Today’s review is one that’s been highly anticipated by you guys. I’ve had countless Instagram direct messages asking me how these products perform. I wanted to test them throughly before I shared my thoughts and now that I’ve tested them plenty, I am ready to do soKangol Cosmetics not only has makeup products but perfumes and underwear as well. Their prices are cheaper than most drugstore items but their makeup line is exclusively available at Truworths stores. Unfortunately the makeup range is not available online yet, but let’s hold thumbs that changes soon!
Throwing Shade Cream Contour Palette
Can we just take a minute to appreciate this cute packaging? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drugstore palette in South Africa similar to this oneThe packaging is a very light cardboard and comes with a mirror. It’s thin and compact. It doesn’t say how much product each pan contains but the pan sizes are very generous. It comes with 3 highlight and 3 contour shades. There is only one palette available so I suppose the shades are aimed at fair, medium and dark skin tones.
Performance, Swatches & Longevity:
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the swatches of this palette on my insta stories. When I first swatched these with my finger they were rather sheer, as you can see from the pictures belowWhen using a synthetic brush however they went on much smoother. One thing I absolutely did not expect from this palette was the creaminess. I was blown away. I think you can see from the below swatches how creamy these are I thought it would be sheer like it was when I swatched it with my finger but it just shows I guess – don’t judge a product by it’s swatch. At least not all the time.
Because I have medium dark skin I thought I could use the second (pale yellow) and third (beige) shades to highlight my face. I applied some to my under eye area, bridge of my nose, forehead and chin and blended it out. It applied smoothly with a concealer brush and didn’t tug on my skin. I blended the one side of my face with a buffing brush and the other with a beauty blender. Unfortunately both sides of my face looked extremely ashy. It felt a little heavy, greasy and it creased a lot. The consistency is very thin so I’m not sure why it felt heavy. Even after all the blending it stayed tacky so it definitely needs to be set with powder. Once I set it, it wasn’t as tacky/greasy anymore but it did still transfer when I touched my face and there were still some creasing going on underneath my eyes. I tried using the pale yellow shade as an eyeshadow base (to make colorful eyeshadow “pop”) but because of how creamy/greasy the formula is, it didn’t work out as I’d hoped. The eyeshadows didn’t blend out because of how tacky this was, even though I did set it with powder. I used the light beige shade to clean up my eyebrows and it worked well for that as it blended easily.
The contour shades were just as creamy as the highlight shades. I did however notice that the first contour shade looks like a golden tan color in the pan but upon swatching it is more grey Weird right? I suppose the greyish shade was intended for the fairer ladies.
The middle contour shade needed some building up, though it was still pretty pigmented. I mixed all three shades and applied it to my cheekbones, forehead and jawline. Like I said, it’s quite pigmented so I applied with caution. It didn’t blend out well with a blender but blended beautifully with a medium dense face brush. Just like with the three highlighting shades, these felt tacky as well until I set it with a contouring powder. If you do not have a contouring powder, bronzer or a light sweep of translucent powder will work too. The contour shades (when set with powder) lasted a good 4 hours before it started fading. Even though I set it with powder it did transfer a little bit on my hijaab (headscarf) but to me that’s not a deal breaker. The highlighter shades didn’t last as long and started oxidizing around the 2 hour mark. It just didn’t work for my skin type nor for skin color.
Get Lit Highlighter Palette
Just like the contour palette this packaging is made of light cardboard but it doesn’t feel too flimsy. It’s quite thin and not bulky at all which I like as it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It has a magnetic closure and I’m pleased to report it didn’t open up in my makeup bag. Imagine the mess that would’ve made!
Performance, Swatches & Longevity:
With four cream and two powder highlighters I didn’t know what to expect. Upon swatching with my finger the cream shades were extremely sheer and the powder shades were very crumbly. I also noticed that all the shades had a sort of stiff layer overtop – kind of like an overspray. I had to swirl my brush profusely over each shade to get rid of of the top layer, after which the highlighters swatched and applied much better.
