I have had this palette for over a year so I think it’s about time I did a review on it! It’s also good to note that this picture was taken months ago and it certainly doesn’t look like this now – I’ve panned two shades!
I bought this palette when I completely panned my YoungBlood Cosmetics one – click here to see my review on that. That contour kit was amazing so I didn’t know if this could top it to be honest. However, I feel like they are very similar consistency wise and the shades are not too different either.
The formula is extremely pigmented, buttery soft, blend-able and lasts really well on oily complexions without separating throughout the day. The shades are also very complimentary for many skin tones – For my neutral fair skin tone I can use all but the two on the far right (levitation and subconscious). However, these are so pigmented that you can easily use the shades that don’t work for you as eye shadows.
I have nothing bad to say about these powders; but I will point out that even though the packaging is gorgeous it is on the bulky side so definitely not travel friendly!
What do you think about this contour palette? Is there one you’d recommend?
I’ve been looking for a good contour palette for a while now and after reading some good reviews on this I was really excited to try it out.
I really like the packaging of the e.l.f. blush, contour and highlight palette because you can remove a pan from one palette and switch it with another. They are fairly lightweight and sturdy – good for travelling.
The formula is not the best; it is powdery and not very pigmented. They do feel buttery and honestly, I don’t mind that the contour shade (bottom right) isn’t pigmented because I can slowly build it up and it doesn’t look too intense but I wish that the bronzer (bottom left) had more pigmentation. The highlight shade is very light – almost white and it has a slight glow but is very subtle. I’m not exactly sure what the top right side is suppose to be – a bronzer/powder? but it isn’t useful at all for me because it’s too light to be a bronzer and too dark to be a face powder.
Swatched multiple times to build up color (shade light/medium). Left to right: highlight, powder?, bronzer and contour.
Overall, I’m not impressed with this contour palette and my search will continue. If you want to check out a contour palette that I would recommend click here.
Since the highlighting and contouring ‘trend’ isn’t dying down anytime soon, I thought I would review this new contour palette by Youngblood.
I like the packaging because it is compact and looks luxurious with the faux leather exterior. It has a strong magnetic closure so it won’t be opening up if you decide to travel with it. It does not contain a mirror.
The formula is amazing; they are very buttery and blendable, similar to their Natural Mineral Foundations which you can find my review on here. This allows me to blend the contour shades without it looking too harsh if I happen to apply too much. The wear time is amazing as well; on my oily skin type these last the entire day with some fading after about 7+ hours.
The shades are all matte, which is why I like using the highlight shades to brighten my under eyes in a triangular shape, lighten the center of my forehead and to clean up under my cheekbone contour.
Swatched in order from left to right.
I can see these shades being suitable for a wide range of skintones except for deep. While the contour shades are not grey/ashy in tone, they somehow work on my fair neutral skintone and look natural, even during the day.
Youngblood products do not contain paraben, talc, oil, and fragrance and are cruelty free.
These two sticks are amazing for a natural glow/contour. Since they are both a cream formula, they melt into the skin. This review is on the contour and highlight duo in “light”.
The packaging of these creams are very convenient as you can literally draw on your highlight and contour and blend out with a brush or sponge. They twist up and the plastic packaging is very light; great for travel.
Both the contour and highlight stick have a very creamy formula that blends out extremely well. The lasting powder is amazing especially when set with a powder; it will easily last the entire day; even on oily skin types.
The shades are very flattering on lighter skin tones. The contour shade is not too warm or cool and can be used as bronzer and/or contour. The highlight shade is gorgeous; it has very fine shimmer in it and is very reflective. I really like how they have this duo in “deep” as well.
What are your favourite cream contour/highlight products?
This makeup item is nostalgic for me as it was one of the first e.l.f. products I purchased. I have more of these duos but for today I’m reviewing “St. Lucia”, as it is my favourite.
Firstly, the packaging is very sturdy and sleek and perfect for travel because it is a 2-in-1 compact. The mirror is very large and clear; again perfect for travel if you don’t want to take a mirror with you.
Both blush and bronzer have shimmer in them but they don’t translate much on the face unless you pack the product on. The blush is a coral peach shade that looks beautiful on fair skin tones as it is not very pigmented so you can lightly build the color up to your preference.
The bronzer is much more pigmented so you barely have to touch it with a brush but it blends out well so even if you accidentally put on too much you can buff it out fairly quickly. The bronzer is not too cool or warm so I think it would suit many skin tones. The shimmer in the bronzer gives a nice glow-y look, which is what I want during summer time.
Overall I like this duo by e.l.f.; it is not the best quality but it does a decent job for only $3 USD. The only downside I noticed with this product is the lasting power; it fades away after 3 hours which is a bit inconvenient.
This “baked bronzer” is actually a highlight and when I saw this, I thought the actual product itself looked similar to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishs. Sue Moxley is/was a model and a makeup artist I believe, and this was my first product from this brand that I have tried. I found this on eBay for a very affordable price (I think around $7) but I have seen a lot of YouTube videos and blog posts that they can be found in the UK quite easily.
The shade is very close to the color of my skin tone and does not have any glitter; just a light sheen, which makes it very natural-looking on me. The actual product is not crazy pigmented but if you use a stiffer brush, it will pick up more product. It has a light peach/yellow color to it, there are parts where you can pick up more yellow or peach. The pictures below do not do it justice. It is different from all my other highlighters, since I mostly have champagne-colored ones.
I recommend this for a natural highlight, it is undetectable on the skin; it looks as if you have a natural glow. I do not recommend this if you are very fair because the peach/yellow will show up on your skin and may be too dark.
I have heard so much about this NYX powder blush in the shade taupe. I have never been able to spot it in any of the stores that carry NYX products, so when I saw it on eBay I had to try it out for myself. I have a very light skin tone naturally, so when I’m not tanned it is very hard for me to get a natural looking contour during the day.
The shade is perfect for contouring on lighter skin tones because it is a grey-ish brown and is very cool-toned. I use it to contour my cheekbones, nose, and even on my eyes; in the crease. This powder however, lacks in pigmentation and the top forms a layer that must be scratched off every so often. It would not even swatch but when i use a brush and roughly swirl it around I get a small amount of product. I see that as a positive because it is always better to have less than to look over-contoured, which can happen very easily for me. NYX has this shade in a new HD formula which I want to try out to compare.
Have you tried this or the HD blush in taupe?
I just did a search for this item on eBay and it seems to be sold out currently.