A few weeks ago, while I was putting off being and adult and not finishing a to-do list, I decided to purchase a product that I thought would kick up my makeup game. Normally, I’m a huge fan of a neutral eye and a bright, bold red lip. Lately, however, I’ve been dabbling in the idea of “less is more”, at least when it comes to makeup. Sometimes, in order to appear like you’re wearing less, you need to put in a little bit more effort.
That’s where this palette comes in. I wrote about it a few weeks ago (click here if you want to read about it) when I first placed the order for it, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s finally here! It arrived yesterday, but I decided to wait until today to use it and show off the products, and their results!
This is your highlight, contour, and blush palette. The contour should be darker than your skin tone, and is applied under your cheekbones (or, if you’re like me, where you think they would be if you had visible ones), on the temples, the sides of your nose, and on the jaw line. It adds a subtle ‘shadow’, leaving the illusion of a beautifully sculpted face. The highlighter is applied anywhere you’d imagine the sun hitting your face: under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, on your chin, between your eyebrows.. anywhere else on your face that you haven’t contoured. The blush is applied to the apples of your cheeks.
2. MASKCARA’S LIQUID PEARL ILLUMINATOR
This is your highlighter. This product is applied above your blush on the top of your cheekbones, and underneath your eyebrows. Basically, an illuminator is liquid shine; it picks up the sunshine and makes your face glow. Just don’t use too much of it, or you’re going to resemble Edward Cullen when the sunlight hits him. Big hard nope.
3. MASKCARA’S 30 SECOND HAC BRUSH AND IIID PERFECTOR
The doubled ended brush is perfect for your highlighting and contouring. The pointed edge gets right into the little spaces around your nose and under your eyes and makes applying this colour much easier and more precise. The other end is great for contouring because of it’s flatter, more condensed shape; it keeps lines tight but applies super smoothly. The perfector is used after you’ve applied the highlight, contour, and blush. Dampen the sponge, and then gently begin to pat your face with it, blending the edges of everything you’ve applied. This smooths out the lines and gives your face a flawless finish.
I’m pretty impressed with it overall. I wasn’t sure how the colours would work with my skin tone, but I followed the colour chart on the website and am quite happy with how it looks. The texture surprised me; it’s solid, but as soon as it makes contact with your skin it becomes creamy and smooth, and so blendable. Of course, it took me a little longer than it usually does to do my makeup, but I’m still getting used to the palette.
I’m 100% in love with it, though, and will more than likely be buying replacement highlight and contour discs soon. If you’re a fan of makeup and are looking to try something new, MaskCara’s definitely worth it.