Kit Revamp Part 2 - RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette
As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently revamping my kit with new products I've been researching for some time. If you'd like to see my last post, please feel free to read my thoughts on MAQPRO Lip & Rouge Palette PP18.
I have a handful of contouring and highlighting favorites (cream and powder), many of which I've shared with you over the years. But I've been looking for new cream highlighter and contour shades with slightly different texture than what I currently have. After doing a lot of research, I landed on RCMA's Highlight & Contour palette. I love that RCMA is such a veteran pro cosmetic company, that their products include a minimum of 50% pigment and that they're so basic yet so effective. Sometimes "less" is definitely more. I grabbed this palette in my last order from CameraReadyCosmetics.com, which I previously mentioned is one of my 2 favorite pro makeup retailers at the moment. Great customer service and a good selection of brands and products.
The RCMA Highlight & Contour palette was designed by professional makeup artists and the shades are fantastic--no orange toned contour shades! Have you ever seen an orange shadow? Me either.
RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette
|RCMA Swatches L to R - YH-1, CS-1, CS-2, S-1, S-5|
YH-1 - light creamy yellow
CS-1 - light pinky flesh tone
CS-2 - light-medium peachy flesh tone
S-1 - light-medium gray brown
S-5 - deep gray brown
|RCMA Swatches L to R - YH-1, CS-1, CS-2|
*I reduced the exposure level in this pic slightly as my lighting was a bit bright and made it slightly difficult to see them.
|RCMA Swatches L to R - S-1, S-5|
RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette Review
RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette
Product Type - palette of 3 cream highlight and 2 cream contour shades
Fragrance - none
On the Face - super pigmented; great wear; super blendable; great contour shades
Price - $30 retail
Where to Buy - CameraReadyCosmetics.com
My Thoughts - These are extremely pigmented. I found the lighter colors were slightly firmer than the deeper colors, which is something I've come across with other high-pigment creams, but all were super workable once warmed on the skin. None were chalky or dry by any means, just slightly firm when scooping product out with a spatula. These blended beautifully and remained workable long after they were first applied. I actually quickly blended one of the edges of each shade out after taking all my initial shots to show you below. These didn't pull at or grab at the skin when applied to the face, even after sitting untouched for a bit. I find this characteristic makes for such a better blended finish in my opinion.
|Quickly blended one edge out long after they'd been applied|
|So blendable! Now imagine these shades in the hollows of your client's cheeks or your cheeks - perfection!|
For reference, I think the shades in this palette are somewhat comparable to the shades you get if you put both of Senna's Face Sculpting Kits together. If you like Senna's Face Sculpting Kits, but would prefer a straight cream vs cream-to-powder formula, you may find you like this as much if not more. I felt these were slightly more blendable personally, but a lot of it may just come down to personal preference and what other products you're using at the time. I tend to really like creams when it comes to face products.
I definitely think the highlighter shades are fantastic, but I'm always a tad more impressed by fabulous contour shades as I've found some companies just don't create shades I'd personally use for contouring--not a fan of bronzer as contour or orange-browns. I love how compact this palette is--same size as Graftobian's 5-shade HD Glamour Foundation palettes. Given how pigmented these are, I'd assume this palette will last a long time in my kit before having to be replaced. RCMA sells individuals of almost all of their products, but I didn't see these shades specifically listed so I'll have to look into whether or not this can be refilled by purchasing individual shades as they run out. Either way, I think this is a fantastic highlight and contour palette and well worth the investment.
Have you tried RCMA's Highlight & Contour Palette? What do you look for in highlight and contour products when purchasing for your kit and/or for yourself?
Note: Product was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.