I’m no contouring pro, but I do have a favorite contouring and highlighting duo– the Marc Jacobs Contour Powders in Mirage. The light matte yellow shade is perfect for setting your under eye concealer and brightening, while the cool toned contour powder mimics a natural shadow really well and doesn’t look muddy.
The powders are so creamy and buttery that they basically blend themselves so even if you’re not a contouring pro, you’ll have it down. You can read my full review of the Marc Jacobs Mirage Contouring Powder here.
The MJ Good |
- A LOT of product — 18 grams
The MJ Bad |
- Expensive ($48)
On the other end of the price spectrum is the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette. This wasn’t an easy product for me to find, but I’m glad I was able to finally hunt it down. I picked up the reformulated version (the one with the faces on the back) in the shade Caramel Toffee, which has a matte yellow powder and a warm brown shade for contouring.
The WnW Good |
- Inexpensive ($5)
- A lot of product — 12.5 grams
The WnW Bad |
- Contour could be too warm/ orangey for some skin tones
The matte highlight is a pale yellow tone that is more yellow than the Marc Jacobs one. It is really smooth, pigmented, and makes your under eyes look and feel smooth. I didn’t find it to make my under eyes overly dry either, which is good because I personally hate dry under eyes.
The contour is definitely on the warm side and pretty dark, but as long as you’re light handed it is easy to blend out. I thought this shade would be horrible for contouring with, but oddly enough, if used lightly, it does work. It’s not cool toned like the Marc Jacobs contour powder by any means, but on my medium skin it works. If you are very fair skinned, the Wet n Wild contour side will probably be too orangey and dark so swatch at your own behest!
The powder itself is pigmented, applies smoothly, and is easy to blend if you don’t apply too much product at once. The only downside to both powders in the Wet n Wild Contouring Palette is the fact that there is a lot of kick up when you tap your brush into the product. And by a lot, I mean a lot– no exaggerating here! That in part has to do with how creamy the product is and just because there is kick up does not mean this looks powdery on the skin. The MJ contour powders also have some kick up, again because they’re creamy, but it’s not much.
The best way to pick up product would be to sweep your brush into the pan and make sure to tap off the excess, which will create some powdery smoke. Don’t tap your brush into the product like you usually might because tapping it will cause a lot of kick up and product will go everywhere. Other than the amount of kick up there is, these powders are great!
The Verdict |
The Marc Jacobs #instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage (that’s a mouthful!) still has my heart, but the WnW palette is still a really great product that I get a lot of use out of. If you’re into a more natural look then I’d suggest the Marc Jacobs contour powders, but if you’re into more dramatic makeup then the Wet n Wild Contouring Palette might be more what you’re looking for.
The yellow shade in the WnW palette is more intensely brightening, which I prefer when going out, while the MJ pale yellow shade is more subtle and great for daytime. The contour powder in the MJ palette is also more natural because of the cool tone to it, but the WnW contour shade isn’t bad, it’s just not as natural looking because it’s quite warm. Regardless, both the Marc Jacobs and Wet n Wild contour powders really good products and you can’t go wrong with either!
Have you tried any of these palettes? What’s your favorite contouring palette? Let me know in the comments below!
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