January 28, 2015

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette Review & Swatches

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NYX Conceal Correct Contour compact

The NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette ($11.99) is a new cream concealer slash contouring palette that launched for Spring 2015.

You might notice that the NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette looks a lot like MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette. On many levels, the NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette is just as good as MAC’s version as the formulas are a lot alike however, I find NYX has a creamier, more emollient texture where as MAC’s formula is a little denser.

Take a look!

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette

I got the Light shade selection but it is available in Medium and Deep shade selections. As you can see it has six cream shades which you can conceal, correct, and contour with. I’m not an expert here but I think it’s safe to say this isn’t a good highlighting palette. The shades are excellent for sculpting, defining, and contouring but they aren’t fabulous for highlighting nor are they marketed or meant to highlight. So BYOH (bring your own highlighter) when using this palette.

I find the texture of the creams are very emollient and creamy, they feel like greasepaint to me and are quite heavy with a greasy feel. I’d highly suggest getting a good contouring brush or kabuki to blend these out fully as you’ll find you need a little elbow grease to sheer and thin the formula out. I didn’t like they way they felt on my face at first but I realized I had to use less and put a lot of work into buffing them out fully to get the best finish. If you’re using the yellow based shades to contour under eyes just above your cheek bones you’ll find the color works fabulously well however, directly under eyes as a concealer I find the texture creeps and creases into finer liners so I would suggest using your own concealer and not relying on the palette for use under eyes.

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette swatches

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette Swatches (Light)

NYX Conceal Correct Contour swatches

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette Swatches (Light)

NYX Conceal Correct Contour compact swatches

NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette Swatches (Light)

For me, this palette works best around the eye sockets, above the cheek bones, but not around the chin or hairline. I think you have better control using a powder contouring kit and the finish is more natural where as NYX’s formula looks a little artificial and too made up. It’s also very heavy and likely won’t sit well with acne prone skin. If you currently using and like using cream products to contour you might just love this. However, if you’re more used to powders, I see it being a huge miss!

I just feel like the texture is a little too heavy for ease of use and the colors are a little off (I swatched medium and dark and they were too orange-y and the light palette I did get ended up being too chalky).

I’m going to leave the NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette to the experts. This one proves a little too difficult to work with especially if you’re a beginner to the contouring world.

Tried it?

Do share your results and thoughts!

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  • Andrew

    I’m really glad I passed on this the other day. There was only one left and I ALMOST gave in, but something told me to hold off. Where do I begin . . .

    First of all,none of these really seem true-to-pan. I understand there’s a little change in color with a lot of cream products but dang! Second, you can even tell from the swatches how thick these are. In my opinion, if you have to work that hard to sheer something out to make it workable then it’s not worth it no matter how inexpensive. Also, these seem like they would be a complete nightmare for anyone with oilier skin. I don’t experience much acne or many breakouts but I feel like I’m getting a pimple just looking at these!

    Muse, my lovely, thank you again for your honest review. You just saved this guy from a big mistake by going back to buy it.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha you’re very welcome Andrew and all you said is too trueeeeeeeee! These are super difficult to work with. You really need a heavy hand to blend them out, I’m not prone to acne but putting all this gunk on my face I’m positive I’ll get a few huge blemishes. The colors are SO weird…! These look excellent in the pan but they are very pink toned and almost white based and chalky upon application where as the medium and deep swatch more orange. Everything you said is spot on…! I think powders are way easier to work with and look more natural, this, this is a nightmare haha. Anyone that can use it I give major props to!

  • Fancie

    Aw man. I have this palette in Deep and now I’m a little nervous to try it. I was hoping it would be a nice affordable dupe for the MAC concealer palettes but the formula doesn’t sound too great

  • Angel

    Saved me as well. I primarily use powder or mineral foundation so these wont work for me in the slightest. And I’m also acne prone so thank you for the heads up on the texture. You just saved me some cash!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! It’s just really a difficult product to get a handle on! :-/ worth a skip imho!

  • Carol G.

    Yes, this looks like a hot mess. When you mention the texture is like greasepaint, it reminds me of that bad Halloween makeup you buy for 99 cents! I’m with you, I’ll just stick to powders! (I actually just got the new Ulta contour/highlight palette. Haven’t used it yet, but I hope it’s nice).

  • Katherine T.

    The colors look nice in the pan, but kind of scary in the swatches –too orange, white, pink, etc. and it does look greasy, like it’s sitting on top of skin. Too bad, the palette looked promising.

  • Nashia Anthony

    Oh no I saw this and thought it will be good to add to my MUA kit but looks like it nots worth investing in. One less item to get on my trip. Thanks for the tips

  • reen

    thanks for the detailed review muse. concealers are very tricky!

    have you by any chance tried the Sonia kashuk “hidden agenda” concealer?

    love the reviews from u!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure reen! i haven’t but I did do a review of the all covered up concealer a bit ago. aw thanks reen flattered to hear it!

  • Sarah

    Hey, I still commend NYX for being one of the few companies to cater to different shades of skin in their contour palette offering! I would love a contour palette, but finding one for deep skin is hard…

  • Eriu

    Thanks for the thorough review, Muse! With products like this I always wait for your review as we have similar skin types. I was eying this but now I’ll pass. It shouldn’t be this much work to conceal and contour on the daily! I do want to check out their powder contour kit that should be coming soon though. Then I’ll know if I will have to break down and get the Smashbox palette I’ve been drooling over or if a cheaper alternative will be the one (my bank account is crossing its fingers that the NYX one will be the ONE!).

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure eriu! i’m honestly no expert but this really seems a lot of work, formula is just wacky to me. yeah, the powder one def looks interesting ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope it will be for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lacy

    le sigh.. I was really hoping this would be a hit.. oh well.. Thanks for a great review! I’ll just stick with the new Sephora contouring 101 face palette I picked up a few weeks ago. I am LOVING it, especially being new to contouring. The shades are great and it’s only $28 and HUGE. It’s also very comparable to kat von d’s new contour palette and the anastasia one! Are you planning on picking it up? You totally should.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure!!!!!!! great to hear ๐Ÿ˜€ I got the kat von d one but not the sephora or anastasia one! will see how I do with the kat von d first ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sana Nurani

    they look a bit chalky…I’m skeptical, great review though! Super helpful, thx!

  • Vania

    I have this palette in Light and use it daily. It is very creamy and does have a weird texture to it but I find that it blends fairly well with a simple sponge wedge applicator. I tend to set it with a matching shade of powder. I bought this palette because I wanted a palette with sculpting shades yet I didn’t want to break the bank. Anyway I am looking for something new to try seeing as using it daily, I find that I’m hitting the pan on some of the shades rather quickly. I do suggest using a good amount of moisturizer and face primer because (and although it might just be me) I think it was the cause of my skin drying out; it might’ve been something else but I thought I’d mention it.
    Overall, for the price and the nice portable size of the palette, I’m quite satisfied with it. Like I previously stated, I’ve been using it daily and I’ve gotten the hang of applying it. I have actually had my makeup turnoff out flawlessly without spending hours getting it perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I say give it a shot and if you don’t like it, return it or exchange it!