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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

Highlight Powders

Ice Queen is described as a “pearly pale white.” It’s a very light, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque color if desired, though it’s likely a shade worn more diffused for most, so luckily, it blends out quite easily. It just slightly emphasizes pores if I’m not careful or don’t buff it out enough. It lasted for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler. LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Light is described as a “matte nude.” It’s a very light, white-beige that is fairly neutral in undertone paired with a matte finish. The texture was soft and smooth but noticeably powdery. This looked chalky against my medium skin tone, so it is probably better mixed with one of the contours or for fairer skin tones than mine. The coverage was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but with how powdery it was, it tended to sheer out if you blended out the edges at all. It started to fade after seven hours. NARS Highlight (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cream is described as a “matte soft yellow.” It’s a soft, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin, though it was powdery in the pan. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is lighter, cooler. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nectar is described as a “pearly soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It was less frosted compared to Ice Queen. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly powdery/dry but didn’t appear dry on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning a little patchy/faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Star! (LE, ) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour Powders

Tan is described as a “matte soft brown with slight red undertones.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smoother texture that was slightly firmer to the touch, and it could have been a little more blendable on the skin. I started noticing fading after eight hours of wear. NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is described as a “matte neutral brown.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the more shimmery contour shades (it’s not matte at all!). The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth without being powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray overtones but the stronger, more orange undertones made it look warmer and browner. It had a very slight satin sheen, but it was the more matte of the four contour shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade blended fairly well on the skin, and it wore for eight hours. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hollow is described as a “matte deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made blending more challenging than desired. Once on, it stayed put for eight hours. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is cooler, better quality. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

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NYX Highlight Powder Ice Queen
Ice Queen
Ice Queen
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Soft Light
Soft Light
Soft Light
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Cream
Cream
Cream
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
NYX Highlight Powder Nectar
Nectar
Nectar
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Tan
Tan
Tan
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Toffee
Toffee
Toffee
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Sculpt
Sculpt
Sculpt
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Contour Powder Hollow
Hollow
Hollow
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Round-up: NYX Intense Butter Gloss Overview & Thoughts

NYX Intense Butter Glosses ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) are a richer, more opaque gloss with a cream finish and a glossy shine. When NYX nails the formula, it’s really good, but there are some misses. My favorites were Spice Cake (A), Chocolate Crepe (A-), Apple Crisp (A-), and Toasted Marshmallow (A-). They wore around four hours on average and weren’t drying (nor hydrating) with a light vanilla scent but no taste. They’re heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula, and they’re lightly tacky.

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NYX Spice Cake, Toasted Marshmallow, Tres Leches Intense Butter Glosses

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Spice Cake Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully with even, smooth color. On me, it lasted for almost five hours and left behind a slight stain. The formula was comfortable to wear but not hydrating. Urban Decay Quiver (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is lighter, warmer. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Toasted Marshmallow Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a deepened, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, though this one emphasized lip lines just a smidgen. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Tres Leches Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade seemed extra glossy to me compared to others in the range. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but the milkiness of the gloss seemed to make it prone to pulling into lip lines, and it did settle into them further as the gloss wore on (for four hours). It did apply better than a lot of similar-hued glosses do, though. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is cooler. NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss Spice Cake
Spice Cake
Spice Cake
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Toasted Marshmallow
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Tres Leches
Tres Leches
Tres Leches
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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NYX Sorbet, Napoleon, Orangesicle Intense Butter Glosses

NYX Sorbet Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Sorbet Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Sorbet Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had fairly opaque coverage, but the gloss was a little thinner and pulled into lip lines. It applied evenly, though, which was a plus. On me, this shade stayed on well for four hours. Bite Beauty Six (Watercolor) (LE, ) is brighter. Chanel Sensible (15) (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is cooler. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker. NYX Apple Strudel (P, $5.00) is lighter. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Napoleon Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium, lightly brightened pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly. There was some emphasis of lip lines, but it was slight and I didn’t notice it in person (only in the close-up photos). This shade wore for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is more muted, cooler. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is darker. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler. Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Orangesicle Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly. It was easy to apply, and the color wore well for five hours on me. The formula was comfortable but neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Laundry List (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted. Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss Sorbet
Sorbet
Sorbet
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Napoleon
Napoleon
Napoleon
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Orangesicle
Orangesicle
Orangesicle
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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NYX Black Cherry Tart, Chocolate Crepe, Funnel Delight Intense Butter Glosses

NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a blackened purple with warm, berry undertones and a cream finish. Unsurprisingly, the shade applied poorly as it was prone to streaking and pulling into those pesky lip lines. It was only semi-opaque, so the lack of coverage made all those application flaws particularly noticeable. Over a lip liner or lipstick, it could certainly work, but on its own, it is a bit messy. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Apocalypse (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse (P, $19.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Chocolate Crepe Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without drawing much attention to lip lines. The gloss wore well for four hours and wore away evenly while it didn’t dry or hydrate my lips. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, less pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Funnel Delight Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, neon light-medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly. The gloss seemed a little thinner compared to the other two, but it didn’t highlight lip lines much–I noticed it a little in the close-up photos but not in person. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is more muted. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is less glossy. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is darker, more muted. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is less pigmented. Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss Black Cherry Tart
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Chocolate Crepe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Funnel Delight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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NYX Amber & Pink the Town HD Blushes

NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX Amber HD Blush

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Pink the Town HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and just a hint of pink. It had a softly luminous finish, so it gave the skin a nice glow without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. It was somewhat powdery to work with, though I didn’t notice it looking powdery or dry on the skin, but be careful of excess powder accumulating in the pan. The blush blended easily, and it wore for seven hours on me. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is cooler. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

NYX HD Blush Amber
Amber
Amber
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
NYX HD Blush Pink the Town
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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