Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit | Review & Swatches




Barry M is going from strength to strength these days, I think! Their nail polishes are always on my radar, however recently I’ve noticed them expanding their makeup lines and I’m really enjoying trying more and more of their products. The most exciting thing for me right now is their contour kit (£6.49, buy here).


Word in the blogosphere is that this is a dupe of the Anastasia Contour Kit, which I don’t personally own. For me, contouring is a night out or special occasion type of thing so I don’t tend to experiment much or invest a lot of money in products for it. Highlighter is something I’m starting to use much more, on the other hand. Obviously you get a lot more shades in the Anastasia Kit, and it would be great if Barry M brought this out in some more colours. However the shades in this are working pretty well for me.

Firstly, I have to rave about the texture of these powders. They’re just SO buttery and smooth it’s unbelievable. Although they look scary in the palette they’re not that intense when swatched, though they’re still pigmented…if that makes sense? You get three shades: a sheeny (but not shimmery) banana-coloured highlight, a red-toned matte brown and a darker, greyish brown.




The highlighter colour is suitable to set your under-eye concealer and just add a bit of luminosity to the skin. The medium brown, I tend to just take on a big, fluffy brush (usually the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush) and sweep around the curves of my face and finally the darkest shade I use to do a ‘proper’ contour. For my cheekbones (the main focus for me) I really recommend a flat, squared brush (for me the Zoeva Face Paint Brush) and if you want to contour anywhere else it works great for that too (I tend to switch to the Zoeva Face Shape Brush for that).

These shades are beyond blend-able! I think if you’re a beginner, this is perfect as you can just apply lightly, blend it out and then build it to the intensity you want. I found a bit of fallout when I was getting the product on my brush, as it’s just so finely-milled, however I didn’t find it a problem when I actually went in to apply it to my face. The lasting power is seriously something! I have patchy oiliness on my cheeks, which often causes me problems with blusher, however these seem to apply non-patchy in the first instance and don’t wear off during the day (or night!)

This kit gets a big thumbs up from me and I can’t wait to try more Barry M makeup!


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  1. I've always loved Barry M makeup, so cheap and really good quality too - their Lash Vegas mascara is my favourite! <3

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

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    1. Ooh, I'll have to keep an eye out for that one! xx

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  2. I am so glad you did the review of this as I have been looking at getting it but wasn't too sure but now I will be picking this up for sure :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. Glad I helped you come to a decision ;) haha xx

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  3. I also bought this kit and I'm really enjoying it. Just like you I try to contour only for a special occasion but this cool toned bronzer makes it so easy. Great quality and so cheap! Ps. like your new header :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Aww thank you :D and I'm glad you're having fun with this xx

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  4. I really love my Sleek Face Form palette but I am looking to try out something new. I think I need to swatch this in-store to see if it will show up on my skin but it looks lovely...xx

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    1. Yeah it sucks there's only one shade! The Sleek Face Form kit is just fab and has so many shades xx

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  5. I was debating over buying this as I've hit pan on my Sleek Contour kit. I now really need to go and buy this, it sounds amazing especially the texture.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I really enjoy the Sleek one too but I think this adds something extra so you can definitely own both! xx

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  6. Will definitely be getting this - I've wanted the Anastacia one for a while, but will probably try this one first now! :)

    Zoe xo
    http://www.z0elouise.blogspot.com

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    1. It's seriously such a great find for this price! xx

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  7. I love how light the lightest shade is! Really cool!
    What a beautiful and great review!

    xoxo Colli // tobeyoutiful

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  8. Great review as always! I haven't tried anything from Barry M's makeup range in years, but I definitely think I'm going to pick this up next time I'm in Boots !

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. It's well worth a look these days :) xx

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  9. Loved this post! I used to use Barry M all the time, I had an obsession with their dazzle dust!! I've been wanting a good contour kit for ages and since it's payday I might have to go buy this.... x

    Jackie | beautybundleblog.co.uk

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    1. I've heard a lot about the dazzle dust! xx

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  10. The shades are stunning, my kind of product! Love the new touch to your blog header too! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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  11. Jasmine, you are easily my biggest enabler. Whatever you post, I always end up buying! ;) I love the look of this, have seen it on so many blogs recently and have so far resisted. Now I need it in my life... definitely making a purchase over the weekend!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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  12. In the packaging they look very warm toned but your swatches make it look much more wearable - I will have to check it out x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. They're definitely really wearable! xx

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  13. Ooo I just reviewed the smashbox contour kit, I need to try this one out as it will no doubt be a lot cheaper!! great review x

    gillmclaughlin.com

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    1. Smashbox is really a brand I need to check out more! xx

