Hey everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing the Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro Palette (geez what a mouthful)! I’m assuming you know what contouring is but just in case-contouring is giving your face more dimension by receding areas with a darker shade (under cheekbones, under jaw etc.) while highlighting other parts of your face (cheekbones, bridge of nose etc.) with a lighter powder, concealer, or highlighter. There are different products you can use for this of course, but today is all about this palette!
I’ve always wondered if contour palettes were necessary. What was with all the different shades?! What’s the big deal if you already have and use highlighters and bronzers? Nothing wrong with using those to contour, but I wasn’t really loving my particular bronzer as a contour powder- the shade or how it blended. A palette seemed to be the next route to go because hello-options! Palettes are my favorite thing right now for that reason! If one color doesn’t work, you can mix. And with changing seasons comes changing skin tones, so having all the shades to play with at your fingertips is really convenient.
I don’t contour often and just wanted to play around a bit, so I didn’t feel the need to go high end this time around. I don’t own anything by Makeup Revolution so I wanted to go with their contour palette over, say, the NYX highlight and contour pro palette which looks pretty much identical. This palette retails for about $15.00 at Ulta but I ended up getting it for $9.00 after a coupon and rewards. Can’t beat that! I think it’s also exclusive to Ulta based on what it says on the site.
I can’t compare this to any other contour palette since this is the first one I’ve ever tried, so please keep that in mind!
The top row going from left to right: 1. a white highlighter that has as slight sheen 2. a matte white powder 3. a matte yellow-beige powder that I guess is supposed to simulate Anastasia’s Banana shade (this was one of the main reasons I wanted this palette- I needed that type of color!), and 4. the last in that row is a low shimmer champagne-toned highlight. The last two are a little harder to make out on my skin tone but I don’t think they’re supposed to pop too too obviously anyway, unless you’re really fair.
Bottom row: The contour shades- a little harder for me to describe but they are all varying shades of brown with the last being the darkest. The second contour shade has a very slight shimmer that isn’t super noticeable at all. To me they look to be on the warmer side. I’ll let you see the swatches:
How I used the palette: I do the typical contouring- under cheekbones, hairline, below jaw, and sometimes the sides of my nose. I like using the middle two top shades for my under eye area after concealing and use the last shade in the top row for highlighting my cheekbones. It is a more subtle highlight on me. I’ll sometimes place the matte highlight shades in the middle of my forehead or chin. I haven’t really used the darkest contour shade but have played around with the other ones which I usually mix. I also haven’t used the first white highlighter yet though I’ll probably mix it with something else since it may be a little too white.
Pigmentation: Good! The darker colors show up well on me without much effort. The highlight shades are not in-your-face beaming but are more subtle on me which is just what I want when it comes to contouring purposes. I tend to use a lighter hand with highlighters but you could probably build them up to your liking. Since the last highlight matches my skin tone, I could mix it with the first shade to make it stand out a little more.
Formula: It applies smoothly and blends really well which is important to me since that was not the case with the bronzer I used to use. The blending really helps when it comes to making it look more natural-if it goes on like a stripe it’s easy to buff out. Though 3 of the shades have some shimmer or sheen, it isn’t obnoxious and there aren’t chunky pieces of glitter or any fallout. It’s very finely milled shimmer.
Wearability: It lasts pretty well. And I can get oily throughout the day so that was impressive. You never know with powders but this did pass the test. It still looked pretty fresh on my cheeks even after the work day was over.
Packaging: Pretty sturdy. I don’t think it feels flimsy or that it would break easily.
Would I get it again/Overall Thoughts: I would definitely get this again! I was really impressed. It blends so well which is so important if you want it to look natural, but if you want something more dramatic you can definitely achieve that with this palette as well. I love the different options and that I can mix shades, and I love that it lasts on my face. Again, I can’t compare this to other brands since this is the only palette I’ve tried, but for my purposes it seems to do the job! I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking to play around with contouring or if you want an inexpensive brand that works well!
Do you contour? And if so what are your favorite contouring products?
XX, Jen <3