Contour Kit Review – Budget V Blowout

Contouring has fast become an essential step in women’s make-up routines.  Made famous by the likes of celebrities such as the Kardashian family, everyone is now seeking to emulate the chiselled and defined finish.  You have only to type the first couple of letters of the word ‘contour’ into youtube, to be overwhelmed by the thousands of video’s dedicated to this meticulous artform.

As someone who has tried and tested quite a few different palettes, from cream to powder and budget to high-end, I thought I would review a few of the palettes that I own, looking at ease of application, speed of use and the end result.

Clarins Palette Contour Visage £36.50 Boots:


This palette is powder-based and comes with a great chiselled brush, to really help to sculpt the face.  The powder blends surprisingly well, and illuminates the t-zone, without leaving you looking like you are disco-ready.  The darker brown powder is used to sculpt both around the top of the hairline and underneath the cheekbones.  I was initially concerned that the sculpting powder would be too dark for my pale to medium skin tone, but it blended easily and gave extra definition where needed.  The pinky blush also goes onto the skin beautifully and finishes the look perfectly.  By the end of the day the contoured appearance is waning slightly, but given the winter weather and stifling office I work in, I would say it definitely stood the test of time.

NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette £12.00


This palette, unlike the Clarins palette, is cream based, so a little more time is needed for application. I prefer to blend the contour creams in after I have applied my foundation, so that I get a clean and seamless finish, with no clumping.   Again, the colours have great depth and sculpt the face well.  After finishing with a loose powder I achieved the matte finish I like, whilst still maintaining the chiselled look.  I would say that you need a little more time in the application of these creams, but the finish was clean and defined and lasted well into the evening.

Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit £7.50 Boots


I have reviewed a few Barry M products a while ago, as I really like the new items they have on offer.  This palette is very reasonably priced, and for those looking to take their first steps into contouring, this would be a good place to start.  Looking at the palette I am sure your eyes (alike mine) are immediately drawn to the dark brown powder.  Yes, I too questioned whether or not this would leave me looking like my two year old done my make-up, but I followed the instructions on the inside of the packaging and the finish was flawless.  I needed to put a little more time into blending under my cheekbones to get the look I wanted, but it was well worth it.  The highlighter didn’t have quite the impact that the Clarins palette did, but for the price I would highly recommend this.

Sleek Make-up Highlight Palette in Precious Metals £9.99 Boots


I absolutely love the packaging for this kit.  It feels surprisingly weighty for the cheapest of all the palettes reviewed.  The colours offered are rich and creamy and blend well with foundation.  I would note that it was noticeably more difficult to blend these in, when compared with the NYX palette, but the tone I achieved looked amazing.  By the end of the day however, the colour had faded and my make-up had congealed underneath my cheekbones.


All of these palettes had different strengths and weaknesses.  I am usually a fan of powder contouring, for ease of application when I am in a rush.  But, having tried the NYX cream palette I will be swapping to this for evenings out or for occasions when I have more application time.  It is very reasonably priced and what the packaging lacks, the product makes up for.  For day-t0-day wear I would opt for the Clarins palette.  Yes, it is more expensive than the others, but the results were long-lasting, the colour balanced well with my skin tone and it passed the 12 hour office to evening test, without congealing and with limited fading.

Which contour kit do you use? Do you prefer cream or powder?

Have a great week folks,

Much Love,

Lisa xx

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  1. February 9, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I am not very good at contouring so I had no idea some palettes would be harder to blend than others. I like your flatlays btw!

    xoxo krista

    • wonderlingblog
      February 9, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Krista, I’ve tried so many over the past couple of years and for me its how well they blend and how quickly I can apply them, as I don’t have a few hours each morning to get ready.. Thank you so much, I checked out your page it is great, I will definitely subscribe to see more of your posts. Hopefully you would like to subscribe also 🙂 I love to be able to support other bloggers as much as possible..
      Lisa xx

    • wonderlingblog
      February 23, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Thank you xxx

  2. February 24, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Nice post thank you for sharing, I like it when someone takes a high end product and finds a cheaper alternative. Just because not everyone can afford high end, doesn’t mean they can’t have the same results. Thankyou.

    • wonderlingblog
      February 24, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      I find a lot of the cheaper brands just as effective.. I also didn’t realise how many high end brands also make the cheaper products so you really aren’t losing out x

  3. March 3, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I have been looking for a good contour kit for a while now! I will definitely check out some of these. Great post love. Enjoy your weekend!

    Daisi Ari ||

    • wonderlingblog
      March 3, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks Daisi you too

  4. March 3, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I always struggle with contouring and love hearing what products people feel are helpful to contour with. This was very helpful!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 4, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      I did, I watched some you tube tutorials to make sure I was doing it right before starting as it is as much about technique as product

  5. March 3, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I love a good contour so I loved this post. I think
    I will be trying the Clarins,

    • wonderlingblog
      March 4, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Clarins is my favourite.. great skincare great make up!

  6. March 3, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    It looks really great! I started contouring because I have such chubby cheeks! I want to try this one

    • wonderlingblog
      March 4, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Oh bless you, there are literally so many to choose from!

  7. March 4, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Thank you for the amazing reviews! I use Younique Contouring Kit but it is quit expensive and so need a alternative I prefer creams!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 4, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      I will have to check it out! X

    • wonderlingblog
      March 5, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you!

  8. March 11, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I don’t currently use a contour kit but I’m looking into getting one! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Kayla |

    • wonderlingblog
      March 11, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you Kayla!

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