When I saw that Maybelline were releasing two contouring palettes, I knew I had to try them as it’s so hard to find good quality, drugstore contouring products. My favourite drugstore contour powder is the NYX Taupe Blush, which is amazing for pale skin as it’s very cool toned so it gives a very natural shadow, without being orange or looking muddy on the skin. The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palettes are available in two different shades; Light/Medium and Medium/Dark and they retail for £6.99* each.
The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palettes are packaged within black, plastic square compacts which are the same size and design as the Maybelline Fit Me Powder compacts. Inside each compact, there is a contour shade and an highlighter shade within a round pan, and the powder lifts up to reveal a mirror, and a contouring brush.
The packaging is quite bulky, and I would personally prefer it if they skipped the brush and mirror to make the packaging a little more streamlined. The brush is a little scratchy and the bristles aren’t dense or fluffy enough in my opinion, to be able to apply and blend the contour powder into the skin.
The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light/Medium is warm toned, whereas the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Medium/Dark is cool toned. I really do think that Maybelline should have perhaps created a cool toned powder for both shades seeing as it’s designed for contouring, as warm shades aren’t ideal as they don’t create the natural shadow that a cooler toned powder can.
The contour powder in Light/Medium is a warm, orange toned bronze with a satin finish and the contour powder in the Medium/Dark powder is a cool toned brown with a satin finish. Both powders are incredibly soft, with great pigmentation and are easy to apply and blend into the skin.
I prefer to use the Light/Medium shade as a bronzer, as it doesn’t look natural on my skintone as a contour powder and the Medium/Dark shade really is a great shade for contouring. If you are pale like me, I’d still recommend giving the Medium/Dark powder a go if you’re wanting to use the powder for contouring as I wouldn’t describe it as being particularly darker than Light/Medium, it’s just a different tone.
Maybelline recommend to use the contour powder along the base of your cheekbones, your temples, jawbone and your nose for adding definition and helping to sculpt the face.
Not only do the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palettes differ between the two shades, but the highlighters do too which I never expected. The highlighter inside the Light/Medium powder is more golden, whereas the highlighter in Medium/Dark is more champagne and the shimmer particles are larger and more noticeable in the Light/Medium powder.
I much prefer the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Medium/Dark as the contour powder is a lot more natural, and the highlighter is more natural too. I think these palettes are well worth their £6.99 price tag, and I really recommend giving them a swatch instore to see which shade would suit you the best tone wise.