I recently purchased the BYS Cosmetics ‘Contour Palettes‘ in both the powder and cream versions. I thought these might be a good affordable alternative to expensive contour kits like the Kat Von D ‘Shade & Light’ contour palette.
I’ve been testing these out for the last couple of months so that I could review them. At first, I was so impressed with the powder contour version that I went back and brought both the powder and cream versions so that I could put them in my kit.
After actually trying the powder one for the last couple of months, I do like it but it has its issues and I’ve had to try a few different things to get it to work.
The formula is quite powdery and chalky, when you apply it to the skin it can look a little muddy and patchy. I apply it and then blend it out with another brush so I can get it to work but it does take some work to get it looking nice.
Some of the shades aren’t too bad but they are quite warm, I have very fair skin so its hard for me to find colours that work for me but I feel like I can make at least two shades in this work for me, The lightest as a contour and the middle as a bronzer if I use a light hand. The highlight powders I could use the lightest two to blend out the contour/bronzer powders but other than that they are a bit too dark for me to use for anything else.
The ‘Cream Contour’ palette has a similar shade range to the ‘Powder Contour’ palette, the contour shades are quite warm but look really nice when they are on, I feel like the highlight shades are more usable on a variety of skin tones than the powder equivalents. I can make two of the contour shades work on myself without having to mix but one is more of a bronzer on my skin tone. I can also use as two of the highlight shades, which is great considering I have such fair skin tone.
I will keep this one in my kit for the future, I may have to mix the shades together to get them to work but I feel like this could work on a variety of skin tones.
If I had to choose only one of these to get I would choose the cream, it applies really nicely, it has nice pigmentation and is easy to blend out. I take some out with a spatula or the handle of my brush and put it on the back of my hand to warm it up and then apply with a brush to my face. I will them use my sponge to blend it in so there are no harsh lines and to make it look more natural. It wears really nice throughout the day even if it is not set with any powder.
Have you tried either of the BYS Contour palettes? Did you like them or were they a pass? Let me know in the comments.
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