The palette comes in a plastic black box with a see-through cover displaying the powders. It has 8 different shades for highlighting and contouring. It is large in size, and is not suitable for your handbag. The pans are refillable, therefore when a shade runs out, it can be replaced with the same one or even with a new shade for a personalized palette, without having to buy an entire new palette.
There are 8 different shades in this palette:
- Ice Queen: Pearly white with a lot of shimmer
- Soft Light: Nude matte
- Cream: Banana toned, matte
- Nectar: Peach toned with shimmer
- Tan: Light brown with red undertones, Satin finish
- Toffee: Warm brown with a bit of shimmer
- Sculpt: Light brown, satin finish
- Hollow: Deep dark brown, matte
There are also 8 new shades available, which are more on the brighter side of the palette and do not include darker colors.
The texture of the shades is light-weight powder, and with a good brush, it easily applied and bendable. However, the palette doesn’t come with an application brush, therefore a highlighting and contouring brush must be purchased separately.
This is a very versatile palette suitable for different skin tones, and different type of skin, and it is comprised of several shades with several colors. For beginners, before using it, it is strongly recommended to get familiar with the highlight and contouring techniques, otherwise, the palette will be misjudged for creating looks that are too dark, orange or light. After that, one can experiment widely in the palette. Since it has very pigmented colors, 3 colors can be mixed at the same time, to create a natural look to brighten the face, or a night look to add depths and shadows and create sharp cheekbones to the face, or even use the palette as an eyeshadow palette. It is preferable to keep in mind, that the dark highlighters are shimmery and therefore need to be applied in the proper way, else it will create an undesired look. For non professionals who use highlight and contours shades daily, the problem that will appear is that eventually at least 2 shades in the palette will never been used, although they have been paid for. For makeup professionals, this is a great palette, as it can be used to create the makeup of several people with several appearances and preferences. This product has no smell, and is therefore suitable for smell-sensitive people.
The longevity of the palette differs from oily to dry skins. For the oily skins, this product lasts for around 4 hours. As for the dry ones, it lasts for 5-6 hours before having to retouch. Moreover, the shades don’t last on the skin by themselves; a primer needs to be applied first on the skin, so it can last a long time, otherwise there will be a lot of product fallout.
How to use:
Use a highlighting brush and apply the light colors that are available on the top part of the palette to highlight the area under the brows, on top of the cheekbones, chin, and cupid’s bow. For contouring, use an angled brush and apply the dark shades on the hollows of the cheekbones, as vertical lines on the edges of the nose, on the edges of the forehead in a round line, and on the crease. Please note that this way to use the shades can be modified according to specific needs.
This palette retails in Lebanon for 36$, which is little pricier then Max Factor Miracle Contouring Palette sold at 32$ with 8 shades too.