NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review, Swatches: Hi guys, I am back with another review. This time I decided to do something different from my what I already have and here. I am with a review on an amazing contour and highlight palette from NYX Cosmetics. The HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR PRO PALETTE. Let’s accept it. We have all wished at some point that we had a sharper jaw line, thinner face, well defined nose, thinner forehead or if that double chin that shows up in all the good photos didn’t exist.
Well contouring and highlighting is a temporary solution to all these problems. Basically, it’s the technique of producing shadows and highlights on your face and giving the facial features a sharper and defined look. Contouring can be done with powders or creams. I shall be giving you all a brief idea about contouring and highlighting and how to choose the ideal products for you. So if you are interested keep reading.
About NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
Define your features like a pro with NYX Professional Makeup refillable Highlight & Contour Pro Palette! Each set includes four customizable highlighting and contouring shades perfect for emphasizing your favorite features.
How to Use NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
Use a fan brush for a soft highlight and a small stippling brush for an effortless contour!
Ingredients in NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Boron Nitride, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lauroyl Lysine, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850).
Price of NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
$ 25.00 for 0.72 oz in USA
£ 19.00 for 21.6 g in UK
A$ 39.95 for 21.6 g in Australia
S$ 42.00 for 21.6 g in Singapore
AED (approx.) 50 for 21.6 g in UAE, Dubai
₹ 2000.00 for 21.6 g in India
In Detail NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review, Swatches and My Experience
As I mentioned earlier contouring and highlighting can be done with either powders, liquids or creams. If you are an oily skinned beauty you can resort to using powders and if you have dry skin cream or liquid products will be ideal for you. The normal skinned girls out there can use any according to their convenience. Cream products give a more natural finish but are quite difficult to blend without disturbing the base if you are not experienced. Powders can sometimes look a little artificial but can be blended well and if used in the right quantity and method can give you a natural, beautiful look. Powders will be easy for you to start with if you are a beginner to contouring and highlighting.
How to Choose the right Contour & Highlight Shade
The next step is to find the right shade of contour and highlight for your skin tone. A contour product should be two to three shades darker than your foundation shade and the highlight product must be two to three shades lighter than your foundation shade. A lot of you might be confused about what the difference between bronzer and contour is. bronzer is usually lighter than a contour product and is used to warm up your face as opposed to chiselling it as in contouring.
A lot of people apply a bronzer along with the contour product. Just choose a warm toned shade lighter than your contour shade as a Bronzer.it will instantly warm up your face and give it a sun kissed glow. The next difference is the formula. Bronzers usually impart a luminous finish to skin but contour products are matte in nature. Now coming to the highlighter, they can be shimmery ones and matte ones. Shimmery highlighters impart a glow to your face while matte ones brighten it up.
So, the shade selection is done and let’s come to the most important part, where to apply the contouring and highlighting products. So basically you have to highlight the high points of your face like the bridge of the nose, cheeks, under eyes, forehead and chin area, and contour along the shadows. You can use contouring and highlighting to define your nose, make your jawline sharper, give the impression of not having a double chin and a thinner forehead.it all depend on what you are trying to achieve.
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review
I got this product online from nykaa. You can get this on amazon, nykaa etc. Look out for sales and you can bag good deals. The Nyx highlight and contour pro palette has 21.6 grams of product which is quite good for the price paid
The Nyx highlight and contour pro palette has eight shades. Four contour shades and four highlight shades covering almost all skin tones. The palette is a black one with eight pans arranged in two rows.
First row has four highlighting shades including an icy shimmery one and a banana powder. There are two matte highlighters, a shimmery one and another one with a slight sheen to it. The second row has four contour shades for fair to dark skin tones all of which are matte. It includes a contour shade for even deep skin tones which is quite admirable.
The palette has a transparent cover and does not come with a mirror. The pans are quite big and refillable. Yes! they can be removed when finished and filled with a new pan. This is quite convenient because we often end up finishing two or three shades faster than the other shades in a palette. So it is uneconomical to purchase a new one for the finished shades. The pans in this palette are replaceable and solves this issue. You can refill your favourite shades when they get used up. The pans can be removed quite easily. This is something that makes this palette unique when compared to other contour palettes in the drugstore range.
The shades are super creamy and pigmented. None of them are chalky and blend really well. The downside is that there is quite a bit of fallout so tap the brush after picking up product so that the excess will fall off. A little goes a long way and there is no need for layering it to obtain the desirable colour. They have just the right amount of pigment which makes it easy for beginners to apply it. I love how they look on my skin. It gives such a natural finish even without setting spray. You can apply these with fluffy brushes as they blend the powder quite well. Make sure the brushes are not too big as it can make the contour less precise and give a muddy appearance to the face.
