Anastasia Contour Kit Review & Swatches

I've been thinking long and hard whether to publish this review because this palette is not easy to find! I had a hard time myself trying to track this thing down and it was just pure luck that my local Sephora still had it in stock! I have had this kit to play with for over a month now and I finally decided to write a review so that you know what you'll be getting your money's worth in case they choose to restock, which I'm quite positive they will. With a high demand like this, it's silly not to.

Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit

Anastasia Contour Kit is a palette full of highlighting and contouring powders. The palette itself is a sturdy, magnetic cardboard. Compact size, lightweight, it is all around perfect to travel with. Though one thing I'm not happy about is the lack of mirror when there is a place for it inside.

Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit

What's really cool about these powders is they come in a removable, magnetic pan! Meaning, you can pop them out and place them in a different palette, or you can buy a refill for the color you run out, or swap them to customize your own palette (I hear they are coming out with more shades in refillable pans!). The magnet underneath each pan is pretty strong but good thing there is an indentation that allows you to easily lift the pan off the palette if needed.

Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit
Anastasia Contour Kit (Sand is mislabled; it should be the third color down)
Anastasia Contour Kit; top: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand; bottom: Java, Fawn, and Havana
Anastasia Contour Kit; top: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand; bottom: Java, Fawn, and Havana
Anastasia Contour Kit; L: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand; R: Java, Fawn, and Havana
Anastasia Contour Kit; L: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand; R: Java, Fawn, and Havana

Top row: highlight

  • Vanilla – a pale peachy pink; matte
    It has really sheer pigmentation. The texture is slightly dry and I feel that you skin has to be properly moisturized or it can emphasize the skin texture. Since this shade barely shows up on me, I mainly use it to set my under eye concealer.
  • Banana – a light yellow; matte
    The texture is much better than Vanilla; creamy, blendable, and very forgiving on dry skin. It also has fairly good color payoff. This is a good shade to cover up redness and neutralize facial veins.
  • Sand – a pale champagne; shimmer
    Such a beautiful shimmery shade. The shimmer is so subtle and looks really natural once applied on the skin. The texture is rather dry, though, and can go on slightly patchy on dry skin. I like to apply this on the top of my cheeks, down the nose, and on the Cupid's Bow.

Bottom row: contour

  • Java – a warm medium brown with yellow undertones; matte
    It has a nice and smooth texture that applies and blends beautifully. The color matches my yellow-toned skin really well so I like to dust it on the frame of my face to add warmth.
  • Fawn – a cool medium taupe brown; matte
    Another shade with stellar texture — silky and highly blendable. I like how cool and neutral this shade is so I use it to contour under the cheekbones and down the sides of my nose to add subtle definition to the face.
  • Havana – a warm medium brown with red undertones; matte
    This is the darkest contouring shade that I don't get to use much as it comes out a little too red for my preference. If you are looking to achieve a “tan” look, this is probably the best option. Similar to the other two contouring shades, Havana is smooth and creamy to the touch and feels like silk going on the skin.

Overall, I am much more impressed with the contouring than the highlighting shades. They are creamier and apply much better. They are not overly pigmented which I find a good thing. It is better to build the intensity than take away when it comes to contouring/bronzing. The highlighting shades, on the other hand, are a little tricky to use as they are sheer, dry, and tend to accentuate textured skin.

I also get a longer wear from the contouring shades. They last approximately 6-7 hours on my combination-oily skin and from there start to fade ever so slightly. The wear time of the highlighting shades is a bit shorter at 4-5 hours before fading.

Last thing I noticed is if you are pale, the contouring shades may be too dark, then if you are dark, they might not be dark enough to show up at all. So my advice for those whose skin tone isn't in the “medium” range is to wait until they release more shades and then build your own customized palette from there.

Wearing Anastasia Contour Kit. I applied Java on the hollow of my cheeks and Fawn down the sides of my nose. Then I used Sand on the top of my cheeks, Vanilla under my eyes, and Banana around my nose to cover redness.
Wearing Anastasia Contour Kit.
I applied Java on the hollow of my cheeks and Fawn down the sides of my nose.
Then I used Sand on the top of my cheeks, Vanilla under my eyes, and Banana around my nose to cover redness.

I do think that for the price, this is a great buy. The performance of the lighter shades could use some improvement but besides that, there's really nothing not to like about it. It is a convenient palette full of 6 cheek colors that allows you to mix and match to suit your skin tone. It is also a great option for those who are just starting with contour and highlight as well as those looking to build their collection.

As I said, this item is hard to obtain at the moment. It is constantly out of stock on Sephora and even on Anastasia's own website. The funny thing is, there are plenty of them on online auction/marketplaces like Amazon and Ebay but I do not recommend paying crazy money for it. Alternatively, you can call up your local Sephora to ask if they still have them in stock. I found mine in store after all, so you never know unless you try! :)

Edit 11/28/14: The palette is now available at most retailers. See links below.

