2.25.2015

This or That: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Vs. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

I'm keeping this short and sweet today! The contour and highlighting craze is at its peak, and beauty brands are all releasing their versions. I'm not gonna admit how many I own or have tried! I bought both, carefully reviewed them, and am ready to share the results with you!  I can't wait to share with you this week's This or That, where I compare two similar beauty products. Don't you love posts like these?



NYX Highlight & Contour HD Palette

  • $24.99
  • "Define your features like a pro with NYX Cosmetics refillable Highlight & Contour Pro Palette! Each set includes four customizable highlighting and contouring shades perfect for emphasizing your favorite features."
  • ULTA
  • Powdery, fall out
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • $46
  • "An exclusive contour palette featuring three shades for contouring and three shades for highlighting, designed to shape and define facial features to create a look of authentic dimensionality." 
  • Sephora (currently says Sold Out)
  • Buttery, pigmented
This or That:
  • I love to share products that are affordable and that can save you money, but in this case, NYX doesn't compare at all. It was so awful that I returned it. I don't think it's worth the price--I'd say it's worth half the price. If you're into the c&h look, you need the Kat Von D palette. 
  • But I do love NYX cosmetics! Check out a product I love from them here.
Extra Elle:
  • Y'all! Get ready because Georgia is entering a state of emergency due to the weather. I know, I know, you're laughing. It's a sneeze of snow compared to where you live. But I think I'd rather be safe than deal with the fiasco of last year. Three hours in traffic to go just a few miles? No thank you. I'm excited to get out of work early and home safely!
  • Feeling much better today and am heading to film this month's Chit Chat video soon. Any requests for questions, info, or products you'd like to see or learn about me?

59 comments:

  1. OMG I can't believe GA is entering a state of emergency! Didn't that happen a few years ago due to ice too? This weather is getting ridiculous. Stay safe girl! As for the review, good to know the NYX wasn't worth it!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I love the HAC trend! It's a lot of fun to play around with. This storm warning is cracking me up, but we are all home safe and sound waiting for the snowpocalypse to happen. Be safe!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  3. I'm normally a big fan of NYX, but good to know this one doesn't cut it. Great review!

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  4. A state of emergency? Sheesh - none of you would survive in northern Wisconsin! :) Thanks for the review and recommendation of these products. I'm surprised that NYX missed the mark on this one.

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  5. I've actually seen the NYX one in person, and wasn't impressed with the colors, so I passed - the Kat Von D definitely seems more appropriate for a gorgeous c+h.

    xx

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  6. I'm ready to dive into the Highlight & Contour world...I'm just trying to decide between the Kat Von D palette (powder) or the Smashbox Contouring & Highlight Sticks (cream)!

    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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  7. So, call me shallow or weird, but I won't by anything from Kat Von D because of what she did to Sandra Bullock. I know, I'm strange. ;)

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  8. Oh no! I hope you dont get stuck like last year! I remember that. And I did giggle a bit when I saw Georgia friends photos of their yards dusted with snow, grass still peeping through. But I do understand that a lot of it goes with understanding that it's not the norm for you guys. Good luck girl!

    Nyx is for sure my go to for affordable dupes. I'll have to check out this contour kit! (:

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  9. Great post, as always my friend! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. There are some products you just have to pay more for!! Hope you stay safe during the storm!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  11. stay safe! winter storms in the south are no joke! i used to think southerns over-react but now that i live in charleston i get it-- there are SO many bridges and the city just isnt equipped to remove the ice and snow. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  12. I love posts like these, they really are so helpful when shopping and deciding on new beauty products. Thanks!

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  13. Stay safe girl! Contour palettes both excite me and scare me all at the same time! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. Being from Chicago, it amazes me when GA enters a state of emergency! We even have a snow day right now in Atlanta, even though its really nice out at the moment. I miss home and the snow, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed we do get some here in the city this afternoon :) Be safe!!

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  15. i will definitely be trying the kat von d version. thanks for sharing!

    www.amoderngypsy.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you so much for this comparison! The KVD contour palette was on my back list. Something I may consider but wasn't running out to get. I hadn't even seen the NYX one, but I might have been tempted by the price, so it's great to know how they compare. Thanks Elle!

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  17. Stay safe pretty girl! I'll have to get the KVD palette!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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  18. I think countouring can do crazy things to your face, in a good way. I don't do it though. I do highlight on some occasions!

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  19. Thanks for being so honest! I LOVE NYX but have never tried their eyes hadow palettes before.

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  20. Stay safe, Elle! I totally agree that it's always better to be safe than sorry. Glad you're feeling better, too!

