Morgan, where have you been? After a publishing-heavy October, the beginning of November has been a bit chaotic. I worked last-minute on a wedding, I got sick, then this week we got hit by a 7.8 earthquake which was immediately followed by intense weather and flooding. Basically, I haven’t had the time and energy to think about makeup, let alone write about it.
It makes sense to write about the contouring palette Chloe Morello developed with Revlon immediately after the review of her Ciate eyeshadow palette. Chloe’s making bank this year with brand collaborations, for sure, but I was a little lukewarm on the Ciate palette. Let’s see if the Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit fares any better.
The contour kit is available in two shades: light-medium and medium-tan. I was sent both from Revlon and chose to use the lighter palette, although it seems like the deeper one has been more popular overall. Chloe uses the deeper one in her video, and it’s not really suited for truly deep skintones—something I’ve seen a lot of complaints about on social media.
It comes with a matte yellow-toned “banana” powder for setting and highlighting, a shimmery cream-toned highlight powder, a cool-toned brown contouring powder, and a warmer bronzing powder. In theory, everything you need to contour and highlight with. Here’s what it looks like on my face: I used all four powders in the suggested locations.
I’m smiling, but to be honest I’m not happy with how the powder looks on my skin, under my eyes in particular. It’s just quite… visible? And I might not be wearing enough under-eye concealer for the full beauty guru effect but I don’t think it improves the appearance of this general area.
That being said, all of the powders are functional and you could still find a use for them in a less trendy routine. Except…
The fallout with this palette is atrocious. This situation is after using it once. I didn’t attempt anything unusual, I just used the powders as I normally would, using a Real Techniques contour brush. For this reason, I can’t in good faith recommend you buy this palette. I don’t think I’ve ever used anything that kicks up this much fallout.
It’s messy and it’s wasteful. It’s disappointing. I’m sorry! (I don’t know who I’m apologising to. Chloe? Chloe’s fans? Revlon?)