Confession time: I stink at contouring. I’ve tried, and tried again, and I wind up looking like Amy Schumer.
For me, it really isn’t practical unless I’m going to an event — but let’s face it — those come far and few between these days. Professional makeup artists and YouTube tutorials make it look SOOOOOO easy, but I’ve got to be honest. I am one chick who didn’t pick up the skill!
So one morning last week, I walked into my CVS and they were just putting out some of the new Maybelline spring collection. I could have cried! An untouched display…just for me! (Well, at least for a few minutes — but you know the joy of finding them too!) The one thing I noticed was that Maybelline is using the word “contour”, but if it’s Instagram-level contouring you’re looking for, this won’t be your palette.
BUT! If you’re like me, and can’t correctly contour to save your life, nor do you want Instagram-level contouring, this palette can be a little lifesaver.
I selected the Light to Medium shade, and there is also a Medium to Deep shade. It contains what I’ll describe as a light/medium matte bronzer, a cool pink satin blush, and a shimmering champagne highlight shade. It also includes a brush — but we’ll get to that in a minute.
I guess you could say that contouring and defining are the same thing, but then again, not really. This strikes me more as an affordable bronzer/blush/highlight defining combo palette than a traditional contour palette. When I think of contour palettes, I think of palettes by LORAC and Anastasia Beverly Hills, where there are also numerous complexion shades included to blend, blend, blend to your heart’s content.
Even though this isn’t a massive “contour” palette, I will say this! For $12.99, it’s a super convenient way to travel with three products that you likely use on your face anyway. I wear a highlight powder almost every day, and I LOVE the one included in this Maybelline palette. It’s not too glittery, and it looks great for definition on the high planes of the cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and just the tiniest bit on your cupid’s bow.
It’s also fair to say, fair-skinned gals might enjoy this lighter bronzer/contour shade, because some of those really dark ones look muddy on the skin. And I wish this blush had a name, because I’d consider buying it. It’s a nice pink for spring that blended well without being patchy (but with my OWN blush brush). In terms of formula, I have to revert back to the price tag you’re paying — for $12.99 this isn’t a bad value at all — IF you can get over the fact that it’s not a massive contour palette and you’ll need to use your own brushes.
Considering the price of drugstore makeup, I’m not counting on the applicators/brushes that come with the product. (If it’s a prestige product, that’s another story!) In this case, I’m afraid the brush tried to be helpful, but it honestly wasn’t. The only thing I found the brush good for was for applying the #1 contour shade. The width of it made sure I kept the color on the outside lines of my face like the instructional photo above shows. If you draw a “3” with this on the sides of your face that extend along your jawline, I found it helpful. I still had to blend, however!
If you are going to pick up this palette, I recommend relying on your own brushes to be honest. I’m not going to ding Maybelline for the brush, because I feel like most mass-brand palettes don’t put money in the brushes anyway, and I’m okay with that.
Is this something you’d give a try? Sound off in the comments below! Tell me a funny contouring story if you’ve got one!