Is it worth the hype? Yes… If you blend it properly. Just like the Ben Nye Banana Powder, I didn’t do my research and went straight in to buying the contour palette in medium… *facepalm*
So clearly, I’m not medium skin toned, in fact, I’m literally one of the whitest people you’ll ever meet. I mean, hiss-at-the-sun-when-my-blinds-are-opened white. The medium kit is a little dark but I’ve made it work and let me tell you, my contour has never been so on point but I have to draaaaag that cream out in order to blend it. This is the only cream contour palette I have because I tend to work with powders so I don’t know whether it’s the same with all cream products however, it tends to be a bit of a mission and it is definitely something you shouldn’t wear on a daily basis because it can be rather heavy, night out make up for sure.
I can’t honestly say I’m much of a fan of the banana shade until it comes to nose contouring at which point it is perfect but it is just too dark for my under eyes, it looks like I’m wearing face paint, even after I’ve blended it out. BUT I have seen it on darker skin tones and let me tell you it is POPPING. And for baking, it is perfect because the powder clings to the cream and it ends up flawless, although a decent primer helps. Admittedly, I haven’t used all of the colours in this kit, for obvious reasons, they were not made for me, so cream and warm coral, the pink tones, are practically untouched. I do use the brown shades though, swerving more towards the ash brown and chocolate mainly because cinnamon, the lightest brown, takes on too much of an orange tone against my complexion.
When applied properly, this kit does make contouring so much simpler. I find using a Nars contouring brush or the Real Techniques Bold Collection contouring brush work best. It shows both the product and the tools true potential, then a damp beauty blender to fade it slightly in case you’re like me and incredibly heavy handed. The deep brown tones really chisel out the cheek bones and jaw line and help you achieve that sleek angular face structure that we strive for whilst contouring.
Another thing that I like about this contour palette is that there is plenty of product so you’re not just flushing your money down the drain by buying something that won’t last at least six months, depending on how often and how generously you use it. I got mine for Christmas and it’s lasted well over four months, using it I’d say at least two times a week. Which is good if you’re only using it for special occasions.
I don’t regret burning a small hole in my pocket by purchasing this product because it certainly lives up to its expectations and all the positive things I’ve heard about it have been true. Once my kit runs out, I will, without a doubt, be investing in another so I hope they aren’t planning on discontinuing them anytime soon. Although, next time I’ll be buying the lighter contour palette.