REVIEW: e.l.f. Contour Palette

by - February 24, 2016

Admittedly, I've been dying to try the e.l.f. Contour Kit for quite some time now, but I haven't been able to justify making an order on the e.l.f. website because of our Canadian dollar. (Hey... Doesn't "" have a nice ring to it? Nudge, nudge, elf!) Luckily, I recently saw this on the shelf in my local Royal Canadian Superstore recently and it pretty much went into my basket without a single moment's thought. For a long time, I didn't really contour that much - even as it was pretty much the biggest trend in makeup since... I dunno, red lipstick? I didn't want to do it poorly and look like I was sick or dirty, so I just didn't do it at all. However, now that there are more and more options at drugstore prices, I'm getting more and more into it and getting better at the actual process. Anyway, I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I've got thoughts!

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This beautiful contour palette holds 4 gorgeous shades to mix and match for a custom, defined look. The pigmented colors are designed for contouring, shading, sculpting, brightening and highlighting the eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline to slim and enhance features. Infused with Vitamin E to help nourish for gorgeous-looking skin.

Golden Champagne Satin Highlight
This is actually my least favorite powder in this palette. I like the shade, but I wish it had a little bit more glow to it. This is a very subtle highlight that doesn't pack much punch, so I think someone who likes a very, very subtle satiny highlight would be into this. This shade is also my least favorite texture in the palette. I find it a little less silky than the other shades, a little more powdery.

Matte Butter Cream Highlight
On my skintone, this is a little too deep to really use down the center of the face, but I do like this for blending underneath my cheekbone contour to give some good contrast there. I don't think you'd have to get much deeper than my fair skin tone to really be able to use this as a matte highlight though. The texture on this is quite nice. There's a sort of dry silkiness to the mattes in this palette, very smooth but not quite buttery if that makes sense.

Warm Toned Matte Bronzer Shade
I am really impressed with this bronzer shade. It's a warm brown, but it doesn't pull orange even on my skin tone. It has a nice, soft texture that is very similar to the matte highlight, but I think this one might be just a touch less dry. I have a feeling I'll be reaching for this a lot in the warmer months, which is when I tend to reach for bronzer on a regular basis.

Cool Toned Matte Contour Shade
In the pan I thought this was going to be a little bit too deep for me, but once I applied it to the skin I found that it definitely created a really pretty, natural looking contour. It's pigmented, but not so pigmented that I have to be too careful using it on my fair skin, and it builds nicely on top of itself which I think would make it suitable for a good range of skintones. Again, this texture is very much like the other two mattes in this palette, which doesn't disappoint.

Like the other 4 pan palettes from e.l.f., this palette is housed in a sleek, matte compact with pans that pop out for customization. I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the customizable option of the e.l.f. palettes, because I have images in my mind of collection several of them and customizing my own seasonal face powder palettes with blush, highlight, and contour shades that suit my skintone as it changes throughout the year.

Overall, I think this is a really good contour kit option, particularly for people just getting into contouring and wanting to get some practice before investing in a higher cost option. I think the powders as far as texture and pigmentation are really quite nice overall. For those with very dry skin, I would maybe avoid this since the matte powders are a little bit dry and could end up looking dry on the skin. For anyone in the range of Normal to Combination to Oily skin, I think this will work quite nicely and it would get my recommendation to try!

Thanks for reading!

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