I’ll be honest, I’m kind of overwhelmed by the plethora of contouring palettes these days! I mean it’s GREAT, don’t get me wrong – being “in season” means there are countless options to choose from! But therein lies the debacle – overload!
I actually really like the look of Illamasqua’s Palette, but it may not be as suited to the masses as many of the “trios” that are out. The shades are a hair less intuitive – ones you would find in a pro contour kit for makeup artists or performers (Ballroom, stage, actor etc…) who need true definition at a distance.
In that way, I’m not sure this is ideal for a beginner – contouring in and of itself isn’t outrageously complex, but hues like these might well require a more solid grasp of shading…as well as what works best with your tonality.
The shades are as follows:
- Rush – champagne shimmer
- Cirrus – ivory brightening matte
- Heroine – cool-toned matte contour shade for fair-medium skin
- Nimbus – matte grey under shadow
- Steal – softly warm coffee bronzer
- Create – peach-toned matte contour shade for darker skin tones
I have seen some nice reviews, but I think it’s fair to say one needs a lighter hand and proper brushes here so that the end results are natural…not painterly!