Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches

01/10

Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight
Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight

Genesis

Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm, golden shimmer throughout. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, though the firmer, denser consistency made it easier to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage if preferred. The powder was firm without being stiff, so I could pick it up with a brush, apply and blend out the color easily. The finish was luminous but didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture, and the powder could be layered for a more intense finish, as described. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Formula Overview

$39.00/0.28 oz. - $139.29 Per Ounce

The brand doesn't have a great description of the highlighter formula generally, just descriptions of each shade. The lightest shade--Stargazer--is described as "buildable" but the other two are silent with respect to pigmentation, and the lightest shade was quite pigmented. Since there was no general description, I'm holding the formula to the average powder highlighter's claims--pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable, except Stargazer, which I would expect to have "buildable" pigmentation. The formula has a denser, firmer texture, but it never felt stiff nor was it difficult to blend out on the skin. The coverage was semi-opaque and buildable with a high-shine to metallic finish. All three lasted eight hours on me.

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Ingredients

Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glycerin, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.

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About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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STUNNING! I would have absolutely gotten this, however I do have CP Drop Of A Hat, plus a few of the much lighter highlighters that are listed as dupes. $’s saved, I suppose.

Ugh, this color is like catnip to me, I love it so much. I do NOT need another product in this color! It looks totally dreamy, though…and I have to say that the imprint really shows off the glitter beautifully in the pan.

A beautiful shade, stunning effect, but quite expensive. However, if this one highlighter really worked for you, you would not need any others.

Christine and anyone who’s tried both Genesis + Melt’s Amelie eyeshadow: Do I NEED this if I already have Amelie as well as Charmy from Sugarpill? I want it but I’m trying not to buy anything I have dupes of. It’s so beautiful and tempting but is it a much better formula on cheeks than those eyeshadows/pigments?

I think the finish is going to be more intense with the actual highlighter than the eyeshadow or Charmy (which I think might have more base pigment than this vs. shimmer). I don’t know that it means you need this, though.

I feel like this is one of those colours I’m really drawn to. I love it as a blush. I do have Drop of a Hat and Vanessa’s Vanity Sweet Heat that seem to be duplicates. Maybe someday I’ll get it if it’s on a deep discount ☺️

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