Have you ever popped into a shop, browsed for 30 seconds and walked out with two Anastasia Beverly Hills items in your bag? Hmm, well that time in Orlando when I said I wasn’t spending any money at all was probably the fastest $65 I’ve ever spent. In all fairness, it was the 4th time I had been into Macy’s to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Medium and I have been trying since March but they’ve had such demand that they’ve been on waitlist for US citizens. Thankfully, the cream contour palettes and liquid lipsticks are back in stock so all that waiting patiently has paid off. More on the liquid lipsticks later, but today is all about the contour.
I have already got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit which is powder based and I use it daily, with Banana and Fawn being my go to shades for a natural contour. When choosing the colour for the cream contour, I settled on the medium palette as some of the shades were definitely too light for skin tone. Within the light and medium palette, four of colours play a part in the set; banana, cream, nude and cinnamon. The vanilla and cool pink colours in the light palette looked too chalky against my NC35/medium beige warm skin, so the warm coral swung my decision. The colours look so intense in the pan, and I must admit that I was a little bit scared of Chocolate but I have had it drilled into me by Illamasqua’s North West Trainer Leena to always go as dark as possible when contouring.
Banana as a colour has quite considerable cult status that stems from Ben Nye’s loose banana powder, which is used best to set concealer. It works fabulously at neutralising blue under eye bags and is best used for the under eye area. Cream is a great colour for the lighter points of your face where you want to create the highlighted illusion. I use this most on my cheeks and forehead. Warm Coral has been utilised the most since buying the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Medium as I have been using it as a cream blush on my none contour days. It’s so pretty as a natural flush but when contouring, the warmness of the coral is brilliant for neutralising dark circles and correcting pigmentation.
I’ve been using Chocolate as my main contour colour as I have been really pushing my boundaries at creating that dramatic look but when I just need a bit of definition, Cinnamon is the one. It can be used alone as a contour shade, or used to buff out Chocolate. It’s great for adding a bit of colour to the skin, a bit like a bronzer and the warmness of the shade is very flattering. Nude is probably the shade that I have neglected the most but only because I have been using Cream. It’s a shade or two darker than Creeam so it would probably work best when I have a tan. On the swatch below the shades are Nude, Cinnamon and Chocolate from left to right.
Although they look like a full coverage product when swatched on my fingers, they actually apply to the skin as a sheerer coverage. They need to be worked in quickly before they settle so I try and do each colour individually rather than try the ‘cats face’ look with all the colours like recommended in contouring guides. I do find that they are really buildable so a natural contour or dramatic night out contour is easily achieved. One great thing about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kits are that they will be refillable so once you’ve hit pan on one of the colours, the pan can be changed. The cream colours aren’t available as refills just yet, just the powder ones, but the kit has been made so the pans do come out so watch this space.
I’m really pleased that I managed to get hold of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Medium, and it has made light work to make my super defined cheekbones and thin nose. I’m going to have to invest in a Beauty Blender for those natural contour days and I do find that the cream contour is best applied over foundation as it blends so seamlessly. For $40, which is around £25, I think this is an exceptionally priced kit.. Cult Beauty are the UK stockists of ABH and they are showing in stock, at £39.
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