January 17, 2017

Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit Review & Swatches

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The only reason I purchased one of the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit Palettes ($6.99) is because I liked the blush shade. Sorry!? Not sorry! No, seriously, totally went down that way. I saw the darkest shade palette which is called Golden Bronze and I noticed it had this delightfully orange-y golden coral blush in it and the deal was sealed. I had to have it. Even though I KNEW I’d never use the highlighter or the contour palette inside.

This is when you know you have a makeup problem 🙂

In other news, I’m having a terrible case of makeup deja vu because I could have sworn I tried and reviewed a Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in the past. I’m also remembering discussing that I purchased it because of the blush but I can find no record of any of that in my blog and nearly two weeks ago when I was scheduling this post.

I swear I’m getting old if I can’t remember if I did or didn’t try a product.


But ok, here’s my thoughts on this new palette and if we discussed it before, you’re welcome to skip over this post 🙂

Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kits aren’t really new by any means as they already had a UK launch and released a few months ago her in the US. However, they are getting a re-promote for Spring 2017 and appear in many newer displays at the drugstore.

Each palette is available in three shade selections and contain three powders which are a contour, highlighter, and blush shade. The shades run from light to darker so, depending on your skin tone you’ll want to go with the lighter, medium, or darker contouring powder for the best results. I personally went against the grain and got the darkest palette because I liked the blush shade, forgive me? I’ll honestly never be able to use this contouring shade as it is way TOO dark for me but the blush is so pretty, I couldn’t resist. You might find yourself in a similar situation when you see it in person. In my opinion, the blush shades in the lighter and medium palettes aren’t nearly as pretty.

The paid $4.49 for this at Harmons (there’s a dollar off coupon on the display, thus the lower price) so, honestly, I don’t feel too guilty about going with the wrong shade selection for my skin tone. The good news is the highlighter works perfectly for me as does the blush, it’s just the contouring shade that’s a bit wasteful.

All the powders are quite pigmented and blended well on my skin and yes, I even tried the bronzer to see how the finish and feel was 🙂 The texture is a bit dense but color picked up well on my brush and the shades blended very well. A little goes a long way with the contouring powder as it is quite pigmented. The blush was a little patchy at first application but after a little blended it was smooth and seamless on my skin and didn’t adhere to drier areas. Likewise, for the highlighting powder which had a very smooth, soft appearance on my drier skin.

I wouldn’t say it’s the best little contouring kit in the world but it’s not entirely bad either especially if you can get it on sale because truly, the blush shade is really quite gorgeous!

Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit is available now at drugstores or grab it at Ulta.com, Amazon.com, and target.com.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria

    Muse I have the shade 02 and the blush is coral and contour is a medium brown not dark. I have light skin and I love this kit and the colors last all day. I use Laura geller baked powder on top as a finishing powder.

    • Isabella Muse

      awesome 😀 I didn’t like the blush in the second or first shade but adored it in the third shade, golden bronze 😉 def love the color. glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Christina D.

    The blush looks great on you. Perhaps the bronzer could work as a crease color on your eyes?

    BTW you cracked me up when you wrote “this is when you know you have a makeup problem.” In fact, that would make a pretty funny post: “How Do You Know When You Have A Makeup Problem,” beginning with me: I am Sephora VIB Rouge and Ulta Platinum many times over; I have stuff I’ve never used yet I continue to buy new releases; I have more eye shadow palettes that clothes or shoes; and on and on…

    • Isabella Muse

      very good idea sis! 😀 Haha….! Yes, yes, this is starting to sound very familiar to me LOL! Oh lord, may the makeup gods help us all!

  • Maria

    Add me to the makeup club! I also have palettes and other makeup not used. I can open up a drugstore.

  • Ruth

    Maybe it was a similar item, wasn’t there a maybelline trio that did the same-ish thing?

  • Susan

    TBH, this reminds me of my Wet n Wild eye shadow trio that has a sparkly off white, a brown, and a peach. Which I have used as highlighter/contour/blush!

  • Bonnie

    Will have to check this out! Really loving the Rimmel London x Kate line lately, esp. some lipsticks I bought!

  • Wendy

    okay, but you have to share your concealer with the rest of us! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Silvia

    I been tempted to get the lightest colored one right the colors look so pretty. Each time I go to Target I stare at it but resist since I have so many other blushes, highlighters and bronzing/contouring priducts that all do the same to me being fair. I noticed a new gorgeous purple lipstick that inviting trouble too. Lol! The color is so beautiful and rare I’ll wait for a sale. Like I need another one! Sign me up for the makeup addicted club too?

  • Rah

    Junkie over here too… I’ve never disappointed Ulta ….Platinum status since 2000 and still going strong

  • WW

    Use it as eyeshadow, or I mix powder into my bronzers all the time to change the color. Might be more work than you’re up for, though, as I’m sure you have a lot more makeup than I do so it’s a whole lot easier to just ditch it. When I get down to just a ring around a pan, I’ll scrape it out into a Ziploc snack baggie, crush it up, and then add whatever strikes my fancy (Coty loose powder to lighten, something frosty to add shimmer, whatever).

    Love your blog, but first time posting. I just hit Ulta Platinum in December. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I think I’ll use it as eyeshadow 😀 Aw thanks WW! Happy to have ya hear and congrats on your plat status!

  • Rawnak jahan

    Which one is better for a medium/light medium skin tone?!