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The 10 Best Contour Kits of 2019

Contour Kits: The Best of 2019

They’re veritable treasure chests — miniature sizes notwithstanding. And when used to full effect, they’re just what you need to highlight your best features in all their glory.

And because no one would ever pass up the opportunity to look simply glamorous, there’s no doubt that one of life's must-haves is a contour kit capable of bestowing an appearance that’s nothing short of magical.

And that means that nothing but the best contour kit will do.

But how exactly can you tell which one’s right for you? In this buyer’s guide, we’ve done all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. Read on to learn how our picks for the best contour kit can help you define your face shape and make a better version of you.

‘What’s that made of?’ Quite often that’s the first thought that pops into our minds whenever we come across a product that catches our attention. Especially when it looks like it might just turn out to be a superb addition to our makeup collection (after all, falling in love with a product only to find that we’re obliged to fall right back out of love again simply won’t do).

In this case, we found delightful natural oils of citrus and sesame, in addition to a formula which was free of gluten and parabens and had not been tested on animals.
We also found enchantingly quaint names such as ‘fawn’, ‘java’ and ‘truffle’ for its contour pigments and ‘banana’, ‘vanilla’ and ‘sand’ for its highlighter pigments.

We also noted that its contents were silky smooth, light and yet marvelously colorful. They were also super easy to apply and looked wonderfully natural against our skin.

The magnetic fixture on the lid was also a nice touch especially since it meant it could be attached to any metal surface - an additional and welcome convenience.

Overall we did like what we found and if you’ve been in search for a contour kit which not only feels like it’s been made for you and is perfect for all ages too, the Powder Contour Highlight Makeup Palette is likely to be a superb choice for you.

Key Features
  • Super fine, satin smooth pigment
  • Gluten, paraben and cruelty-free
  • Suitable for all ages
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4 x 0.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 6.4 ounces
Pros
  • Perfect for both younger and mature faces
  • Satin smooth pigments
  • Paraben and gluten free
Cons
  • Texture may be difficult to work with

A high-quality product that’s the perfect blend of nature and science? There was no way we were going to pass up an opportunity to try that out. Especially since it came with a bold declaration of making red carpet beauty accessible to everyone. How could we say no to that?

To a product belonging to a brand which happened to be the brainchild of Carol Shaw, former makeup artist to the stars - no less. There was only one choice: to take the plunge, so we did.

We discovered a kit featuring three matte contour pigments and two matte highlighters; there was also one shimmer highlighter that provided the option of having that slight glimmer in addition to a natural touch.

We were also delighted to find that the pigments were impressively long lasting and therefore ideal for lengthy trips or a night out on the town.

They also blended like a dream and looked amazingly natural and we only needed slight amounts for maximum effect.

The icing on the cake was just how lovely they felt against our skin thanks to the ingredients which had been selected for that very purpose.

Overall we did feel that the LORAC PRO Contour Palette kit did live up to the hype and delivered on its ability to last long, sculpt, and define marvellously and to make us look fabulous too.

And you too can get to experience a hint of Hollywood glamour for yourself especially since this is one product which might turn out to be one of the most delightful you’ve experienced yet.

Key Features
  • Matte and shimmering options (highlighter)
  • A unique, long-lasting, highly pigmented formula
  • Formula made from high quality ingredients
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Product Weight: 8 ounces
Pros
  • Perfectly blendable
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Slight amounts required for maximum effect
Cons
  • An alternative brush may be required

The best products are those which give you what you need with a minimum of fuss. And when they come at bargain prices, it simply adds an extra dimension of delight.
And at a first glance it seems as though the Maybelline Master Contour Face Contouring Kit does fit this description marvelously.

Consisting of three pigments — contour, blush and highlighter — not to mention a brush too, it contains all you need to create that smooth blend of light and shade which will define, sculpt, and illuminate. And that means you will be able to look forward to imbuing your makeup with that extra bit of glamour which will make you feel every inch as fabulous as your favorite celebs.

