— March 16, 2015 —

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contouring 101 Face Palette


Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette (0.93 oz.) retails for $28 USD ($35 CAD) and is said to be "a pressed powder palette for contouring and highlighting."

"This do-it-all contouring palette contains five perfectly selected shades in a single pan to sculpt and slim the face. Use the shades individually or mix and match to suit any face shape. Contouring is made easy with the included step-by-step tutorial. Just choose the sculpting shade of your choice or combine shades and apply under cheekbones, along the sides of the nose or forehead, or under the jawline. Use the highlighting shades to brighten under the eyes and down the bridge of the nose for a naturally defined or dramatically sculpted look."
The packaging is a rather large, round plastic compact—roughly the size of my hand. Included in the box is a handy step-by-step booklet with tips and tricks on how to contour if you're new to the basics of contouring and highlighting.

In a whole, while the compact has an eye catching design, it can be a little impractical when it comes to using individual shades. For instance, to use the yellow highlighter you would need a smaller face brush to pick up the product and get in between the contour shades. Personally, this wasn't a huge bother as I tend to use smaller, tapered face brushes for contouring and highlighting anyway—like the Real Techniques Contour Brush and Setting Brush.

Pale Pink is a pale ivory with pink undertones and a satin matte finish. The texture was extremely silky and finely-milled which blended out beautifully on the skin. I found this shade exacerbated dryness or any areas with imperfections. On my fair skin tone, the color was too similar to brighten the area, so I think it will work best on more medium complexions. Pale Pink wore well for +7 hours. (4/5)
Banana is a pale ivory with yellow undertones and a satin matte finish. The texture was again silky, finely-milled and blended out nicely. This shade still appeared lightly powdery on drier areas of the skin, but didn't enhance them. Again, this shade was similar to my skin tones and would brighten medium complexions better. Banana wore well for +7.5 hours. (5/5) 
Cool Brown is a medium brown with cool undertones and a satin matte finish. The texture was silky, finely-milled and not powdery at all. It had good, buildable color payoff and blended out smoothly on the skin. Cool Brown wore well for +7.5 hours. (5/5) 
Warm Brown is a medium brown with warm, pink undertones and a satin matte finish. The texture was again finely-milled, silky and not powdery. It had good, buildable color payoff and blended out smoothly. Warm Brown wore well for +7.5 hours. (5/5)
Deep Brown is a dark brown with neutral undertones and a satin matte finish. The texture was silky, smooth, finely-milled and again, not powdery on the skin. This shade had rich pigmentation that could be sheered out or built easily depending on your needs. Deep Brown wore well for +8 hours. (5/5)

Overall, the performance and quality of this palette was greater than my expectations. The soft, silky consistency of the powders made them easy to apply and blend out on the skin. The shades can be sheered out or built depending on your needs, making it a more universal palette for skin tones—I feel like most fair, medium, tan and darker complexions could make this palette work.

Contouring and highlighting palettes are becoming more and more popular as the trend grows, and this Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette is one of the better ones I've tested out so far, for both quality and value. I highly recommend checking it out!

Available now from Sephora!




Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Pale Pink

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Pale Pink

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Banana

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Banana

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Warm Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Warm Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Cool Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Cool Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Deep Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette in Deep Brown

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette
(L-R: Warm Brown, Cool Brown, Deep Brown)

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette Ingredients


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