NYX is one of my favourite makeup brands, so when I saw on Instagram that they were launching a contour and highlight palette, I knew it was something I needed in my collection. So many brands are launching contour products that it can be a little overwhelming, but what I really liked about the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette was that it contained four highlighter shades and four contour shades.
The palette is currently only available in the US, so my very lovely friend Jo (a Little Pop of Coral) managed to pick one up for me as part of our mini international swap we did. The NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette retails for $24.99/£16.47 at Ulta, which is pretty good value as it makes each shade only £2.05.
The NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette is an all powder palette which is packaged within a black plastic palette, with a clear lid. Each of the pans of powder can be removed which is a great feature, and if you’re in the US you can purchase individual shades for $5 each.
The only thing I will say is that the NYX Palette is $25, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette is $40 so I think the palette is quite pricey for a drugstore product, seeing as it’s only £9 cheaper than the Anastasia palette and the shade range is a lot better with the ABH palette too.
Ice Queen: Pearly Pale White
Soft Light: Matte Nude
Cream: Matte Soft Yellow
Nectar: Pearly Soft Peach
From the four highlighter shades, two are matte and two shimmery. All of the highlight powders are very powdery and kick up a lot of excess powder with every use, which is a little annoying not to mention messy.
Tan: Matte Soft Brown with Red Undertones.
Toffee: Matte Neutral Brown.
Sculpt: Matte Taupe.
Hollow: Matte Deep Brown.
The texture of the contour shades are a little less powdery than the highlight shades, and have less powder kick-up. When I swatched the contour shades for the first time, I was really surprised by how warm all the shades were.. they’re all very orangey, especially for a supposed contour palette. There is only slightly cool-toned shade, which is Sculpt but it’s still much too orange for my porcelain skintone.
I think this palette would be better suited for those with medium skintones, but the contour shades are too warm for pale or fair skintones. I love NYX’s Taupe Blush as it’s super cool-toned which is my perfect contour shade, but sadly I just cannot make this palette work.