Just when I thought I didn’t need anymore contouring products….in walked Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book! The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it! It is such a lovely palette, designed to look like a very classy book. Each page has a contouring delight ending with a collection of colours to make contouring a breeze!
Once you slip the Contour Book out of it’s gold cover you are presented with a hard back book with a black lizard style pattern. Flip it open and Page One illustrates the art of contouring the face with Page Two dedicated to the eyes. Together with the illustrations on the first two pages, there is also an insert of tips and tricks that will guide you on your way to becoming a contouring expert. The instructions are really well presented and easy to follow, using a ‘paint by numbers’ style method. This palette would be particularly beneficial to someone looking for their first contour kit, but even for seasoned contour enthusiasts it is a special addition to any collection.
Turn the page again and there is a generously sized mirror. Finally, the stars of the show, a collection of beautiful, high quality contouring powders. The first thing I noticed about the powders is that they are smaller than I expected, which disappointed me until I discovered how little you actually need of these products. They are very highly pigmented and you only need the tiniest amount of product on your brush. This palette is a good opportunity to try a selection of Kevyn Aucoin powders, all of which are available as singular items.
The powders are all multi functional as they are designed to cater to eyes as well as the face. The Sculpting Powder (No.1) is a fantastic contouring shade. I like to apply it to the hollows of the cheekbones with the Zoeva 109 Luxe Paint Brush and then blend it out with the Morphe M530 brush. I also apply to all other facial areas demonstrated in the book with the Morphe brush. I can’t stress enough what a small amount of powder is needed on the brush to achieve the desired effect. Once it is blended out it is the most realistic contouring powder I have used. This shade also doubles as a Blonde Brow Powder.
Shade No.2 is The Celestial Powder in ‘Candlelight’. This is the jewel in the Kevyn Aucoin crown. It is fantastic to brighten and subtly highlight the high points of the face. I also love to dust it all over the complexion as a finishing powder to add radiance. Shade No. 4 is another Celestial Powder, this time in the shade ‘Starlight’. This shade is a great powder for cool skin tones for adding radiance, but can be used as a cheekbone highlighter on most skin tones. Both of these powders also look great on the eyes.
Shade 3 is an eyeshadow that looks great on the cupids bow and inner corner of the eyes, it is also very dramatic as a highlighter and used in very small amounts it can really make the cheekbones pop! Shades 5 and 6 are also eyeshadows and brow powders but with a little experimentation the matte nature of these shadows means they could be worked into the contouring process for the face, making this palette very adaptable for all skin tones.
All of these powders are a dream to work with, they are so buttery and creamy and blend so well it is almost impossible to make a mistake. Just remember to use tiny amounts of the product, you can always add more if you feel it is needed. Trust me, if you add too much powder in one go it is a blending battle you are not going to win!
This is most definately my ‘go to’ contour kit at the moment, the powders are second to none and it is so pretty it brightens my morning every day!