When it comes to contouring, it’s almost always a “go hard or go home” kinda approach. Lots of kits and sets come pigment packed and ready to sculpt and highlight your face to the makeup gods with full coverage that takes some serious blending. Which is great if you’re into that super beat, chiseled look that most makeup junkies love. However, if you’re into a more soft, natural contour that’s suitable for everyday wear it’s easy to feel a little left out. Not anymore though!
NYX seems to be bridging the gap this spring when it comes to highlighting and contouring by not only including darker shades but also more variety.. For the die hard contour fans, there’s the pigment packed full coverage Cream Highlight & Contour Palette. For the guys and gals who like a more sheer, natural option that’s less glamour and more everyday NYX whipped up the Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo.
The Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo features a more lightweight, sheer liquid formula in 6 shades ranging from fair to deep. I’m so used to being the darkest shade in pretty much everything that I grabbed the deepest duo in Honey/Espresso but it actually turned out to be too dark. Good job NYX!
So I opted for the Sand/Chestnut Duo which features a warm almond shade with slight orange undertone to highlight and a soft neutral brown that’s almost close to my skin tone. I was a little worried about the contour shade at first because the one in Honey/Espresso was super dark and looked perfect for me. However, Sand/Chestnut ended up being a perfect fit for an everyday contour on me,
Both shades have a creamy, whipped consistency that’s lightweight without feeling runny. So they’re pretty easy to apply precisely without worrying about your contour sliding all over the place. I’m not quite used to a liquid contour just yet so I found the Sculpt & Highlight formula a bit tricky to blend at first. They key is to work quickly blending after you apply versus mapping out your entire face and blending all at once. This way, the contour blended more smoothly and evenly without disappearing.
The highlight shade was rather easy to blend from the get go but it creased pretty badly on me. Which I can’t really knock because I have 2 rather deep fine lines under my eyes that causes every concealer to crease on me. So I’m guessing that if you don’t struggle from fine lines or need too much coverage that the highlight end would work pretty well for you. Even if you have some slight dark circles. The Sand shade has a hint of orange to it that does pretty well at neutralizing dark circles while offering light to medium coverage to boot.
Both the highlight and contour shade seemed to last pretty well on my dry skin throughout the day despite having a sheerer formula. They seemed to last for around 6-7 hours before I noticed slight fading and a solid 8 hours when set with a powder. Overall, I think the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo is a pretty decent option for those looking for an affordable contour kit that doesn’t require 30+ minutes of blending. As long as you don’t have any pesky fine lines, I think the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Duo is well worth a trip to your local Ulta to check out.