I went to Ulta two weeks ago and I saw a huge NYX display featuring a ton of their new products for 2016.
For the past couple months I have been using The Balm Cosmetics “Bahama Mama” bronzer to contour and I wasn’t happy with the results. I felt like the color was making my face look muddy, it wasn’t super pigmented, it wasn’t buildable and it was applying pretty blotchy on my skin. I have dry skin so I wasn’t sure if I needed to use a high end product to get my desired look or if I should try cream contouring instead. For Christmas, I got the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which I absolutely love and I’ll do a separate review on it. But when I saw that this NYX display had a quick and easy liquid contour stick I could try, I was curious.
So out of their line of contour products, I ended up purchasing the “NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo” in Cinnamon/Peach. According to the website, these Face Duo’s come in six different shades, they retail for $12 and their “liquid formula has buildable coverage and will blend seamlessly for a flawless contour”.
My thoughts? To my surprise, I love it! I’m surprised because I had no hope for this product. Not because it was NYX or anything like that, just because I had it in my head that this would never work for me. I figured it would be too difficult or maybe I’d be terrible at it. So I was pleasantly surprised at how I felt after the first time I used this product, and how I’ve felt ever since!
- Packaging- The packaging is very simple, sleek and skinny. They make it very visually clear which side is for sculpting/contouring and which side is for highlighting. The product is applied using a doe foot applicator, which makes for a perfect line when contouring.
- Highlighting Shade- Unfortunately, the highlighting shade is a little too dark and leans more on the peachy side for me to use as a highlight. It’s actually darker than my concealer so I don’t really use it honestly. I hope next time I’m in Ulta, all of their shades will be displayed so I can make sure I shouldn’t go with a lighter face duo but I’ll have to deal with this for now. So overall, not too crazy about the highlight shade but it is only due to the color mismatch.
- Sculpting/Contouring Shade-
- At first I was nervous applying this shade to my face because it is a lot darker than my complexion. But this formula blends out like an absolute dream! I couldn’t believe how easily it blended away while still leaving a subtle contour behind. The product is also buildable in case you blend too much or want more of a chiseled look! I apply the contour underneath my cheek bones and around my forehead to balance everything out.
- This contour shade lies a little more on the warm side rather than the cool side. For me personally, I’ve realized that going for a super cool toned contour shade just isn’t for me. It just really makes my face look muddy. So I love the bit of warmth this contour shade exhibits, it looks so much more natural on my warm skin tone. However, when I am looking to tone down the warmth a bit, I set it with a little bit of a cool toned contour shade from my Lorac Contour Palette and not only does it cool down the color, it also makes my cream contour stay in place.
- What do I use to blend it out? The E.L.F Stippling Brush! ($3)
Overall, I really do like this product and definitely suggest it, especially if you’re a beginner and want to give liquid contour a try or if you have dry skin. The highlight shade of this product was a little darker than I wanted but the contour is my perfect shade. If you have a cool undertone and want a cool contour shade, I’d just suggest going to Ulta and just checking out the other color options they have.
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