It seems like the whole world and his mama has gone stir crazy for contouring these days. Every second brand is bringing out a new contouring palette- Anastasia Beverly Hills, Laura Mercier, Too Faced, Kat von D, NYX Cosmetics- all the brands are jumping on the contouring gravy train. So I cannot really say that I was all that surprised when Barry M released their new Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit- it's not the only contour kit you can get in the drugstore, and I'd be willing to bet it's not the last incarnation either. This one comes in cardboard packaging and contains three pans of colour- as you can see in the pics below- and retails for €9.49. From what I could tell, there is only one version of this palette, so no matter what your skintone is, this will have to work for you.
The packaging also contains little pictures and instructions on where to place each powder which I think was a nice touch, even though I personally would not choose to place these powders exactly as indicated. When it comes to contouring, you really have to do what suits your face shape- be it whether you want to cut out killer cheekbones or just add a little more subtle definition to your face. The palette itself contains one lighter shade which is quite yellow in tone and two darker powders- a medium brown shade which is a warm reddish brown and a dark brown shade which is alot cooler in tone, definitely too dark to be a bronzer on my skin, and is more suitable for the contouring and, er, chiseling.
The powders themselves are nice, if not a tad too powdery, but nothing that a decent tab of your contour brush before application can't fix. The powders are smooth, apply smoothly and blend nicely and softly without leaving any harsh lines or muddy patches. The light colour is a nice undereye setting powder because the yellow tone does well to banish the blueish purpleness of the bags under eyes, the bronzer is perfect along the hairline especially for warming the face and the cool, dark brown shade is perfect for casting those all important shadows when you are trying to achieve your take on Kim K's contouring method.
Overall, I do like this palette, especially for the price, and I think it performs the job that it promises to perfectly adequately. The powders are nice- just remember to tab that brush- and everything blends together very naturally and seamlessly. If you're in the market for a budget contouring kit, definitely bear this one in mind.
Have you caught the contouring bug in recent times too? What are your favourite contouring products?