OK, I know it’s almost $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.
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.
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 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.
So that’s the bronzer — a solid performer — but it’s not my favorite thing about this palette…
That distinction goes to the highlighters.
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.
I wouldn’t say they’re exact dupes, though, as I think the NP Set highlighters create a more muted glow than the slightly more radiant effect created by the Hourglass Ambients.
I also think the Ambients last significantly 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.
I like what NP Set has done with this palette. A lot. Because the products are so useful, and it’s nice having them all in one place, it has busy mornings written all over it.
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).
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Target stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Do you ever go to Pasta Pomodoro? It’s good, right? We went to dinner there tonight. Yup, sometimes nothing hits the spot like a big plate of pasta.
But then there’s the inevitable food coma that ensues, Zzzzz…