I was VERY late to the trend of contouring. It just seemed a little too complicated and ‘professional-makeup-artist-like’ for someone with my level of makeup naivety. For this reason (in addition to my general reluctance to spend a lot of money on makeup items… or any items really), I put off buying a contouring kit. When Australis came out with its version of the now famous contouring and highlighting kit though, the temptation to give it a try overcame my anxiety about stuffing up my face 😉 Australis is a great Australian brand that is cruelty-free and budget-friendly. They clearly state on their website that ‘we love animals’ which gives them a big thumbs up from me!
The ‘AC on Tour: contouring and highlighting kit’ from Australis is said to be a duplicate of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I can not speak to this claim myself in terms of how the powders perform as this is the only kit of this type in my collection, but looking at the Anastasia kit online, there is an unmistakeable similarity in how these two kits look.
The Australis kit has a light vanilla powder, a banana powder, a champagne highlighter shade (the only shimmery shade in the kit), a dark brown, an ashy brown and a very warm brown. The kit offers a helping hand to the novices in the audience, like myself, by providing a set of contouring instructions on the back of the palette.
I tend to not use the suggested process on a daily basis. In my kind of work, this level of put-togethered-ness, isn’t really required, BUT, I have used these instructions for more formal nights out and it is easier than I thought it would be with flattering results.
The powders in the ‘AC on Tour kit’ are generally very soft and silky and the brown shades are very pigmented. The softness of these powders does mean they will kick up a bit of powder if you aren’t careful to be gentle when tapping in your brush. I would recommend tapping off the excess and applying a small amount of product at a time as the darker shades can be a bit fussy to blend out and if you apply too much at once they can look a bit patchy. The highlighter is a pretty colour but is a little chalky. It does look quite nice on the skin though. The banana and vanilla shades are lovely quality.
On a general day I tend to use the vanilla or banana powders (swatch 1 & 2) to set my under-eye concealer, I use the ashy shade (swatch 5) to gently contour under my cheek bones and then I use the dark or warm toned shades (swatch 4 & 6) to warm up my face. I really do like the shimmery, champagne highlighter for work as it is pretty, but subtle, and I use this on the tops of my cheek bones.
I like this contour palette. As I don’t often do a ‘proper’ chiselled contour it is probably more sophisticated than I really need for what I use it for on a daily basis, but its handy to have all these powders together in one place. This palette retails for about AU$16.95 but I got mine on sale for AU$13 which makes it really good value. If you would like to try contouring but aren’t sure that you want to invest big money in a palette, the ‘AC on Tour: contouring and highlighting kit’ is a budget-friendly option but I think that there may be more user-friendly kits on the market in this price range. I wouldn’t recommend the E.L.F contour kit above this one from Australis – it is easier to blend, I prefer the powder tones and it is cheaper!