When I came across the MUA Highlight and Contour Kits on Instagram, I immediately thought they were high end. The shiny, two tiered packaging looked beautiful and the close up shots of the product made them look amazing. I had to try them and when I realised they were a lot more affordable than what I originally thought, I popped into my local Superdrug store.
There are 4 kits all together: 2 Strobe & Glow Highlight Kits in Pink Luster and Pearl Gold and 2 Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kits in Medium and Medium/Dark. I picked up Pearl Gold and Medium for £5 each.
The highlight kit consists of 2 shades: a pure white powder and a shimmery golden cream highlight. As you can see from the swatches, the cream highlight looks so beautiful. I tend to use the powder highlight the most, mainly to set my under eye concealer as it also helps brighten under my eyes. However the consistency is quite chalky and I tend to get powder everywhere when I use it. If my skin is feeling a little dry it does also sit on the dry patches of my face, making it look even drier. But on hot, more oily days, this highlight is really good at setting concealer and keeping it in place with a matte finish. The cream highlight is also so pretty and blends really well. I find that it’s a bit too shimmery to wear with everyday makeup. But if you’re going out on a Friday night, you are guaranteed to have highlight on fleek.
The Bronze and Sculpt Kit has become a product I reach for regularly and it’s a must have when travelling. The contouring shade is slightly too warm toned for my pale skin but if I blend it, I can definitely get away with it. It blends really well and unlike the highlight kit these powders are not chalky, instead they are really soft. The highlight shade is also a really warm highlight and is perfect for creating a sunkissed look. You can even use this as eyeshadow, the contour shade looks particularly lovely in the crease with the highlight packed on the lid.
Overall, for £5 each I think these kits are wonderful. However the contour kit is slightly better as the powders are soft and not chalky. The cream highlight in the highlight kit is so gorgeous, I’d pay more than £5 for that alone making the kit worth it too. If only the matte highlight had the same formula as the contour shade. I also love how sturdy the packaging is and that each contains a mirror which is always useful.
Have you tried these kits? I’d love to know whether you think they’re worth the hype. They’re limited to 1 each on the MUA website and they are always sold out now in my local Superdrug store!
Emily Mae x