Trying to find contour products on a budget is a pain in the arse as every highstreet brands seem to only want to cater to warm toned people with orange based contour colours and pretty drab formulas too. SIGH. As a fairly pale cool toned lady it’s hard to me to find something appropriate to contour with, well without spending upwards of £20 anyways. Luckily good ‘ol Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup seem to be filling that gap in the market – especially with their new releases.
I am in love with the idea of bringing a contour stick to the affordable market so I was over the moon to see the Freedom Makeup Contour Stick (£5.00)*, but it just falls short for me. The highlight portion of this is lovely; a subtle pinky white luminous colour with no shimmer. The formula is so creamy and smooth and it’s great to just shove in your makeup bag for on the go and touch ups. The downside however is the contour portion, it’s just too orange based for my skin tone, and probably most skin tones to be honest – you shouldn’t contour with orange shades. That being said the contour portion can be used as a bronzer so it’s not a total loss. If they could add a coolness and grey tinge to the contour side it would be an amazing little product.
The Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette (£8.00)* is something of a ‘not really a new release’ style products, as it’s already available in the powder version which I spoke about previously here. As with the original powder version a couple of the shades are slightly more orange based, but the rest are quite cool toned – so you basically have contour and bronzer plus the lovely highlighters all in one palette. They blend out so easily and sit on the skin beautifully, although the banana style colour I am not a fan of in a cream formula. If you are travelling or just want everything in one handy palette then this is certainly for you.
The winner of the bunch for me has to the Freedom Makeup Powder Strobe Palette (£10.00)* which also comes with the black brush pictured. BARGAIN. There are 3 contour shades included which are all cool toned and very pigmented, plus there are the three highlight shades; 2 matte pale shades for setting under eyes (possibly) and a third frost shimmer which can be rather intense so it’s wise to go in lightly with this one. I adore this from it’s size to shades, the only bug bear for me is that the size of the brush doesn’t really fit in the 2 smaller contour pans. Also, I must say the brush is quite good – really dense stiff so great for getting under the cheek bones.
Do you have any cool toned recommendations for contouring on a budget? Help a pale girl out please.
Products Marked * are PR Samples