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Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Gold (300)

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and fine pearl. This shade had the finest shimmer of the three released, which made for a better all-over glow product as it did not look like distinctive particles scattered over the skin and yielded a luminous sheen instead.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a lightweight, thin texture that felt more emollient compared to the other two shades in the formula, which made it work better for mixing in with base products but more prone to being rather sheer when patted onto the high points of the face as a standalone highlighter. It had semi-sheer coverage, which did not build up well. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me alone.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylamide / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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NYX Sweet Pink, Street Cred, Angel Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

Sweet Pink

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a dark magenta pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage, though it was not quite opaque, that applied evenly across the lips and did not drag. The texture felt thinner but was still creamy enough to be comfortable on. There was slight color that pulled into my deeper lip lines. It wore well for five hours and a left a stain behind with the formula being slightly drying.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX New Era, Neat Nude, Go Rogue Liquid Suede Metallic Mattes

01/06

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

New Era

NYX New Era Liquid Suede Metallic Matte ($7.50 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a dark bronze with warm undertones with a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color coverage. The texture was thin, a little more emollient and “wet” in feel compared to other shades in the range, though still more of a mousse consistency than a liquid. There was a small amount of product that sat in my deeper lip lines as it dried down. It wore well for five and a half hours on me and was slightly drying over time.

The formula is supposed to be “plush and vibrant” with a “pigment-rich” liquid consistency and an “ultra-metallic” finish. The majority of the shades were semi-opaque to opaque in color coverage with the consistency being fairly mousse-like, so the product felt lightweight and spread well but didn’t run or get on the teeth easily. Some shades were more metallic from the get-go while others seemed to get more metallic after rubbing or patting lips slightly. They dried down to a transfer-proof finish but felt ever-so-slightly tacky at times. Based on the shades I’ve tested for wear, they are lasting between five and seven hours and are lightly drying. Between the metallic finish and the dry down, sometimes they seemed to emphasize lip lines and lip texture.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Tin Oxide, Water/Aqua/Eau, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica.

New Era
New Era
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Go Rogue

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Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Nude Glow (200)

Maybelline Nude Glow (200) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, reddish undertones and golden shimmer. It had medium coverage, which could be sheered out slightly but it did not build up much beyond medium for me.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. The texture was slightly thicker (and much thicker than most liquid highlighters–it would be more apt to describe it as a cream-gel hybrid) with some slip, which helped it work well as a standalone highlighter without sheering away to nothingness. On the flip side, I felt like it was too thick to mix as easily with base products without having to use more product than desired (as this resulted in a lot of noticeable all-over shimmer on the skin rather than a glow).

It was able to pat the highlighter onto the high points of my cheeks without disturbing base products, and it dried down and lasted for seven and a half hours on me with little migration. When I mixed it with my liquid foundation, it very slightly darkened the color and added a moderate amount of shimmer–I think the end result might be too shimmery for a fair number of folks.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylamide / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides.

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

NYX Exposed, Mauve Mist, Belle Liquid Suede Metallic Mattes

01/06

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte

Exposed

NYX Exposed Liquid Suede Metallic Matte ($7.50 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium copper with warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, though it was not full coverage in a single layer. The consistency was lightweight, mousse-like but thin and dried down quickly. There was an emphasis of the texture on my lips, but it did not seem as noticeable from a normal viewing distance as this shade was incredibly reflective. The color wore well for five hours and was slightly drying.

The formula is supposed to be “plush and vibrant” with a “pigment-rich” liquid consistency and an “ultra-metallic” finish. The majority of the shades were semi-opaque to opaque in color coverage with the consistency being fairly mousse-like, so the product felt lightweight and spread well but didn’t run or get on the teeth easily. Some shades were more metallic from the get-go while others seemed to get more metallic after rubbing or patting lips slightly. They dried down to a transfer-proof finish but felt ever-so-slightly tacky at times. Based on the shades I’ve tested for wear, they are lasting between five and seven hours and are lightly drying. Between the metallic finish and the dry down, sometimes they seemed to emphasize lip lines and lip texture.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Tin Oxide, Water/Aqua/Eau, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica.

Exposed
Exposed
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Iridescent (100)

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which could also be spread and thinned out for sheerer coverage.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a smooth, lightweight feel on the skin with a thin consistency that wasn’t runny nor was it really thick, but it was thicker than the average liquid highlighter that I’ve come across (especially for anyone who wants to mix with their liquid foundation). The shimmer particles seemed larger, too, compared to most liquid highlighters, which may or may not work for one, depending on personal preferences.

I had no trouble getting a moderate sheen when patted on top of cheeks as a spot highlighter, and it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t have any too much trouble blending it out when worn on top of liquid foundation, but it did apply best over bare skin. Worn alone, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. When I tried mixing it with liquid foundation, it took more product to feel like everything was well mixed prior to applying, and it seemed like a lot of noticeable shimmer all over the face. I think the texture ran too thick and the particle size too large to work as well as an all-over highlighter.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylamide / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides.

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total