The Best Contour Palette For Your Money: A Review

The Best Contouring Palette You Can Buy For Your Money: A detailed review comparing the popular Anastasia contour kit, Kat Von D contour kit, and Lorac Pro contour kit | Progression By Design

Anastasia Contour Palette, $40 | Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, $46 | Lorac Pro Contour Palette, $45 |

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When the Anastasia Contour Palette came out a few years and revamped the contouring trend, I was itching to get my hands on one. I’m glad that I waited though because several of my favorite makeup brands came out with their version of a contour palette and gave us all so much more to choose from! After trying several and owning several, I have finally decided on my favorite contouring palette. So OBVIOUSLY I had to share my new found wisdom with everyone. Makeup knowledge is makeup power after all. I just made that up, but it’s fine we will go with it.

Quick Disclaimer: I am by no means saying that any of these contouring palettes are bad products. I am simply comparing them to one another and commenting on the qualities that I like and dislike about each product. Make sure and head to your local beauty store and swatch them yourself! I would love to know if you agree or disagree with my verdict.

Okay let’s get started!

Anastasia Contour Palette


This is the palette that I have tried several times (a friend owns one) but did not purchase for myself. While this was the product that started the contour palette movement, this palette pales in comparison to Kat Von D’s Shade and Light Palette and Lorac’s Contour Palette. I will however, start with its positive qualities:

PROS

What I do love about this palette is the fact that the powders can be removed. This allows you to fully customize your palette on the website if desired, or to replace a pan that you have completely used up instead of having to buy a whole new palette.

Aaaand that’s about it for the positives. Yes really, that’s it.

CONS

This palette is chalky and lacks pigment. The powders are not creamy or easily blendable, which for any face palette, is a must. To get any sort of pigmented effect, you need to cake on the contour powder to see results. This cakey layering creates a streaky finish on your skin and is far from the air brush effect that we are going for. In addition to the three contour powders, there are three highlight powders: Two for under eye highlighting (a cream color and a yellow), and a cheek bone highlight. The two under eye powders are chalky, and the colors are too extreme to effectively blend.

Lorac Pro Palette


I absolutely love the quality of this palette. The powders are smooth, pigmented and creamy. The pigments easily blend on your face to create a contoured, air brushed look. Like the other two palettes, this kit comes with three highlights (two under eye and one cheek bone) and three contour colors (light, medium, and deep).

PROS

As I mentioned above, the powders are extremely creamy and pigmented! I don’t have to build the product at all to see gorgeous results. I feel like this Lorac palette will last me so much longer than the Anastasia palette would have.

I normally prefer golden toned cheek bone highlights, but I absolutely love the frosty highlight that comes with this palette. It adds such a beautiful dewy glow to your skin without making it look too oily or glittery. I’m in love!

What I also love about this palette is that it comes with a contouring brush to use for both highlighting and contouring. It is comparable to the NARS contour brush, which does give you a good amount of control. I do like this brush, but I prefer to stick to my holy grail contouring brush: the Sedona Lace FB01 fan brush. Quick Note: This fan brush does wonders for contouring. It lightly applies and blends your product and creates a beautiful air brush finish! I highly recommend it.

CONS

The Lorac palette doesn’t come with interchangeable powders. This means that when I run out of a certain color, I have to repurchase the whole palette to get a refill. This is obviously a large drawback, but because I love the product so much, I don’t see it being a make it or break it issue.

Because the powders are so pigmented, I do really have to pay attention to what I am doing when I am applying my contour colors. It is easy to put too much on if you aren’t paying attention to how much you are putting on your brush. Again, this isn’t a make it or break it and is honestly a good problem to have. I would much prefer this to having a less pigmented palette.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette


This, like the Lorac Palette, is highly pigmented and creamy, making it easy to blend and work with. Again, the palette comes with three highlights (two under eye and one cheekbone) and three contour colors (light, medium, and deep).

PROS

I love that the powers are creamy and pigmented. What gives this palette a slight leg up to the Lorac Pro Palette is that the contour colors are a bit easier to work with. They are still highly pigmented, but a little less so than the Lorac powders. Because of this, I feel like I could successfully apply my cheek contouring with my eyes closed and not come out looking like a streaky mess. I would highly recommend this palette to contouring beginners that are less familiar with blending and contouring because these powders are so easy to use.

While the older versions of this palette didn’t have removable powders, Kat Von D’s beauty Instagram profile confirmed that there will be interchangeable coming soon. Yay for not having to repurchase the whole palette when you need a color refill!

CONS

I don’t like the highlight colors in this palette as much as the ones from the Lorac palette. The yellow under eye highlight meant to combat dark circles is a bit too yellow for my taste. I feel like even when blended, my under eye still looks vaguely yellow. In addition to the yellow under eye color the cheekbone highlight isn’t as frosty and smooth looking. I find that I  get a much better result from the Lorac palette.

The Final Verdict: Which One is My Favorite Contour Palette?


I have to say that after trying all three palettes, I truly love the Lorac one the best. I genuinely love all six colors and use them every day in my contouring routine. This being said, both Kat Von D’s and Lorac’s palettes are great, so it will honestly just come down to personal preference!

I really hope that this contour kit review helped you to decide which one to purchase! Please let me know in the comments if you have used one and what you think about it! I love hearing different opinions and reviews on these products.

XOXO

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12 Comments

  • Reply Mindy January 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I LOVED this post! I’ve been wanting to try contouring (I highlight a little… I’m a newbie haha). I naturally would have grabbed the Anastasia due to the brand name + the fact that I’ve seen this one online frequently. I love beauty comprison posts like this because it opens me up to other brands I wouldn’t have considered. Xoxo Mindy

    • Reply Marie Huang January 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Mindy,

      I am so glad that you found this post helpful! I too love reading beauty comparison reviews so I thought this would be useful. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      XOXO
      Marie

  • Reply Seersucker Sass January 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I was really interested in the Anastasia palette, so I’m glad that I read this post! The Lorac palette definitely sounds much more appealing to me, especially since I’m a beginner. I would love to see a post on how you contour!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • Reply Marie Huang January 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Oh good! I’m so glad that this came at the right time! I hate wasting my money on beauty products that I never end up using :/ I am definitely going to do a contouring 101 post with a video and step by step instructions!

      XOXO
      Marie
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  • Reply Nicole January 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I so wish I knew how to contour. I’m hopeless in that department, but one day I want to learn how!

    Nicole

    • Reply Marie Huang January 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I was the same way until I found some useful tips and tricks! I am planning on doing a how to video that you can check out! It really isn’t hard if you have the right products and brush(es). 🙂

      XOXO
      Marie
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  • Reply Jordyn January 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I have never even tried to contour my face (because I’m challenged in the makeup department) but I always think it is fun to have Sephora contour me up when I go in. They always use the Kat Von D. palette so it is really cool to know the less expensive version is actually a better product.

  • Reply Merisa Ferrell January 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve had my eyes on the Kat Von D palette for so long now. I wanted the AB palette at first but tried it out at Ulta and just was not impressed. I love that you took the time to compare 3 different options instead of just two because I didn’t even know Lorac had a contouring palette! Definitely going to be checking that one out soon. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • Reply Allison January 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I need a contour kit so thank you for breaking down the pros and cons!

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