Price: $40 * Buy At: Anastasia's Website * Size: 6 x 0.11 oz / 3 g
Anastasia Beverly Hills lets you pick six of their twenty seven highlight and contour shades for $40, including the palette. This is the same price as their classic Contour Kit, but you get to pick the shades that work best for your skin tone. I bought two highlight shades: Vanilla and Sand, and four contour shades: Clay, Espresso, Java and Fawn. The Contour Kit is made of black cardboard and each face powder magnetizes into the palette. The pans of the contour and highlighting powders are surprisingly small. They only contain double the amount of a normal shadow, which could be a good thing so that I can actually use up some of the makeup I buy. However, with the pans being small, it is harder to get a larger contour or highlighting brush into the pan.
Vanilla is a matte ivory highlight shade. It is noticeably more pigmented than other matte face highlights I have come across, but it still doesn't have quite the color payoff I imagined. It works well as a setting powder for my under eyes, but it doesn't add any coverage or brightness. Sand is a light ivory with subtle shimmer. The shimmer in this shade is quite subtle and takes a bit of building up to see on the skin. I wouldn't say that Sand is lacking in pigmentation, but it it quite similar to my skin tone so it doesn't show up as intense as I had anticipated. Fawn is a matte medium taupe with a slightly warm tone. The pigmentation is really nice, but not too intense, allowing for a much more natural contour. Java is a matte medium-light reddish tan. It has pretty good color payoff, but it isn't as pigmented as Fawn. Java and Fawn are pretty similar in color, but Fawn has more of a mustard tone, where Java has a reddish tint. Clay is a matte medium-dark reddish brown. It is very pigmented and it would work best as a contour for people with darker skin than mine. I can, however, use Clay with a light hand for a stronger contour look. Espresso is a matte dark reddish brown. The pigmentation on this one is great, but it is too dark for me. This would be a gorgeous contour on darker skin, and it also makes a great color for the eyes as well. All of the powders have a soft texture, but they aren't powdery like many soft powders tend to be. They are all very similar in formula and do not take much to blend out.