IMG_8996IMG_8998Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 13.02.06It seems that everyone is obsessing over the Anastasia Contour Kit at the moment but it never interested my just because I found it to be a bit big with too many shades that won’t work for me and slightly too complicated. I was happy with my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow but then I saw this one from Smashbox and it really caught my eye.

First of all let’s get this out of the way, the Smashbox palette is Β£35 for three shades and the Anastasia is Β£39 for six, but if it’s not just a bargain you’re after then maybe, like me, you’ll prefer the look the Smashbox palette. I like that it’s simple with the three shades that’ll work for me; a contour, a bronzer and a highlight. It also comes with a brush which is nice and short for travelling, really soft but only really works well with the contour shade.

The contour shade on the left is a nice, cool toned powder that is less grey than the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder and less bronze (and shimmery) than Charlotte Tilbury’s. I think it’s a great colour for contouring on my skin tone and did exactly what I needed it to. The middle bronze shade is nice too and I love that this palette comes with a bronzer! For me, I can’t just contour and highlight,Β after putting foundation on my skin it always need warming up a bit. I use bronzer first all over and then contour for more definition. The highlight is interesting as I have never really used a matte highlight before. I would have preferred it to either have been a shimmering golden highlight or a yellow based setting powder. I do, however, think it’s a good highlight if you can bothered to be precise with your highlight.

I like that this one little palette puts three makeup items in one, making life so much easier when packing makeup together for a trip. It’s small enough to travel with and I would genuinely use all three shades. The powders are easy to blend and they’re quite sheer which I actually like as it means you don’t over apply!

This is definitely a strong contender in the contour palette game and I’m really happy with my purchase!

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  1. I love my Anastasia Contour Kit but I agree, there a couple of shades that I don’t wear at all. Love the before and after comparison, there is really a difference with contour! x

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  2. I love Smashbox, but they are so pricey


  3. Lauren Parker says:

    I really need to try out some more products from smash box, this set looks amazing!


  4. Sophie says:

    It looks like such a lovely palette!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  5. emily couture says:

    What a stunning palette πŸ™‚

    emily xx

  6. annie lee says:

    wow, it does make a lot of difference!

  7. Lauren S says:

    The colour looks really nice, I guess if you want a palette you’ll use all the time with the correct colours, the price is pretty good!

    Lauren x

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  8. Pauline says:

    I’ve been seeing this everywhere! I should give it a swatch when I can because this is the most accessible contour product out of all the ones I want!

    Catpacking | Beauty & Travel

  9. Angeline Lee says:

    The contour kit is in my wishlist! x

  10. Jodie Vernon says:

    I love the look of the Smashbox contour kit, it seems the shades would be far better for my skin tone than the Anastasia offering!

    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  11. Millie Robinson says:

    This looks like such a great kit! I love having everything I need in one palette, it’s so handy x

  12. Laura Valdgaard Schmidt says:

    What a difference it makes. Definitely something to consider. You looks gorgeous either way though.

  13. catherine β™‘ says:

    This sounds great – you can really see the difference in your before and after pictures! x

  14. AvantiGarde says:

    This product looks gorgeous on your skin!


  15. Agata says:

    It makes a subtle yet noticeable difference on your skin. With so many contouring kits on the market, I somewhat dismissed the Smashbox one but I will have to check it out again!

  16. nueyork says:

    This looks so lovely and much more compact that the contour kits out at the moment!

  17. Manouk says:

    I feel the same about the Anastasia contour kit. This looks gorgeous on you but I’m afraid they’re all too dark for me..

  18. Cassie says:

    I don’t think I’m enough of a fan of contouring to go out and spend a ton of money on something like this. But, seeing the before and after side by side shows that it really does make a difference! I guess I’ll have to reevaluate contouring.

  19. Have you tried the ΞšΞ‘t Von D palette? I like it more than the Anastasia one

  20. There is a “dupe” for the Anastasia contour kit here in Australia by the brand “Australis”. It’s not expensive at all for what it is – 6 shades for $16.95 and you can buy it on sale. I have never purchased it though – not even when it was 40% off! Like yourself, there’s too many shades for me. This looks much more up my alley πŸ™‚ Thanks for the review x Jess

    It’s That Time ForMy Top 5 MAC Eyeshadows!

