Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette Review

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It is not news that contouring is all the rage right now.  After poking around and checking out all of my options, I decided to take the plunge on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette.

The palette comes in 2 different shades (light to medium, and medium to tan) at Sephora, but a third shade (tan to deep) is available at the Anastasia website. Each palette contains 6-0.11 oz shades and costs $40. I purchased the light to medium palette.

Palette Breakdown

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The 6 shades in the light/medium palette are:

  • Sand
  • Banana
  • Vanilla
  • Java
  • Fawn
  • Havana

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Let’s start by discussing the shades on the bottom.  For my skin, I found that the left shade worked well as an all over face bronzer, but it is really easy to use too much and look a tad orange.  A light hand with that is essential.

The second shade is my contour shade.  This one is the least orange, and even a little ashy.  I used this in the hollows of my cheeks under my cheek bones to add a little bit of definition.  The shade slenderizes nicely, but I found that I had to use a heavier hand to get noticeable definition.

The shade on the right was too dark for me to use before spending some time out in the sun, so it remained untouched.

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All in all, the darker shades of this palette are reasonably pigmented and apply nicely.

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Now it’s time to talk about the lighter shades.  The first shade was a light, matte highlight.  The middle shade was yellow, meant for hilighting and hiding the under eye area.  The final shade was a light shade with a bit of shimmer.

You might be wondering why I have a photo of them densely packed on my fingertips rather than swatched on my arm like the dark shade.  Truth is, when applied, I basically couldn’t see the shades at all.  The yellow one was only slightly noticeable, but the other two left so much to be desired in the highlighting department.  I felt like I was using a translucent setting powder, not a highlighter.  The amount of powder I had to pack on to my face to get it to be noticeable was insane.

DSC02938Do you see it?  The banana side is noticeable, but the shade I wanted to utilize the most (matte highlight on the left)..nothing.  This was an incredibly disappointing discovery.

The Bottom Line

Here’s the truth: I returned the palette to Sephora.  The only shade I wanted to keep around was the actual contouring shade (middle of bottom row) because it was the only one that did it’s job well enough to be worth it for me.  For the other dark shade, I already have a Sephora bronzer in Los Cabos, which is a great matte bronze for my skin, and I use Bare Minerals Well Rested as an under eye powder.  In other words: except for the one contour color, I have something in my collection that works just as well or better than the products that come in the Anastasia palette. I don’t regret getting my $40 back.

On the Anastasia website there is an option to purchase individual contour refill colors at $14 each, which is an option I’m considering to get my hands on that one shade I’m missing.

Have you given the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette a try?  Did it work for you or did you experience the same disappointment as I did? Let me know!

*I bought this product with my own money. All opinions are my own. Post contains referral links*

6 thoughts on “Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette Review

  1. Allison says:

    Everyone is talking about this contouring palette. But thank you for the honest review! $14 is pricey for the single refill, but if it’s just the right shade, it may be worth it! For me, the palette has too many choices. I do simple contouring with a highlighter/contour cream duo stick from em cosmetics. That’s all I can handle.

  2. Asja Anderson says:

    Love this post and loved that you said you returned it because every time I look at it of course I’m like ” I need that” but I really don’t think I will use it! Thanks for confirming and helping me not wasting money on the whole palette. I may look into the individuals on the website though..

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