I’m obsessed with palettes. As much as I love individual eye-shadows, bronzers or blushes – nothing beats the sensation that sweeps over me when I flip open a little box containing multiple colours for me to choose from. Palettes also tend to offer me inspiration for new looks to create, as it’s easier to make a good judgement when you see your options bunched together before you.
I recently received the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and the LORAC Mega Pro eyeshadow palette. Having tried and tested both of these kits, I thought it would be a great idea to share my thoughts and experience with them. Sometimes the choice of whether or not to splurge on a palette isn’t the easiest to make, but I plan to make it a little less hard.
LORAC Mega Pro Palette
Thirty-two eyeshadow colours ranging from multiple neutrals to cranberry and indigo hues. The packaging is sturdy and strong; with a large mirror on the inside which can prove rather useful.
The bad news: Some of the lighter colours are slightly disappointing – They are a little ‘chalky’ and don’t offer the exact colour you expect. I was also disappointed with the colour Indigo. When I first opened this palette, Indigo instantly captured my attention as a beautiful navy shade with iridescent sparkles. But when I swatched it, I was heartbroken to discover that the sparkles were just a thin mask placed the actual colour (which in reality is almost the same as the colour Caviar directly below it).
However, that’s needless to say that I didn’t forgive this palette for that one hiccup. A lot of the colours are vibrant and promising. They apply quite nicely, and have offered a new range of shades to my eyeshadow collection. The most interesting of the selection are Opal, Vanilla, Sand, Copper, Smokey Topaz, Granite, Merlot, Gray and Mulberry. Mulberry being my favourite of all.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Lo and behold; the famous Contour Kit. Tried by many, loved by lots. This little palette has received a lot of attention since it’s release last year, with beauty gurus and bloggers praising it on all social-media platforms. But is it worth the glory and hype?
The packaging may not look very exciting but it feels well put together and certainly not cheep. I feel that there could have been a mirror put in place here, but I do like how the individual colours can easily be removed and magnetically-snap back in place.
So here’s the load-down: When it comes to contouring, if you have this kit then you’ll never have to worry about purchasing a new contour colour again. Java, Fawn and Havana are the perfect contour shades. Fawn is the lightest and most ‘ash’ toned, which is great for a natural and light contour. Java is a little darker and warmer, a perfect ‘medium’ if you will. And Havana is the darkest and richest of them all, which is perfect for a more intense contour.
Now, on to the highlighting shades. Vanilla is a pink-toned, matte highlight; Banana is a more intense, well, banana tone; Whilst Sand is another pink-toned shade, but with very slight and subtle shimmers. All three are beautiful, and they do apply well. But I have one issue: They are simply not light enough for someone with truly fair skin. In this sense, they don’t actually ‘highlight’ very well for me. I feel that they are more suited to someone with a ‘medium’ skin colour, not ‘light’. I’ve inserted a photo of the colours below with a lower exposure, so that you can maybe see what I mean. But, having said all of that, the kit colour range is ‘Light To Medium’ and it’s hard to please everyone under that range.
However, the actual formulation and colour play-off of the shades are out-of-this-world. For that, I get the hype.
So would I recommend these palettes? Absolutely for the Contour kit. Maybe not as surely for the LORAC palette though.
I hope you all like this review and hopefully I’ll be back soon with another!