What does it take to find a good contouring palette around here? Don’t get me wrong— I’ve found many that I like, but none that I was 100% satisfied with.
Here’s the thing: in my humble opinion, contouring should be done with cool shades to mimic shadow on the face for a naturally chisled look. Warmer shades should be blended on the perimeter of the face to add warmth. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, since so many bronzers, sold alone and in palettes, are too warm to look natural for my medium skin.
So when I opened the City Color Contour Effects palette, it was practically love at first site. Three large pans: one deep, cool matte contour shade, a lighter warm matte bronze shade, and a shimmery translucent highlight. On the inner cover of the cardboard palette, there’s a diagram of where each shade should be placed on your face for that coveted contoured look.
Pigmentation reaffirmed my love for the palette. All shades are strong, but can be applied lightly and blended out for a more natural look. Whether you’re going for an every day look, or a dramatically chiseled Kim K face, this palette delivers.
The contour shade is perfect for my skin tone to sculpt my features, and I like putting the bronze shade near my temples for warmth. The highlight offers a shimmering sheen that catches the light beautifully on top of my cheekbones. The staying power will depend on how heavy handed you are with application. My light daily application can last about 6 hours before looking faded.
I’ve been using the City Color Contour Effects palette every day with my e.l.f. Ultimate Kabuki Brush and it’s pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted. With the packaging being lightweight but sturdy, it’s perfect for traveling with all of your contouring essentials. Best part? You can get 10% off using my code SlashedBeauty on the City Color website. It’s $16.99 full price, but you can find it on sale often and always use the code to get extra dollars off!