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Australis, Napoleon Perdis and IT Cosmetics Contour Kit Reviews.

So today I am going to review three contour kits- The Australis AC ON TOUR contour kit, IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face contour kit and Napoleon Perdics Ultimate Contour Palette.

Australis AC ON TOUR contour kit.

This contour kit is $16.95 from Priceline and is dubbed by some as a cheaper dupe to the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit. Unfortunately for me I found it did not meet these expectations. I found some of the browns to be quite muddy and unflattering. As well as this the highlighters were not very pigmented and did not stay on for long. The furthest brown to the right, below the darkest pink highlighter is my favourite bronzer as it does not look quite as muddy as the rest. You definitely have to be careful when putting the product on the brush and to only use a very small amount as too much can end up looking far too dark.

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Rating: 5/10

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face contour kit.

This contour kit was around $55 from Sephora and I definitely do think it is good. The lady in store suggested it to me as a good palette for fair people so I thought it would be a suitable choice. The 2nd darkest bronzer is definitely my favourite as it is not too dark or light. I have used the darkest one but would suggest using it very sparsely as it is quite dark and a little product goes a long way. I think the darkest one is more suited to olive skin. The two lightest browns are very light and do not show up much on my skin I only really use them when I’ve accidentally put too much highlighter on and need to tone it down or help face it out. The ‘pearlescent’ highlighter to the right is my favourite as it gives a really flattering glow but the other one I don’t really find much use for and is more or less a translucent powder as it does not show up much on my skin. The colours I do like stay on the whole light and do have good pigmentation. Overall I like this contour kit but I am not in LOVE with it as I only use one of the browns and one highlighter really regularly. Still, I am happy I have it as part of my collection.

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Rating: 7.5/10

Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette

While this contour kit is small it definitely is brilliant! This is my favourite contour palette and the highlighter is the best highlighter I have ever used by far. My friends also own it and say the same thing. It really gives you that perfect, subtle glow you want from a highlighter. It is also very build able to give a more glam, noticeable look as well. The bronzer is great and is good for both night and day makeup. The blush is lovely and is kind of this pink- peach, warm colour that it very flattering to many skin tones. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has fair- medium skin and though it is quite pricey at $65 it is definitely worth it. There is only three colours but I find that that is all you need and the size is GREAT for travelling and fitting in a small bag. My only issue is that I wish there was a bit more product in it. As you can see from the photos I have almost gone through it!

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contour kits napoleon perdis swatch

Rating: 9.5/ 10

Megan X

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How To Contour and Highlight.

Hello.

I thought I would do a contouring and highlighting post as I recently became a qualified makeup artist so feel confident enough to show you. There are so many ways to contour and highlight. It is something which is different for everyone and it is all about experimenting and finding out what’s right for you. This is just how I do it.

This is the look I created:

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Products and tools

There are many products for contouring. You can use powders, cream and liquids. Many people like to use liquid concealers or creams to contour if they use a liquid foundation and powders if they use a powder foundation. For me I usually use a liquid concealer to highlight, a powder foundation and a powdered bronzer, blush and illuminator, however for this look today I wanted to use a liquid foundation because I got a free tester and couldn’t wait to put it on. Some good powder products are the Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette. Anastasia Beverly hills also has a cream contour kit and Mac Prolongwear Concealers are great liquids which can be used for contouring and highlighting.

You can buy brushes specifically for contouring however I find normal bronzing brushes work just fine. A buffing brush or beauty blender is essential when using liquid products as you want the colours to blend together nicely. A fan brush comes in handy when applying powdered illuminators as well.

How to:

1. Apply primer and foundation all over you face.

2. Begin the highlighting process by using a concealer a sahde or two lighter than your foundation. I use the Mac Pro long wear concealer in nc15. Apply this to the middle of the forehead, along the bridge of the nose, onto the middle of the chin, beneath the eyes all the way down to just under the nose and above the cheekbones. You can use a photo such as this one to guide you and it is a must for the first few times you try to contour and highlight.

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3. Suck your cheeks in and apply a dark contour colour 3 or 4 shades darker than your foundation using a just beneath the cheek bones. I create an imaginary line in my head and stop where the outer part of the iris is when I look straight ahead. You can also use this colour at the edge of the forehead around the hairline and blend.

3. You can contour the nose and eyes by taking a small brush (an eye shadow brush will do) and applying the contour along the side of the nose and up to the eyes just above the crease and blend. I tend to just put it on the sides of the nose as I find it doesn’t suit me beneath the eyes but you can experiment and see if it looks good. I sometimes use a lighter colour around my nose than I do on my cheekbones (about 2 shades darker than my foundation) but for this look I used the same as I did on my cheekbones but only a very small amount. Don’t be worried if it is a bit too dark at first as you can use your buffing brush to blend it and layer foundation on top to make it look more natural.

