It amazes me how drastically my makeup routine changes over time. There was a time that I wouldn’t dare wear blush as I thought that brown girls didn’t need it, now I’m highlighting and contouring on a daily basis. So much so that I’ve succumbed to the hype of the contour kit. I blame it on the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer as that’s where the madness started. I used to be a powder contour type of girl and swore by the Sleek Makeup Contour Kit, my holy grail. Now I much prefer a cream contour. See what I mean, drastic changes. I had been researching all of the cream contour kits that’s been popping up lately and had settled on the Anastasia Beverly Hills one (which I’ll be reviewing soon), then I received this baby in my goodie bag from The Makeup Show NYC. The NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette.
The NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette is a correcting and perfecting palette to, as the name suggests, conceal, correct and contour the face. There are three shade sets to choose from Light, Medium and Deep and each set includes six shades to cover up problem areas, even out discoloration and enhance your natural features. This review is for the darkest set, Deep which includes two highlight shades, yellow and orange corrective shades, a concealer and a shade to highlight. All of the shades lean very warm.
Swatched counter clockwise from top left
All of the shades are super creamy, buildable and blendable. They are very pigmented and require just a small amount, and can be built up from medium to full coverage. The contour shade is dark enough for my MAC NW45 skin but if you are much darker than that it will probably not be deep enough. It also leans very red so I warm it up with the powder from my Sleek Makeup Counter Kit in Dark. The highlight shades apply lighter than they look in the pan. When I first applied I used the left shade in the second row and I was looking like Nene Leaks, not cute. I had to add a little of the top right shade to make it work. I used the palette to create a semi-dramatic look for The Makeup Show NYC last weekend. I only used it to highlight & contour, no concealing or correcting. Here is how it turned out…
It stayed put all day for the most part but fair warning it doesn’t seem to be waterproof. My allergies were bothering me and my eyes were watering a lot, the concealer under my right eye got very patchy and I had to correct it with some powder foundation that I had in my makeup bag. Other then that it wore very well without lifting or fading. This is a great little palette for beginners who are playing around with highlighting & contouring, or to take along in your travel bag. If you plan to use it everyday it won’t last very long as it’s tiny. I can’t complain too much though as it’s very inexpensive. If you are looking to try a contour kit I’d highly suggest that you start here.
Available at Ulta $11.99