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Freedom Makeup London: Pro Blush & Highlight Palette – Pinks and Fair Contour.

I received this beautiful, six-pan contour palette from Freedom Makeup London as part of one of their special deals.  I was really impressed when it arrived because it is such a nice, small size palette and  I immediately thought how great it would be for travel.  With four blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter there is plenty of colour selection – plus a nice big mirror in the lid!

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

These blushes are really soft to the touch and very pigmented.  I use these with a very light touch but I have to say they do blend beautifully.  All of these products have a satin finish, which I really do love – no glitter in sight!

Pinks and Fair Contour - swatches.

Pinks and Fair Contour – swatches.

I really like the selection of colours in this palette.  I feel like there is one of every pink you could need here including a mauve, a bright pink and a coral pink across the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Then across the second row you have your bronzer/contour colour which is, as the name of this palette suggests, most appropriate for people with a fair complexion.  Then you have a lovely soft rose-toned blush and a pink toned highlighter.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

I have worn these blushes to work for the past week and they last really well.  Although a couple of the colours do look very bright in the pan, I have found them to be really wearable colours, even on my pale, freckled skin.

I have looked on the Freedom Website and this palette isn’t available to be purchase just yet, but I did read that it was going to be released into their range soon.  I am excited to see what different palettes may be available when these are released, and I would certainly recommend them!

Have a fantastic day!

Australis – AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting kit

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit

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!

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting kit from Australis.

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting kit from Australis.

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.

Contouring instructions are provided on the back of the AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit.

Contouring instructions are provided on the back of the AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit.

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.

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit - swatches

AC on Tour: Contouring and Highlighting Kit – swatches

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!

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit – Ultra Fair and Light-Medium.

I am on a bit of a Makeup Revolution kick at the moment.

It is actually a bit ridiculous how much I have purchased from Makeup Revolution but they meet all my criteria for excellent products – cruelty-free, good quality, and SUPER budget-friendly!  When those powers combine I am powerless to resist…

Today I want to review the Ultra Sculpt and Contour kits.  There are two contour kits in this range: Ultra Fair and Ultra Light-Medium and I love them both.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top - Ultra Light; Bottom - Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top – Ultra Light; Bottom – Ultra Light-Medium.

These contour kits are really great quality.  The powders are soft and buttery and blend really nicely. If you were to compare the quality of these blushes to the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palettes these feel more luxurious (even though I really enjoy the Ultra Blush Palettes too!).  Both kits contain a matte bronzer, shimmer highlighter and shimmer blush.  The copper blusher in the light-medium kit is an interesting colour for a blush but I think most people would find a use for it – I have used it with a light hand to bronze up my face a little and it was very pretty.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top - Ultra Light; Bottom - Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top – Ultra Light; Bottom – Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit.  Swatches 1-3: Light; swatches 4-6: Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit. Swatches 1-3: Light; swatches 4-6: Light-Medium.

I find the light kit to be really great for everyday wear when I am not looking for a ‘sculpted’ look as much as some colour and warmth to my face for the work day.  The pink blush has a gorgeous gold shimmer to it which is super pretty on the skin and the creamy highlight is also extremely flattering.

The light-medium kit is my most recent acquisition and it is NICE.  The matte bronzer shade is cool-toned and a perfect colour for me to contour with.  The champagne highlighter is lush and I used it today with a very matte, peach blush and it was beautiful – so much so that my husband commented on how nice it looked!  The copper shade that is marked blusher in the light-medium kit is also lovely and an interesting addition to this kit whether used with a light hand as a bronzy-blush or, as mentioned before, to bronze up the face.  I think this kit would also work well as an eyeshadow trio but I haven’t used it that way yet.  Tomorrow 🙂

These Ultra Sculpt & Contour kits are lovely.  I would highly recommend them both and at AU$6.80 each they are a really affordable addition to your collection.  Makeup Revolution ships internationally so they are well worth a look: Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kits

Have a wonderful day!