I wanted to try the cream shades first and used a small slightly dense brush to apply the pink and gold shades to my cheekbones. It was pretty but it did disrupt my foundation. I used the remaining two cream shades and the same thing happened. I didn’t want to call it quits just yet because the shades are really pretty, so I used my spatula to pick up some of the bronze shade and mixed it with 2 pumps of foundation. The bronze shade is very sheer so I mixed about a full pea size. When I was happy with the mixture I dotted it on my face and blended it out with my buffing brush. The result? An absolutely beautiful lit from within glow. There were no chunks/specs of glitter on my face. The product didn’t change the color or consistency of my foundation and the finish was absolutely beautiful! It was a very natural glow that you could only see once the light hit my face in a certain way. I took a picture with flash and it looked really good! My face didn’t look oily or shimmery. It just looked like a sun kissed sheen type of glow. Definitely my favorite shade in the entire palette and I’ve almost hit pan as I’ve been using it so much. I tried doing the same with the gold shade but it didn’t look good because the gold shade has specks of silver that didn’t suit my skin tone well, so it ended up looking like a hot mess. Swatched below are all four cream highlighters in different lighting:
I tried the two powder highlighters the next day and as you can see from the swatches below it applies much better with a brush as apposed to your fingers (brush swatch on the left, finger swatch on the right)
The pink shade was the crumbliest in the entire palette but I liked the color so I chose to try that one first. It has a very silvery, icy undertone so it looked stark white on my skin tone regardless of how much I blended. It just looked like a white steak on my face. The purple shade is really something though. It’s white in the pan but on the face it turns into a beautiful duo-chrome purple with shifts of blue and pink. It’s very unique and I didn’t expect a shade like this to be in the palette. I’m not crazy about duo-chrome highlighters on my cheekbones but I love using them on my eyes as an inner corner highlight.
The cream shades didn’t last long on their own but when I mixed the bronze cream shade with my foundation the glow lasted for around 4.5 hours before I stared looking oily. The powder shades looses it’s vibrancy after about 30 minutes so I would recommend maybe using the cream as a base for the powder, so it has something to adhere/ “stick” to.
Extreme Color Lipgloss
The packaging of this gloss is the same as all other Kangol liquid lipsticks and glosses. It comes in a clear tube with a black top and a standard doe-foot applicator
This is a really cute rose gold pink shade called Saffron Sunset. I absolutely adore the name! On the swatch it looks opaque but on my lips it’s not very pigmentedIt doesn’t look like a typical lipgloss on the lips but more like a balm. It feels like a hybrid between a gloss and balm but I didn’t really like it as it made my lips feel a little tingly. It does have some shimmers but it’s not very shimmery/glossy/ “wet” looking on the lips. The applicator picks up very little product so I had to keep dipping which was a bit of a hassle. It has a sweet scent and the color is very universal, though it doesn’t cover pigmentation. It doesn’t last very long either which I think is typical from a gloss. If you’re into the whole “no makeup” makeup look this gloss will be worth checking out. It looks stunning on flash photography. I have seen similar glosses – some even better than this – from other drugstore brands but this formula feels different. So if you’re not into the typical glossy formula of other glosses this one might be a good option for you.
Even though I didn’t love the highlighting shades in the contour palette, the contour shades were not bad at all. They blend easily with a brush and are great for everyday. The highlight palette was hit and miss too but I absolutely love the bronze shade when mixed in with my foundation. These are definitely not the best palettes on the market but I think for the price it’s definitely worth it, especially if you’re new to contouring and highlighting. The palettes retails for R165 each which boils down to R27.50 per shade. That’s great value in my opinion. I also think the highlight shades in the Throwing Shade palette won’t look ashy on fairer skin tones. If you have very oily skin I wouldn’t recommend the Throwing Shade palette as it’s too greasy and might increase shine on your face. With all that being said, these palettes are a nice option for those on a budget or those new to makeup. I didn’t love the gloss but I’m not a lipgloss gal in general. The gloss retails for R89.00
Kangol also stocks these absolutely beautiful face gems which is great for festival/creative looks. With Halloween coming up these would make beautiful mermaid/ice princess looks. They retail for R89.00 each
Where To Purchase:
Kangol makeup products are available exclusively at Truworths stores. If you spend R350 or more you get a cute umbrella (pictured below) free. What a great excuse to shop!
Have you guys tried anything from Kangol Cosmetics? How did you find it?
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge but that in no way affects my opinion. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.