This palette runs at $4.99 at the drugstore and Target, but you can probably get it for less using the Cartwheel app, or during one of those buy one get one 50% off specials at the drugstore.
The palette comes with one highlighting/banana shade and one contouring shade. There are two versions of this palette:
- Dulce de Leche for fair skin tones
- Caramel Toffee for medium skin tones. This is the shade I purchased.
Unfortunately I don’t think either of these would work for deeper skin tones.
The lighter shade in each palette is meant for highlighting the areas of your face you want to bring forward such as the under eye area, highpoints of the cheeks and between your brows. The darker shade is for contouring the areas of your face you want to recede such as the hollows of your cheeks, sides of the nose and the jawline.
- This palette is remarkably affordable. Most contouring palettes at Sephora or Ulta will cost you upwards of $30. Granted, most come with various shades, but for someone that is just a beginner, it is a steep price to pay. This palette will cost you less than a coffee at Starbucks.
- You get a ton of product, the pans are giant. You get 0.22oz per shade. To give you a comparison, one of the Make Up Geek contouring pans has 0.14oz of product.
- Both shades are blendable and surprisingly soft. I usually find drugstore powders to be rough to the touch, but these two are velvety.
- My biggest beef with this product is that the contouring shade is quite warm/orange-y (is this a word?). It should be marketed as a bronzer, not a contouring product. If you look at the arm swatch below, the ultimate effect you get from the powder is more orange tone than what you see in the pan. Ultimately, it works well as a bronzer, but I would not use it for a very contoured look as it would not look very natural. With contouring, you are trying to create the illusion of a shadow which is why cool toned/ashy colors work best.
- The lighter banana shade works great to highlight, but because it is not very finely milled, it can crease when used to set concealer. When I have used it by itself to set my concealer, I get a good highlight effect, but I get almost instant creasing. I do not have this problem when using this holy grail product. I have more luck when I set with a different powder first and then pat a little of this shade on top.
- There is a lot of fallout with both shades. Even if you lightly tap your brush or even your finger you will have A LOT of powder come lose. What bothers me isn’t that it can be messy, it is that you have a much higher chance of picking up way too much product because of this.
I can’t even imagine going through an entire pan of this stuff considering how much product you get. But assuming that I did, I probably would not repurchase. Ultimately, I think there are better products for highlighting and contouring. BUT, you have to keep in mind that I love make up and therefore tend to buy a ton of products, AND I am willing to pay more money for such products. So, personally, I would rather spend $25 more for another product that suits my skin tone better.
However, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and want to try some drug store alternatives, this would be a good option. I also like that it has the two shades in one pan so it is good for on the go since you don’t have to bring two separate products for touchups. Just make sure to tap of the excess. To be safe, tap your brush a few more times than you usually would.
Have any of you tried this? Leave your thoughts below!