YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette
YSL Golden Contouring (1) Couture Contouring Palette ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains two powders–one for contouring, one for highlighting–in a slim, gold-hued (plastic) palette. The contouring shade is slightly larger in size compared to the highlighting shade. I expect this to work best on light-medium and lighter skin tones; it is just barely noticeable on me as a more subtle contouring pick, and I am light-medium to medium in coloring. Though this is dubbed Golden, it is not overly warm and seems like suitable shades for neutral-to-warm skin tones. It’s a decent to good palette overall, though there are certainly a lot of options in this category across price points.
Golden Contouring Contour is a muted, mid-tone taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dusty, though soft, smooth, and finely-milled, that blended easily underneath the cheekbones and along the jaw line without leaving sharp lines. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was easy to apply with a lighter hand or build up with an additional layer for truer-to-pan color. On me, it wore well for just over seven and a half hours. Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Sombre (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Golden Contouring Highlight is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a satiny shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation was rich, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being dusty or powdery. It gave a very subtle luminance to the skin, where it seemed to emphasize the natural sheen of skin, but it wasn’t enough to show up well in photos (it is one of those products that is better suited for real life than photography). I also suspect it will do more for lighter skin tones than mine. This shade seemed to wear well for eight hours (it’s not really visible on my skin color, so that makes it harder to judge wear). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (P) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Highlight (Tarteist) (LE) is more muted (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Highlight (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glazed (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (P) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Soft Light (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.