theBalm Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Review

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Earlier this year, theBalm came out with their first highlight and contour palette. The Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette is a multipurpose product that features two luminous highlighters, two matte highlighters, two contour powders, a bronzer, and a blush. Being a loyal follower of the brand I grabbed this palette and here I am with my views about this product.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Review

Price: $36 for 0.76 oz
Product Description:
Introducing the Highlite ‘N Con Tour, a palette sensation coming to a city near you! With these 8 chart-topping contours and highlighters, you are sure to steal the spotlight. We’ve made a ‘concert’ed effort to ensure this palette contains everything you need to emphasize and define your finest features… so pick up this rockin’ headliner and watch your complexion go platinum!

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Ingredients

My Experience with theBalm Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette:

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Packaging

Packaging:
Like every other product that theBalm offers, the packaging of this palette also is colourful, fun and unique. This palette is rock n roll themed, which is just too cute. The palette comes in a white magnetised cardboard box with an outer white flap. The palette itself is kind of huge and all the shades have been displayed as slender rectangular strips. There is also a big mirror, which looks quite like a full sized makeup mirror. This product doesn’t have any kind of applicator.

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Now coming to the shades, the palette offers eight shades comprising of four highlighter shades (two mattes-two shimmers), two contouring shades, one bronzer, and a blush.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Description

Shimmer Highlighters:
64Hz:
This is a golden ivory shade. This highlighter pretty much has the same vibes as theBalm’s iconic highlighter – Mary Lou Manizer. These highlighters might look similar but they give a completely different glow. The formula is smooth and the glow is incredible but subtle.

125Hz:
A beautiful peachy pale beige highlighter with a luminous finish. The quality of this one is phenomenal. This one also is super pigmented and is incredibly long-lasting on the cheeks. Both the highlighters will complement any skin tone and give a radiant glow to the skin.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Highlighters

Matte Highlighters:
250Hz:
This is a light pinky beige matte highlighter. This powder is finely milled and can be used to set the entire face or just to brighten the under eye area without looking powdery or cakey.

500Hz:
This is a light ivory yellow shade which looks like a banana powder. This one can be applied anywhere to brighten up the skin. I like to mix both shades and apply them underneath my eyes. It sets my concealer without making my skin look dry or cakey.

Contour Powders:
The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Blushes

20dB:
A subtle, cool-toned, medium golden-brown shade. It will work well as a perfect contouring shade for light to medium skin tones. This one is similar to theBalm’s Bahama Mama Bronzer.

10dB:
This is a warm-toned dark taupe brown shade which will complement medium to dusky skin tones pretty well. These are great contouring powders. Both the contouring powders have an excellent colour payoff and pigmentation. They don’t look muddy and are really easy to blend.

The contouring powders are good but they don’t cater to deeper skin tones the way Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette does. I feel pretty let down by the shades. Since this is a palette they could have dropped in a few more deeper shades to make the product versatile.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Shades

Bronzer:
0dB:
This is supposed to be a bronzing powder, but it’s a very peachy-yellowish shade and looks more like a blush. Honestly, it’s the only shade I don’t like in this palette and I know I will never use it for it doesn’t suit my tanned skin tone.

Blush:
3dB
A beautiful raspberry pink blush with a satin finish! The colour payoff is excellent, just like other theBalm blushes. This is a stunning shade and very different from my other blushes. It can be doubled up as an eyeshadow as well.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Top

Overall:
This is a good palette, but not a must-have. It might look like a versatile, all-rounder product but I feel theBalm could have done better than this. As I mentioned above, they could have added deeper contouring shades, a useful bronzer and an applicator. I wanted to love this palette. Packaging, pigmentation, huge mirror, quality – everything rocks in this palette but I still feel something is missing. Hence, it could not really impress me.

The Balm Highlite 'n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette Swatches

Pros of theBalm Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette:

• Beautiful packaging with a huge mirror
• Contains 8 shades
• All-rounder palette
• Good pigmentation
• All products blend well
• Good staying power
• Highlighters are universally flattering
• The blush is beautiful
• Contouring shades blend well
• Works well as an eyeshadow palette too

Cons of theBalm Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette:

• No applicator
• Bronzer shade is not appealing
• Contouring shades don’t cater to dusky skin tones

IMBB Rating: 3.5/5
Would I Repurchase/Recommend theBalm Highlite ‘n Con Tour Highlight and Contour Palette?
I’ll not repurchase it since this palette will last me a long time. I would not recommend it either as I don’t feel it’s a must-have.

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