Everyone loves a good bargain. And there’s no better bargain than finding a beauty product that has the quality of a high end product, yet not the price tag.
It’s a well known fact among beauty bloggers that the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (£18.00, Boots) is a damn good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit (£39, cultbeauty.co.uk). I mean, why spend twice as much for a product when you could get it in your local high street for a fraction of the cost?
I recently purchased my second NYX palette, as my much-loved first one had hit pan so long ago I was struggling to remember which colour was where. But whilst I was browsing the makeup counters in my local Superdrug, I came across the Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro palette (£8, Superdrug). I’ve not had much Makeup Revolution makeup before; even though I’ve looked through their products I’ve never actually purchased anything. I was intrigued to find that this palette, although smaller, was almost identical to my NYX one. Naturally, I just had to buy it to find out!
NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (£18.00, Boots) – Obviously, the hype for this palette is completely worth it. I’ve always used this exclusively for contour and highlight for the past few years, and have never had any reason to complain about it. The colours are so highly pigmented and blendable, it really is a dream to wear. Some of the finer ashy Browns are perfect for carving out your natural cheekbones, whereas the more intense brown is amazing at creating a chiselled, dramatic profile. They blend out so finely that you can have your contour as subtle or dramatic as you like. A little really does go a long way, so if – like me- you’ve not always got the lightest touch, mistakes are easily rectified and you can just blend away any errors.
The banana powder and matte nudes are perfect for your undereye area, to set concealer or brighten, and don’t cause any ‘flashback’ from camera lights (always a good thing). It’s also so finely milled it creates an ‘insta-blur’ effect, which doesn’t settle into your fine lines.
The peach and pearl highlighters are so beautifully subtle, they accentuate your cheekbones without being too over the top. The pearl colour is also perfect for the inner corner of the eye, or a shimmery eyeshadow, too.
As I’ve never tried a higher end contour palette I couldn’t compare of the quality of NYX to any other palette, but I honestly don’t see the point spending an extra £20-£30 for a product, when the high street has it so good.
Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro palette (£8, Superdrug) – Similar to NYX, this palette consists of 8 highlight, setting and contour shades, and the colours are almost identical, no word of a lie. This palette is slightly smaller, which makes it perfect for travelling, especially if you’re like me and like to take a variety of products to change things up a little.
The highlight and setting powders are identical, and are still highly pigmented. I did find them a little more difficult to blend away,but nothing that a little elbow grease cannot fix! One thing that I would say is that the frosty white highlighter isn’t as bold as the NYX highlighter, and needed more product to make an impact. Generally speaking, though, the setting powders were great and long lasting. What more could you want?
The contour shades are amazing! They are smooth to apply and don’t look too ‘powdery’, whilst the warmest brown also makes a great all over bronzer. The shades are slightly cooler toned which makes them ideal for light and fair skin tones, whereas darker tones may need a heavier application to create a more sculpted look, but the product is builable in terms of its application, and with a little blending your face won’t look ‘muddy’.
One thing I did notice was that the MUR powders aren’t as finely milled as the NYX powders, which meant you needed slightly more product to achieve a look, and whilst MUR weren’t as easy to blend, they were still easy to use.
Overall, there is very little between the two palettes in terms of quality, it comes down to how far your budget will stretch. £18 for the NYX palette is still quite steep for a high street product, but in my personal opinion it is worth that money. However, you really cannot beat the MUR palette for only £8, seeing as it is almost identical.
I will definitely have both palettes, as both are ideal staples to any collection. I do find myself reaching for the NYX palette a lot more, but I know that the MUR will be coming with me whenever I go on holiday or make business trips.
Let me know if you’ve tried either of these products, and what your thoughts are.