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  21. The weather seems to be quite crazy everywhere. Stay safe and warm. I am new to all of the contouring techniques, but I actually just ordered the Anastasia contour set, hoping it lives up to the hype. :)
    Foodie Faves

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  22. Thanks for the heads up on this, Elle:) I'll check out the Kat Von D one.

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  23. I think I'll pass then on the NYX version. I use a concealer stick and the Maybelline Fit Stick for contouring. Works for me.

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  24. I'm glad you're feeling better Elle. Stay warm and safe! Thanks, as always, for the honest review :)

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  25. Just based on the colors included in the two palettes, I'm not surprised Kat Von D's won the comparison. Too bad for Nyx since I love them, too, but it's always good to know when a splurge is worth the money ;)

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  26. hope you stay nice and warm and safe! wish i could go home early, lol.
    really disappointed about the NYX palette, but honestly even if it was amazing, $25 is pretty expensive to me for NYX!

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  27. This is so good to know because usually I love most NYX products. Sometimes, there is no substitute.

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  28. Im so glad you did this post!! I was tempted to get the Nyx one because it's so much cheaper but I'll skip it! I have bad luck with drugstore Bronzers it seems so thank you for your opinion on it! The Kat von d one is so pretty, do you like it more or better than any of the others that youve tried?

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  29. I wish countouring pallettes were available here! I really want to learn
    xx
    www.junewantsitall.com

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  30. Great review! I'm all about getting a good bargain but sometimes, you get what you pay for.

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  31. Alabama is under a state of emergency right now too! We have seen rain, freezing rain and snow at my house so far today. The crazy thing? 10 minutes away from here roads are impassable!

    I really want to get better at contour and highlighting. I think I am going to go to Sephora soon and have them do it for me so I can see how they do it. I do ok but I know they do better! Haha!

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  32. I didn't great things about the NYX highlight and contour palette either but have seen the Kat Von D one around everywhere. Great review and be safe!!

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  33. Great reviews, I have been too lazy to actually contour for real but I keep thinking about doing it.

    http://mimiandchichi.com/

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  34. Thanks for the heads up on the NYX palette. I was curious but now I can safely pass!

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  35. Sometimes it better to invest in a higher quality product! This is definitely one of those times!

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  36. I have heard so much about Kat Von D makeup. Can't wait to try this!!

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  37. That's good to know that's horrible. I don't want to waste my money on it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  38. I haven't tried the NYX one, but I LOVE the Kat von D one. I used the Anastasia one forever and it was Meh; the Kat von D one is way better in my opinion! Be safe in that weather girl! :)

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  39. It is better to spend money once istead of get disappointed after buying any such product...

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  40. I've never tried a contouring kit I usually do it with my concealers. Stay safe and warm.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  41. Yikes, get home safely!
    Thanks for the review - Kat Von D it is then!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  42. Well... more expensive, but I liked the colors of Kat VD better :) But the other palette is good, too, I suppose! I am glad you are going home safe and sound, you are right - not worth some miles with so much snow!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  43. This is so good to new. We normally love Nyx so super surprised that the palette isn't worth is. Kat Von D has a tendency to do things right so no surprise that it's the better pick. Thanks for the review Elle!

    xx 365Hangers

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  44. Love Kat Von D products. *__*
    New post is online... Lovely greets Nessa

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  45. Great call on the NYX vs. KVD palette! I would totally snap up the NYX if you gave it a good review, but for now I'll stick to my Anastasia original. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  46. Good to know the Kat Von D palette is the better choice! Stay safe and warm!

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  47. I've had allergic reactions to NYX products. I just can't use them. Neither can my daughter.

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  48. I've had allergic reactions to NYX products. I just can't use them. Neither can my daughter.

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  49. Thanks for the review, girl! I love affordable versions too, but sometimes it really just pays to invest! Looks like definitely in this case!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    www.theclosetbychristie.com

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  50. Glad to hear you are on the mend! Too bad the NYX disappointed. Good to know, though. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  51. I hope the weather hasn't gotten two bad for you and that everyone is safe!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  52. Gosh I wish I could wear my hair like this, but my face is too long and angular, it just makes me look witchy. But it looks great on you, so different from your usual waves.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    allienyc.com

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  53. Great review! I was really wondering about the NYX Contour palette so thanks for saying it's not worth the price. I honestly would rather pay more money and get a high end one anyways because the NYX one is almost $30. State of Emergency haha wasn't that a funny one?

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  54. Great comparison!! I hope you kept safe in the state of emergency. Was the weather that bad? Keep warm girl!

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  55. I've been wanting to get into the highlight and contour trend, I do more of the contour but don't really highlight. I'm sad the nyx one isn't that great but I'm hoping there is a cheaper version that works better. But yeah sending you some warm vibes from California.

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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