Hi ladies, I’ve been getting many requests for reviews and swatches of Kangol’s contour and highlight palettes and today I’m finally going to tell you all about these palettes, one of Kangol’s most exciting launches. Not only will I be telling you all about the contour and highlight palettes which form part of their Face The Facts range but also the rest of the range which includes a Liquid Matte Lipstick, Lip Gloss and gorgeous Face Gems. Let’s get right to it!
Kangol Face Gems
I received two stunning Face Gems the ‘Festival Warrior’ and ‘Mermaid Crown’ I have reviewed the Halloween Limited Edition Face Gems which you can read all about here: https://aobmblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/08/kangol-halloween-limited-edition-range/
The Face Gems work exactly the same way and the instructions are at back of the packaging. What’s great about the Face Gems is that they can be used again if properly taken care of. I have not used the ‘Festival Warrior’ and ‘Mermaid Crown’ Face Gems as yet but will create some beautiful makeup looks to go with them and post my looks on my Instagram page you can follow me here and keep an eye out for those makeup looks. I also have a short video of how the Limited Edition Halloween Face Gems look on and how they sparkle in the sun: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp4LcEbnWe9/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1my29qj7lwspz
The Face Gems are available in different colours and styles and retail for R89.00 which is affordable compared to other brands.
Kangol Liquid Lipsticks
Two liquid lipsticks form part of the Face The Facts range one being a Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Bitter Sweet’ and the other a Lip Gloss in the shade ‘Saffron Sunset’.
Both come in a thick see through tube with black lids, the Liquid Matte Lipstick has a matte sticker on the lid stating that it has a matte finish and the names of the shades are on the top of the tube (lid). The liquid lipsticks have standard doe foot applicators which don’t work equally well for both formulas.
Let me tell you a bit more about each shade:
- Saffron Sunset: this shade is described as a gold shimmer but it’s the same colour as my phone which is pink gold or rose gold. I’m absolutely in love with this colour it has a slight shimmery metallic finish, it is beautifully glossy without feeling sticky on the lips and has a yummy vanilla scent. Like all glosses it’s not long-lasting so needs to be reapplied throughout the day. The only problem that I have is with the applicator, I’ve mentioned this every time I review Kangols lip glosses, a brush applicator would work better as the formula is quite thick which means that the doe foot applicator doesn’t pick up much of the gloss and when trying to layer it the applicator wipes off the first layer. To get the beautiful shade and gloss to show on my lips in the swatches I had to pump the applicator a couple of times in the tube and gently dab the lip gloss onto my lips so that it doesn’t wipe off the first couple of layers, I did this about 4-5 times. PLEASE Kangol change the applicator as we can’t get the full pigment and gloss of your stunning lip glosses to show onto our lips.
- Bitter Sweet: this is a beautiful chocolate brown perfect for a night out when you want to make a statement. The formula is slightly thin which means that it applies on streaky, 3 coats are needed for full and even coverage but first wait for the first coat to dry before applying another coat. It dries down quickly but when pressing my lips together it feels slightly sticky and the formula is a bit drying as can be expected from a liquid matte lipstick so I recommend that you first use a hydrating lip balm before application. The liquid lipstick is pigmented, has a delicious scent and it is long-lasting so there’s no need to reapply it throughout the day. It is also difficult to remove so I suggest using an oil based makeup remover or coconut oil for easy removal.
To create a unique finish and shade ‘Saffron Sunset’ can be applied over ‘Bitter Sweet’. I’m in love with both colours they are perfect for any occasion.
The Kangol Liquid Lipstick/Lip Gloss retails for R89.00.
Kangol #ThrowingShade Contour Kit
Firstly I’m in love with the packaging of Kangols new Contour and Highlighting palettes also the names of both palettes are super cute. The Throwing Shade Contour Kit stands out with it’s beautiful black and gold chrome design cardboard packaging. Instructions on how to use the kit are at the back with a face chart showing where to apply the product. The kit has a magnetic lid and inside there’s a nice clear mirror with a repeated chrome gold design around it. What’s awesome about these kits is that they can be stacked on your dressing table like books on a bookshelf as they have the name of the palettes on the spines making them look like tiny cute books.
The Contour Kit has 6 creamy shades. The top 3 shades are light which doesn’t make sense as they are not contouring shades so I use them to brighten under my eyes and to conceal. The bottom 3 shades are brown starting from a light brown to a deeper brown.
Before I tell you about the formula and how I use the contouring kit I want to tell you what contouring is, how to choose the right shade and where to apply it. Contouring is a technique used to accentuate or enhance the shape or structure of the face so giving you a “snatched”/defined/sculpted look or slimmer looking face. Choose a shade or two that’s darker than your skin tone, apply along the jawline to create definition, under the cheekbones for a more sculpted look, along your hairline and temples to give the illusion of a smaller forehead and face, along the bridge of the nose for a chiseled defined nose and above your chin to create a more chiselled look.
Now into details about each shade and how to use them starting from the top left:
- The first shade is beige so it would be best to use on fair skin to brighten up under the eyes, between the cheekbone and jawline and along the nose, forehead and cupid’s bow.
- This is a yellow shade, I use this shade under my eyes and on my eyelids to colour correct any dark mark’s and circles before applying on foundation. It feels buttery soft and creamy so I applied it with my finger and blended it with my finger as the heat from my fingertips warms up the product allowing it to melt into my skin. Once blended I applied foundation over and it blended in well as you can see from the pics below.
