Since it wasn't as trendy as it was before, there wasn't much affordable contouring powders available for sale so I settled with using the darkest matte pressed/foundation powder that I could find.
Now fast forward to today, contouring powders and palettes are popping out left and right giving us with more options! One of the local products that I really like is EB Advance Contour Shade and Light Palette!
The palette is encased in a sturdy material - not too heavy, not too light with a big mirror inside. On the other hand, the Essentials Paddle Brush has soft bristles. The box has a manual on how to use the contouring palette. Newbies will greatly benefit from this!
The 3 darker shades are neutral which makes it universally flattering to people with warm AND cool undertones. Although they all look kinda similar when put over my skin, they are effective in contouring my face. The shades are not too dark so they won't get muddy against my fair skin.
The pigmentation is buildable from sheer to medium which I like! It is easier to apply them via layering which is the best way to achieve a natural-looking contour. Why do I prefer that? Well it's because when a contouring powder is heavily pigmented, I kind of struggle in blending it because I had to be extra careful in product application, or else I will look like I had mud on my face!
Regarding longevity, it stays on my face for 3 hours before needing a retouch, given that I am staying in an air-conditioned area. However, if I am in a hot and humid place where I sweat, the contour only last on my face for 2 hours at most. Let's say I am commuting in the Metro, if I apply it before leaving the house, once I arrive at my destination after an hour or two of travel (train, bus, jeep), I will be needing a retouch. Not that I mind retouching though but the palette may be too heavy to be brought in your bag everyday if you are commuting and carrying lots of stuff.
About the color selection, given the color of my skin, it is such a waste that I couldn't use the 3 lighter shades as highlighters, it would have been really nice if they were lighter as they will be perfect! The 3 darker shades suit me well so I got no complaints about that. What I have noticed though is that these 3 darker shades look "too light" to be used for contouring by some of my morena friends.
Ever Bilena and EB Advance is available in department stores nationwide. You may visit their website at http://everbilena.com.ph, their Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/ebadvance.