Regardless of all of the new face makeup trends— strobing, chroming… you name it— contouring isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Regardless of this fact, it can still be difficult to find the right products at the drugstore to master the technique
The new Rimmel Kate Sculpting Kits help you get the complete look all from one palette. With a highlighter, contour, and blush shade in each compact, they’re convenient and add a beautiful natural sculpt and glow to the face.
These palettes are relatively small, only a smidge larger than the palm of my hand. Even still, each shade is big enough to easily swirl a brush into.
The palettes come in three different shade selections so far, which are (left to right above) Golden Sands, Coral Glow, and Golden Bronze.
Obviously, these compacts are all catered to Light through Medium skin tones. Rimmel definitely could have done a better job with the shade selection, since it seems like both Golden Sands and Coral Glow are for fair skin only, and then Golden Bronze jumps about 4 shades deeper. I’m hoping that in the near future, this line will expand so that it works for more people.
The highlight shades in all three palettes give a soft glow that’s more of a sheen than it is sparkly— a plus for me! The blushes also have good pigmentation and very subtle shimmer, which adds to the radiance of the finished look. The only contour shade that works for me out of these three palettes is from the Golden Bronze compact, as it has a neutral undertone with a matte finish. The contour shades in the other two palettes either have shimmer, or are a little too warm for my skin tone (but may work for fair skin). Ya’ll know how I feel about shimmer in contour shades: they don’t belong.
These shades go on a little sheer at first, but actually build up quickly if you need more oomph. I really like the smooth texture, as they blend extremely easy over foundation, which is important when I want to layer them for more definition. What really surprised me, though, was the staying power. After a 6 hour work day, my contour was still visible without the patchiness I experience with a lot of other products.
Overall, I love all three highlights and blushes in the Kate Sculpting Kits, but the contours are a bit inconsistent in finish and limited in shade selection. However, Golden Bronze works really well for me as an every day face palette… I just wish there was one more compact for deeper skin tones.
For just around $6, this is a great little contour palette if the shades work for you! I like the texture and the color payoff lasts on me throughout a busy work day— something that’s hard to find!