It feels like I have been waiting forever for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to launch over here in the UK. I kid you not I have been on Cult Beauty's wait list for months! When I got the email to announce it was finally here, to say I was excited is an understatement!
As you may know Anastasia Beverly Hills specialise in mainly brow products (Anastasia herself is the lady behind Kim K's brows) but have branched out into other products such as eyeshadows and concealers. This Contour Kit in particular is one of their most hyped products on Instagram and with Beauty Vloggers all over Youtube.
The packaging of this kit is nice and slim and houses the six highlighting and contour shades in a sleek reinforced cardboard compact. The first thing I initially noticed was that there was no mirror in the lid. Its not a necessity as this kit intended for makeup professionals but I think it would have been nice to have one. This type of cardboard packaging gets dirty so easily. Finger prints stick to it instantly and I can already tell I will be wiping it down after every use.
The kit itself contains three highlighting shades, and three contouring shades. All of these shades have a matte finish with the exception of Sand which has a subtle shimmery finish. The highlighting shades Vanilla and Banana are intended to highlight underneath the eyes and to set concealer. Vanilla is more of creamy shade whereas Banana has much more yellow undertones to it. Both of these shades brighten up your whole face and set my concealer beautifully without looking cakey. Vanilla is more suited to my skin tone but I find that mixing the two together gives me that bright under eye without being too yellow. Sand reminds me of a more subtle version of MAC's Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skinfinish with its champagne tone that looks so flattering on the top of the cheekbones.
The three contouring shades in the kit are equally beautiful. Java and Havana have more warmer tones running through them whereas Fawn is much more cool in tone. Fawn is my favourite of the three being the most natural looking and is the most universal shade in the kit. Java is perfect for warming up my complexion and Havana will be perfect when I'm a little more tanned. I use these powders in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples, forehead and under the jaw to sculpt out my face making it look much more defined and slimmer!
All of the shades in this kit are buttery soft and blend like an absolute dream. They look so natural on the skin and even work well when mixed together. The beauty of this kit is that you can customise your perfect highlight and contour to get exactly what you want. I think its a brilliant idea to introduce a refillable kit and the brand are also introducing lots of new shades to choose from.
Whether you are a professional makeup artist or a beginner at contouring and highlighting this is a must have kit to own. For £45 it does seem a little on the pricey side but when you break it down you're getting six pans of product which I would happily pay £20 for each of them. Since trying this palette it completely deserves the hype and "cult" status. I am in love.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is available in the UK now from Cult Beauty- link