The beauty world has become contouring crazy thanks to Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic revealing all his tips on how he creates Kim’s heavily sculpted makeup look. Now for me personally, contouring isn’t something I do on a daily basis.. but it is something I like to do when I’m wearing perhaps a fuller face of makeup to stop my skin from looking one-dimensional. Until now I’ve been enjoying using my beloved NYX Powder Blush in Taupe, which is a cool-toned grey shade, for my contouring but when I spotted that Beauty UK had created the Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette, I had to give it a try especially as it’s only £4.99.
The Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette contains three shallow, circular pans of Contour, Bronzer and Highlighter creams inside a black cardboard box with a magnetic lid. The packaging isn’t particularly great, as it’s a little flimsy with a thin piece of plastic in lid.
Each pan contains just 2.36ml of product which isn’t very generous, although the palette is only £4.99.. but it’s something to consider if you plan to use it every day as I can’t imagine it would last for very long at all. On the back of the box, there is quite a good guide to show you where each of the three products should be used which I really like, making it ideal for contouring newbies.
The contour cream is a great shade, as it’s not at all warm or orange toned so it’s perfect for creating the appearance of a natural shadow. The bronzer shade is pretty orange, so it’d be most suited those with a warm undertone, and the highlight shade is a slightly warm cream which doesn’t contain any shimmer particles.
I like to apply the contour shade with a brush like the Sigma F60, in the places I want to use it such as the hollows of the cheeks, jawline and temples and then use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to blend it in to get rid of any harsh, obvious lines. For the highlighter cream, I like to use a blending brush like the Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush.
I love the contour cream in the Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette as it’s really effective, but I don’t like the bronzer as it’s just too warm toned and it looks very muddy against my skintone. The Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette highlighter shade applies well, but I feel that it’d be more noticeable on those with darker skin tones as this shade is actually my skintone so it doesn’t actually make very much difference.
I think this palette is impressive for a drugstore contour palette, as I’ve not found anything comparable from other brands.. but it would be better suited for those with a darker, warmer complexion than mine.