Danessa Myricks Medallion Colorfix Metallic Review & Swatches
Danessa Myricks Medallion Colorfix Metallic ($18.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a deeper, orange-red with moderate, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The shimmer was more noticeable when applied as a lip product as it looked more glowing as an eyeshadow and blush. It also looked redder and less coppery when I used it as a blush and eyeshadow, where it was a sheerer application with more blended edges.
It had a smooth, lightweight consistency that spread out fairly well and blended out without too much effort as a cheek and eye product, though I definitely had to work fast and would suggest using a lot less product than one needs. The product can build up quickly and often looked brighter applied than I expected from the initial swatch. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and I liked to squeeze a little on the back of my hand, swirl the edges of my brush in some of it and then diffuse it on my hand prior to getting it onto my eye/cheek area.
This shade stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit as a cheek/eye product and over six hours as a lip product, and while it wasn’t that most comfortable lip product, it was non-drying.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$18.00/0.34 oz. - $52.94 Per Ounce
The formula is a cream product that is supposed to be "highly pigmented," "smudge proof," "waterproof, and "rapid drying." They're multi-purpose products that can be used on the eyes, lips, and cheeks (though note: the Foil finish includes plastic, or PET, glitter, which is technically not considered eye safe via FDA).
The key takeaway with this formula is that they really do mean "rapid drying" -- it is both a pro and a con, but you have to work quickly and efficiently when using this product on the skin where one might want to diffuse, spread, or blend out edges. While the brand is consumer-friendly, this product is particularly favored by makeup artists, and I did feel like there was a learning curve with them.
Some shades dry a little faster than others, and once they dry down, they are pretty smudge proof as marketed, so they don't want to be moved. Attempts to blend them out after they set often resulted in the product lifting off the skin. They are also, typically, quite pigmented, so one should exercise caution when applying to cheeks initially. I found that some of the more sparkly shades were sheerer.
The consistency was thin, lightweight, and a runnier cream, which meant that it was easy to squeeze out more product than desired from the tube for the uninitiated. After a few uses, I was able to dial in the pressure I needed to squeeze out the product and was consistently able to get what I needed from there.
Depending on the intensity of the shade relative to your skin tone and whether you wanted a sheerer or more opaque end result, fingertips or synthetic brushes would be the primary tools. I found that I often preferred to put a little product on the back of my hand and then used either my fingertips (for more all-over application) or a brush (for more precise or opaque application). For precision and ease of use (as my fingertips are a little large compared to my eye size), I liked fluffy, synthetic brushes to diffuse the edges or sheer out the product.
Some of the Foil shades in particular tended to a little thicker and tackier when applied, and I wasn't always able to maneuver them evenly. They seemed to work better as an accent, like on the inner tear duct or on the middle of the lid.
The majority of shades were very pigmented, fairly blendable, and long-wearing, while most shades lasted 10 hours without fading, creasing, or flaking. I did feel like my eyelids got a little drier from wearing several of these shades for multiple days in a row.
They applied a lot better to lips than I anticipated, as I often find that multi-purpose products do well on one or two areas but rarely all of them. The product applied well with a fingertip or a lip brush, though for speed, I liked using a fingertip. The majority of the shades applied evenly, didn't emphasize my lip texture/lip lines, and were comfortable enough to wear.
The dry down was noticeable, but the product had light tackiness, though I didn't have issues with the color lift up. Despite having more of a liquid lipstick kind of dry down, it still felt lighter-weight and was flexible, which is what made it more comfortable to wear. I didn't see marks left on my glass, and they easily lasted through a cup of coffee. Most shades seemed to wear for six hours or longer on me.
The more sparkly shades with less opacity tended to be least even and felt tackier, and if I pressed and rubbed my lips together, it seemed like some product moved a bit.
As cheek application is often sheerer, rather than full coverage, applying the more pigmented shades to cheeks took some getting used it as one has to work quickly and start with way less than you need. I preferred using more feathery, duo-fiber brushes for really vivid shades to diffuse and apply product on cheeks better, but fingertips worked for getting an initial placement and then a clean brush was lovely for the blending portion.
The wear time on cheeks was comparable with eyes (so around 10 hours of good wear).
Editor's note: I don't know why I didn't make this connection previously (at some point, I was aware they were multi-use), as I bought these as cream eyeshadows for review. If I had to go back and do swatches of each shade on cheeks and lips, I might never, ever review (based on the volume of other products I have in the queue), so while I tested each shade for application, pigmentation, longevity, etc. for all three purposes, you will only find a skin swatch.
Browse all of our Danessa Myricks Colorfix Metallic swatches.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Isononyl Isononanate, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Mica, Paraffin, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, (+/-): Silver (CI 77820), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005), Red 27 (CI 45410).
Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.
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Sounds like the perfect solution to wear a darker, brighter lip under my mask! Very beautiful color!
WOW, talk about pigmentation. Lovely color although I can’t picture it on my very fair skin tone. The only thing that scares me is that quick dry down time. I am not as fast as I use to be and would prefer a blush that has a little bit more play time. With powder blushes I always swirl it off on my hand and many times I swirl it to practically nothing, preferring to build it up rather than go to the cheek with one swipe. I actually don’t have anything from this brand so I will have to check it out. I think I have seen beauty influencer’s use the brand on YT but nothing really jumped out at me. If anyone has used the brand a lot, please let me know what the stand out products are. Thank you.
Deborah, I’m not a spring chicken, and it doesn’t actually dry down that fast. I’m not really experienced using cream products neither. I watched a zoom class of hers then purchased one paler pink tube of her cheek/lip/eye cream, it’s going to last a looong time, you only need a tiny bit. The samples that came with her eyeshadow palette are going to last me forever but at least I can play with different colors. I don’t like the foundation sample it is too heavy, I mix it with my face cream to thin it out. But I like the idea that I can put a tube in my travel bag for my eyes, cheeks and lips and travel lighter.
I agree, there is always an allure to having one product that does pretty much everything. In the past, most products of this type worked well in one or two applications and then was a bomb on the others. I will give it a try. Thank you for your help, Brenda.
Deborah, It would be nice to get them on sale, they’re a little pricey at $24 Cdn a tube, although it’s going to last a long time, depending on the shelf life though.
I love the shade colour, but it loses its appeal as a lip gloss as it seems to apply unevenly. You would have to be very confident to use small amounts as a blush. Not a fan.
With the purchase of her eye shadow palette she sent samples of her blush/eye/lip colors and I have been using them for a few weeks and they are very buildable and I have put a little too much as a blush once and using my powder over top was enough to correct it. They are very easy to use, I’m not very experienced using cream products and these are very easy to use. I like the idea of these for travelling because you can throw one of these tubes in your bag as a one and done. She also does instructional videos that are helpful. I’m very much a fan.
Oh wow this is beautiful!