  21. MD. says:

    These past couple months I’ve really gotten into contouring and was on the look for a good palette to invest in. But just like you, even though everybody has been raving about the Anastasia one, it just has too many shades for me! I’m already a fan of Smashbox so this might just be the one! Going to give it a look next time I’m in Sephora! xo

    MD |

  22. Lena says:

    Until quite recently I didn’t actually think that contouring could make much of a difference without looking too overdone at the same time. Luckily, I know better now πŸ˜€
    The before and after is really striking!

  23. philippa says:

    I really like contouring but I prefer to just use a bronzer (:

  24. This sounds so great, definitely takes some of the guesswork out of contouring with just 3 shades.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  25. Kat Horrocks says:

    This looks great and really natural! πŸ™‚ so much more practical than these huge kits everyone is wasting money on lol, who needs 6 shades for 1 face when highlighting and contouring?!

    Kat |

  26. sherry says:

    Thanks for the contouring tips! I just bought a contour kit from and was just looking for a tutorial like this one. thanks again!

  27. Chantal says:

    It looks like a really great palette, also I like how it actually comes with a brush unlike other palettes you get. x

  28. SamanthaSeries says:

    I like that there are only 3 shades, which makes it seem more simple than the Anastasia palette. I wouldn’t use all 6 thats for sure!

    Samantha Series

  29. Sounds good, but I don’t contour everyday so I just can’t justify getting whole palette dedicated just to this purpose, I guess.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  30. JB says:

    Wow, you can really tell the difference. Looks great!

  31. Kiera :) says:

    Such a difference!

  32. alionablog says:

    Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my latest Alexander McQueen fashion post!

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

  33. Annabel says:

    I haven’t actually got decent contour kit, and to be honest I didn’t know where to start. Think I could be tempted by this!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  34. Stephanie says:

    You look amazing! You’re really selling this product to me!

    Stephanie xxxx

  35. Sasha Jay says:

    Cannot wait to invest in a fab contour pallet!! This look on you is amazing, I’m just using bronzers at the moment I was looking at the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder but you may have convinced me to lean towards a pallet.
    Sasha xoxo

  36. M Kel says:

    You look awesome! However, I am super, super pale. Think Jessica Chastain pale. Do you think this would be too dark on me?

    • Mary says:

      I had this problem, M Kel! I too am pale as snow; but I think this wouldn’t be too dark provided you use a light hand. However, you may want to look at something like NARS contour blush in Olympia or Illamasqua’s contour in Heliopolis. x

      • M Kel says:

        Thanks for the suggestions! I just looked those up, and Heliopolis looks like it would work a whole lot better with my coloring.

        • Mary says:

          Yeah, Heliopolis is definitely a more ashy-brown true contour while Olympia is a bit more on the pink side, although I find it doesn’t look pink on my face, which is odd haha. Good luck though! You should be able to test them both out at their respective counters x

          • M Kel says:

            Alas, no Illamasqua counters near me, but I can give Olympia a swatch and see if it works. If so, then I won’t bother with Heliopolis! πŸ™‚

  37. Mary says:

    I’ve seen the Anastasia contour palette, but I’m so pale it is virtually impossible to use all the colours. I feel like unless you’re going for an editorial look/are a professional makeup artist, you don’t need a full blown palette. I love this one though! x

  38. Product sold! This looks amazing on you Lily!

    Jenna | Jenna Loves Beauty

  39. I love a good contour!

    Sophie x

  40. Sophheydoll says:

    Id much rather have the 3 shades and use them all than the 6 shades!

  41. Stef Hope says:

    This looks amazing and cannot wait to try it! Even though it is only Β£4 cheaper you do not have those extra shades you will not use. Love it! x

  42. This looks great and perfect for travel too! You can tell it really works as well.

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  43. Cojo Graab says:

    I own this palette and it’s the best item that I have in my make up collection! πŸ™‚

  44. I absolutely agree, the other palette’s have too many shades for me and half won’t work. I will give this a go, even though I have not conquered the contour terrain yet. It seems like it will keep it simple.

  45. smileatstyle says:

    I have the cheapo Sleek version of this! Love contouring though and you have done yours so lovely!

    Thank you so much for your follow on bloglovin – I have followed back and can’t wait to see more!

    Laura (Smile At Style) xox

  46. smileatstyle says:

    I have the cheapo Sleek version of this! Love contouring though and you have done yours so lovely!

  47. Ale Islas says:

    It would be nice to see it in action in a video Lily ^_^.

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