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Kit Revamp Part 2 - RCMA Highlight & Contour Palette

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rcma highlight and contour palette review

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 highlight and contour palette review

rcma highlight and contour palette review

rcma highlight and contour palette review

rcma highlight and contour palette swatches
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 highlight and contour palette swatches
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. 

rcma highlight and contour palette swatches and review
Quickly blended one edge out long after they'd been applied

rcma highlight and contour palette swatches and review
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.

41 comments :

  1. Stacy6:01 PM

    I've never tried a cream product like this! Thanks for sharing

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    1. You're welcome :) I prefer cream in general, but this one is exceptionally good and I think worth a try

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  2. Love cream contour palettes! This one looks great! :)

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    1. It really is! And I'm admittedly picky ;)

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  3. can i just say that you have the most beautiful swatch technique that i've ever seen on a beauty blog? :)

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    1. Aw thank you :) I try to keep it "clean" so you guys can see (as best I can show you) how these products look/perform.

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  4. This looks really great. I need to learn how to use something like this...sigh...

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    1. I've done general contouring/highlight posts in the past, but honestly application changes for each face since you're creating faux shadows and drawing attention to higher planes and faces vary a lot. If you want to play around, I'd suggest getting some cream contour/highlight shades (I think they're easier to work with) and light-handedly playing around with your own face. If you google "Kevyn Aucoin contouring" you can get a wonderful understanding of the different planes of the face. I'm not a fan of Kim K heavy personally, I think emphasizing your natural beauty is the best way to go :)

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  5. That palate is amazing! I love those colors!

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  6. OOO I like those colors!!!

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    1. They are spot-on for highlighting and contouring imo!

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  7. I've never actually got into contouring. Looks like a lovely palette.

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    1. I think (for daily wear vs special occasions) it's a matter of preference :)

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  8. I can't lie - this just overwhelms me. I would love to learn more about contouring - but this looks like it would be lovely colors to use!

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    1. It's definitely less intimidating once you learn more about how and why we contour/highlight :) I've done contouring/highlighting general posts in the past. Perhaps I'll have to do another later this year.

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  9. This seems like a fabulous palette. I keep wanting to grab one like this but never can decide! I think you just made it easier to pick though!

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    1. Yay! I did a LOT of research prior to landing on this one for my kit. Compared to other palettes and products I've used, I'd have to say this is well worth the investment, especially given how pigmented it is.

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  10. This looks like an amazing palette! I've never used creams for contouring, but I may have to test it out with this palette. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sure thing! I switch it up from powders to creams depending on the person and other products being used, but creams are my personal preference and this palette is great ;)

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  11. I've yet to attempt a highlight and contour kit! This one looks fab!

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    1. It's definitely great :) For first-timers I always suggest a light hand, but I find creams more workable in general.

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  12. I didnt even know there were cream contours! You have opened my eyes to a whole new world.

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  13. This palette looks lovely, I'd normally use similar colours :-)

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  14. Wow, so pigmented! Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to be checking this palette out. Could you also perhaps do a tutorial on how to apply these contour colors? I'm scared of looking like a hot mess w/out proper technique haha. I've also been meaning to check out Vain Pursuits stuff, I think they're similar to Ipsy, but for skincare I believe...

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    1. I've done general highlight/contour posts in the past, but it sounds like it's time for a new one this fall! When I work on different people it definitely varies to a degree based on their faces and features and what kind of look they prefer, but I can definitely do another one just on the basics of highlighting and contouring your own face if that would be helpful?

      Vain Pursuits actually reached out to me a while back and sent me some samples. They're kind of a ... "choose your own adventure" style skincare company. There isn't a monthly subscription, but you can pick and choose whatever you like and however often you want for samples then choose to purchase a full size after if you like any of the samples. If that makes sense? Here's my original thoughts on them: http://www.beautypopstop.com/2014/06/vain-pursuits-personalized-cruelty-free.html

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    2. Please do a tutorial on how to use these. Also, which brushes or tools do you use to place and blend these. That would be great. I purchased the RCMA foundation and I love it.

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    3. The RCMA foundation is still a staple in my kit! I'll see if I can pin down a face model to do a new tutorial with these sometime this fall/winter. The tools I use really varies based on your personal technique, but for me I prefer a combination of clean fingers and Royal & Langnickel's pointed foundation brush. The lovely Kevin James Bennett designed it and even though I'd owned a few for some time, having the opportunity to take classes with him and have him demonstrate with My brush that he designed on my model was ... life changing! I also warm these up really well either on the back of my hand or by working it over with a spatula on palette so it melts right onto skin. I generally like to apply this under foundation as I find it's more subtle if I'm doing both highlighting and contouring with these. Otherwise, if I'm just doing a little contouring I'll do it over foundation lightly, then blend it out.

      Less is always more imo. I am personally not a fan of hyper contour and highlight unless you're on a stage under bright lights. I have used makeup sponges as well with these, but I personally love that darn foundation brush best!

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  15. I have been thinking about trying cream products. They just seem way more pigmented!

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    1. Especially when it comes to RCMA cream products ;)

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  16. Oh wow! I have no idea how to do highlighting, but would love to learn!

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    1. I think I'm going to do another general highlight/contour post this fall so keep your eyes peeled ;)

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  17. This looks great. I have never tried cream products before. After reading your post, I'm thinking about whether I should try it or not. :)

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    1. You definitely should ;)

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  18. Do I have to put foundation first or it does act as coverage as well?

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    1. Are you referring specifically to under-eye use? If you have noticeable discoloration/circles, I recommend correcting and/or concealing first to prevent that from showing through or altering the appearance of the highlighter. If you don't, then you're lucky, and you can potentially highlight away! I'd really judge it on a face-by-face basis and would have to see your face prior to coming to a conclusion ;)

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    2. Also, I honestly switch up whether I contour/highlight before or after foundation from person to person as well. Sometimes I like it under the foundation, sometimes I pat it on over and blend it. If you like this products definitely grab it and play around! It's very versatile :)

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  19. Your post made me want this palette sooo bad!

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    1. It's well worth the purchase imo!

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