The industry might be busy speaking about the strobing trend, but I personally don't think traditional contouring will be disappearing anytime soon. Especially as many of us have only just mastered it (me included)! If you're looking for a contouring palette, I have one to show you - just be aware, you have to go across the pond to get your hands on it!
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Tarte's iconic Amazonian claycult favourite 'Park Ave Princess' which is a matte, waterproof, bronzer. This stuff is incredibly pigmented, you certainly don't need a lot on your brush to cover all your contouring needs. I've been using the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it to the hollows of my cheeks. The colour is a bit darker than what I normally go for, so if you have a really light skintone, you need to blend your way to perfection. When I have gone a bit overboard, I've just been dabbing my foundation brush over the top to dull it down.
On the other half of the palette is the blusher and highlighter duo. The blush is in the shade 'glisten' which is a peachy pink and the highlighter is a champagne shade. Again, both if these shades are really pigmented, just a little dab in the pan gives you all you need. The blusher gives you a nice wash of colour, with a little bit of sparkle! The highlighter for me is the star of the show, it gives you a lovely 'glowing from within' finish to the skin, which I love!
The palette itself is a lovely bronzed shade and it's a good size, which makes it ideal for travelling or chucking in your handbag. It retails $34 here, I highly recommend giving it a swatch if you're near an Ulta anytime soon!