By Priya S.
Skin/Hair Type: Oily and occasionally acne-prone/Normal
Hello gorgeous ladies,
There have been a lot of contour palettes in the market recently, all thanks to the hype created on YouTube and makeup blogs about highlighting and contouring. Although, I am high on contouring, I never really felt the need to splurge on some high-end contour palettes, for example, the Anastasia Contour palette kit or the Kat Von D Palette. But when NYX came out with this promising contour and highlight palette, I decided to give this exciting new release a try. And breaking the ice here, I would say that I absolutely freaking love it! Read more for everything you need to know!
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CAD 29.99 (Is drugstore really affordable anymore??)
My Experience with NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette:
I am not here to demean any high-end contour palette, but I am here to tell you my honest opinion. I don’t own the ABH Contour Palette, or any other palette for that matter, but I was always amidst questions like, should I purchase a high-end contour palette? What if it does not work out for me? Is the KVD better than the ABH palette? But when NYX launched its comparatively affordable contour and highlight palette, it was a no-brainer that I grabbed it immediately.
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Packaging: The NYX Contour and Highlight Palette comes in a paper cardboard kind of box with detailed instructions about the palette. Inside the palette, there are 8 pans containing different shades of powders for effective contouring and highlighting. The pans come in a standard plastic palette, which is quite bulky, so I am not sure how pleasant it will be to travel with. One flaw about the packaging is probably the lack of names for each shade because it’s going to difficult to differentiate among them when it comes to refilling. Other than that, there’s not much to say or complain about. The pans pop right off if you want to take any out of the palette, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the product or anything.
Color: There are 8 shades of powder in this palette. (1) Ice Queen – Pearly White toned powder with shimmer (2) Soft Light – Nude toned matte powder (3) Cream – Matte Banana powder (4) Nectar – Peach toned powder with shimmer (5) Tan – Soft Brown satin finish powder with reddish undertones (6) Toffee – Warm Neutral Brown powder with satin (7) Sculpt – True Matte Taupe (8) Hollow – Deep Matte Brown. My personal favourites are the matte soft yellow (which is incredible for highlighting the under-eyes) and the matte taupe (which is the most perfect contour shade). The matte soft brown is a close dupe of Benefit Hoola. The last shade is definitely something that darker-skinned women will love, so it was very thoughtful of NYX to make a shade for all skin tones since many palettes typically tend to cater to lighter complexions.
Pigmentation: One of the best features of this palette is the crazy amount of pigmentation. With just an extremely light and tiny tap of your brush, you’ll be able to pick up more than enough product. That being said, it’s super easy to go overboard, so just make sure to use a very light hand especially with the darker contours. Even the lighter shades show up so well on skin, I am super impressed.
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Texture: Most of the shades in this palette are matte other than the two highlight colors. Also, the second contour shade has a tiny bit of sheen that’s only visible on the pan, so it’s not something to worry about when you’re sculpting your face. The consistency is incredibly soft and smooth, which is probably why it’s so easy to pick up the product, and since it’s so finely milled, there can be some fallout, so the messy application might be the only setback about it.
Longevity: As if all the above features were less, these powders are super long lasting even without a primer or setting spray. The products stay on the face for a good 8 hours and I don’t know what happens after that since I never wore this palette for more than 8 hours.
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Quality: After using for this palette for a month, I can say that I’ve been using the palette exclusively for highlighting and contouring and I am really impressed with the quality of the powders. All 8 powders are all highly pigmented and creamy, easily blendable and finely milled.
Pros of NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette:
- Super nice and convenient packaging.
- Powder pans are refillable.
- Super pigmented shades.
- Blends like a dream!
- Soft and smooth butter-y texture of the powders.
- A good mix of shades for all skin tones.
- High quality powders.
- Great pigmentation.
- Considerably priced as compared to the products in the palette.
Cons of NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette:
- A little bit of fallout.
- No shade names (Not a big con, I am just trying to be super critical).
- Not available in India.
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Would I Recommend/Repurchase NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette?
Do I need say more ladies!! I obviously have nothing but great things to say about this palette. It’s surely going to be a holy grail product for a long time. This palette is the only thing you need to get those supermodel cheekbones and perfect, glowing skin. I highly, highly recommend it!
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