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Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit VS. Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit

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.

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Maybelline Master Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

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.

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Collection Highlight and Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

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,

Rachel xx

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Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you all of my thoughts and findings with the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit. I was very lucky to receive this from one of my friends for Christmas because he knows what a makeup freak I am, and I have been using it on and off since. The reason I say on and off is because I wear makeup mainly to school so I only want to use the things I know and love and not have to worry about being late because of my contour (though that has happened a couple of times, already!). Anyway, here is my review of the product!

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The first thing I’d like to chat you through is the packaging. This is in a simple black casing with windows on the front in order to see the highlight and the contour shade with the name of the product/kit labelled clearly in a contrasting silver/white. I quite like the little window as it allows me to see which palette I’m picking up if I’m in a rush and it just makes everything a little bit easier. This is relatively large in comparison to my other contour kit and the pans for each product are also quite big and of a similar size to each other. There is also a small mirror at the bottom of the inner part of the lid which I’m not too keen on and I actually think, aesthetically, it would’ve looked better without this. I don’t find any use for it due to it’s size, either, and just use a normal hand mirror when doing my contour. It also doesn’t come with a brush, which I don’t mind because I tend not to use the brushes that come in compacts and it assures me that more time and money has gone into the product itself, so I’m not too fussed over that.  The casing itself is plastic so it doesn’t feel overly expensive but it makes travelling so much easier and I don’t mind that if the product inside is worth it. It also clicks shut but easily opens and closes, so I don’t have to stress about breaking a nail (when I have them!) or another part of my body but I know I can trust it to remain closed when travelling or general moving circumstances.

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Highlight on the left, contour on the right

The colour of the kit I have (by the way, because it was bought for me, I know know if it is tiered in terms of colour or if it’s one for everyone, so just bear with me on this!) suits my skin tone if I want a dramatic contour, though it is probably better for a tan!  This has some orange-y undertones but is mainly a dark brown colour which I seem to spend forever blending out! It is quite cool-toned, so maybe it is better as a harsh contour for the paler version of my face! The highlight is quite champagne-y and is a bit too dark for me at the moment so, again, I will have to wait until Summer when I’m a bit more tanned to try that theory out!

The product itself is so, so pigmented! You need the tiniest amount and you have cheekbones to the God’s! The contour shade is the most pigmented one I own despite being the cheapest, so it obviously wins on that front, as well as lasting all day long without fail! It is fairly easy to blend out, but it is one of those products where it’s better to be safe than sorry by only using a little bit and gradually building up. I have used my usual setting powder and my beauty blender with excess foundation over it to try and cool it down a bit but it should be a gradual thing! I have learnt from experience! The highlight shade actually isn’t that pigmented, and I’m much more of a highlight person than a contour. It is shimmery and beautiful for a day-to-day look, but I like my bold on a night out, which is when I would use the contour shade. It does last all day, but I wouldn’t say it’s as noticeably pigmented or bold as the contour shade. This is down to personal preference but I will put this in my day-to-day highlight collection when I’m going to school or whatever.

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Finally, price and availability. This contour kit, as it’s from Collection is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails for £4.19. Collection is renowned for being an extremely inexpensive brand with some of the best, staple products known to mankind! I think you would expect the highlight’s quality and the cheaper packaging for this price, but the contour shade is just amazing considering! I think Collection, as a general brand, is perfect for people who are just starting out on makeup or don’t wear it very often so don’t want to spend too much money on it! I’ve even convinced my Mum to turn towards Collection, this is how far it’s got!

Would I recommend it to you guys? Of course I would; if you don’t mind packaging and love a neutral highlight but a bold contour, this is the kit for you! Also, for that price, how can you not say yes to it, even to just try it out? As I said earlier, though, it’s going to get most wear on night’s out so it could last me quite a long time!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing reviews so let me know what other products you would like to see mentioned on this blog! Also, don’t forget to let me know what you think of this contour kit if you own it for yourself or whether I have now convinced you to try it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx