The contour and highlighting trends are still alive and well and especially relevant for the holiday season when we take a little extra time to put together our holiday looks.
To that end, I’d like to introduce you to Beauty Junkees latest foray into the makeup world. You may remember my post from a few months ago about Beauty Junkees fabulous Contour Brush Set (my review here; also the black blender sponge that comes with the set is my absolute favorite sponge, and it’s now sold separately in a 4 pack!).
Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit
The kit comes in a heavy, well made cardboard and plastic palette that snaps nicely shut with a magnetic closure. I was amazed to discover that the kit is refillable. Each 36 mm pan is removable. I love that! It comes with 6 lovely matte shades that can also be used as setting powder, eyeshadow or brow powder. I love multi-taskers <3
The shades are pretty much cool toned though I think there is some latitude on who could wear them. I’d also say the palette is best for those with fair to medium skin tones.
While I don’t contour everyday, I’m always happy when I have the time to do at least a little contouring. I think it makes my square face have a little more dimension. And I always try to remember to do a bit of contouring around my jawline to help camouflage the effects of time.
Because my skin tone is light, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right contour shades. I love the three shades that Beauty Junkees included in this set. Shades 1 Fawn and 3 Truffle in the lower row work the best for me. If you have a deeper skin tone, I’m sure you’ll find shades 2 Java and 3 Truffle to your liking.
When it comes to highlighting, I don’t always want to use a shimmery shade. Sometimes and especially for everyday or business situations, I prefer a matte highlighter to add a little light to my face without the glitter. Shades 2 Vanilla and 3 Sand of the upper row work best for me. Unfortunately, no matter what lighting I tried, I wasn’t able to capture the shade variations in the photo of my swatches, but the shades are indeed different and can be clearly seen in person, as you can in the pans!
I also sometimes use these lovely matte highlighters as a finishing or a setting powder. The first shade reminds me of banana powder that is so popular, and in fact, it’s called Banana.
Banana is perfect to use to mitigate the purple tones in dark shadows under eyes. All three shades work well on the bridge of the nose, in the cupid’s bow, above the brow bone (if you don’t have bangs like me).
Overall Thoughts on the Palette
I am so pleased with the Powder Contour Highlighting Kit from Beauty Junkees. The powders are not “powdery”. They don’t kick up dust or produce fall out. They feel buttery and smooth. The shades are subtle and easy to apply and control. In addition, Beauty Junkees is parabens-free and cruelty-free. Made in the U.S.
Like the other Beauty Junkees products I’ve tried, they are high quality but still affordable. And you can’t beat that. Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit is priced at $24.97 and is sold on Amazon. And to sweeten the deal at holiday time, Beauty Junkees gave me a 25% discount coupon code for my readers: NEVERSAY. The discount code is good until January 7, 2017 (it’s good for one redemption per person so get your entire order together at once 😉 ). The code brings the price of the Contour Kit down to $18.73. Wow.
5 Piece Kabuki Makeup Brush Set
At this time of year we’re all thinking holiday gifts, so I wanted to take a minute to mention the Beauty Junkees 5 Piece Kabuki Brush Set. I was blown away when I received this incredible set to try out a few months ago. I’ve been using it religiously, but I’ve been waiting for the gifting season to tell you about it, because this set makes one impressive but incredibly affordable gift.
The brushes arrived in a professional looking case (reminds me on a photographic lens carrying case) that really protects the brushes and helps keep them clean and dust-free. I couldn’t believe I owned something so nice.
It comes with 5 brushes with solid, easy to hold black handles with the softest, densely packed synthetic bristles that are held in tightly by the silver ferrule between the bristles and the handle. There is no shedding from these beauties!
And here are the brushes that come in the Kabuki set in order top to bottom:
- Flat Kabuki
- Flat Angled Kabuki
- Angled Kabuki
- Round Kabuki
- Tapered Kabuki.
Here’s a closeup of the Round and the Tapered Kabuki brushes so you can really see how soft and densely packed they are:
The brushes work equally well with liquid, cream and powder foundations. They feel great on my skin, and they are just the right density to evenly distribute my foundation whichever type I go with. In addition, they’re easy to clean with a mild soap, Blender Cleanser, brush cleaner, or baby shampoo.
Check out these and the other brush sets from Beauty Junkees, either for yourself or for a gift. The Kabuki Makeup Brush Set is sold on Amazon for $19.97, but you can use the NEVERSAY discount coupon code to purchase it and anything else in your order at the same time. The discount would bring the cost to about $15, that’s $3 a brush. That price is almost too good to be true! And while you’re at it take a look at the Contour Brush Set, the Eye Set, the Travel Brush Set, and the super affordable blending sponges that I reviewed here. All great gift ideas!
Have you tried Beauty Junkees?