I seriously love me some Maybelline. The first palettes I gravitated to as a tween makeup lover were Maybelline, and, as an adult makeup lover, the brand continues to be, by far, the most purchased affordable makeup in my collection. At their price point, I often find their quality to be unrivaled — finely milled powders, fabulous cream shadows that apply like By Terry’s Ombre Blackstars and long-lasting pigment for days.
First time I saw the new Master Contour Palette in Light to Medium 10, which goes for $12.99 (available in Medium to Deep 20, as well), I was immediately reminded of Estée Lauder’s 2016 Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi Palette, which retails for over four times as much!
Comprised of a contour shade, a coordinating classic pink blush and a champagne highlighter, this gem poses as an excellent and wallet-friendly substitute to some similar, considerably more expensive summer 2016 releases.
In the name of testing, I abandoned my long held (and often unnecessary) rule of skipping the brushes that accompany palettes and actually tested Maybelline’s small brush (shown below) while applying the contour shade.
Color me impressed! Pretty good for an affordable palette brush…but I think the synthetic hairs are almost too dense, meaning that the powder really packs a punch where applied. I only tried the brush with the contour shade, but it really loaded up the color (which could be a plus, depending on how you like to apply your makeup!). For me, it made it harder to buff out the contour and create a seamless and natural look.
In regard to the powders, I have nothing but fabulous things to say! 🙂 Pigmented, smooth, easy to blend and without a trace of the chalkiness that often accompanies affordable powders. Maybelline has shown me once again that price and quality aren’t inextricably linked.
These Maybelline Master Contour Kits easily stand up to their high-end competitors, which is probably why I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews of them crop up here and there.
Girl, even if contouring isn’t your thang, you should totally check out Maybelline’s Master Contour Palette. If the whole “sharp cheeks, sharp nose, sharp forehead, sharp ears” (wait…that last one is just Kylie Jenner) routine doesn’t appeal to you, the contour shade in the palette makes an excellent bronzer. I know, because I’ve been using it exclusively that way nonstop!
The contour shade is versatile, the blush is a classic “stand by” shade, and the highlighter is subtle, but just right.
Tell me, makeup lovers — what’s your favorite contour product of them all?