June 17, 2024

Ready, Set, Contour! The Nifty $19 NP set Contour & highlight palette

That’s the new $19 NP set Contour & highlight palette on my cheeks
OK, I know it’s nearly $20, which puts NP Set’s new Contour & highlight palette firmly on the high end of the budget/drugstore makeup spectrum, but please don’t let that sway you from giving it some thought, because it’s a close cousin of one of my favorite products from the hourglass Cosmetics line.

From the left: a golden beige highlighter, bronzer, peach blush and a pink highlighter
It has it all! — almost. everything you need to sculpt and brighten your skin, like a warm, golden coppery bronzer similar to NARS Laguna, but with a satin finish; a peach blush with a sheen finish; and two highlighters, one, a neutral light pink, and the other, a warm golden beige.


An overhead shot…
If you’re angling for sun-kissed California girl skin, the bronzer and blush do it to it, babe. I’d probably use the bronzer a lot more to add overall warmth, though, than to do any heavy-duty cheek chiseling, but overall warmth is exactly what I want when I’m rushing to get out the door.

With paw for scale…
So that’s the bronzer — a solid performer — but it’s not my favorite thing about this palette…

That distinction goes to the highlighters.


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Are you familiar with the hourglass Ambient lighting Powders? Well, these are like those, but they cost less than half as much ($22 versus $45, unless we’re talking about this holiday set).

Similar sheen, buttery texture and gentle brightening effect. The lighter shade on the far left of the palette resembles dim Light, while the pink shade on the opposite end channels mood Light.

Swatches from the left: the golden beige highlighter, bronzer, blush and pink highlighter
I wouldn’t say they’re exact dupes, though, as I think the NP set highlighters create a a lot more muted glow than the slightly a lot more radiant effect created by the hourglass Ambients.

Even the packaging’s got a cool Cali vibe

I also think the Ambients last substantially longer (like all day long) on my skin; the NP set highlighters (and the blush and bronzer, too) begin to lose steam after 5-6 hours, but that’s not bad.

Sleek and chic
I like what NP set has made with this palette. ច្រើន។ because the products are so useful, and it’s great having them all in one place, it has busy mornings written all over it.

I’m also wearing the Artist’s palette by Laura Mercier on my eyes and naked Lipstick by urban Decay on my lips
Even if you’re strictly a blush gal, or you never wear cheek products, I think it’s at least worth a swipe, if only to feel the lush, silky powders (imagine touching RyGos’s mane after he does a 10-minute deep conditioning hair mask).

PRICE: $19
AVAILABILITY: available now online and at Target stores
MAKEUP and appeal blog RATING: B+/A-




ភី។ ស៊ី។ ស៊ី Do you ever go to Pasta Pomodoro? It’s good, right? We went to dinner there tonight. Yup, often nothing hits the spot like a big plate of pasta.

But then there’s the inevitable food coma that ensues, Zzzzz…

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