Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Contour Craze: Contour Powders

As we all know, contouring has gone cray cray; everyone and their mom is coming out with their version of contour powders and kits. Which I think is a good thing because it gives people with different budgets and tastes different options to pick and choose from. Drugstores have even gotten on the bandwagon! 

Here is a closer look at the powders I use the most (and my new edition that I love) when I do decide to contour a bit more than just slapping on some bronzer:

The Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit, Wet n' Wild Contouring Palette in Caramel Toffee, NYX HD Blush in Taupe and theBalm Bahama Mama.

Let's start with my new love, the Bahama Mama, which is technically a bronzer but it's dark and neutral enough to work for contouring (on me at least). It's also a great bronzer when used with a very light hand!

This NYX HD Blush in Taupe is one of the most grey-toned powders I have with almost a hint of purple in it to really imitate shadows on the face. It's pigmented, cheap and easy to pack for traveling thanks to the sleek packaging. It's technically labeled as a blush but I would never in a million years use this as a blush with my skin tone.

The Wet n' Wild Contour Palette in Caramel Toffee is definitely cooler in tone and on par with the NYX Taupe but a little more pink. It's a great drugstore buy for someone who wants to try contouring but is a little hesitant. It's cheap, easy to work with and you aren't overwhelmed with all the options that some contour kits include.

The only contour kit I actually own is the Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit that I got on Groupon for $20! It's usually around 40-50 bucks I think, but I see it on Groupon and Hautelook frequently so I would just wait to buy it on sale. Is it the best ever? Well I'm not blown away by it but it gets the job done. It is extremely comparable to the Anastasia Contour Kit just judging by swatches and pictures (but I don't own it myself).

Mine is well used obviously! ;) The shade in the middle in the bottom row is the one I use to contour with the most, and it's called Picture Perfect and it's the darker, more grey-toned out of the three. The others are warmer and better for bronzing I think.

Here is all of them swatched to compare:

Starting from the right: Nyx Taupe, Wet n' Wild Contour, theBalm Bahama Mama, last three are the Aesthetica powders (Picture Perfect, Flawless and Sunkissed)
There you have it! I would LOVE to get my hands on the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette someday! :)

Recommend any contour powders, bronzers or kits I should try? 


  1. Bahama Mama is so beautiful! It's going on my wishlist. You have a really nice blog, I'm following you now on gfc. Checkout my blog and if you like it follow me too. Let's keep in touch! :D

    1. Thanks! I'll be sure to check out yours as well! :)



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