Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

I have been telling you that I would review this product for a while now. I fully admit it has taken some time. Want to know the HONEST reason?

I wanted to show you how the products looked on my face and I had to wait until I had time to get my eyebrows done.

Well, it’s the truth!

Now if you’re into makeup…. or not…or watch the Kardashians… or you are just any human being for that matter, you have probably heard all of the hype about contouring and maybe even this “strobing” (cough, highlighting) trend.

It’s dinged up and CLEARLY well loved because I always travel with it. That’s a promising sign if there was one!

Today I’m talking about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

Every brand is coming out with their own contour palette, but this is the only one I have tried so far and I think it was a good choice.

It comes with six shades. Three highlighting powders and three contour shades. I have the light to medium version, CLEARLY. The powders themselves are nice– bendable and pigmented the “right” amount aka not too much pigment, not too little, juustt right.

Used the palette on my eyes and face.

I’ll get into detail about exactly how I use it, but first, let’s talk about the actual product why don’t we.

Top Row (highlighting shades): Vanilla, Banana, Sand

Sand is my number 1 highlight currently (won my 2015 best in beauty award 🙂 ), the sheen is PERFECT. As for the other two? Vanilla is very pink, Banana is very yellow. I tend to mix the two a lot.

ahh top row
Top Row (from Left to Right): Vanilla, Banana, Sand

Bottom Row (contour/bronzing shades): Java, Fawn, Havana

Fawn the really the only “true” contouring shade with very cool undertones and no shimmer. It’s glorious. Java works for me as a bronzer. I don’t use Havana, unfortunately, too warm, shimmery and dark to work for me.

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Bottom Row (from Left to Right): Java, Fawn, Havana

I had promised in a previous post that I would explain how I use this for both my face and eyes, so that is just what I am going to do.

First, the face. I go in with the Real Techniques Setting Brush and Fawn and apply it heavily (yes, heavily) in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples and along my jaw line. I then blend it out with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Next, I bronze my cheeks and forehead a bit with Java using any powder brush I have on hand.

If I need to set my concealer I will use Banana under my eyes or a mix of Banana and Vanilla. I finish it off by highlighting the top of my cheek bones with Sand using my Mac 187 Duo Fibre brush.

Sorry, this one’s a bit blurry! Ugh!

As for eyes, I use Vanilla on the lids and Fawn in the crease for the most amazingly natural eye contour I’ve found yet! I pop a bit of Sand in the inner corner and on the brow bone, blend and I’m done! It’s my favorite eyeshadow palette and that says a lot because it isn’t an eyeshadow palette. 😛


Overall, it’s a great contour palette and most people will find shades that work for them if you fit into the “light to medium” category, that is. If you’re darker skin toned, they do have medium to dark too!

That being said, I will definitely be purchasing the contour refills and putting them into my own palette instead of repurchasing the entire palette. Which shades will I repurchase?

This is the most important, tell all question after all.

Definitely my contour shade, Fawn, my favorite highlight, Sand, and POSSIBLY Banana and Vanilla.


Have you tried any other contour palettes? If so, which ones and should I try them out??

Have you even tried contouring, yet? Does the idea of it scare you? Haha!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    EEEEK! SO happy to see this review. I have been thinking of purchasing for a while.

    For me highlighter is sooo much harder to match! I use Benefit Watts Up and I look like a fairy elf after… way too shimmery.

    Contour is fun! Your photo really shows how well it works! So pretty ❤

    1. Sarah Mears says:

      So nice to hear! Yeah, highlighters can be tricky. Definitely want a natural sheen instead of chunky shimmer. Have you tried the Laura Mercier “matte” highlight? It’s great too!

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