Every beauty brand appears to be launching their very own interpretation of a contour palette, and I’ve tried a fair few myself over the last few years since the whole contouring trend exploded within the mainstream beauty community. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect contour palette, and in all honesty I was starting to believe it didn’t exist as I couldn’t find a contour palette which ticked every box. One of the most popular contour kits has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, but I felt like one of the very few that didn’t really rate it as I didn’t find the powders to be very blendable on my dry skin and although I loved the Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette, there were only a couple of shades which worked for my skintone. I spotted the PUR Cosmetics Contour Diaries Palette online and it looked very promising shade wise so I couldn’t wait to try it.
The PUR Cosmetics Contour Diaries Palette £28 contains six large 3.5g powder pans within a cardboard magnetised palette with a beautiful white and grey marble print design with rose gold accents. Marble and rose gold are such a blogger cliché but I absolutely love it, especially as there’s a mirror within the lid when there isn’t one within the ABH Contour Palette which is £11 more expensive and the pans within the PUR Cosmetics Contour Diaries Palette are slightly bigger too with 3.5g each whereas the ABH pans are 3g each. The pans within the palette are laid out in two rows with the three highlighter shades in one row and the three contour shades in another.
PUR Cosmetics say;
“With Contour Diaries Contour Palette, you too can sculpt and define your makeup story. Featuring three super creamy and blendable shades for contouring and three luminious shades for highlighting, this 6-piece contour and highlight palette makes it easy to accentuate like a pro. The lighter shades are used to draw soft, “lit from within” attention to the high points of the face and help brighten the dark shadows that may lurk under the eyes. The darker shades create faux shadows that chisel your cheekbones or slenderize other facial features. These buildable powders are mixable and customizable to create the right highlight and dimension for every skin tone. Get truly envious features instantly.“
Charm – Light Pink / Peach
Dream – Golden Hue
Flirt – Warm Peach
Secret – Light Brown
Passion – Warm Brown
Mystery – Deep Brown
All six powders are extremely soft and smooth, and although they’re very soft there’s next to no kick up within the pans when using a brush. The shades are adequately pigmented in that they’re easy to apply but they’re not too pigmented that you have to use a very light hand. They’re all buildable allowing you to apply as much as you want which is exactly what I want with contouring as I find it be easy to go overboard. The shades within the PUR Cosmetics Contour Diaries Palette are very well thought out with shades and tones. The three highlighter shades include a cooler toned highlight, a banana powder to brighten the under eyes and a warmer toned highlight. The three contour shades include a cool toned contour, a warm toned contour and a neutral contour shade.
The highlight shades within the Kat Von D Palette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette aren’t particularly pale skin friendly so I feel like the palettes weren’t really worth it as I only use one or two shades. I can get away with using all three of the highlight shades within this palette and they also can be mixed with the three contour shades to lighten them too. The top contour shade; Secret is the ideal contour shade for my super pale skin and it works amazingly as a contour shade as it’s cool toned and looks very natural on the skin.
The other two bronze shades are too dark for my skintone straight from the pan, but if I blend some of Charm with Passion, I can use it as a bronzer. The only shade I can’t use is Mystery as it’s so dark but five out of six is the best I’ve had from a contouring palette. It’s such a fantastic palette for £28 as most higher end brands charge between £35 to £50 for their contour palettes and the packaging is beautiful. I love how compact the packaging is, how blendable the powders are, how longlasting they are on the skin and I really recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for the perfect contour palette.
I’d love to know what your favourite contour palette is?