If you’re a regular around here, you’ll already know Anastasia Beverly Hills are one of my favourite American brands. Last November my friend brought this contour cream kit back from New York for me. I’ve been using it since and figured a review was long overdue.
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The palette contains six shades. 3 for highlighting and 3 for contouring. Whilst the highlight shades would suit different skintones the darker contour shades are considerably more similar to one another. I love to use the shade banana under my eyes. And the lighter pink toned shades for highlighting elsewhere.
The contour shades work well for me despite being super dark if swatched. I like that I can use the three shades to build my contour. The darkest shade only gets used at the back to add a pop of depth but I find having three to mix and match works well.
Contouring & Highlighting With The ABH Contour Cream Kit
I use two MAC duo fibre brushes with this palette. The shorter 130 for highlighting with and the longer bristled 188 for contouring. I dab on gently for my highlight then blend with my beauty blender. When contouring I take a tiny amount of product and apply in neat circular motions. Starting by my ear and working inwards.
I’d love to say I could apply this right straight off. However I nearly always go slightly too dark so blend it out. I find this product wears really well throughout the day and lasts. It applies easily over any of my foundations and blends effortlessly.
My previous cream contour products of choice were individual MAC concealer pots. Whilst these achieve similar results, I found myself reaching for powder most days when I wanted a more subtle look. This palette is ideal for doing a really quick look to ensure I don’t like a potato, or going all out for a fuller face.
The packaging is sturdy. I’ve dropped it several times and it’s been on a few flights. However the black plastic is very unforgiving and mine is now smeared with hand prints and product.
The formula is really good but thick and so it’s easy to get unwanted texture from the brush. Although nothing a beauty blender won’t fix. I personally love this palette and use it almost daily, but it’s fair to say you need to use it in a certain way to get the best from it. I use such a little amount of product each time, I can see this lasting for ages.
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