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  14. I just bought this myself! Yet to try it still, not too great at contouring so I'm hoping this kit helps me, if I don't look like a kardashian after I'm going to be upset - haha!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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    1. Haha! It's pretty easy to use if you're a beginner :) xx

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  15. I have been looking out for this everywhere, but none of my local stores currently stock it. I definitely will be picking up this x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh no :( maybe you could test it in store then order it online! xx

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  16. I have been thinking of getting this contour palette. I love the idea of having a highlighter, a cool toned and a warm toned bronzer all in one place. Great for travelling and on the go. Plus good quality and low price, it's a no brainer. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. Yeah it's certainly worth a look :) xx

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  17. Great post, though I'm not sure i'lol ever but into the whole contouring trend, I do lo e Barry M and admire anyone that has the makeup skills (and time) to contour lol. I just picked up one of Barry Ms eyeshadow paletter and absolutely love!

    www.alife of retail therapy.co.uk

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    1. Yeah it's definitely not an everyday thing but nice for a night out :) xx

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  18. Cannot believe the price difference between this and Anastacia Beverly Hills and that it's still a dupe! I went through a stage of contouring everyday but I much prefer blusher for day and contour for night! xx http://cottonandcandie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's really quite amazing! And wow I can't imagine having the patience to get it right every day! xx

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  19. This sounds incredible! I may have to pick this up next time I'm shopping!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx
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  20. Ooooooh, pretty! That dark brown looks perfect for a contour!

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  21. I've heard very good things about this, and it's so affordable! x

    blushhx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, seriously so affordable - I think I spend more on lunch most days! xx

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  22. this highlighter shade is absolutely gorgeous! I don't own too much barry m makeup but it is definitely something I need to start investing more in x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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    1. Yeah they've definitely expanded on it and improved the quality! xx

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  23. Wow this kit looks lovely, and the shades look perfect :)I think I’m definitely going to pick this up as I want the Anastasia contour palette and try this out first to see if I’d use it :) Loving your new header btw :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  24. For the price this is just such good value. Think I'll have to stop looking at their polishes and have a nose at this!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  25. I love their nail polishes but haven't really looked into their makeup that much, I think I'll definitely have a look at their makeup next time as this is such amazing value!

    Rebecca Coco

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    1. Yeah I didn't until recently but they seem to be investing in it now :) xx

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  26. You just made me think skillful contouring is not that hard as it sounds, especially with this kit! I definitely want to learn more on how to contour correctly!

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog
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    1. Yeah it's still a mystery to me in a lot of ways haha xx

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  27. It doesn't look like the Anastasia contour kit, but the 3 shades are definitely similar.
    I saw this in store, but didn't really give it another look, but I do wish I did.



    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Definitely do if you see it again :) xx

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  28. I'm not sure if the shades would suit me, but I love the idea of this kit! I really like that the highlight isn't too shimmery :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. Yeah it's really unusual for a drugstore highlighter! xx

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  29. I love your new blog design :D it looks great! I literally just got my hands on this kit this morning and what a bargain. Love the shades, so cool toned perfect for contour and an overall great kit x

    Beauty with charm

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  30. I picked this up yesterday and now I am even more excited to try it, after reading your review :) PS> Your new design is fab! xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  31. Your new blog logo/design is gorgeous! Really like the look of this palette, there’s definitely been a gap in the market for an affordable contour set and I’ll be picking this up next week coz of your fab review! Jess, X

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    1. Thank you, lovely! I hope you like it :) xx

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  32. This looks so good. I have the ABH contour kit but I forget to use it! I must start digging out the contour again :)

    Anoushka xx www.Anoushkaloves.com

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    1. Aww no - definitely get your money's worth out of it haha xx

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  33. I don't really use Barry M makeup just use their nail varnishes. This palette looks really good and was surprised by the shades when swatched x
    han // emandhan xo

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    1. Yeah their makeup really wasn't on my radar until recently :) xx

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  34. I might have to pick this up for the cool toned bronzer! I wish the powder was more cool yellow, it seems more peach in the photos - but still worth the money for the cool toned bronzer!

    Porcelain Queen

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  35. I've been eyeing up this palette after hearing some great things about it so I might have to give it a go. I love Barry M but I've barely tried any of their makeup, although I tried their mascara and was surprised that I really liked it.

    Emma x
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    1. Yeah I was pleasantly surprised by their mascaras too! xx

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  36. I've been searching for this contour palette for so long but it always seems to be out of stock everywhere! Cool toned bronzers are so hard to find in the drug store so I definitely need to get my hands on this! Ellie xx

    Amourellie.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh no :( maybe try the tester in-store and order it online! xx

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  37. Would you recommend this for fair - light skintones?

    Penny.
    pennethaa.blogspot.co.uk

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