Thursday, 19 June 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit seems to finally be trickling back into stores, after being sold out for months! Last week, I received an email from Sephora notifying me that the Counter Kit was back in stock online (and in stores). Before I could decide whether I wanted it, however, the kit sold out online! That alone was enough to make me decide once and for all that I needed this kit, so I hopped in my car and drove to my local store, where about half a dozen kits were on display at the front of the store. Great success!

Contouring my cheeks
Now, I am the first to admit that it is a bit odd that I felt such a strong desire to go buy a contour kit, as I only contour on occasion. It has never been a regular part of my routine, but I genuinely feel that this kit will change all of that! And quite frankly, that is what I was hoping for. Until now, if/when I contoured, I would use Chanel Notorious. But my Notorious is very hard and it hardly gives any color whatsoever now. I want to say that this has something to do with it being a baked formula, as when I first got it it was great, but I really don't know what caused Notorious' downfall. 

Shades are swatched in the order they are in the kit, with the top row L to R followed by the bottom row L to R
Whatever the problem with Chanel Notorious, I'm not really concerned because the Anastasia Contour Kit is really everything I could ever need for contouring and highlighting. The shades are beautifully pigmented, but easy to blend out. And as you can see in the swatches above, none of the darker contour shades pull too orange. I usually blend the first two contour shades together (the shades that are on the bottom left and bottom middle in the kit) as my contour shade (I'm around NW20 in MAC terms, for reference). I've been using and loving the Banana shade (top middle) to set my undereye concealer. I've been having a bout of insomnia/sleeplessness, so my dark undereye circles are going full throttle! And I use the matte vanilla shade (top left) to tone down the yellow of the banana powder just a touch, and I use it just under where I contour the hollow of my cheeks to really emphasize the contour. 

L to R: The six shades of the Anastasia Contour Kit, with Chanel Notorious on the far right. As you can see, it is waaaaaay more gray in tone than any of the Anastasia shades. It is also far less pigmented--I had to work much harder to get far less color with Notorious.
 The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit retails for $40 and I've been seeing it pop in and out of stock on My local store still has a few available, so it's worth checking at your nearest Sephora. And if you go to the Sephora website, you can register to get an email notification when the Contour Kit comes back in stock (you will need to act quickly after you get the email, though, as these are still selling like hotcakes!)

In short, if you already have a highlighting and contouring routine that you are happy with, there is probably no need for you to go out and get this kit. But if you are looking for products to establish a routine, I think this is a phenomenal kit to get. I have found it pretty foolproof and I generally consider myself a contouring novice. I have found it very easy to get a subtle contoured look with these products, rather than the garish overdone look that we all fear (and which, ironically, the model in the Anastasia Beverly Hills advertisement for the Contour Kit has. Seriously have you seen this?)

Anastasia has really been knocking it out of the park lately, first with the Dipbrow Pomade and now with the Contour Kit. Have you tried this kit yet? Do you think it lives up to the hype?

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