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October 28, 2014

AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* Review and Swatches

People have been going absolutely nuts for Australis' AC ON TOUR (C ON TOUR? I see what you did there, Australis..) Contouring and Highlighting Kit* ever since a photo of it was uploaded onto the Australis Instagram page earlier this month. The resemblance to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is uncanny so I can definitely understand the attraction but wow, I honestly cannot remember that last time people have been so excited for an Australian 'drugstore' release. Both the Australis Cosmetics and Priceline online stores are sold out and I believe most Priceline stores have too. Well played, beauty community.

I'll admit it, I was one of the people that scoured their local Priceline stores, maybe even calling daily, so I was absolutely thrilled when one landed on my doorstep (it was actually in my mailbox, if we're being honest, but that doesn't sound as good) thanks to the good people at Australis. I've been playing with it for a few days now and I wanted to get a review up as soon as I could so everyone who's been thinking about picking one up can see swatches and decide whether it's what they're after.
The Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* is just that, a palette designed to contour and highlight the face. Shocking, no? It contain six shades in total, three to highlight and three to contour. All shades in the palette are matte except for one.

The Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* haven't named the shades in this palette, numbering them instead, which makes it difficult to differentiate them for other people. The first highlight shade is a matte toned pink beige, the middle highlight shade is a yellow toned shade (many people refer to it as a banana powder) and the final highlight shade is a warm beige shade with a slight shimmer to it. The first contour powder is a really warm brown shade, the second is a cool toned chocolate brown and the third contour shade is another earthy red/brown shade.

Top Photo: Just foundation 
Bottom Photo: After contouring with the middle contour shade, highlighting with the yellow and shimmer highlight shades and blush (NYX Creme Blush in Boho Chic) 

As you can see, the Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* does a great job of adding shape and definition to the face. In the transformation above I used the middle highlight shade under my eyes to brighten the area, the third highlight shade to highlight my cheekbones and the middle contour shade to contour my cheekbones. 

The powders in the Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* are incredibly pigmented so I urge you to apply with caution. Tap your brush in once, tap off the excess and then apply to the cheekbones. I've found that it's difficult to apply too much of the highlight colours (two are matte and the shimmery highlighter has a really beautiful natural finish) but, let me tell you, it's very difficult to buff out too much contour! I've been there and it's hard to recover from.

If you're new to the contouring game, you may be interested to know that's there's a bit of a cheat sheet on the back of the palette. I don't follow their steps perfectly because I play by my own rules, but it's nice that they're included a guide.

I am really enjoying the Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit*, though I feel like the contour shades are a bit 'off'. There's only one shade, in my opinion, that I think it appropriate for contouring and that is the middle shade. I feel like the outer two shades are far too warm and red toned to be used to create definition on the face and that they could easily become difficult to look natural. They might work well on a darker skin tone but, for all the pale skinned ladies like myself, I strongly recommend that you stay far away from them!

The Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit* is available now and retails for $16.95. I think it is a great investment, especially if you were umming and ahhing about picking up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. It achieves a great effect and is super easy to use, even if the shades are crazy pigmented.

I have the pre made Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit making its way to me at the moment so let me know if you'd be interest in reading a comparison! 

Have you managed to track down the Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit*? Have you been looking? What do you think of it? Will you pick it up? 

*This product was sent to me, however all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this review


  1. This is definitely a great dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit!

  2. Ohh this Contouring and Highlighting Palette has every colour I could ever need! ^ u ^


  3. I'm still deciding if i'm going to pick this up or not, I'm not sure how nice it will look on my super pale skin. The contour shades look like they might be a bit dark/muddy on me ♡

    Eila | theblushingbrunettes

  4. Gosh, I didn't even notice the CONTOUR clue haha! Doh! I really want to get my hands on this, though yeah, it's been selling out everywhere! The pigmentation sounds great but it definitely seems like you have to be light-handed and blend well.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  5. I recently got my hands on this palette. Have to say it's the best contouring palette i have seen in a long while, and especially for the price! I was surprised it wasnt muddy on my face as I'm quite pale. Love it!


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