I have so many highlight & contour palettes and to be honest, I really don’t use them often. The formula is either chalky, the colours are all wrong or they just don’t blend well. However, when I saw that Chi Chi cosmetics were releasing their own version, I just had this feeling that it was going to tick all the boxes. With each new release from Chi Chi, I am more and more impressed with their high-quality and innovative products. You can read more about my thoughts on the brand here. As soon as I heard that it was released, I rushed to Myer to get my hot little hands on a palette – Lucky enough for me there was a 25% off sale too.
At first glance the packaging is beautiful and elegant. The black pattern and golden highlights are lovely. I really love the flip lid and magnetic closure. On the inside of the lid there is really great detailed instructions. It goes through each colour and the best spot to apply it to. I adore the layout of this palette; the pan sizes are huge! And with 8 colours, you really can’t go wrong.
Now to the actual product – the formula is sooooo creamy and buttery, plus they are highly pigmented. The shades apply beautifully to the skin and blend effortlessly. Due to the colours being so soft, I definitely recommend tapping off excess product before applying to prevent too much colour payoff. The contour shades pack a punch, so go in gently and build up gradually to stop them from becoming muddy. The palette contains 1 shimmer highlight, 2 neutral shades, 1 banana shade, 2 gray toned contour shades and 2 bronzer shades which are a touch warmer. The banana shade and gray toned contour shades are stand outs for me. The banana shade works perfectly to set and brighten the under-eye area, while the cool toned contour shade (no. 6) creates such a natural shadow needed for contouring. At first I didn’t like the highlight shade at all, I found it a little lack lustre. But my opinion has since changed. It is perfect for an understated, muted highlight which is ideal for a nice and natural look. I have actually started reaching for it more and more.
Overall this palette is amazing. I really don’t have anything negative to say. It will be perfect for everyday use and for travelling, the shades also double as eyeshadows. If you can manage to get yourself one, I would say go for it! With a $24.95 price tag, you really won’t be disappointed.