Thursday, June 1, 2017

the Balm Highlite 'N Con Tour

Not a queen of contouring, I must admit. I love a good highlighter, blush and a natural matte bronzer for subtle face contouring, but I'm certainly not a fan of Instagram contouring. This does not mean that I am not attracted by multi-functional palettes that help us achieve a more sculpted look. As the Balm is responsible for my favorite Mary-Louminizer highlighter and The Manizer Sisters highlighting palette, I could not wait to try out the new Highlite 'N Con Tour palette, that features 2 shimmer and 2 matte highlighters, 2 contouring powders, a bronzer and a blush. Did I resist? Code word: butter! :)

The palette is packed in a recognizable and fun vintage box that closes with a magnet. Even though it looks fragile, this picturebook-style palette turned out to be very sturdy and I also use it to fan my fix spray. The top part is a large mirror, while the powders are packaged separately in two rows. I thought that they would be too small for my brush, but they turned out great for my medium-sized contour and highlight brushes. You could also mix 2 shades with ease. The highlighters are on top, nicely aligned by the frequency (shine). The contouring powders, bronzer and blush are in the bottom row, aligned by decibels (strength).

When swatching Highlite 'N Con Tour on my arm, I could not get the right impression how soft and finely milled all the shades in the palette really are. It was only when I applied it with a brush that I noticed its excellent pigmentation, that wasn't as noticeable before. The whole palette is very soft and extremely finely milled. All powders will suit most skin colors. If you are very fair, contouring powders will probably be a bit dark, but you can use the 0 dB bronzer as your contour.

From left to right: timeBalm Concealer in Light Medium, 64 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz

From left to right: 20 dB, 10 dB, 0 dB, 3 dB

The Highlite 'N Con Tour Palette consists of the following powders:

  • 64 Hz - shimmery ivory highlighter with yellow undertones, almost identical in color (but not as shimmery) as Mary-Lou Manizer
  • 125 Hz - muted light pink shimmery shade with a neutral undertone looks way more discreet than 64 Hz, ideal for a natural glow
  • 250 Hz - matte pinky-beige highlighter with a neutral undertone, great for bringing some light to your chin, nose and forehead 
  • 500 Hz - matte ivory highlighter with a light yellow undertone, great for setting concealer and illuminating the undereye area, can also be used for baking, does not crease and reminds me of a lighter version of Ben Nye Banana Powder
  • 20 dB - a golden brown matte contouring powder can be used as a bronzer, highly pigmented and should be used gently, reminds me a bit of Bahama Mama
  • 10 dB - taupe contouring powder with a cool undertone, highly pigmented, perfect for contouring and can be applied very lightly for a natural appearance or piled on for a more powerful, evening contour
  • 0 dB - I haven't used this orange-brown matte powder as instructed, but as a blush when I rocked a "bronze goddess" look, as it is extremely well pigmented; you can also mix it with a 3 dB blush or separately as a contour powder if you are fair
  • 3 dB - the only blush in the palette is a highly pigmented dark rose color and requires a light hand in application

timeBalm Concealer in Light Medium under eyes, 500 Hz used as a setting powder, Whats Your Type “Tall, Dark and Handsome” mascara in black, face lightly contoured with the combination of 10 dB and 20 dB powders, 3 dB on the cheeks. 64 Hz highlighter on my cheekbones, under my brows, inner eyes and above my upper lip.

The Balm Highlite 'N Con Tour palette is a highly pigmented palette with some great powders, that fulfilled all my expectations. It will appeal not only to beginners and contour virgins, but also to make-up professionals because of its practicality and shades that suit most skin colors. The formula does not contain talk or parabens and is cruelty-free. You can buy it here for 38,40 EUR.

I also tried Whats Your Type "Tall, Dark and Handsome" mascara in black and timeBalm Concealer in Light Medium. The mascara separates every lash nicely and extends them lightly, but does not give dramatic volume. Therefore, it will suit everyone who does not need a luxurious volume and loves defined, black eyelashes. It is easily removed and it does not smudge. TimeBalm is a medium coverage concealer and the Light Medium shade will suit MAC NC20-NC25 complexions. Though it looks and feels kind of hard, it is easily applied with brush or fingers. Since my undereye bags are totally out of hand, I use it for a no make-up make-up look, when I do not want total coverage. It did not crease and it is very comfortable to wear.

What is your favorite Balm product and let me know, do you contour? :)

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