Good morning, class!
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been underwhelmed with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette. In fact, I haven’t ever really written about it, except to mention it briefly in “Do Now’s”. I guess it just wasn’t the miracle product that I was expecting it to be based on the hype upon its release. Don’t get me wrong, the powders are quite nice and the color range seems pretty good. I just never got the hang of using these powders to create any sort of natural contour.
So, as I was doing some shopping for my giveaway. I happened upon LORAC’s new contour palette at Ulta. I walked past it. I didn’t need it.
Cut to about 20 minutes later and it has somehow appeared in my hands on the checkout line. Amazing how that happens…
Anyway, I wanted to do just a brief comparison between these two palettes based on the limited use I’ve had with each. Please feel free to share your own thoughts or link to your own posts about either of these products in the comments section!
Both palettes come with six powders. Pictured below is the ABH Kit in Light to Medium and (circular pots) and LORAC Palette (rectangular). You’ll notice that the ABH shades do not have labels on the palette, but they do have names.
If I’ve done the math correctly, then the ABH Kit has .66 total ounces of product, evenly distributed. LORAC has .73 total ounces of product, with Shimmer Highlight and Medium Contour being bigger than the other four. I suppose they feel that these will be your most used shades. ABH retails for $40 and LORAC for $45. This makes ABH the better deal just slightly.
The shades in the two palettes are fairly comparable, though I think the highlights in the LORAC are a bit lighter, which is important to me. I also think the contours have more variation in the LORAC and are slightly cooler-toned.
I tried to swatch both below for you. I did mix up the order of shades in the ABH to more closely correspond with the LORAC. Here ya go!
Swatching these side-by-side, I noticed that the highlights in the ABH are pinker and the in the LORAC, yellower. The contours are fairly similar, though I do think the LORAC has more pigmentation.
Based on the information above, and using each palette a little bit on my face, I have to say that I prefer the LORAC. All in all, it works better for my skin tone, and I find the powders easier to blend. Also, it comes with a brush. I forgot about that. I guess that makes LORAC the better deal, too!