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Australis brought out their AC on Tour (get it?) contouring and highlighting palette a bit earlier than Models Prefer, who brought out their Contour/Collection highlighting and contour palette recently with very very similar shades. Here’s the inevitable comparison, including side-by-side swatches!
Both palettes are $16.95, for 6 x 3.5 g pans.
Australis’s AC on Tour palette is housed in a matte black plastic case. Models Prefer’s Contour/Collection palette has a glossy black plastic case, with a full sized mirror which puts it in front, but Australis are repackaging theirs to also include a mirror. The glossy Models Prefer case collects fingerprints, but I actually like it more than the matte black. It’s really a matter of preference – there’s no real winner here.
Australis palettes can be found in Priceline, as well as Big W, Kmart and some pharmacies. Models Prefer are a Priceline brand, so you can only get them at Priceline…which isn’t really a problem for most people, because Pricelines are everywhere. Australis’ palette is currently available online, but the Models Prefer kit isn’t on there.
The shades look almost identical in the pan. In both palettes, there’s a nude highlight, a banana highlight and a shimmery illuminating highlight, along with a neutral, cool and warm contouring shade. On the skin is where you really start to see a difference:
In general, Australis’ shades are a bit more pigmented and opaque. This isn’t a problem with the highlight shades, and is actually pretty awesome for creating a nice bright highlight. But Australis’s contour shades are a bit problematic. They’re so deeply pigmented that they’re chalky and hard to blend out, making it look muddy on your skin. The Models Prefer shades are sheerer and easier to blend.
Both palettes are amazing value, but the formulas of the Models Prefer palettes are much more user-friendly. I always wonder though – does anyone really need 3 highlight and 3 contour shades if they’re only ever doing their own makeup? I’m hoping these are available as duos or singles. While the palette’s pretty handy for working out what looks good on you (and it’s cheap enough that you can use it as a deluxe tester), some of these shades I’ll never touch again (looking at you, warm contour). I’ll be using the leftovers for eyeshadow.