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I recently received a generous box of beauty goodies from the affordable makeup line, Jesse's Girl and I've had a chance to play with them and determine what items work for me and I really like.
Today, I thought that we would take a look at the Highlight and Contour Kit. Contouring and highlighting remain hot-hot-hot makeup techniques and when done well, enhance the features and add a lovely, youthful glow to the complexion.
A lightweight, bare bones, black and clear plastic palette holds eight large pans of face powder in a variety of shades and tones that work for many skin tones.
The top row contains four setting/highlighting powders. The two end pans are softly shimmery highlight shades, the one to the left (as you face your screen) is a lighter, pink/pale and is more reflective, the far right is a slightly less shimmery, goldy-champagne. The two center shades are matte, one a light, neutral setting powder and the other a yellow corrective shade.
On the bottom row we find the contour/bronzing shades, three matte and one shimmer in a mix of warm and cooler tones. The only powder with which I would even consider contouring is the cooler, slightly taupe-y shade sitting center right.
Swatched in order that you find them in the palette. I don't usually use yellow powder, as it tends to make me look slightly jaundiced. Not a good look. I do like the light, matte powder and the highlight shades. The highlight shades are so pretty on the eyes, as well!
The contour shades are a bit warm for my taste and skin tone for contouring. I prefer a grey-barely-taupe shade that mimics a natural shadow to brown/bronzy shades on my complexion. These soft, silky powders all apply and blend into the skin so nicely and I like them for warming up my skin tone and as a bronzer. I also really dig these shades as eye shadows. The third one is a lovely transition shade, the others work for my lid and crease. Add a highlight from the top row and hello! Eye look.
Overall, I very much like this palette. The quality of the powders is nice, they are soft, finely milled and pick up and blend smoothly into the skin and wear, on my skin all day. My brush kicks up small, powdery puffs but the powders aren't too flyaway or messy.
The slender, lightweight palette is perfect to pop into a makeup bag or carry on for traveling. If I wanted to pack a very minimal amount of makeup for a weekend away, I'd grab this palette, a blush, a snack sized face primer, CC cream, corrector and concealer (musts for me, thanks to my damned dark circles), liner, mascara and a lippie or two. Toss in a few basic travel sized brushes and I'd be set.
If you'd like to try this lovely Contour and Highlight Palette it's a very affordable $12.99 and available from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics and select Rite Aid and Long's drugstores. Find other locations, here.
Jesse's Girl cosmetics are cruelty free.
Have you tried Jesse's Girl Cosmetics? What are your favorites?