And in order to ensure that everyone can get to enjoy their special contour kit, Maybelline has taken the extra precaution of providing it in two different shade combinations. And that means you too can get to experience all it has to offer regardless of whether your skin tone is fair, medium or dark.

And to ensure you get off to a flying start, they’ve also provided instructions just in case a bit of guidance might come in handy.

All these qualities make it seem like a worthy addition to any makeup collection and we won’t be surprised to find out that you have fallen under its spell too.

Key Features
  • Angled brush for ease of application
  • Pigments for contouring, highlighting and for applying blush
  • Instructions for application of pigments
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Product Weight: 0.32 ounces
Pros
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Instructions provided
  • Perfectly blendable pigments
Cons
  • An alternative brush may be required

There are times when no-frills offerings work the best, especially when all you want is a product that will enable you to step out imbued with the glamour of your favorite celeb.

And for times like that you can call on Smashbox’s Step By Step Contour Kit to create the effect you desire.

Brought to you in a set of three contour pigments, this kit does come with rather impressive staying power meaning that you wouldn’t need to worry about the awesome definition you’ve achieved earlier on, vanishing while you go about your day. They are also ideal for a natural look since they haven’t been imbued with a shimmering effect.

There’s also their range which is ideal for fair to medium toned skin. And if you like what you’ve read so far but are wondering just how you’re going to make it all work due to being pretty new to it all, you needn’t worry.

This is one contour kit which comes with a series of detailed instructions which will guide you in achieving your desired effect. And that means you will not only be able to look forward to enjoying this all new experience, but will also get to see your skills improve too!

And now you’re aware there’s absolutely nothing standing between you and that awesome sculpted look you desire, you can go right ahead and treat yourself to this compact delightful kit which has what it takes to meet your expectations.

Key Features
  • Long-lasting pigments
  • Ideal for fair to medium toned skin
  • Free makeup brush
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Product Weight: 0.48 ounces
Pros
  • Ideal for a natural looking finish
  • Detailed instructions for beginners
  • Long lasting pigments
Cons
  • Pigments may appear grainy

It isn’t that often that you come across a contour kit which will not only enhance the effect of your makeup, but also provides the opportunity to improve your skills.
And as is frequently the case with products that impress you right away, the Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit ticks a lot more boxes too.

In addition to containing the right amount of pigment to enable you to achieve a look worthy of magazine covers, it also comes with its own instructions to ensure you also have the technique you need to get it just right and enhance your artistry in the process.

And even though it’s made up of six cream pigments, it’s ideal for all skin types, which is great news if you have oily skin and love using contour products in this category.

There’s also its amazing versatility which means it can be used as a foundation or concealer. And because it’s perfectly blendable, you can create even more tones and shades meaning the possibilities for achieving the effect you desire are endless.

What’s more, it’s also hypoallergenic and dermatologist-approved, making it worth considering if you have sensitive skin. And it’s also cruelty-free making it ideal for vegans too.

With all these qualities and much more, there’s no doubt that the Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit is a treasure chest filled with delights.

Key Features
  • A product which is both dermatologist-approved and hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans
  • A highly versatile product in terms of tones and function
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 6.7 ounces
Pros
  • Additional tones available through mixing
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Detailed instructions to ensure perfect application
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
Cons
  • May cause breakouts

Products that do just what they say they will on their covers will always have a special place in our hearts. Especially in the case of contour kits which come in a wide range of shades to ensure no one’s left out.

The Lagure Minerals Powder Contour Kit comes in six pigments which include really light to dark shades meaning that it’s perfect for really pale skin and darker skin tones too.

And because the manufacturer believes that everyone deserves to experience the joys of contouring regardless of their skill level, they’ve also provided a guide to ensure you’re able to execute each step perfectly. We also love that extra little bit of consideration they’ve shown by adding a mirror to the kit since that means you can get to unleash its magic no matter where you are.

