Contouring on a Budget

Friday, 18 December 2015

Hello Beauties, I hope you're all well and looking forward to Christmas! You may have noticed that I've been a little absent on here over the past week or two, as I was in Munich for a long weekend and then following that things have been pretty hectic at work and at home in the run up to Christmas, meaning my blog has had to take a back seat unfortunately. But I'm back today with an exciting drugstore discovery! 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a makeup snob (not that there's anything wrong with that), and I'm often a bit wary of high street 'dupes' of high end products as I never really find them to be as good as the original, however recently the high street has really upped it's game and has been coming out with some brilliant products to rival some higher end products. One high street product I've been putting to the test (and loving) recently is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Duo. 

As you can see by the pictures, the palette comes with two shades - a larger matte bronzer and a smaller slightly shimmery highlight shade, so everything you need for a basic contour. I know there's hundreds of videos on YouTube showing you how to contour with about 10 different shades and different techniques, but on an everyday basis I find that a simple contour and highlight shade will do, making this palette perfect for everyday use. I like how the two clearly marked shades make everything simple, even for makeup beginners, and I think it's great that the bronzer shade is bigger, as that's the product I tend to run out of quicker. 

As well as the design of the product, the formula has also really impressed me. I've never been a big fan of Maybelline as often their products don't sit right on my skin, but these powders are smooth, buttery and blend out effortlessly (something I always look for in contour products - nobody wants a stripey face!). As you can see by the swatches, the shades are also really pigmented too meaning that you only need a tiny bit of product to complete your look. 

The Master Sculpt duo is also available in two different shades - Light/Medium and Medium/Dark - so if you're a pale girl like myself, there's a shade option for you. I find that Light/Medium is just the perfect amount of colour for me as I look contoured but not muddy or orange, any darker and I'd definitely be venturing into wotsit territory! The highlighter in the Light/Medium duo is also really pretty. It's more of a yellow based highlighter and doesn't packs just the right amount of shimmer to give your skin a healthy glow without making you look shiny or sparkly. 

At £6.99 I think these palettes are a worthy addition to any makeup bag, particularly for those who are just getting into contouring and want to experiment a bit before forking out your months rent on a fancy contour palette. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples


  1. I love this little kit, the highlighter is gorgeous and I agree about the contour shade. It's not too muddy or too orange!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  2. I need to try this asap! So glad there is a light option as I am so pale!

    Hannah Heartss x

  3. i've used this religiously since it was released and i absolutely swear by it!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE x

  4. I LOVE maybelline and whilst I havent tried this yet, I'm sure it is as good as you say :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  5. At first I didn't notice the Maybelline branding on the package and I thought it looked a lot like the Fit Me powder, which I've used and loved! I'm always skeptical of drugstore bronzers because so many are shimmery. But I did like seeing your swatch and hearing that it was indeed matte! And the highlighter is beautiful as well!


  6. I really want to try out a new contouring kit so I think I will pick this one up, the shades look perfect for pale skinned girls like me!

    Just Little Things xo


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