I really have lost count of how many contour kits Makeup Revolution have launched.. in fact they have 43 products on the TAM Beauty website under the ‘contour‘ category which is crazy and a little excessive to say the least. Regardless of the amount of contour palettes they’ve released, only one has been suitable for my pale skin which is the Freedom Pro Contour Kit but every other kit they have in both cream and powder forms have been too dark or too orange for my skintone. When I saw they’d launched the Makeup Revolution Ultra Lightening Contour Kit, I knew I wanted to buy it as it looked like it could be quite promising as the contour shade wasn’t warm toned like a lot of their contour products.
The Makeup Revolution Ultra Lightening Contour Kit is only £3.50 and contains three creams; a shimmer highlighter cream, a matte highlighter cream and contour cream within a plastic compact with a very small mirror within the top portion of the lid. I find cream contour products to be very hit and miss and it’s so hard so find a good quality cream contour product which isn’t greasy and paint like. I have to be honest, once the kit arrived as part of my Makeup Revolution Haul I didn’t have high hopes at all as there was residual grease laying on the surface of all three shades which is very common for cheap cream contour products.
Before using the three creams, I blotted the surface of each pan with a tissue to try and remove the excess grease on the creams and all three shades do feel very greasy in terms of consistency. The swatches above are the result from swirling my fingertips six times in each pan so it took a little effort to get enough solid pigmentation to be able to fully show the shades of each of the three creams. The highlighter shade is the worst product within the kit and has a gritty texture which is not at all flattering on the skin regardless of application method; fingers, sponge or brush and looks like textured silver glitter on the skin. The matte highlighter shade isn’t bad at all but I just can’t make it work for me as it’s darker than my skintone so it’s actually more of a darker concealer than an highlighter but slightly deeper skintones may be able to use it as an highlighter.
The contour shade is the one shade I was most looking forward to trying as it’s a nice cool toned brown which would work well at mimicking natural shadow but the greasy consistency really lets the shade down. The colour is perfect for my skintone but it feels like face paint on my skin and looks very shiny which is less than ideal. I find the contour shade to be difficult to apply and overall I think the Makeup Revolution Ultra Lightening Contour Kit is a total miss as for £3.50 you could purchase something considerably better such as the Freedom Pro Contour Kit but I really wouldn’t recommend this kit as it’s much too greasy and paint like and I just don’t want gritty silver glitter on my face.
Have you tried this contour kit? What’s your favourite budget friendly contour kit? Let me know in the comments below…