Do you think you'll be picking up this palette once it becomes available again? Do you highlight/contour on a daily basis?

Purchase

US$40 at NordstromSephoraMacy's

At Anastasia Beverly Hills counter

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37 Comments

  • Love!! I am so glad I’ve got my hands on this palette. You should also check out the NARS contour blush!

    • Yay! Where did you buy it from? Sephora online? You’re LUCKY!!!! The thing sold out on me TWICE at checkout! LOL!

      I have Nars Paloma. ^_^ Love it!

      • I was browsing the website one day and saw that it was still not in stock so I just decided to see if it was in stock in any of the actual stores near me and it was! I jumped right in the car! When I got there I couldn’t find it in the Anastasia section so I thought maybe the website was just incorrect.. then I asked someone if they had it and she pointed me to where it was right in the front of the store :) And I bought 2!

  • This is a cool palette! But I don’t find myself contouring that much, maybe once in a blue moon when I feel like it.. The highlight looks great on you! I think I need a highlight palette hehe.

    And yes they ARE coming out with new refills – http://imgur.com/a/2yR5l

    • Thanks for the link, Rachelle! It only makes sense that they make refills!

      Now a highlight palette would be totally awesome! How come no one has ever done that before??!!

  • This is a really neat looking product! Imagining for a moment that we had Anastasia here, I’d definitely wait til they came out with more shades – a contouring kit at an affordable price point that catered to super cool vampire people like me would be awesome!

  • This is such a coveted palette! I’d love to get something like this but don’t think ill have use for more than a couple of those pans! You look beautiful Jaa! whats on your lips? :-)

  • It looks and sound pretty good, the contouring shades in particular. But I so don’t need it. I mean, I never contour or highlight. Like, ever. So the palette would just be sitting there in my stash being pretty.

    • Yeah… wouldn’t make sense to get one if you are not going to use it! :)

      But really, you never highlight?!!! I can understand the no contour but no highlight?! I can’t leave my house without a highlight haha.

  • This is quite a palette! I think it’s useful for makeup artists, but I really don’t contour/highlight enough to buy the whole palette. I like how it looks on you for sure though :)

  • I purchased this kit straight from Anastasia’s website. I don’t contour often, and I am light skinned, so the darker shades only work if I have a tan, but I just ‘had to have’ this product because it is ‘hard to find.’ So far I’ve only used the highlighting shade, Sand, the the lighter contour color, Fawn, under my cheekbones. Btw, it looks like it is still in stock on her website and there is free shipping too!

    • Thanks for the info, JK! That’s such great news in case someone is still looking for it! I too, bought it because it’s a “hard to find” piece! Totally fell for their marketing ploy haha.

  • You look so beautiful, Jaa! You are right, for $40 the fact that you get 6 shades is pretty great! However, I won’t be picking this up as the textures of the highlighters and the staying power would concern me a bit. The palette looks beautiful on you, though!!

    • I think it’s a pretty sweet deal just like you said! They have refills in so many colors now so hopefully there will be some other highlighting shades with better texture! :)

  • ABH should be launching their full spectrum of refills (and though you can buy 6 separately, that will qualify you for a free 6-pan palette and the price will drop to $40 at checkout. I’ve been awaiting this launch for some time now and following it closely on instagram via @anastasiabeverlyhills and her daughter @norvina (who, PS, has the most gorgeous eyelids on the PLANET and makes me want ALL of the makeups!). They were supposed to launch today but are having some technical issues with the site. Anywho, there’s going to be a shade picker to help those who aren’t sure what colors will work best for them. I can’t wait! I was so excited to see that you reviewed this palette. I definitely have my eyes on a kit myself and can’t wait for the site to launch (though I wouldn’t be that mad if it didn’t launch before pay day, LOL!!!)! I have loved everything ABH I’ve tried, from eyeshadow to brow pencils to brow pomade. I also really love the founder’s story. I sound like an ABH stalker, LOL! Just trying to spread some of the info I’ve picked up from Instagram!
    Much love to you! XOXO

    • They really should hire you as their PR, Kristen!!! ;D I wish I had waited a little longer to customize my own palette instead of buying the pre-filled one. Oh well!

      Can you tell me more about the founder’s story? You got me curious, girl!

      • Ha ha! Thank you! I really love ABH. The founder immigrated to the US with her daughter from Romania and started her own business, worked her butt off, had great success due to her ethic and excellent work, started her own product line at the salon, and the rest is history! Her story is really inspiring, and it doesn’t hurt that the product line is absolutely FANTASTIC. You can tell how much love and thought go into everything she and her daughter create.

  • Awesome review Jaa! The highlighters in my kit don’t get much love, but I use the hell out of the contour shades. Fawn is the perfect taupe/grey brown color to mimic shadows for my skin tone and I like using Havana to warm up my face a bit.

    • Thanks, Izzie! Yeah… I wish the highlighting shades would perform just a bit better! Fawn is definitely a nice contouring shade!

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