I was lucky enough to receive The Balm’s Highlite ‘N Con Tour Palette a little while ago now after seeing it posted all over Instagram, so needless to say I was very excited to be trying it out!
Like every product I’ve seen/tried from The Balm, the packaging is colourful, fun and unique and has rock ‘n’ roll themed packaging – which I love!
It has eight shades – four highlighter shades (two matte, two shimmer) two contour/bronze shades and two blush shades.
These are the highlighter shades, the shimmers then the mattes. I love the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter from The Balm, and the first highlight shade in this palette reminds me a lot of it – but is definitely different. I love both of the shimmer shades equally – I’ve found that the quality is phenomenal, the shades are super pigmented (that’s one light swatch with my finger in that photo) and they’re incredibly long lasting on the cheeks. The two matte shades I’ve used more as setting powders because I prefer a more shimmery, blinding highlight, and they’re both quite nice powders.
The two contour/bronzing shades are quiiite dark. Especially for my skintone. I find that I can just get away with the second, cooler toned shade (second swatch on my arm) if I use a very light hand and swipe the brush on my arm before applying it to my face. The other bronzer shade I haven’t even attempted to use, because I know it’s too dark and pigmented of a shade to work with on my pale skin. Both of the blush shades are simply gorgeous, but are too pigmented and dark to work on my skintone, sadly.
I do think the palette is really quite nice, but for me it just isn’t worth it – it’s made more for people with lighter-medium/dark skintones, whereas I’m quite fair! I’ll still keep it and use those highlight shades, because they are so stunning I’m quite in love with them, but the other shades aren’t suited for me – but if you’ve got skin darker than mine, I’d recommend trying it out!