Catrice Allaround Contouring Palette

As a contouring lover, I’ve always found powder contour products easier to blend, as I don’t have to worry about them drying up too fast. But when I saw the new Catrice Cosmetics Allaround Contouring Palette at my local drugstore, I decided to face my fears and finally attempt a cream contouring. I had been on the lookout for a cream contour product for a very long time, but was always too afraid to splurge on the popular ABH palette. The Catrice palette retails for a sweet 3,99 euros and is available at drugstores -Ulta in the US and DM in Germany- and online.

Swatches of palette shades, 3 highlights and 2 couture shades (top to bottom)

First impressions:
At first I was not too sure what tool to blend the product with. After testing it on my arm using a Beauty Blender and a synthetic concealer brush, I found it easier to blend with the latter. However, the best way to blend and control the intensity and finish was simply using my fingers. The wet sponge didn’t mesh well with the tackiness of the cream, and the synthetic brush took a lot more work and time.

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Before

Contouring Basics:
As you may already know, the first step to contouring is to figure out your face shape.  For my shape (round), the best places to apply contour shades are along the temples, below the cheekbones and along the jawline. I find that this simple technique helps me achieve a natural contour while giving more dimension to my face. I also like to work on a unified based to help the sculpting work of the highlight and contour. Here I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade 55 Beige Foncé.

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The Contour:
My trick with contouring palettes is to play around with shades to try to get a more natural finish. Here I blended the two contour shades to counter the edges of my face. I did prefer using the more warm toned shade alone for my nose though, and the cool toned one for my cheekbones.

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The Highlight:
I applied the middle highlighting shade on the center of my forehead and chin, and used the matte pink shade as a cheekbone and nose  highlight base, then topped it off with the shimmery highlight (which is to DIE for!).

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After

Verdict:
I am overall satisfied with the entire palette, but was especially surprised by the highlight shades which are very creamy ,  easy to blend, and do not sit on my dry skin.  The shimmery highlight is gorgeous and leaves a natural glow, so I definitely see myself reaching for it in the future as a stand alone highlight. All in all, this was a lucky strike for me since it was my first cream contour purchase!

Tell me what you think of this palette if you tried it too, and tell me in the comments what your favorite cream contour I should try!

The Foundry girl.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I purchased the featured product myself, and my views are based on my own experience.

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