Maryam Maquillage collaborated with Pixi on a Strobe & Sculpt palette, Strobe & Sculpt Brush and a Strobe & Bronze palette. I can only imagine how challenging this collaboration must've been! Contouring and Bronzing shades are very difficult to put together. Below are my thoughts on each!
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)
Pixi x Mariam Maquillage: Strobe & Sculpt Palette ($20) - BittersweetAdd light! Add shade to your face! That's what strobe & sculpt (contour) means! Let's first talk about the sculpting part. You're given three (3) brown shades! They're very WARM TONED! I'm african-american. I'm fair with yellow undertones. I've tried these several times and their effect is very MUDDY on me. Even using a light hand (brush), they're very pigmented. I didn't particularly care for their effect on MY skin. So I can't imagine these on lighter skin tones. Darker skin tones, maybe...depending on your hue. The next issue is 'baby chick'. It's a light yellow, that is suppose to be used under the eyes (baking). It emphasized the fine lines under my eyes. It didn't look good. The winners are the two strobe colors, 'caviar dreams' and 'honey bunny'. They're two beautiful shades that add light & color and also compliment all skin tones.
Pixi x Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Brush ($14) - SupersweetThe Pixi x Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Brush is sold separately. It is absolutely DREAMY! The larger end is what you use to apply contour shades. The smaller end is what you use to apply strobing shades. The bristles are very soft and PERFECTLY SHAPED to apply each. It feels so good on the face and I will definitely use it to apply my contour and powder highlighters. I plan on buying one! It's that good!
Pixi x Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Bronze Palette ($20) - BittersweetThis palette is all about bronzing and adding light (strobe) to your face! This palette has two (2) brown matte shades; one (1) brown sparkly shade and three (3) strobe/highlighter shades. Again, the browns are very warm in tone. They came off muddy on me (even with a light hand). The strobe/highlighter shades were very pretty, but keep in mind that the color payoff is very light (like fairy dust).
Final Thoughts: Personally, I would've made a strobe/highlighter palette and then a separate contour/bronze palette. Applying these, I constantly went back & forth to each palette. Usually you bronze & sculpt and then apply highlighters last in makeup application. That way, you have all the darker colors in one palette and the lighter shimmering ones in another. But that's just me and I am no makeup expert. LOL I love contouring, but I don't like it when the brown doesn't fit my skintone. No one would! I definitely don't blame Maryam! There are SO MANY skin tones out there! Even the best of beauty companies get it wrong. Some contour palettes don't work for me. It's a matter of finding what brand/palette will work for you. This is the last of the Pixi collaboration reviews! I hope you guys enjoyed and found them helpful. Have a great weekend and I'll be back with more reviews Monday!