Soo when I saw that Anastasia Beverly Hills was releasing a contour kit, images of flawless Kim K sculpting came into my mind. I mean, who doesn’t want that level of perfection? I’ve read and watched many reviews of this product and at $50 it isn’t a cheap impulse purchase. I’m the type that would rather spend $60 at Sephora and get 2-3 things than $50 on one thing. The $50+ makeup items are much harder to justify for me. (There’s always exceptions of course, like if my day has gone to hell and I need a pick me up, but this is generally remedied with shoes).
I had to ask myself- how often do I ACTUALLY contour my face and do I already have the necessary accoutrements, as one would say. I mean, the kit has bronzers, but I also have bronzers. The kit has highlighters, but I also have highlighters. The one element however, that ALL of the reviews and other fellow beauty bloggers talk about is the Banana powder. It is supposedly an under eye superstar. I was at Sephora a few weeks ago and although I decided not to buy the kit, I finally made my way over to swatch the powders. It was exactly as I’d thought– bronzers were nothing to write home about, highlighters were really nice, but the Banana powder…I needed the Banana powder and it needed me!
The quality and colour on my skin looked beautiful, but I just didn’t want to pay $50 only get one shade I was in love with. ABH advertises that the kit is refillable, so I tried to order the single powder online. It is $14 US for the powder refill alone, and since its a refill you just get the pan. I could live with a pan powder since I was thinking of maybe getting one of those customizable magnetic Morphe or Makeup Geek palettes (idea curtesy of youtube vloggers- gah!). When I got to the checkout and entered my address, I was baffled by the $18 shipping fee to Canada. I mean are you kidding me?! $18 to send a tiny, weightless package?! That was the end of that idea.
A week ago I was doing my makeup with my Too Faced Everything Nice Palette (see review), and I noticed that the eyeshadow shade ‘Heaven’ looked quite similar to the Banana powder. I’ve been using it to set my under eye concealer and it’s working so far! It’s not as rich in texture as ABH’s version, but I’ve saved $50 and am using something I already have. Is it weird to put eyeshadow under my eyes? Ah who cares.
My advice to you if you’re in the same dilemma would be to try and look for your own light yellow toned powder, such as a pressed powder from the drugstore. If you beauties have any of your own dupes for this please let me know!
UPDATE: NYX HAS COME OUT WITH A PRESSED BANANA POWDER FOR A PRACTION OF THE PRICE!
(Photocredit for first palette photo: Pinterest)