Over the last couple of months I've become rather obsessed with contouring. I didn't see what the fuss was about at first but I've learnt that it really does make a difference to the shape of my face. It accentuates my cheekbones and adds depth and a touch of warmth to my face when used in particular areas of my face.
I've been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer as my go to contour for the last few months and I've been meaning to look for a good drugstore alternative, in fear of it running low. There are many different contouring palettes in the drugstore but I opted for the Maybelline Master Sculpt. I bought it when it was released and I was intrigued to give it a whirl.
Maybelline Master Sculpt is packaged within a shiny, black, square compact and consists of a contour and a highlight shade inside a circular pan with the contour shade taking up the majority of the pan. There is also a compartment underneath which you can lift up revealing a reasonably sized mirror and slightly rounded brush which is a lovely touch to the palette. Unfortunately I'm disappointed by the quality of the brush. The brush is quite scratchy on the skin and in my opinion doesn't pack enough bristles to be able to give a precise application in the hollows of my cheeks and blend in the product. I like the idea of the mirror though as I am not one to travel with a separate mirror in my handbag.
There are two shades of the Master Sculpt, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. I have the Light/Medium palette. The contour shade is quite warm toned and leans a little orangey on my skin. I would've preferred if it was cool toned so it would look more natural on my skin tone. The pigmentation isn't the strongest either, I find that I need to layer it up in order for it to show up on my skin, especially if I use the brush that comes with it. The powders are buttery soft though. The highlight is a light champagne shade with small shimmer particles which is quite subtle but appears a little chalky and needs a bit of building up. As someone that enjoys a strong highlight this really just wasn't for me.
Unfortunately I just didn't get on with the palette. The pigmentation, shade and the brush included within it completely let me down but if you're just getting into contouring then this may just be for you.
You can purchase the Maybelline Master Sculpt palette here for £6.99 from