Contouring has been all the rage for some time now, a beauty trend that is not going anywhere and is obviously here to stay. Techniques borrowed from drag makeup and a play on androgynous makeup looks coveted by high fashion magazines and catwalks have filtered down to the masses so far so that everywhere you turn there is a new contouring product, palette or tutorial popping up. Having said that, I am all on board, contouring is great for giving dimension and depth to any makeup look, taking us away from washed out and foundation heavy complexions.
I have avoided purchasing this product for some time now mainly due to their being a lot of bad reviews and negative comments surrounding this product mainly referencing the products application to be muddy. After seeing this contour on a friend (Whom I complemented, loving the colour, before finding out it was the Australis Contouring Kit) wanted to try this one out for myself and see whether this kit was worth it or not. So because of this I decided to structure my review a little differently, tailoring more towards a hit or miss review as I had some mixed views myself as to whether this product was worth it.
The AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit is very comparable to Anastasias Beverly Hills Contouring Kit (being highlighted as a dupe), however comes with a much more budget friendly price point. The Kit comes with 6 shades each containing 3.5g of product with a total net weight of 21g or 0.7oz. The size of the palette is small and slender making it easier to travel with, and comes in a sturdy hard plastic casing with snap closure. The top three shades in this kit are named shades 1,2 and 3 and are for highlighting the face, shades 1 and 2 are of a matte finish and shade 3 is obviously designed as a highlighter with a shimmery finish. The bottom three shades are designed to contour the face, shades 2 and 3 have a grey undertone and shade 6 has a warmer undertone and is more like a bronzer, all three have a matte finish.
Hit or Miss
Let me start of by saying I like this product and I like the end results, however there is a lot of work that goes into getting the application right. The majority or the colours (especially in the darker three contouring shades) are highly pigmented however this can be detrimental to the palettes success as a heavy hand, or applying the powders directly on to a liquid foundation base that hasn’t been set with powder sees the colour payoff too strong, this combined with the fact that the product doesn’t have great blending capabilities can result in a muddy looking contour (this being the biggest complaint surrounding this product). I have a fair skin and find the colours suit me fine as long as application is light, however I believe this palette would be more suited to a medium skin tone. I personally find use for all the colours in the palette however I do not follow the instructions on the back of the contouring kit, which in my opinion is not that helpful. If you are a beginner at contouring and followed those instructions I’m sure you would not be happy with the end results. What I do like about this product is the buttery consistency of the shades themselves which leaves a silky touch to the skin when applied. I really love Shade 2 (yellow based colour) in particular, as the product not only acts as a veil to underneath the eyes helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines but also helps to significantly brighten the under eye area providing a more lifted look. The contouring colours are really great shades two of which have a grey undertone which makes them perfectly suited to creating shadows, and the other has a red undertone to give warmth to the skin, the colour selection in this palette is very well thought out and is able to be used as a complete kit for contouring.
Overall I like this product; but I don’t love it, however I think that with a bit of further experimentation could learn to really love this one. I don’t think this will be the majority of views, especially if you are a novice when it comes to makeup application and techniques, but if you are a little more experienced with contouring and looking for an all in one product I recommend you give it a go being mindful to try this one out before you go wearing it out and about.
Note that this contouring and highlighting kit is not designed with ease of use in mind nor is it designed for quick application so please take that into consideration when deciding if this product is right for you.
Tips for application
- Be sure to set your foundation before applying contour
- Use a very light hand (especially if you have fair skin) and tap of any excess product
- Use all three bottom contouring shades starting with Shade number 6 to create a transition base and provide warmth and depth to the contour. Then follow in with shade 3 lightly contouring check bones, temple, forehead and the jaw line, finally deepening the contour with shade number 4. This will give the most natural and seamless contour.
- Using a large kabuki brush that has no product on the brush, blend out all the edges of your contour, this will greatly enhance the natural look and avoid having tiger stripes down the sides of your face.
- When applying Shade 2 (banana powder dupe) use a damp beauty blender or beauty sponge equivalent to get a more concentrated coverage and smoother application.
Brushes recommended for use:
Medium fluffy brush – to be used with shades 4 and 6 applied to all contour areas
Small fluffy brush – used for deepening contour with shade 4
Contouring or flat brush – used to further still deepen contour using shade 4 (particularly cheek contour)
Large kabuki brush – for blending out of final look
Beauty blender sponge – used to apply highlight underneath eye area using shade 2
Small buffing brush – used for contouring sides of nose
This product retails for $16.95 AUD and can be found at stockist stores of Australis such as Priceline, Big W, Kmart and selected pharmacies. Australis does ship to most countries and even state on their website if your country doesn’t show up on the list to where they deliver they provide a contact form that and will try their best to fulfil your order.
For further information on this product, you can click here to visit the Australis Cosmetics website.