Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Drugstore Contour Kits

Hello Beauties,

I'm sure you're all aware of the contour trend that took the makeup world by storm, since it was revealed as the Kardashian fave.

I love contouring as a way to define my face shape (although round is a shape, it's not the one I favour) and have a comparison of 3 kits for you today. You'll also be pleased to know that these are all from Boots, making them affordable and easy to get a hold of.

The first one I tried and clearly the most used, is the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Kit (£6.49). This has a matte, cream highlight shade, a warm medium brown and a darker cooler brown; both matte aswell. As you can probab;y tell from the picture, I'm not as keen on the highlight shade as I am on the darker colours, but I have found that it makes a great eyeshadow for an easy one sweep shade. The 2 brown shades are perfect for contouring, and I mainly use this palette for an evening look as the shades are so pigmented and very dark! My favourite way to use these shades is to swipe along the areas that I want to contour with the darkest, cool toned brown and then blend it out with the warmer brown. These powders are seriously pigmented, so you really want to use a tiny amount and build if necessary.

Next up is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit (£6.99). This comes in 2 shades; Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, which is nice for people with all different skintones. The brown in here is a nice cool tone that works really well for contouring. It also comes with a brush and a mirror underneath, so it's also one that is great for travelling. Now, I usually throw these types of brushes out, because I don't find that they do much, but the brush that comes with these powders is so good and if you have it, please don't disregard the brush! I have found that it is PERFECT for giving a really sharp contour under the cheeks and along the sides of the nose, which can then be blended out. I don't find the powders in here as pigmented as the Barry M ones, which may sound like a bad thing, but it's actually great for beginners or for a more subtle look and is also much easily layered. The highlight shade is slightly shimmery and is a nice powder, but it's slightly too cool toned for me and so doesn't get much loving.

The last palette that I have, is the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (£18.00). It's slightly on the expensive side, but it has every shade you could possibly want in a contour kit. It comes with 4 contour colours and 4 highlight colours to suit pretty much every skintone. This palette is very new to my collection, but I was interested in seeing how it compared to the previous 2, as I've grown to love them so much. I have to say, this palette is amazing for contouring and highlighting, and it's simply because of the variety of shades you get and the quality of them. They blend really nicely on the skin, and you can also mix shades if you find one too warm, too cool, too light or too dark. As I said, this is the newest addition to my collection, so this is really a first impression, but I will keep you updated with how it holds up in the future.

Overall, I do love my NYX palette, for the fact that it has all the shades I would need to contour and highlight in one place. However, it is quite pricey for a drugstore brand and if you are new to contouring or just want to try it out, then I think I would recommend the Maybelline kit, as it comes in 2 shades, to suit different skintones and also with a mirror and brush and small enough for popping into your handbag. You could buy both shades of the Maybelline Kit and it would still cost less than the NYX palette (food for thought)

I hope you liked this post! Have you tried any of these kits, or been thinking of trying any of the above?

Thank you for reading

Nikita x

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