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Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

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.

Formula Overview

$9.99/0.24 oz. - $41.63 Per Ounce

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.” The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable that was delightfully creamy to the touch, but it was still more loosely pressed (without being powdery), which made it particularly easy to apply with a slew of brushes. For subtle coverage, I’d recommend a light hand and a tapered highlighting brush or a fan brush with a moderate hand. It had opaque coverage–not buildable as described, which was really the only downside to the product–that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. The shades typically wore for around eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Maybelline MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter swatches.

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.

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

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Maybelline Molten Gold Master Chrome
  • Chanel Rose Bronze Joues Contraste
On eyes:
  • Bobbi Brown Love Eyeshadow Trio
  • Bobbi Brown Peace Eyeshadow Trio
  • Marc Jacobs Plum(age) Highliner
On lips:
  • Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lipcolor Top Coat

Product Availability

Maybelline Molten Gold $9.99/0.24 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Wow, the finish and sparkles are quite pretty! Except for their lipsticks, I haven’t bought anything from Maybelline for years, have been disappointed by their shadows/blushes/face powders, but this looks promising

It looks really good on you, Christine. It goes really well with your skintone, I guess and with the rest of your makeup as well. A soft, beautiful look.

I hope Maybelline will bring out more options in powder highlighters as I feel there should be no need to resort to high en powder despite me love Becca, MUFE and Dior highlighters. lol

I had this in my hands today at Walmart. So pretty but I couldn’t justify another highlighter,lol. I have several of the dupes. So good that I left that beauty for others, the last one too.

This blends into the skin so beautifully. In my bathroom mirror, all I can see are a few sparkles, so I never thing it’s showing up, but when I get in my car, I check my face, and it’s there in all its beautiful glowing glory It definitely adds a highlight shimmer, but it does’t scream for attention either. I love it!

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