Budget Contouring: To Palette Or Not To Palette?


Contouring palettes are on the rise and pretty much any makeup company is rushing to get top rates on their shaping, sculpting and highlighting makeup gear. Low budget makeup brands are keeping up just fine, but are their products just as good as their individual pans? Whenever I purchase an affordable shaping kit I never end up using every single product in the palette, so my question is: contouring on a budget - to palette or not to palette? Let's have a look! 



As much as I enjoy low budget cosmetics, I don't think they are slaying the contouring scene when it comes to shaping kits. Every palette I own has some kind of a flaw to it. The most common fault is the formula not being consistent throughout the entire kit. There is always one of the products that lacks pigment, looks patchy and/or has a rather chalky formula. Something else that bothers me about affordable contour kits is the combination of the shades: they either tend to be really similar or don't match each other at all. It's not that I don't like low budget contouring gear, I just think more expensive, drugstore makeup options are better. The one kit I am absolutely loving, and will be perfect for Spring, is the Rimmel London Kate Moss Sculpting Kit Trio, in 002 Coral Glow. 


My advice to anyone who likes to purchase from low budget makeup brands, or only has the means to buy from more affordable cosmetics companies, is to invest in the individual bronzers, blushes and highlighters. Why? The quality is better than those of assembled palettes and the formula hasn't been tampered with to make the product cheaper. Do you prefer low budget, drugstore or high end contouring palettes? Leave it in the comments below!

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  1. Die palettes zijn het meestal net niet helemaal. Vind de contour duo's van Sleek wat dat betreft het beste eigenlijk.

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    1. Inderdaad, daarom besteed ik liever een beetje meer geld aan duurdere producten dan goedkopere waarvan ik de helft niet eens gebruik :)

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  2. Ik ging meestal voor de iets goedkopere variant maar na het lezen van je blog ga ik misschien toch eens een duurdere uittesten :)

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    1. Je zal er geen spijt van hebben, ze zijn echt beter dan de low budget varainten :) ;) xxx

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  3. I have found I don't care for the ones in palette form that I have tried so far. I haven't tried any high end palette though. So for now I stick with the singles in the drug store brands.

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    1. Agreed, singles all day every day :D I think high end palettes from Tarte or Anastasia must be good! Xxx

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  4. I have the Rimmel one and I love everything except highliter ������

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    1. That's the thing with palettes, it's so difficult to find one where we use all shades consistently :D

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