- This is a nutty brown colour which is almost the same colour as my skin tone. I use this shade over my foundation to conceal any dark marks around my eyes and face and blend it in with my finger by dabbing it in. All three shades are sheer and not very pigmented so it gives more of a natural sheer coverage rather than full coverage. These products tend to crease under the eyes and on the lids as with all cream products so I set it with a translucent powder and setting spray which works well.
- The bottom left shade is a caramel brown. I first applied on this shade to contour but was really disappointed with the colour as the top layer is a beautiful caramel brown but underneath it is truly a greyish brown which looked terrible on my skin as if I rolled into mud, I then decided to apply the the middle shade over.
- This is a medium pecan brown colour which looked very dark when I applied it but after blending it in it looked amazing and gave me a natural chiseled and defined look.
- The last shade is a deep brown which is too dark for my skin tone so I’ll be using it on clients who have a darker skin tone.
It’s a bit difficult to blend the contouring shades (bottom shades) with a contour brush so I used a beauty blending sponge which worked best with the creamy texture. I’m not a fan of the shades but love the buttery soft texture, all shades are not highly pigmented they have a sheer finish however, the last two dark shades are more pigmented and all 6 shades blend in well. I’m still not sure why there are very light pale shades in the palette, Kangol could have had a more variety of brown shades for contouring or made the top three shades powders in the shades of the bottom colours that could be used to set the contour as these creamy products have a dewy finish and need to be set after application.
Any of the makeup brushes that feature in the pictures can be used to apply these products. I used a toothbrush makeup brush to apply on the contouring shades and Kangols beauty blending sponge to blend them in. Watch this space for reviews on Kangols new makeup brush set and beauty blending sponge.
Kangol #ThrowingShade Contour Kit retails for R165.00.
Kangol #LitKit Highlight Kit
The packaging is the same as the Contour Kit (cardboard), the colour of the packaging stands out it’s ombré from shades of green it goes into blues and purples, it has twinkling stars all over and silver iridescent text and an iridescent light bulb image (the text and light bulb changes colour when moved around). The back of the kit has instructions on where to apply the product as well as a face chart indicating where on the face the product should be applied. The lid is magnetic and inside there’s a nice clear mirror with iridescent light bulb images around it.
The palette comes with 6 highlighters each a different colour, 2 shades are powder while the rest are cream formulas. There’s a shade for every look and every occasion.
Before I tell you more about the highlighting kit I want to first explain what highlighting is and tell you where to apply it as I’ve seen many people use highlighter incorrectly. Highlighter is used to create an illusion of light or brightness and height giving you a lit-from-within look or a natural healthy glow. Highlighter is applied to the highest points of the face where light naturally hits so you apply it onto the cheekbones (along the cheekbones not onto the fleshy part of the cheeks), along your forehead (but I don’t suggest doing this if you have an oily t-zone), the bridge and tip of your nose, the brow arch/brow bone, cupid’s bow and sometimes I like to apply it on the inner corner of my eyes and my chin.
Now about each shade and how to apply them starting from the top left:
- The first shade is a beautiful pink with a slight gold shimmer. This is a cream formula and is best applied using your fingers also the heat from your fingers allow cream formulas to blend in better. Just dab the highlighter into the skin to blend. A small brush can be used to apply it to the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes, I found that the brush worked well too.
- The second shade is pink with chunky silver glitter, chunky glitter highlighters are on trend right now! The glitter is not overwhelming or messes everywhere. This shade is a powder formula and looks very glowy, it looks light pink in the palette but once blended in it has a silver shimmery glow. When applied on it doesn’t seem to blend in well but after a minute it settles in and gives a blinding glow perfect for a night out. A fan brush is the best tool to use to apply on powder highlighters and Kangol has a really good one.
- This is a pretty shimmery bronze colour that will have you looking like a bronzed Goddess. This colour gives a beautiful summer glow and the formula is super creamy compared to the other 4 cream shades. It blends in really well.
- This is a stunning iridescent pink/purple. The glow that this shade gives is really beautiful but so difficult to capture on camera. This is a cream highlighter and blends in well.
- This is a beautiful iridescent blue/purple. This is the second powder highlighter in the palette. The two iridescent shades remind me of a very pricey iridescent high end highlighting palette that I bought when I was overseas. The two iridescent shades are the perfect dupes of two of the colours in that very pricey palette.
- The last cream highlighter is a pretty shimmery gold.
Both formulas, the cream and powder are buttery soft and smooth, the cream highlighters have a lovely dewy finish and all 6 highlighters blend well. The only problem that I have with the cream highlighters is that my foundation mixes into it when I dip my finger back into the pan, my foundation messes up with the colour of the highlighter so I have to keep wiping my finger before going in again. For a blinding glow you can layer the cream highlighters with the powder ones. You can also build up the intensity of each colour by layering them on as they blend well and won’t look cakey if layered. The brushes featured in the pictures are perfect to use to apply on the highlighters.
I’m so in love with this palette it’s my new go-to highlighting palette perfect for all occasions. Not a lot of people are fans of cream highlighters but I love using them especially if I’m not wearing any foundation, they are quick and easy to apply, no brushes are needed and it gives me a beautiful natural glow. I love that there are so many colour options and finishes in one compact palette making it perfect for travels. Pictures and videos really don’t do justice to this palette.
The Kangol #LitKit Highlight Kit retails for R165.00 which is affordable for 6 luminescent shades.
I made a short video of how beautiful and sparkly the Face Gems are and how the designs on the the Contour and Highlight Kit sparkle in the sun, check it below: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmdOgzHgRoY/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1p6w66ynzr5hv
All products are available exclusively at selected Truworths stores nationwide.
Which products from the Face The Facts range will you be getting your hands on?