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Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

01/06

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Molten Gold

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a brighter, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s supposed to have a “chrome effect” that can be applied “lightly for a subtle glow” or built up for a “bold melted metal look.”

It was quite pigmented in a single layer, though the consistency was soft and pliable, so it was easy to control the amount of product picked up on a brush to get sheerer coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft enough that it was a touch powdery in the pan, but it did not look dry or powdery on the skin. On the cheekbones, it had a noticeable glow that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. If you wanted really over-the-top, traffic-stopping glow, just spritz your brush (after picking up the product) with a bit of water or facial mist; I found that the texture of this shade was particularly workable damp but is often a trick that can be used with a slew of powder highlighters. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492 / Iron Oxides.

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

01/06

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

Pink Goddess

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm, brown undertones and flecks of larger gold sparkle over a more frosted sheen. The looser sparkle did not translate too noticeably on the skin, and after buffing and blending, it had a luminous sheen that was shy of being metallic (which also meant it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture!).

The formula is described as a “multi-dimensional baked formula” that has “all day long” wear with an “intense shimmer pigment.” I liked it more once I got a chance to apply it to cheeks, as the texture was drier and felt almost rough from the sparkles/looser feel of the powder on the skin. I had no trouble blending out and diffusing the edges of the powder highlighter on my cheeks, and it had a beautiful finish after it was applied. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for six and a half hours.

B-

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

01/05

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Zoeva Basic Moment Blush Palette

Basic Moment

Zoeva Basic Moment Cheek Palette ($16.80 for 0.39 oz.) includes three cheek products–a contour powder, blush, and highlighter–in a slim, cardboard palette. The powders are supposed to be “incredibly pigmented.” The highlighter was the “miss” in the palette, as it was drier in texture and had sheerer coverage, while the blush and contour powders were pigmented and blendable.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

01/07

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette

Beauty and the Beast

LORAC Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette ($28.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes three blushes and one highlighter. The palette features the brand’s Light Source Illuminating Highlighter and Color Source Buildable Blush formulas. The highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous, but my experience with them was that they were quite pigmented–soft enough to blend them out or use a bit less for sheerer coverage, just not what I’d actually describe as buildable. As you might guess from the name, the blush is supposed to be buildable, but only one of the blushes was on the buildable side while the other two were quite pigmented. If you like your cheek colors to be more pigmented, the palette would work well for you, especially as all four shades were blendable, easy to use, and wore for seven and a half to eight and a half hours for me.

B+

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8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt & Champagne Dream Flashes Bellini Light Chaser Highlighters

01/07

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter

Topaz Flashes Gilt

Becca Topaz Flashes Gilt Light Chaser Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and shimmer that shifted from gold-to-green. The texture was soft to the touch and a little drier but not in a way that impeded application. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and blended out without issue, though it emphasized my pores just slightly. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

The Light Chaser Highlighter formula is supposed to be “more than a highlighter” and have a combination of “kaleidoscopic color and light” that makes it “shift as you move.” There are six shades in the range, and a few of them have more of a visible shift in person (less so in photos) while others just seemed like a typical highlighter. From the brand that seemed to put highlighters back on the market with their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula, the formula lacked the finesse in texture and blendability I would have expected from Becca. The texture varied from shade to shade with some being drier, looser, and less blendable to smoother, more blendable, and fairly good as a tinted highlighter/subtle blush.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. [+/-]: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine).

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell & Opal Flashes Jade Light Chaser Highlighters

01/07

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light pink with a luminous sheen and subtle, warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dry but did not seem as finely-milled as Becca’s more popular highlighting powder formula. This shade was a more subtle shade in the range (though I would classify it as a moderate highlighter in the grand scheme of all that is highlighting), as it did not have the high-shine finish, and it definitely did not have anything like a duochrome shift. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

The Light Chaser Highlighter formula is supposed to be “more than a highlighter” and have a combination of “kaleidoscopic color and light” that makes it “shift as you move.” There are six shades in the range, and a few of them have more of a visible shift in person (less so in photos) while others just seemed like a typical highlighter. From the brand that seemed to put highlighters back on the market with their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula, the formula lacked the finesse in texture and blendability I would have expected from Becca. The texture varied from shade to shade with some being drier, looser, and less blendable to smoother, more blendable, and fairly good as a tinted highlighter/subtle blush.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. [+/-]: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine).

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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