Contour Palettes

Lemme be real-I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the Anastasia Contour Palette. What I do know is that it’s often sold-out, definitely a little over-hyped, tends to run warm and just might not be for everyone. Here are some alternatives definitely worth checking out!


1. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, $46.00 Just read the reviews and you’ll be sold. This is getting much higher praise than the Anastasia Contour Kit. The powders’ textures are creamy, pigmented and delightful. I just wish there was a shimmery highlight!

2. Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder,$49.00 This is a new product from Marc Jacobs’ highly-successful line for Sephora. It comes in 3 different shades combinations but I’d put my money on ‘Mirage Filter’ for most.

3. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty ‘The Sculpting’ Powder, $44.00 This is my holy-grail contour powder. I’ve yet to find a better shadow color in any palette or single pan powder.

4. It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face, $38.00 I have been using this a lot and it’s working well for me! The white highlight is way too frosty and opaque so I only use it on the inner corners of my eye, maybe brow bone and the very tip of my nose. Otherwise, I like the shadow colors a lot, the matte bronzer is nice for warmth and I like the deepest shade for contouring dark skin tones or even as a liner or shadow. Oh, and I decided to buy this based on one particular review that made me LOL: “Takes a s*** on the ABH contour palette” Okay then!

5. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight, $68.00 I’m obsessed with Charlotte so if she’s doing it, I want in. The packaging is gorgeous and I’ve been enjoying her tutorials using this product! It’s definitely more of a way to warm up the skin tone/add glow than contour though.

6. Smashbox Master Class Palette III – Color & Contour, $65.00 When someone whose opinion you trust recommends something, you listen and listen up good. This product was recommended by my makeup artist friend, Danielle. Follow her on Instagram! She’s just as nice as she is talented! When she told me that she straight-up returned her Anastasia Contour Palette because the contour shades in this were so much more blendable, I was sold. Plus, you get a ton for the price, beyond just highlight and contour shades!

7. NYX Cosmetics Highlight & Contour Palette, $9.45 This product is a bit of an anomaly as I never see anyone use it or talk about it. However, for the price, I think it’s definitely worth checking out. The shadow color looks really accurate!

8. MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit, $48.00 These have been around for a while but with the contouring craze, they’ve come to the forefront again. They come in several different shade combinations which is great for matching your undertone.

9. Inglot Freedom System HD Face Sculpting Powder, $15 each Inglot’s powder shadows and blushes have gorgeous pigmentation with little-to-no fallout. I love the pan size of these and being able to customize a palette with the shades you want. The price is killer too! Inglot-I dig you.


Kat Von D Contouring Palette & Brush


  1. Danielle stewart

    02/01/2015 at 7:30 AM

    Brilliant post Ivy, and thanks for the shout out!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/02/2015 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you, and but of course! 🙂

  2. lush4blush

    02/02/2015 at 10:57 AM

    I’ve been lusting over the Kat Von D Shade & Light for a hot minute now and just keep telling myself I don’t need it but it’s just so perfect. I ended up just purchasing the new Nyx contour palette and have high hopes for it…if not, I’ll be returning it and running to the Shade and Light… Or maybe the Kevyn Aucoin

      1. Ivy Boyd

        02/06/2015 at 11:07 PM

        Thank you!

  3. Ashley

    02/03/2015 at 1:02 PM

    I was thisssssssssclose to snagging that Kat Von D palette when I was in Sephora last week- it looked gorgeous!


    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/03/2015 at 2:38 PM

      Oh, it’s legit! I’d recommend it if you’re in the market for a contour palette!

  4. Kimberly | Chic & Sugar

    02/03/2015 at 1:59 PM

    This is a really helpful roundup! I’ve being using Hoola forever and its definitely time for a change.

    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/03/2015 at 2:38 PM

      I’m so glad it helps, Kimberly! I like Hoola too for sure, but if you’re wanting to create realistic shadows, you’ll want something more ashy and cool-toned!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/06/2015 at 11:08 PM


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