4. Now for the cheeks. You can either brush your blush onto the whole apples of your cheeks or stop it where you took the dark contour colour. I prefer to stop it where I take the contour colour but you can also take it a bit further dependant on the look you want to create.

5. Illuminator time! This is my favourite part as it ties the whole look together and really makes the skin glow. Take the fan brush and lightly dust the highlighter on the top of the cheekbones, across the bridge of the nose, beneath the brows, on the middle of the forehead and on the chin. You can also dab a bit on the cupids bow using a small brush.

6. This final step is really optional and simply increases the definition in the cheekbones. You can add three dabs of concealer beneath the bottom of the contour colour and blend it in, adding foundation if needed.  This just gives the cheekbones that added definition.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 What I used:

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fan brush, brozning brush, blush brush, buffing brush, eye shadow brush, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in nc15, Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in nc20, Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette, Napoleone Perdis Auoto Pilot Primer.

P.s I just want to say that I didn’t really like the Mac Pro Longwear foundation which I used for this as it made my pores look bigger and came off unevenly after a while, the Pro Longwear concealer is fantastic though.

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How To Choose The Right Bronzer, Blush And Highlighter For Your Skin Tone.

Bronzer

There is a general rule that bronzer should me no more than one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. But to help you out here are some shades which are suited to the three main skin tones.

Fair skin

Peach, slightly rose or honey coloured bronzers will flatter fair skin beautifully.

Medium Skin

Golden, bronze or rose- toned bronzers will give medium skin a lovely, heathy glow.

Dark skin

Cinnamon, chocolate brown and copper bronzers with subtle shimmer will look beautiful on those with dark skin.

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Blush and highlighter

Blush is something which needs to be picked out right as you can risk looking sunburnt if you go too dark and washed out if you go too light. Here is a general guide of colours suited to different skin tones.

Fair skin

Light pink or peach blush with a light champagne highlighter will compliment fair skin nicely.

Medium skin

Rosey pink and deep peach blushes with pale golden or warm gold highlighters will give medium skin a nice pop of colour.

Dark skin

Rose to deep orange blushes with gold highlighters will look lovely on dark skin.

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Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Blush And Bronzer Reviews.

Hey guys!

I just bought the Napoleon Perdis Set Contour and Highlight Palette so I thought I would do a review of that as well as a mini review of the Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer and Natio Blush which I have owned for a while and really like.

Napoleon Perdis Highlight and Contour Palette: 6/10

The NP set Highlight and Contour Palette is from the NP set range which can be found in Myer, Target and stand alone NP set stores. NP set is a more affordable range from Napoleon Perdis which is cheaper than their high end, premium range which is available in their stores and Myer. Here’s what the palette looks like.

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 NP set contour kit closed

The contour palette is very cute and I like that it comes with four colours to play with. It is however difficult to open and if you open it too fast the product dislodges and gets everywhere. This is a downside for me as when I am getting ready quickly I tend to be a bit rough with the products I use. For those that dont understand what I mean I’ve attached a photo below.

NP contour kit dislodged

In the photos on the website it looks like a pressed powder but is more of a loose powder when actually start to use it. This photo above is from only one use. The blush is too dark for me but quite easy to blend. The bronzer is very dark which is usual for contouring bronzers however I would say that it is till too dark for me and I have to use my brush very lightly when using it. I found myself needing to powder on some foundation over the top at times to lighten the colour up. The white highlighter you can barely notice but the pink highlighter ties the look together very well and perhaps the only colour that suited my skin tone. Overall I would say this is suited for medium skin not fair skin like myself. There is only one contour palette available in the entire NP set range so it obviously is not going to suit all skin tones. I wish I had swatched it before I bought it. I certainly still like the NP set range but would not purchase it again.

How the Bronzer looks:

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Wearing: Face of Australia Brow powder, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Candy, Savvy Noruishing Lip Liner in Bare, Revlon beyond Natural Highlighter, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Foundation, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and of course the NP set Highlight and Contour Palette.

Revlon PhotoReady Bronzed and Chic: 8.5/10

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This Bronzer is great because it comes with four colours and you can switch different colours depending on the occassion or how tanned you are. The lightest colour is good for daytime and gives a suitable glow while the darkest colour is more dramatic and great for night time. I would say it would suit all fair to medium skin tones but definitely not suited to those with darker skin. I love this bronzer as it is easy to work with and you get a lot of product in it. I have owned it for a year, use it everyday and still have product left.

Natio Blush in Rosewood: 9/10

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This Blush is Beautiful! At around $10 (AUD) I wasn’t expecting much but I was delighted at the results. It is so natural and gives a beautiful, rosey glow. I would recommend this for fair skin and it may suit medium skin but I would definitely try it before you buy it. There are many flattering shades in the range but this is my favourite by far. It is very compact and you could take it travelling. This also lasts for ages. I do find I have to dip the brush into the pan a couple more times than my other blushes but I don’t mind this as I tend to be heavy handed when I’m in a rush. I would definitely recommend this if you are after an affordable blush but are short on cash.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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