Beauty Recommended By Me

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

10th April 2017
contour cream kit

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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  • Laura
    10th April 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Oh the pale yellow shade looks so good x

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      I love it! X

  • Gemma (Gemma Etc.)
    10th April 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I have this one too and I really like it xx

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      It’s a great palette X

  • Jacquard Flower
    10th April 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Looks really good. Great review. Hope you had a nice weekend.

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Gemma X

  • Makeup Musings
    10th April 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve not tried the cream contour yet – only due to the fact that I have really oily skin! 🙁 Great post hun xx

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      Ah that’s a shame. Thank you! X

  • Candice Petersen
    10th April 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Ooe I love the array of shades that actually comes in this palette a lot of contour palettes I fine to not be dark enough on my skin tone

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      It’s really versitile in that sense X

  • Laura Louise
    10th April 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Fab review! I am always toying with this every time I am in Sephora but yet to pick it up – maybe next time! x

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:27 am

      It’s worth checking out X

  • Hannah
    10th April 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve not tried cream contour, but I really want to give it a go! This palette sounds fab! Great review xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush♡

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:28 am

      This is a great one to get started with X

  • Allure La Vie
    10th April 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Great review, I love the look of the shades x

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:30 am

      They’re really nice X

  • Roxie Ferguson
    10th April 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve only ever tried the ABH brow products. This palette sounds fab but cream contouring products scare me!

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:31 am

      It takes a little getting used to but it lasts a lot better X

  • Cassandra Myee
    11th April 2017 at 2:50 am

    I really love the powder contour kit so I bet I would get along with this one really well too!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:32 am

      I’d like the powder kit too X

  • Karen Williams
    11th April 2017 at 8:12 am

    I would like to try the powder version.

    Karen x
    JinksyBeauty x

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:32 am

      Me too X

  • Mammafulzo
    11th April 2017 at 3:50 pm

    This looks lovely, I have a MAC sculpt cream but they were only ever pro and I think they’ve discontinued them, shame as they were really good too, this is lovely though, I like cream products having very dry skin xxx

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:33 am

      Ah I’ve heard they were really good! I get on well with the cream products for sure X

  • Gem
    11th April 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I have this and I’ve hardly used it! You’ve inspired me to have another go!

    Gemma x |

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:33 am

      Ah, dig it out 🙂 X

  • Jenny
    12th April 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I still haven’t tried anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but this kit seems very versatile and convenient!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • Amy
      13th April 2017 at 9:33 am

      I’m a big fan! X

  • Georgia Hathaway
    13th April 2017 at 11:09 am

    This looks so good! I’ve yet to try anything from ABH but I’d definitely give one of their contour palettes a go!

    Georgia x

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:52 am

      I can recommend this one for sure x

  • Natasha Todd
    13th April 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Great review Amy, I love the look of ABH products but still haven’t tried any yet!! This definitely looks like something I would like! xx

    Tash |

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:52 am

      They’re one of my fav brands I think x

  • María Alejandra
    13th April 2017 at 3:54 pm

    This was a great review! I definitely need to give this palette a try! Hope you are having a great week! xx


    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:52 am

      I’m loving it. Thanks Maria x

  • Rosy Ferry
    13th April 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I have this in my collection and I really like it, I used it for a bride I was making up for her wedding day and she loved her contour with it, ABH has some fantastic products 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:53 am

      I found it a bit intimidating at first but find I can create a much more natural look than with powder 🙂

  • Sophie
    14th April 2017 at 11:46 am

    I love ABH – this looks great with a good range of shades too! I’ve never mastered the art of contour but this looks like a good place to start!


    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:53 am

      This is a great one to start with, I find it’s easier to make it look right than with powder as it blends so well.

  • Elena
    15th April 2017 at 12:23 am

    I dont contour but this looks like a beautiful palette. I have to try more ABH products…

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:53 am

      I love ABH, almost everything I’ve tried I’ve loved.

  • leah rachel
    20th April 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I wish I was a fan of contouring because I’ve read so many amazing reviews on this particular contouring palette. I really does sound great and I’m really pleased it works so well for you 🙂

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:53 am


  • Charlotta Eve
    24th April 2017 at 11:20 am

    I love cream contours – they give such a natural finish. Sadly they don’t work that well with oily skin so I still prefer powders. Anastasia’s palettes are always so beautiful <3

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:54 am

      Totally. I’d love to try their powder palette too.

  • Yiotou_La
    24th April 2017 at 11:52 am

    Looks like a lovely palette Amy, I don’t own that many cream palettes, I found that powdery ones work better with my skin, I found it difficult to blend creamy ones in the past, maybe I will have to try more and find a better way to blend them. Happy Monday Amy xx


    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:54 am

      I find I alternate depending what my skin is doing. Thanks lovely x

  • elizabeth
    24th April 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve been so curious about this for a while, lovely review! I do love a cream formula, I find it to be much gentler on my skin and easy to blend too 😀 I think the darker shades would be a little too dark for me but the lighter ones look perfect, I love the names! Beautiful photos Amy! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:54 am

      I find the same thing! They are quite deceptive and can be mixed so I find I use all of them which surprised me. Thanks Elizabeth x

  • Rachel Stinson
    24th April 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I love cream products but can struggle with using them! I have the contour sponge from real techniques and this has changed my contour game! This palette looks so dreamy 🙂 xxx

    Rach |

    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:55 am

      Ah that sounds awesome I need to check it out! x

  • Kimberly ☥
    25th April 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Amy – Can I start by saying: I. Love. Your. Blog! Oh em gee, lol. Now to the post – one of the Sephora staff members suggested this to me on Friday and I told myself that I’d look into it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on it! I think I’ll have to give it a try!


    • Amy
      16th May 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Kimberly! So sorry it’s taken me this long to reply to the comments. It’s worth trying for sure! I wish I lived near a Sephora haha.

  • Caked To The Nines
    20th May 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Lovely review! I’m so glad it works for you! I had this, but like you said you have to work with it and use it in a certain way so I just never reached for it. They are very pigmented though, and you get a good value for money!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Amy
      23rd May 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I can understand. I’ve found now I’ve got the hang of it it’s my go-to and so far it looks like I’ve barely used any of it! x

  • Lauren
    20th May 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I like the sound of this but I’m not sure whether they would be too dark for me…

    Lauren x Huggled

    • Amy
      23rd May 2017 at 12:26 pm

      I find I have to be careful to use the right amount of product or it can be a little dark but they’re quite versitile x

  • Laura
    21st May 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I love working with creams more then powders, but I don’t own this palette from them. I do have the powders and its okay, not my favorite formula x

    Pink Frenzy

    • Amy
      23rd May 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Ah that’s good to know thanks Laura, might give that one a miss then!

  • Stephanie |
    22nd May 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I have the powder version of this contour kit! I found the cream-based version one to be too thick like you mentioned! I hated how the bristles from my makeup brush just live there now! Of the contour kits out there, I would say this is my go-to!

    Stephanie |

    • Amy
      23rd May 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I think I need to add it to my collection for sure, I don’t have any powder palettes just singles so it would be great.