In a sneaky little Ulta haul from last week, I picked up the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette.
I am constantly looking for new make-up tutorials, and how to apply make-up properly. After contouring and highlighting with a mish-mash of random make-up items (matte or shimmery eyeshadows, anyone?) I really wanted to try my hand at a real contouring palette. Jaclyn Hill made a recommendation for this palette in one of her older videos, so I basically took her word as law and ordered it almost immediately.
The palette comes with 4 highlighting colors and 4 bronzing/sculpting colors. The names of each shade are listed on the back, which turns out to be really handy.
For the highlighting shades, left to right, we have Ice Queen, a very shimmery pearl white, Soft Light, soft matte nude, Cream, a matte yellow, and Nectar, a soft shimmery peach (which my camera is not picking up and making it look so yellow, for some reason!).
What I immediately noticed is that you can pop the pans out of the palette, and after a little investigating, discovered you can order individual refill pans for the palette online from NYXCostmetics.com. Remember how I said the names were listed on the back? They actually have a larger selection of colors for the individual pans, so if you really hate one of the colors in the palette, there are a few other shades online to try instead.
The good thing is that this palette is very pigmented. I was shocked the first time I used it. I actually made the mistake of applying too much at first when I tried to contour, and ended up looking like I had some super cool side burns. I could have nailed a Joe Dirt impression with how I looked.
My only complaint is that the formula is very powdery. If you’re not careful, there can be a lot of fallout, and a lot of powder residue on the actual palette. So not only do you have to be careful when applying it because it’s so pigmented, but it can be hard to blend if you’re too heavy handed. However, as soon as you figure that out, and adjust how you are applying it, it works just fine.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this palette. For the $25.00 price tag (and with the buy 2 get 1 free NYX sale that was happening at Ulta at the time), I feel like I got a good value. Eight different shades, the ability to replenish them, and they’re super pigmented. It is definitely not as creamy of a formula as higher-end contouring palettes, but for comparison to other higher end palettes, you get more color options with this one, which makes this a far more versatile product for better value.
Have you tried this palette, or have another ride-or-die highlight & contour palette? Let me know!