I have been using the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (£18) for a few weeks now, in fact the minute I heard that NYX was available in Selfridges I ran there and picked this palette up. It retails for £18, which is a little steep. For this reason, I want to mention, what looks like a spot-on dupe, the Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro Palette (£8), you can see this below. It looks near identical to me, plus you make a decent saving of £10. Can't complain.
Above you can see the swatches of the MUR Palette, but let's ignore that for a moment and focus on the review. The NYX Contour palette is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I had the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette (£8) which was okay but I didn't use it every day. On the other hand, I reach for this palette all the time. The contour colours are lovely, they are so pigmented that I can use the lightest shade (Sculpt) to contour my face. They are all either neutral or cool in tone, Tan is the warmest, so perfect for adding dimension to the face. I love contouring with this!
My only issue with contour palettes like this are the lighter powders, I never seem to get much use out of them. I made the biggest mistake ever trying to bake with Cream, a yellow powder, and it left this horrible yellow cast on my face that I had to furiously blend away with a powder foundation. Similar to the contour powders they are smooth, buttery and blendable. Ice Queen, the lightest shade is the least pigmented; it doesn't pack much punch at all. Fortunately, Soft Light, Cream and Nectar are just as pigmented as all the contour shades so I would say to use them with a light hand and do not use them for baking, or if you do don't leave them on for longer than five minutes at most. Personally, I don't use any of the four powders below. The colours are just a little off for me, too pale, too icy, too yellow/orange. I really can't think of any skin colour that would work well with Nectar. Ice Queen and Soft Light would look really pretty on fair to light skin I think and I believe Cream is supposed to be a good setting powder for anyone with olive/medium skin. Unfortunately, after that one bad experience I am reluctant to dive back into that one. Generally, I prefer loose powders to set my skin. I just think it looks a lot better, less heavy and more long-lasting.
But but but, the contour powders give me life. Toffee is my favourite to use for every day, sometimes if I want to go really light I will only use Sculpt (the lightest). Tan is the warmest of the four, thus making it a great bronzer and Hollow is the darkest. I have yet to use Hollow, it is so dark that it is a little intimidating. All in all, I am so impressed with the shades. They hit so many different skin tones with this palette. Except paler customers would struggle with this, as like I said Sculpt the lightest shade in this palette still manages to sculpt my face. So fair-skinned people should skip this if they want to use it for contouring solely.
- Fantastic contouring shades: a variety of cool-toned, neutral and warm suitable for light to dark skin tones.
- The majority of the powders are nicely pigmented
- Easily blendable, smooth and not too powdery
- Great pan size
- Some nice highlight shades for people with fair to light skin
- Ideal product to have in your kit as a makeup artist
- Will last you a long time
- The price is still up there for a "drugstore" brand, but it works out very cost effective: £2.25 per pan.
- There is a very similar palette on the market for a lot less money (£8 - £1 per pan)
- Ice Queen has barely any pigmentation
- Only use two or three pans at most (if buying for yourself only)
- Not suitable for very fair skin
- Not many light powders suitable for medium/tan skin
The NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette is available at ASOS, Selfridges, Boots and Feel Unique, all for £18. Alternatively, you can purchase the Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro Palette from the Makeup Revolution Website for £8. I am not telling you to buy the MUR palette because I don't know anything about the quality or pan sizes, but it is worth checking out. The problem with palettes like this is that a lot of us don't need an eight pan palette to contour, at most we need three shades so hopefully NYX will make single pans available separately. I know I would pick Toffee up in a snap. Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post. Please let me know your favourite contouring products in the comments below. Have a great weekend. Take care.
How do you contour?