REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

FullSizeRender-1 (1)Was there ever a time without contouring and highlighting? How did we ever do our makeup without sculpting and enhancing the depths and surfaces of our faces?! When we think of contouring, Anastasia Beverly Hills immediately comes to mind. She came out with the cream contour kit in 2015 and we’ve been obsessed ever since!

(Our ABH Powder Contour Kit review here)

Price: $40

Size: 6 shades x 0.16 oz of each

Customizable:

Each cream shade is removable, but refills are not available for individual purchase (yet, we hope!)

Shades available:

Michelle tried the kit in medium to tan. It included the shades:
Cream, Banana, Warm Coral, Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Ash Brown

Susan tried the kit in light to medium. It included the shades:
Fair, Neutral, Banana, Java, Light Sculpt, and Havana

It is also available in Fair and Deep.

Made without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta, Macys, or the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.

Find out more below!


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Michelle’s Review

(dry-combo, medium to tan skin)
  • PROS
    • Formulation: I am able to achieve a natural or dramatic contoured look since the product is easy to work with.
    • Longevity: It lasts through the work day and stays on after a long night out without getting oily or patchy
    • Value: When I have the luxury of time this kit is amazing! I use all the colors with “Cinnamon”,“Banana”, and “Ash Brown” being my favorites.
  • CONS
    • Convenience: I am always on the go and living out of my makeup bag. It is NOT convenient for me to carry around a cream contour kit along with all the tools needed to achieve the look I want. Cream products means more mess, more tools, and more clean up.
    • Not Crazy About: I rarely use the “warm coral” shade but when I do I use it on my cheeks. Many people also use it as an under-eye corrector but personally I feel it is too thick to layer under concealer. Click here for under eye corrector options that we love!

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Susan’s Review

(oily-combo, light to medium skin)
  • PROS
    • Formulation: I had heard these creams were very dry and hard to work with. However, I found that the formula very easily blends into my skin, especially if I use a damp Beauty Blender. Lately I’ve been mixing a drop of Josie Maran’s light argan oil into the pans – this remedies any dryness and makes blending a dream!
    • Longevity: It lasted over 5 hours without fading on me, so I definitely recommend this to anyone with combo skin. People with oilier skin may want to set their cream contour with a powder to make it last all day and night.
    • Value: I use all the shades, which is kind of unheard of for me! In almost all of the palettes I own, one or two pans still look brand new. This kit gives a great selection of highlight and contour shades so I can confidently say the $40 was worth it.
  • CONS
    • Application: I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at contouring. So for beginners, using the cream formula may be more challenging than using a powder one because creams are usually very pigmented and therefore, less forgiving. The best tip I can give you when it comes to contouring and highlighting is to take your time blending! Read Michelle’s post on some other contouring tips here.

Final thoughts

We absolutely love this kit and can’t recommend it enough! Its formulation, longevity, and value make it an ALL-STAR product for us. However, if you are a beginner or do not have a lot of time, this cream kit may not be the best choice for you. So go to your nearest Sephora or Ulta (or select Macys) and swatch away to see how the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit suits your skin! Feel free to leave us any questions or comments – we love to hear from you. And as always, makeup is an art so have fun expressing yourself!


Final rating: 9/10

M: 9/10
S: 9/10

2 Comments

  1. April 12, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Such a great review! You ladies really covered all the angles. I have similar skin to Michelle’s, dry-combo and medium tan, so I think I will try the kit she picked up. I did have it on my wish list, but that warm coral color really put me off so I’ve just been on the fence about it. However, Michelle brings up a great point: that color is perfect as a blush! I really have been into cream products more so now as I’ve gotten older, my skin seems to respond better to the texture. Will definitely give this a go. Thank you for such a thorough and detailed review!
    ~ Cat L.
    http://www.catsdailyliving.com

    • The Misu Fix
      April 13, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      So glad you liked it! We have definitely been loving more cream products these days than powder! Thank you as always for your support! 🙂

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