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June 29, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

After my very short-lived stint with the Ulta Sculpting Stick in the Contour shade – reviewed here – to further my adventure in cream contouring, I picked up the Anastasia Contour Cream Kit ($40 / 0.96 oz) in the shade Light to Medium a few weeks ago and have honestly been completely obsessed with it ever since. It was quite the splurge on my end since I did not know how this palette would overall work out for me. I have a tendency to not splurge on items that I’m not able to use at least 50% of, and despite that this kit has earned all of the hype and rave, I still was not quite sure if I had made the right decision going this big on my technically second cream contouring purchase. After playing with the kit on multiple occasions I have to admit that investing in this product has been one of the smartest buys I’ve made so far this year. All 6 colors are on the highly pigmented side and gives the face some seriously dramatic sculpt but are definitely wearable for the everyday granted if blended well. The colors are incredibly creamy and very easy to blend. Having tried both using a brush and a damp Beautyblender to blend the contour and highlight into my skin, I definitely prefer to use the Beautyblender since the result of such was more natural and airbrushed than that of the brush.

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There are a total of four kit options ranging from Fair to Deep. I picked up Light to Medium which is warmer than Fair but less than Medium to Tan. On my almost medium complexion this kit option became the more naturally flattering one. All kits come in a sleek black case with each of the 6 pans being removable.

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Currently I’m in between tones not being fully tan yet but slowly getting there. It’s been between 112 to 117 degrees already for a good period so I’ve been buttering up on sunscreen like it’s nobody’s business which translates to developing a natural tan slower. Swatched on my arm the colors definitely still show a good bit of contrast.

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Light to Medium has a mix of cool and warm tones with mainly teetering on the warm side and contains the following colors:

Fair – described as a Pure Sand
Neutral – described as a Sheer Peach
Banana – described as a Pale Yellow
Java – described as a Mocha
Light Sculpt – described as a Sepia Brown
Havana – described as a Warm Russet

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On my arm I swatched the colors kind of heavily just to show the colors and how pigmented each shade can get. If you want less of a dramatic contour/highlight you can definitely apply the product lightly for a more subtle look.

Photographed closeups of each color

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Despite having tried and yet tried again, powder contours are simply too much of a learning curve for me. I always feel there’s not enough blending in the world to have it look as natural as I want it to be – hence, I prefer cream-based products better. I found that the colors of the Anastasia Contour Cream Kit went on the skin very smoothly and melted into the skin when I used a damp Beautyblender for the blending portion. The pigment overall is medium but can definitely be amped up or played down depending on how dramatic or subtle you want your look to be. Because these can become deeply pigmented rather quickly the kit is not entirely foolproof. Trust me, I once stood in the mirror deciphering how to come back from overdoing the contour, so light hand application is absolute key. The finish of the kits are stated as matte but they impart a slight sheen. Lasting power is beyond amazing as they stay in place without budging from morning to nighttime.

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The contouring shades are on point for me, I’m still a little iffy on the highlighting shades underneath the eyes. My under-eye area has been rather dry the recent months so creasing is an impending doom I cannot get the hang of for the life of me right now. According to the internet the key is to add a drop of beauty oil so the product becomes more emollient not to mention even more pigmented which decreases the risk of creasing. Yet, I’m still a little hesitant. The highlighting shade Banana did not start creasing until about hour 4 give or take which deterred me from wearing the lighter shades for a full 8 hours. Other than that, until I figure out how to tame my dry under-eye, this is definitely not a deal-breaker for me and the kit gets two huge thumbs up.

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