And in keeping with Lagure’s firm determination to ensure everyone gets to experience their product, they’ve also ensured that each pigment has been made from high-quality ingredients using ethical procedures. As a result, their contour kit is not only safe for every skin type but is also cruelty-free too.

The proof of their firm belief in its ability to deliver on its promises can be seen in their money back guarantee.

If you’d love to make your very best features come alive in a lovely matte finish, this treat might just prove to be the stuff makeup dreams are made of.

Key Features
  • A product manufactured using high quality non-toxic ingredients
  • A wide range of colors
  • Ideal for all skin types
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Not specified
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: Not specified
  • Product Weight: 7 ounces
Pros
  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Ideal for a wide range of skin tones
  • A cruelty-free product
Cons
  • May have a slightly orange tone

The next product on our list hints at the ideal opportunity to play the game of light and shade to perfection. It also promises a wide range of colors to achieve this aim and ensure it’s also ideal for a wide range of skin tones.

But just how well does it deliver? While we did find it to be simply perfect for fair skin, we did find it somewhat unsuitable for skin tones which were a bit darker.

However, we loved the fact that it was finely ground and super easy to apply in just the right amounts to achieve perfect results.

The instruction booklet to assist beginners and make up fans who might require a bit of guidance in taking their skills to a whole new level was also a nice touch.

And we must admit that we couldn't help but feel impressed by the manufacturer which provides a special money-back guarantee, since that means that they have every faith that you’ll get the most out of their product — in this case, returns actually happen to be free too.

All these qualities mean that the Contour Kit and Highlighting Powder Palette is a great choice for creating desired highlighting and contouring effects particularly if you happen to be fair skinned.

Key Features
  • Pigments consisting of finely ground powder
  • A combination of highlighter and contour pigments
  • Super easy to apply
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Product Weight: 5.3 ounces
Pros
  • Smoothly ground pigments
  • Ideal for contouring and highlighting fair skin
  • Manufacturer money-back guarantee
Cons
  • A lack of versatility compared to other popular products
  • Not ideal for darker skin tones

Do you love warm tones that will accentuate those alluring angles with just a hint of gold? If so the e.l.f. Cosmetics Contour Palette might be worth checking out.

Brought to you in four shades which will take care of your contouring and highlighting needs, it’s an ideal option for drawing attention to your favorite features and enhancing the structure of your face.

What’s more, you won’t need to worry about leaving your home in the morning with beautifully arched eyebrows and bronzed cheekbones only to wonder where all the magic has gone by midday. And that’s because the pigments in the e.l.f. Cosmetics Contour Palette are long lasting and will see you through the day.

There’s also the fact that these pigments are great for your skin and will hydrate and enrich it thanks to the vitamin E they’ve been infused with. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free too.

Do we wish its range was somewhat wider? We most certainly do. However, in spite of this one shortcoming, this palette filled with super-smooth pigments in rather generous quantities is a great option for accentuating the features you love the most with a luminous touch.

Key Features
  • Vitamin E infused pigments
  • A choice of four bronzers and highlighters
  • Special long-lasting formula
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 3.7 x 4.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 0.48 ounces
Pros
  • Pigments provided in generous quantities
  • Beneficial to skin due to vitamin E content
  • Long lasting formula
Cons
  • Rather limited range

It isn’t that often that you come across a product which not only does it all, but also ticks boxes which you weren’t even expecting to be on the list.

And that’s what makes the Youngfocus Cosmetics Contour Kit stand out from the multitude of products out there.

There’s its impressive range of contour and highlighter shades making it ideal for fair to dark skin. What’s more, its pigments can be blended to create an even greater range of options.

There’s also the impressive versatility they come with too, which means they can actually be used as a substitute for your concealer to efficiently banish any blemishes or spots.
Additional special features we thoroughly approve of include the fact that it’s been dermatologist tested and is hypoallergenic. Especially since it means you don’t have to miss out on it if you have sensitive skin.

