NYX Contour & Highlight Powder Review & Swatches


Hi All,

I am totally obsessed with contouring and since I do it every single day to work, it’s become a habit now. I’ve used a ton of contouring products like the Smashbox Contouring Kit reviewed here, Benefit Hoola and TheBalm’s Bahama Mama reviewed here. NYX launched this new Contour & highlight Powder along with the Bronzer & Blush Duos. I saw this online and couldn’t stop myself. .


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About NYX Contour & Highlight Powder

Get acquainted with your unique and beautiful facial features and emphasize them even more with our Highlight and Contour Powder! The magnificent duo powder works hand-in-hand when you desire to intensify your inherited fabulous features. Strengthen beloved features with the contour powder and use the highlight powder to accentuate your look!


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  • Price:  9$
  • Quantity: 10g

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My take on the NYX Contour & Highlighting Powder:  

  • Packaging: This bronzing powder comes in a compact form with a mirror. It doesn’t come with a brush which I don’t mind since most of the brushes which come in a contact are pretty much sad anyways. As visible, the compact is split into 2 halves; one half is the contour powder and the other half is the highlighter.

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  • Color: The contour shade is a deep chocolate brown which is totally matte. It’s a darker shade than Benefit Hoola as well. The highlighter shade is a pearly white without any shimmer and quite subtle.
  • Pigmentation & Texture: This contour powder is superbly pigmented. However, I must caution you that those with fair or medium skin tones should use this sparingly. The brown is so dark that it’s easy to end up with a chocolate Bar stripe on your cheek. It’s quite easy to blend though. The highlighting powder was a bit of a disappointment however. It’s so hard that I have to dig in quite a bit to get the required amount to highlight my cheeks. I’m not sure whether this is specific to the compact I have but I find it weird that the contour powder could be so pigmented and the highlight shade so weak and stiff.

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  • Staying Power: The contour powder stays on for the entire day. i.e. about 8-9hrs easily. But the highlight shade fades within 2hrs or so.nyx highlight & contouring powder review+ nyx contouring powder
  • Application: I use this for contouring. I use my Ambika Pillai contouring brush or  my Bare Ecsentuals Contouring brush to apply this in all the areas which catch the sunlight:
    1. the hollows on my cheeks & temples (to make the face appear slimmer)
    2. below my chin (to conceal a double chin)
    3. on the jaw line (for a sculpted jaw)
    4.  on the sides on my nose (to make the nose appear slim)

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And here’s a pic of how I’ve done some mild contouring…I now realise I should have maybe contoured a little darker for the camera but well…lesson learnt 😉 I hope you can see the way how the hollows of my cheeks seem a bit sunken inwards..

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Pros of NYX Contour & Highlighting Powder:-


  • We get a amazing quantity for such a low price.
  • The contour powder is totally matte and the highlighter has a pearl finish which is exactly what’s needed in a contouring kit.
  • Comes with a mirror
  • Handy for travel
  • Will suit all skintones. Will actually suit dusky skin tones much better
  • The contour powder is very easy to blend and buff out.
  • Perfect for long wear since the staying power is amazing
  • A lovely soft powder to work with

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Cons of NYX Contour & Highlighting Powder:-


  • One has to be very careful with the contour shade and blend it well.
  • The highlight half is really quite sad in terms of pigmentation



  • Pigmentation: 4.5/5
  • Texture: 4.5/5
  • Packaging: 5/5
  • Staying Power: 4.5/5
  • Price vs. Quality: 4.5/5


Have you tried the NYX Contour & Highlighting Powder?


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  1. WOw this seems nice Zee. :-)) Is it available in any online sites here.i don’t think i have seen it.You have done a fab job. Yeah a little darker wud have made it very clear in the cam bt i can still notice it on ur golu molu cheeks. :hug-makeup: Is that the elf liner u reviewed some time back :inlove:

  2. Loved the pic Zee! pretty! I liked the contouring shade but I guess ur MAC wala bronzer is better??? Sad that the highlighter doesn’t stay long 🙁

  3. thats awesomeee shade Zara … and loveddddd your pic baby :lipstick: :lipstick: :lipstick: :lipstick: :lipstick: :lipstick: :lipstick: am still learning contouring and i want a foolproof product :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((

    • thanx Rash! u know how crazy i am about contouring….anythign to slim my face….body nahi, to face hi sahi 😉 😉

      foolproof ke liye i always like mac…very tuff to overdo it 🙂

      • yeahhhh and i guess after reading your reviews only i am paying attention to learn 😀 😀 … still looking for MAC bronzer … am going to try tomm for sure :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup:

          • :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( okayy this is good to make me happy but i want goodddd bronzer Zara :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* foolproof as i said .. and above all i need bronzer more then anybody else :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: now you agree with me on this :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup:

            • uff! even i need contour Rash….all of us who hav round faces need it na… 🙂 🙂

              but u try mac wala…its such a soft wala shade…ul luv it…but u hav thebalm ka bahama mama too na? wo bhi accha hai…

  4. I saw this too Zee (during my bronzer hunt 😉 )…but am surprised u dint get the blusher n bronzer combo :-)) They have some fab combinations :yes:

    • naa…i hav a ton of blushes but not many highlighters…so that was my first priority…and usually when i travel anyways i carry multiple blushes….so a single compact with a blush wudnt b necessary…now i wish they had 2 blushes in one…THEN id have def picked it up 😉

      • hehe….makes sense that way :laugh: Did u also try nyx tango with bronzer? They look super interesting…esp the leopard one

        • haan..they look really cool…but i havent tried them coz they have shimmer…n i’m not fond of shimmer since i cant wear it to work..and parties to itne hote nahi hain….so i generally stay away…

  5. Even I want to do contouring :\ I have chubby chubby cheeks!I want to have high cheekbones and sculpted face 😛
    I love ur liner Z 😀 Can still make out ur cheeks 😛 Do a tute on contouring na 🙂

    • Raaga where hav u bin??? ive hardly seen u around…everythin ok?

      ill def try t do a tute…only prob is that i suck at takin pics… 🙁

  6. Was busy with exams and filling job profile 🙂 But I read all d posts here 😀 Access this blog first thing in d morn 😛 Plz do na 🙂 Ur pics are gud Z :-* :lipstick: Jaldi post karna I am fed up of my golu molu cheeks! :smug: :smug:

  7. I loved the kit i wana learn contouring tooo…Zee u look grt meko bhi sikhao na contourin! 😉 :-* :hug-makeup: :hug-makeup: :blush:

  8. That’s so weird. I have the same stiff pigmentation problem with mine expect it’s with the dark shade side! I have to scrape into it to get some product then I have to be careful because I agree with you it’s super dark. The white side is fine and soft

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