shade because of how fair I am. But this is a very popular contour palette at the moment. The shades it comes with are as followed:
Light powder in Lucid (pinkish nude), Lyric (yellow beige), Levitation (soft peach)
Sombre (true taupe), Shadowplay (soft brown), Subconscious (deep brown) 

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Palette $48
The good thing about this palette is that it comes in 11 different shades so there is a wide variety of colors to suit each person's skin tone. The somewhat downside is that this says it is just a "touch up" palette. I haven't heard too much on this palette so I'm not sure how true that is and I don't know if it can be used as a true contour palette, but it's definitely great for on the go to touch up your contour and highlight throughout the day. This palette includes:
Skin Foundation Stick, Corrector, Creamy Concealer, and a Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette $50
This palette is personally too dark for my complexion, but for all you deep toned women out there, this is perfect for you! It's definitely on the pricey side, but I know there aren't a ton of options out there for darker girls unfortunately. But the price might be worth it for you if you're having a hard time finding a contour kit to fit your needs. This palette includes Contour #1, Contour in Medium #2, Deep #3, Highlight #1, and Highlight #2
Do you have any of these contour kits? If so, which ones and what are your thoughts on it?!
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