Up until recently, contouring has been dominated by the high-end market – drugstore options have been few and far between but recently a few more options have been popping up in Priceline. But the question has been are they any good? Are they too warm to actually do the job? Or is it worth splurging on the high-end beauties?
The Models Prefer Contour Collection has two contour/highlight kits, a cream contour and a cream highlighter. The cream contour looked far too warm for my pale skin so I decided to try out the Models Prefer Duo Contour Powder in Light. It’s a fairly basic set-up with a contour shade and a matte pressed powder, acting as a highlighter shade. Of course, it doesn’t function in quite the same way as your normal shimmery highlighter does, and really, on my pale skin it makes no difference but I can see it maybe acting as a powder to ‘bake’ your make-up and provide a bit of subtle highlighting on deeper skin tones. The contour powder looks quite warm and reddy in the swatch but actually looks quite natural on the cheekbones. The powder does kick up quite a bit in pan but it blends well on the skin and is subtle enough that it’s fairly tricky to go overboard.
The other recent release is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in 01 Light Medium. It comes with a contour shade and a more conventional, shimmery highlighter. It has a brush hidden underneath which I can’t say I have much interest in but I can imagine it could be great for beginners. The contour shade in this one is not too warm, not too cool, it’s just right. I’m actually a huge fan of how natural this one looks when sweep underneath my cheekbones. Again, it’s a really blendable powder but with less of the kick up. It’s fairly hard to get it wrong as long as you take your time and blend it out. The highlighter shade is a little bit eh – it’s nothing horrible but it’s a little too chunky for my liking but when blended out it still looks quite nice. Definitely not one I’d reach for every day and I’ve kind of gotten into the habit of using the contour shade then reaching for a different highlighter altogether.
I’ve been super impressed with both of these products but would end up probably picking the Maybelline one out of the two – the highlight shade makes the difference here, the one in the MP duo just doesn’t do much for me. The contour shades, as you can tell in the swatches, are fairly different but both work well enough on my skin tone. Are they a great starter product for those who aren’t sure whether it’s worth splurging on the high-end kits on the market? Definitely. As long as you take the time to swatch them on your skin tone to make sure the colours will work it’s well worth picking one of these up to try out the contouring trend (although it’s now all about strobing, what even is that?!)
Do either of these duos take your fancy? Are you a fan of contouring?
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