I’ve got to admit I’ve seen some very scary contouring on the morning commute – it seems I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet! Anyway, along comes the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette to shed some light (and shade) on the subject in two easy stages. I really, really don’t get very complex techniques but two shades is simple enough.
What I do like about this palette is the creaminess of the powder and highlighter. They’re not ‘dusty’ textures that will leave your face if the wind blows – but more than anything, they’re discreet shades, so there’s little to no chance you’ll end up with glaring errors.
Contouring really is a bit of a skill I think – good lighting is probably the single most important thing that’s needed, but Sharon Dowsett, Maybelline UK Make-up Director, suggests self-restraint; stand back from the mirror before applying more as dark tones have more depth from a distance. The highlight powder is just a bit too twinkly for my personal taste but it easily matches in performance and quality far more expensive highlighters that I’ve tried.
The palette itself has two sections; one for the product and then below, opens out to a mirror and a brush. Personally, it’s not the brush I would use to create a contoured look at home, but on the go for quick touch ups or to add some highlighter, it’s perfectly fine. There are two shade variants – 01 and 02 , with 01 being slightly lighter but warmer and 02 being a cooler toned shadowy bronze. The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette seems like good value for £6.99.
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I think it’s a good starter contour palette – you can’t go too far wrong with it, although if you want the whole Kim K thing, this probably won’t do it for you. However, if you want subtle variations and nuanced contouring, it’s not bad at all, especially for a powder contour product which normally don’t give nearly the same results as cream contouring. I don’t have an exact launch date yet but expect to see it in the next few weeks.
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