The shades and swatches
Ice queen: this is an icy shimmery highlighter.it can be used on the nose and cheek bones to impart a glow to your face. I use this as a brow bone highlighter too. This shade looks subtle on the first application and can be layered to get a beaming glow for parties or a night out. They do not look patchy on layering. However, this does not look good on textured skin and as I have quite a bit of texture, I don’t prefer using this on my cheeks. The shimmer is finely milled and looks beautiful on fair to medium skin tones.
Soft light: it is a peachy highlighter shade which is meant for fair to medium skin tones. Due to its peachy undertone it brightens up the under-eye area and brightens it up.it is too fair for my medium skin and makes the dark circles grey. I do not see myself using this shade a lot unless it is to top a concealer to achieve a bright look for parties.
Cream: this is a banana powder which can be used to highlight medium to dark yellowish skin tones. I use this as an everyday highlighter for under eyes and forehead.it looks subtle and is perfect for a day time look.it makes me under eyes look flawless and airbrushed while brightening up.
Nectar: it is a peachy shade with warm undertones.it is translucent and imparts a subtle glow from within.it is not shimmery like ice queen but has a soft sheen to it.
Tan: this is a warm brown shade with reddish undertones. I use this as a bronzer as it warms up my face and gives me a sun kissed look. This can work as a bronzer for fair to medium skin tones and can work as a contour powder too for warm toned skin.
Toffee: it is a neutral to warm brown shade which can be used for medium skin tones. I like this shade a lot and use it as a bronzer when I want to warm my face up quite a bit and also as a contour by mixing it with sculpt
Sculpt: it is cool toned brown which looks extremely ashy on me when used alone.it is perfect for cool toned skin and warm toned skin tones can mix it with one of the warmer shades for a perfect contour shade. I mix toffee and sculpt to get my contour shade. This shade is perfect for fair skin tones with cool undertones
Hollow: it is a deep brown shade with reddish undertones and is perfect for dark skinned beauties. Fairer skin tones can use this as an eyeshadow or even eyebrow powder.it is the darkest shade in this palette and can be mixed with any of the other shades to use for medium to tan skin tones for a deep contour.
How I Use the Palette
I usually moisturize my face and apply foundation and concealer. Then I set my entire face with loose powder as my skin is extremely oily especially during summer. Next, I contour, highlight and bronze my face with this palette. I use tan as a bronzer and a mixture of toffee and sculpt as a contour powder. I use all highlighters especially cream. The most used one is cream and the least used one is soft light. For a party look I use ice queen and for subtle day time looks I use nectar or cream. I use the PAC contour brush and tapered highlighting brush in gentle strokes to slowly build up the intensity. Then I spray a makeup setting spray to melt all the powders and get rid off the powdery look. This helps me achieve a flawless base.
These powders last for at least ten to twelve hours when set with a setting spray and lasts for six hours maximum on me when I don’t use a setting spray. My skin is oily and the product gets absorbed into my skin and fades away. If you have normal skin it will last more. None of the contour products last for more than this time period on my skin and I find this to be long lasting. These can be easily removed with a water-based makeup remover and even the darkest shade does not stain my skin. My skin is extremely acne prone and this palette did not break me out which is a big pro.
Comparing this to other drugstore contour palettes available in India, I think this palette is a steal at this price. The quantity is sufficient and the quality is top notch. This can easily be a substitute for high end palettes. This palette looks similar to the makeup revolution lights and contour palette. The makeup revolution palette retails for 1750 rupees in india. It has just half the quantity this palette has and the price is almost same. The product formula is inferior compared to the Nyx one and is chalky and not pigmented. So this palette is the better option compared to the makeup revolution contour palettes. This is the best drugstore contour palette I have come across and I definitely recommend it to you guys
More Photos, Swatches
Pros of NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
- The packaging is classy and compact
- The pans are replaceable
- The shade range is impressible, it has contour shades for dark skin tones which many palettes lack.
- The powders are pigmented and are not chalky at all unlike other drugstore contour powders I have come across
- It is a steal for the quantity and quality given
- It is long lasting and does not fade quickly’
- Did not break me out
Cons of NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
- The palette is quite big which makes me take other palettes while travelling
- The highlighting shades are all quite light and deep skin tones may not find a match.
- There is quite a bit of fallout and it messes up the palette
- Select the contour and highlight shades according to your skin tone and undertone. Wrong choice can lead to you looking like a disaster (speaking from experience?)
- Do not try to build it up in one go. Use multiple strokes and slowly build it up.
- While contouring, do not go overboard. Contouring is to be localised and not to be spread out, it will look muddy if u apply it all over like a blush and make u look dull and darker.
- Tap the brush to dust off the excess after picking up the product
Do I recommend this?
Yes yes yes!!