March Beauty Find | Be The New Contour Queen
Since I rarely endorse ‘beauty’ products and feel that Skin care is more important and that one must spend most resources on staying & eating healthy and ensuring their skin looks and feels good, every once in a while I chance upon a product that is worth a mention. I am kickstarting a monthly feature of my fave products that I have personally used and loved. I promise to share Monthly Food Finds & Monthly Fashion Finds as well…
Meet the inexpensive and really useful palette from NYX Cosmetics, that’s changed the way I dress for parties, events, weddings and even formal meetings !
Early February, mom and I were hanging out one afternoon and she mentioned she needed to go pick some stuff up from Shoppers Stop Bandra. While she was there I was browsing and walking around when this really sweet salesgirl Pooja at the NYX cosmetics counter started chatting with me. I was telling her about how all these videos online are so confusing and seem so complicated and she decided to teach me basic contouring tricks. She used just this palette and a basic NYX drop foundation (I use No 06) to create a really alluring look for me in a matter of minutes.
I was sold on this product completely by then and not only did I get it for myself but my mom got one for herself too ! If you’re looking for a product that is easy to use, carry and really well priced, look no further.
About the NYX palette :
Color: It has 8 shades –
Ice Queen – Pearly White toned powder with shimmer – my new favourite highlighter. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this shade but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it blended and added a glow to my face. It is also long lasting and I went about 8 hours before any noticeable fading.
Soft Light – Nude toned matte powder. I was skeptical about this one but it works well on my skin. Helps to clean up my contour. Great for the under eye when blended in with Cream.
Cream – Matte Banana powder – also a new favourite. It’s a warm yellow that’s not matte however it isn’t satin either. It’s super pigmented so mixing and blends easily. Go little easy with it though…
Nectar – Peach toned powder with warm undertones that’s more matte than shimmer. I loved that it was it’s chalky and brightens my skin sans the sheen. Perfect for the days I don’t want to use the cream and still need some brightening. However I love Cream more !
Tan – Soft Brown satin finish powder with reddish undertones. Very smooth and blends well, I use it as a as a bronzer. Note : Very opaque so go easy.
Toffee – Warm Neutral Brown powder with satin. There is a bit of shimmer in it, definitely one to use as a bronzer. The texture is slightly heavier than the other contour powders, it is long lasting and easy to blend.
Sculpt – True Matte Taupe. Taupe with neutral undertones. It still has a satin finish but it doesn’t have a sheen and leans more to matte.
Hollow – Deep Matte Brown. It’s a deep brown with red undertones and satin finish. Smooth to the touch, very pigmented, and long lasting but I found it tough to blend out. Go easy on this one…
My personal favourites are the matte soft yellow (which is incredible for highlighting the under-eyes) and the Ice Queen (perfect subtle highlights). I also love the matte taupe colour that has now replaced by Benefit Hoola (one less thing to carry and a fraction of the price).
Pigmentation: This palette offers so much pigmentation it is INSANE. With just an extremely light and tiny tap of your brush, you’ll be able to pick up more than enough product, I usually have to tap the excess out because I prefer light to natural coverage but it suits everybody that way. It is really easy to go overboard – I once had to rush out in a giffy and realised in the car that another tap would have been much better for me. Just use a very light hand especially with the darker contours. What I also love is that the products stay on for the entire day, even if you don’t use a primer or setting spray.
Texture: I love that all shades in this palette are matte barring the two highlight colors of course. The consistency is incredibly soft and smooth. Just make sure to tap twice though..
Quality: After using for this palette for a month,I can say that I’ve been using the palette exclusively for highlighting and contouring and I love it. All the shade are all highly pigmented and creamy, easily blendable and finely milled and have been easy on my skin – no breakouts reported this far.
What I love :
- It is compact – easy to travel with and carry around.
- The powder pans are refillable. So if you like a shade more and use it more you can always refill it
- Super pigmented shades
- Easy to apply and blend. If I can do it anybody can.
- Love the mix of 8 shades – good to experiment and layer no ?
- Soft and smooth texture of the powders.
- Good quality powders.
- Well priced. Costs almost as much as the single Hoola but offers 8 shades instead !I bought mine for only Rs. 1800 which is great because the ones I see on social media like Anastasia and Huda Beauty cost a almost double and for somebody who does not use makeup too much, this works perfectly well.
- It can easily double up as an eyeshadow kit because of the great pigmentation
- Easily available – bought mine from their kiosk at Shoppers but you could buy them online as well !
What I would like to change –
- I do wish the names were mentioned on the front.
- There is a bit of powder fallout every time you apply it and can get little messy if you are not careful enough.
- Refills not available in India (yet, though should be out soon !)
When should you use it ?
- If you’re looking to enhance features like cheekbones, nose and jawline.
How should you use it ?
Once you are done putting on the foundation, apply the deeper, contouring powders to any areas you would like to shade and define. Followed by one of the lighter highlighting colors to any areas you would like to emphasize. I’ve also used the first highlight shade on my brow bone, the matte yellow on my undereyes, the pearly soft peach on my cheekbones, the matte taupe on the contours of my face, and the darkest shade on the very edge of the hollows of my cheeks to intensify the contour. Go easy on Hollow and Sculpt they tend to be tough to blend out so a light tap is all you need.
I use it with the brush that Pooja at the counter recommended – will share the name / number / link soon.