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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette in Ice Queen, Soft Light, Cream, Nectar, Tan, Toffee, Sculpt, & Hollow : Swatches & Review

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
The NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette retail for $25US or $27CAN online and $29.99CAN at Shoppers Drug Mart. The single refill pans retail for $5US and $6CAN for 0.10 oz / 2.7g per pan.

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette back
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette back of the box.
Ingredients on the box.

Ingredients:
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 / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850).
Product:
This product comes in two finishes, pearl/shimmer for the shimmery highlights and matte for the contour and face highlighters as well.

The two shimmer shades in this palette are powdery but not chalky to apply. The glide nicely over foundation though and they are sheer enough to get a nice glow without the shades looking heavy on the skin.

The matte highlighters are buttery, the texture is also smooth and buildable. You can still cake these up if you overdo the coverage, but with a light hand and sheer layers this should not be a problem.

The contours are very nice in this palette. The deeper shade of Hollow is a touch more powdery than the other 3 but not chalky at all, This one I recommend building up slowly. The over 3 are buttery in natural and blend nicely into the skin.


Colour:
Ice Queen is a pale off white pearl with a shimmer finish.
Soft Light is a light warm nude with a matte finish.
Cream is a soft banana powder yellow with a matte finish.
Nectar is a soft yellow undertone peach with a shimmer finish.

Tan is a warm brown with pink/orange undertones with a matte finish.
Toffee is a light neutral yellow brown with a satin finish. This one seems sheer in applying but it buildable.
Sculpt is a mostly neutral rose taupe brown with a matte finish.
Hollow is a deep neutral brown with a matte finish. This shade  was catching on the texture of my dry skin.

Wear: For about 10 hours before noticing any fading.

Packaging: This palette is a simple compact style with a clear lid to see to the products inside. The tray has a lip in each well to snap in and hold the single pans of product. The pans themselves have a matching ridge and a smooth flatter bottom.
Daylight Swatches: Ice Queen, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Ice Queen, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Soft Light, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Soft Light, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Cream, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Cream, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Nectar, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Nectar, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Tan, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Tan, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Toffee, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Toffee, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Sculpt, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Sculpt, heavy and buffed out.
Daylight Swatches: Hollow, heavy and buffed out.
Flash Swatches: Hollow, heavy and buffed out.
Verdict
This is a nice overall palette for fair to medium-deep skin tones. But the best part about this palette is that they have more shades to work with and customize the palette for every skin tone for the price of a $6CAN pan refile. You can also choose to just order the refills you need for $12CAN if you're just looking for a Highlight and Contour colour from NYX. ;)

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