Good Evening Munchkins!
Today I will be comparing two of my most beloved contour kits for you, both of which are drugstore and very reliable. I have written a full review on the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit (see HERE) but I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit on this blog before (whilst editing this I realised I was wrong – HERE’S the review of it!). Spoilers: I do love both of these but I just thought that I would tell you the properties of each one so you know straight away which one’s for you or you’re most likely to use! Anyway, on with the blog post!
(L-R) Collection Highlight and Sculpt, Maybelline Master Sculpt
Just as a little disclaimer, this has been tested on very white skin! I think I mentioned it before, but I have found the Maybelline kit slightly orange if used too heavy-handed-ly and when not blended out properly. However, since then I have started using it with a much lighter hand and it can create a really nice, neutral contour that doesn’t look too much like an orange line down the side of my face. The Collection one is a much darker, warmer brown – something we would traditionally expect from a contour shade. I can still make this work on my pale skin but when I’ve used both on my face, there is a major difference and, again, you have to be very light-handed with this.
Both of these contour kits are so, so pigmented. But if we’re also going to bring longevity into the mix, I think the Collection kit actually wins on that front. I think because Collection is a cheaper brand this would surprise quite a lot of people, including myself. When first applied, Maybelline does appear really pigmented and, as I said, you can’t be heavy-handed with it, but over time it does wear a lot more noticeably. Considering all these points, I would say that Collection is the more pigmented product.
Onto ease. I think anything is easy if you just know how (obviously!) but the Maybelline is much easier to wipe away or blend out. If you have gone a bit heavy with the Collection kit, you need to top up on foundation, use setting powder – pretty much your entire face routine again just to lighten it slightly. Both are very easy to apply and blend out, just be aware of how much you put on and how difficult it is to remove – you can always add more but it’s way harder to take just a little bit off again!
I realise I haven’t actually spoken about the highlighters, which is a crime in my book! I know this has nothing to do with the blog post, but I realised yesterday that the way I react to highlighters is the same way my Mum reacts to puppies! Anyway, moving on – both of these highlighters are of a similar quality to their matching contour shades; the Maybelline one isn’t as ‘out-there’ and wears really easily whereas the Collection one is a bit more noticeable. In terms of colours, the Maybelline highlight shade is quite vanilla-y whilst the Collection one is slightly more peachy-toned/tanned, but still entirely wearable. They’re both shimmer highlights but they’re not overly glittery (though the Collection one is still more pigmented and high-profile than the Maybelline one). As long-term readers will know, I am a sucker for highlighter so obviously this is important to me and I do think the Collection one can look a little too dark for me whilst I’m this shade of pale! I will still wear it but I am very aware of that factor.
Something else I’ve noticed about contour kits is whether I would choose it for daytime (i.e. shopping or school) or nighttime (i.e. parties or a meal out). I would definitely use the Maybelline one for daytime because I can create a natural contour with it and highlight my cheekbones slightly but not too dramatically. As you can tell, I do do this and will use it on the daily! The Collection one I will use for daytime if I’m out all day or want an extreme contour/highlight, but it is the one I lean towards for nighttime due to it being so much more dramatic. Another thing I like to do, though, is mix the two; I will apply the Collection one and blend it out slightly with the Maybelline one so I look bronze-y as well as contoured.
Finally, which would I recommend? This really does depend on your needs and wants in a contour kit and whether you want an extreme, Kardashian look or a daytime ‘I do have cheekbones, here they are!’ kind of look. I think it’s quite obvious which is which, but they are both so affordable and so accessible that I think if you buy one and decide you don’t like it, it’s not money down the drain entirely. Both kits are also amazing to use on the eyes for an easy daytime look! I also think that it depends on your confidence and ability with makeup and contouring – if you’re more of a beginner I would head towards the Maybelline one just because it is easier to use. The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit is available from Boots and Superdrug for £6.99, and the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit is also available from Boots and Superdrug for £4.19.
And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love comparing different products for you so let me know what other products you would like to see in another VS.! If you have used either of these products, let me know what you think of them, or if I’ve convinced you to try one or the other!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,