We also love the fact that it will fit perfectly into your handbag in spite of the wide range of pigments it contains.

And as can be expected from such a meticulous manufacturer, it does come with a set of instructions to bring out the makeup artist in you.

Such an extensive range of qualities makes this product pretty hard to beat and very likely to prove to be a delightful addition to your makeup collection.

Key Features
  • Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic formula
  • Detailed set of instructions
  • An impressively versatile product
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Product Weight: 7.2 ounces
Pros
  • Pigments may also be used as concealer
  • Ideal for all skin tones
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
Cons
  • May not last long

Have you ever felt a product was so perfect that it had to have been made just for you? That was exactly how we felt when we read the specifications for this contour kit which seemed to have been conjured into existence by the wave of a magic wand.

Its wide range of pigments compared to several other products was rather impressive making it suitable for a wide range of skin tones.

The manufacturer’s attention to detail was also evident in the size of the case which was ideal for taking along on trips and perfect for use anywhere thanks to its compact size and mirror.

But even more importantly, it was also evident in the extra care they had taken to carefully select high-quality ingredients, to have their product tested and approved by dermatologists, and to also make it hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

As a result, the Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Makeup Kit is not only gluten and paraben-free but is also ideal for all skin types — which we feel is great news since everyone who enjoys wearing makeup deserves the opportunity to experience such a product which has been put together with a great deal of love and care.

And because the manufacturer also believes in providing guilt-free treats this is one contour kit that is cruelty-free too.

With all these qualities, it’s pretty clear that the Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Makeup Kit is a must-have for fans of makeup who love meticulously manufactured products that seem as though they’ve been made just for them and no one else.

Key Features
  • Pigments manufactured using high-quality ingredients
  • A hypoallergenic product that has been approved by dermatologists
  • An excellent choice for a wide range of skin tones
Specifications
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 7 ounces
Pros
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Ideal for a wide range of skin tones
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
Cons
  • May have an orange tint

Selecting the contour products that are just right for you happens to be all about light and shade, tone and nuance — in other words, a game of colors. Just like you need to pay attention to the type of foundation you choose, picking the best contour kit for your skin tone and type is essential.  

And since your skin is the canvas on which your artistry will be displayed, it’s the one factor which gets to set the tone when it comes to choosing the option which is best for you.

Below, we’ve outlined the main points you’ll need to consider in this regard.

Your skin tone

Do you have a fair to medium complexion? Select neutral colors for the very best effect. Taupe contours are also ideal.

If your skin tone happens to be warmer, such as tan or olive, opting for slightly darker colors is an excellent idea.

Dark complexions will be perfectly complemented by a great deal of warmth where contour hues are concerned, to ensure a natural looking color.

Your skin type

Dry skin: If your skin type happens to fall in this category, cream contours would be preferable to powders since they will be able to provide your skin with a fresh, supple look. Powders, on the other hand, may make your skin appear dry and uneven.

Oily skin: Having oily skin means constantly avoiding that tell-tale gleam which is the result of having pretty active oil-producing glands. Powder contours are an excellent option since they will contribute to keeping that shine at bay.

Does that mean you’d need to get rid of your favorite cream products? No it doesn’t. However, you’ll need to use them sparingly in order to prevent your skin from appearing extra oily.

Normal skin: This is one skin type that comes with loads of freedom in choosing contour types since both creams and powders will work quite well with it.

And so it all boils down to a matter of preference between either option. Lucky you.

Now we’ve gotten how to choose out of the way, it’s time to take a look at what to choose.

And with a plethora of brands and products out there all vying for your attention, doing just that can seem like an uphill task — one we’re only too glad to have undertaken on your behalf. Used in conjunction with highlighter, these products are sure to make your face look flawless.

Our top ten picks for best contour kit will make your best features come alive and bestow them with that natural, sculpted look admired the world over.

Resources — AdoreBeauty, Allure, Anne Marie Gianni, Elle, Neutrogena, 100percentpure

 

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