Contouring has seemed to appeared in all corners of the beauty world this year, with an overwhelming number of excellent offerings from so many sources. I remember back in when Tom Ford released his Shade & Illuminate cream palettes, MAC released a cream contouring limited edition series (reviewed here), Chanel released Notorious blush. Since then, Nars has released some excellent contour palettes (reviewed here), as well as contour blushes (reviewed here). Lancome has recently released contour pencils. I’m still fascinated to try Marc Jacobs Instamarc contour powders (reviewed here by The Beauty Look Book) If you are going for a contoured look, we have so many lovely choices. Powder, pencil, cream, warm, olive, taupe, shimmer, matte–they are all out there.
This review is a look at Cover FX’s Contour Kit in Light/Medium ($48). I chose this cream-based palette after receiving a sample of its darker medium version from a Sephora purchase, and because I liked its coverage and ease of use. After much indecision about which shade choice best suited my warm/fair MAC NC15/20 Chanel Cameo/Ivoire skin tone, I decided that although Light would work, Light/Medium was my final choice.
To get this out of the way, I don’t love the packaging. These are four cream pots in cardboard with magnet closures. If you apply these using fingers, you’ll be washing up a lot. Water and cardboard just do not mix well. Nor do cardboard and checked baggage (trust me on this one). Also, the grey is uninspired and I can see why they sleeved it (see the top image). Unfortunately, the sleeve is paper. For $48, this deserves something more sturdy.
The creams are, however, marvelous to work with. These creams are warmer than contour aficionados might like. Most contour products mimic shadows are are relatively neutral (or lean olive or even grey/taupe). These are decidedly warm, and those with cool skin tones may want to tap the brakes and try these in store before purchasing. Actually, the bottom two shades are a pretty nice cream bronzer alternative. The lightest shade is ideal for doing a Kardashian-style “V” under the eye. The top right shade is a shimmery highlighter (yay! shimmer!). The bottom two shades are the warm contour/bronze shades. All four had a surprisingly high level of coverage with very little product.
Overall, the Cover FX’s Contour Kit (available at Sephora) was a mixed success. If you can get past the packaging, you’ll find a super easy highlight, shimmer, and two contour-bronzy shades that are super easy to work with. These are truly foolproof, melting into the skin or foundation with ease. The lasting power is all-day, and it’s really nice to have everything in one palette (rather than mixing around with different cream pots).
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